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Questions & Answers

The hypnotic state is a completely natural state, which can be most closely likened to daydreaming or the period just before going to sleep. Hypnosis is the inward focusing of attention through which the demands of the outside world are switched off. It is a state of deep relaxation during which the critical analytical mind shuts off making the unconscious mind more accessible.

During hypnosis you are not asleep and nothing can happen without your consent. You can hear everything being said and afterwards will usually remember

Can Anyone Be Hypnotised?
Virtually everyone can enter a hypnotic state using the right techniques and hypnotherapist with whom you feel empathy.

Is There Anything Magical About Hypnosis?
The main worry of most people is that the hypnotherapist will have some sort of magical power over them. There is no magic and the only power used is the power of your own mind.

Will I Be Completely Unconscious?
During hypnosis EEG recordings show that you are more alert than during the waking state. There is however, a focusing of attention inwards so that outward attention becomes less, which is similar to daydreaming or to how you feel in the few seconds before you drop off to sleep. You are in a state of deep relaxation where the analytical part of your mind closes down and the unconscious mind opens up to listen and to react.

Will I Be Under The 'Power' Of The Hypnotherapist?
MOST CERTAINLY NOT - You cannot be made to do anything against your wishes or moral code. You retain full control throughout entire hypnotherapy session.

Will I Expose My Innermost Secrets?
No. Since you retain full control whilst in hypnosis you cannot be compelled to reveal anything you wish to keep secret.

What is Self Hypnosis?
All Hypnosis is self Hypnosis, the hypnotherapist is just a guide or enabler to help you reach a state that you reach yourself naturally during the course of your everyday life. Sophie Cresswell at is an experienced Hypno-Psychotherapist and is trained in many techniques that can be used during hypnosis to enable you to make positive change in your life.

Will I be taught Self Hypnosis?
Yes. Sophie Cresswell at always teaches self-hypnosis as part of the treatment plan as this enables you to continue with the benefits of hypnotherapy on your own. The aim of Hypno-Psychotherapy is to keep the relationship with the therapist as short as possible and enable you to make your own positive change.

Should My Doctor Know If I Am Having Hypnotherapy?
It is wise to tell your doctor of any complementary treatment you are contemplating. If you are considering seeking help from for a stress related medical condition for which you are being treated by your G.P. or another medical practitioner or are taking any prescribed drugs it would be necessary to obtain permission for your treatment from your medical practitioner.

Will My Consultation Be Confidential?
Yes, you can be assured that anything that you discuss is confidential with the understandable exception that is bound by the professional code of ethics to report behaviour that may put another person at risk for example if a client discloses a child protection issue. A court of law may be also be able to request evidential information.  is registered with the ICO and all clients records are kept safely and securely according to the Data Protection Act. reserves the right to record hypnotherapy sessions, all recordings are kept securely and are purely for the purpose of the protection of the client and therapist. Sophie Cresswell is fully supervised as required by the NCH and the NHSTA and whilst client treatment may be discussed no names are disclosed.

Advantages of Hypnotherapy
Hypno-Psychotherapy is one of the safest, quickest and most effective forms of  psychotherapy, and as an added bonus hypno-psychotherapy induces great feelings of relaxation and wellbeing.

Medical practitioners are becoming increasingly more supportive of hypnotherapy as an aid to better physical and mental health.

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