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Hypnotherapy Edinburgh | Your frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy and EFT and how treatment works

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a distinct type of therapy used in the treatment of emotional, physical and psychological disorders, unwanted habits and negative thinking.  It stands out from other forms of talking therapies because is addresses the individuals subconscious mind, creating meaningful alternatives to the current way of feeling, behaving or thinking.

Find out more about how hypnotherapy works.

Does hypnotherapy work?

95% to 98% of all our behaviours, thoughts and emotions are driven from the subconscious mind.  Therefore in order to re set some of the less helpful responses we need to work at the same level as the subconscious mind.  Hypnotherapy allows us to do this by taking people into a relaxed hypnotic trance.  It is during this altered state of consciousness that we can then make powerful suggestions and use hypnotic language, metaphor and story to form new neural pathways in the brain, changing how we think, feel and behave.  See the testimonials from people I have worked with – they speak for themselves.

Hypnotherapy – who is it suitable for?

Hypnotherapy is suitable for women and men of all ages.

Hypnotherapy is also highly effective with children, as the use of story, drawing and metaphor is a very indirect way of resolving issues such as bed wetting, nightmares and picky eating.  Hypnotherapy can be used on children from the age of 6 upwards.

Is hypnotherapy covered by the NHS?

Though the availability of complementary therapy via the NHS is beginning to spread, however not all doctors are willing to prescribe complementary medicine or therapy, or have the funding from the Primary Care Trusts to be able to do so.

There are several GPs in Brighton who will recommend hypnotherapy and solution focused psychotherapy as a means to tackling issues, so speak to your GP to establish if any support can be offered in this area.

What is hypnosis?

  • A state of deep relaxation in the mind and physical body
  • A trance state that allows the subconscious mind to be receptive to positive suggestions
  • A way of gaining access to your imagination and subconscious mind
  • A state of mind where you always remain in control

When we have a narrowed focus of attention, we all drift into a trance like state.  This may be when reading a book, listening to music, being locked in conversation or simply day dreaming.  Hypnosis is just like this, except as the therapist I guide you into a deep state of relaxation using images and hypnotic language to allow your conscious mind to switch off and your subconscious mind to be receptive to powerful and supportive suggestions.

What is solution focused psychotherapy?

Unlike many other talking therapies, solution focused psychotherapy does not focus on the past, but instead moves clients towards the present and the future using solution focused questioning and identifying clients strengths and resources that enable them to create change.  It doesn’t require client having to give a detailed history of their lives and what is going wrong in life, instead it allows clients to create a concrete vision of a preferred future for themselves.

What is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)?

Emotional Freedom Techniques is like acupuncture, minus the needles.

Parts of the body which are akin to those used in acupuncture, are tapped on which simulates the bodies energy system.  By clearing the energy blocks, we are sending electromagnetic messages to a part of the brain that governs thoughts, feeling and emotions.  This allows us to clear unhelpful negative emotions, beliefs and pain.  Because we are tapping straight into the bodies energy system we can overcome issues in super fast time.

Can I be hypnotised?

We all have an imagination, a dreaming brain and a subconscious mind and it is these  human resources that we use to take people into a hypnotic state, ensuring that everyone can be hypnotised.

When we have a narrowed focus of attention, we all drift into a trance like state.  This may be when reading a book, listening to music, being locked in conversation or simply day dreaming.  Hypnosis is just like this, except the therapist ‘guides’ a client into a deep state of relaxation using images and hypnotic language to allow the individuals conscious mind to switch off and the subconscious mind to be receptive to powerful and supportive suggestions.

What can hypnotherapy be used for?

Hypnotherapy can be used on virtually everything.  Hypnotherapy not only addresses the presenting problem, but breathes life into ones inner resources to effect change.  The list of areas hypnotherapy can be used for is varied, but includes:

stress, anxiety, panic, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions (e.g. smoking, overeating, alcoholism), disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, allergies and skin disorders, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Additionally, it has proved success in the area of pain management and in the areas of both sporting and artistic performance enhancement.

See the interviews I have held with clients to see how I helped them.

What can Emotional Freedom Techniques be used on?

As with hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques can be used in addressing all the same areas as stress, anxiety, panic, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions (e.g. smoking, overeating, alcoholism), disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, allergies and skin disorders, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  EFT uses the energetic body and the mind to create change, so achieves the same results as hypnosis.

Will I be able to drive after hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is like being in a very deep relaxed day dream and when you open your eyes you will feel refreshed, as if you had just had an afternoon nap.  Any normal activities such as playing spot, driving, going to work etc can be conducted following a session of hypnotherapy.

Do I lose control in hypnosis?

Whilst you are in a very deep altered state of consciousness, you always remain in control.  Your body had its own in built survival system that never allows you to lose control.  Even in a deep trance you can still talk, move and walk

Can you feel depressed after hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy leaves people in a very relaxed state of mind and body.  Combined with solution focused psychotherapy, it provides people with the ability to see things from a different angle and gives light at the end of the tunnel.  Because hypnotherapy and solution focused psychotherapy are two very effective techniques in which to deal with depression, significant shifts can be created in only a few sessions, leaving people feeling more balanced and in control.

Do I need to decide if I want Emotional Freedom Techniques or hypnotherapy in advance?

No, I will suggest the best treatment and technique to use based on our conversation about your needs and what we are working with.

What to expect from a hypnotherapy session?

A conversation will usually have taken place prior to the session to understand what you need help and support with.  During the session, this will be discussed in greater detail and a desired outcome for the session will be agreed.  With the use of solution focused questioning, I will seek to understand things like;

  • What will life be like without the problem?
  • How will you know when you no longer have the problem; what will that feel like; what will others notice about you?
  • When there have been times when the problem has been OK
  • What your key resources are and how we can use them
  • Where the pattern behind the problem lies

I will then use either or a combination of hypnosis, EFT or other specific techniques to begin to resolve the issue.  Dependant on the situation, some issues are resolved after 1 session, others may take further sessions.

How many sessions of hypnotherapy or EFT are needed?

This is entirely dependent on the area we are working on, how long you have had the problem and what you goals are.  I will always be honest and open about the number of sessions needed once I have had an opportunity to speak to you first and establish what the issue is.

Hypnotherapy is considered a short term approach, during which significant shifts should be apparent in only a few sessions.  Because I use solution focused psychotherapy, hypnosis and EFT in a session, I have a high success rate in overcoming issues quickly so as a guide 2 – 4 sessions are usually required.  This is reflected in the testimonials I have received from people.

How long is a hypnotherapy or EFT session?

  • An initial session of hypnotherapy or life coaching is 90 minutes long, there after they are 1 hour
  • An EFT session is 60 minutes
  • An EFT session via Skype is 60 minutes

What are the prices for the services you provide?

  • Hypnotherapy sessions are £110.00 an hour (1.5 hours for the first session)
  • Skype hypnotherapy session are £110.00 an hour (1.5 hours for the first session)
  • EFT sessions are £75.00 an hour
  • EFT Skype sessions are £75.00 an hour

What days and times of the days can I book in an appointment?

One to one appointments are available Thursdays and Fridays between 09.00am and 7.00pm

Skype sessions are available outside these hours.

Where are the sessions held?

One to one sessions are held at 9A Torphichen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8HX

How do I book a session?

By contacting me on 0131 261 4842 or emailing me at sara@saramaudehypnotherapy.com