Hypnosis relaxes the left side of the brain (which is responsible for logic, reason, argument, etc) and accesses the unconscious though the right side of the brain (responsible for creativity, motivation and empowerment) - where 90% of our behaviour originates. You can then change unwanted behaviours, habits and emotions - to create a happier and more productive you.
Absolutely, yes - if you can relax then you can be hypnotised!
Hypnosis uses the naturally occurring 'trance' state that we all dip in and out, each and every day. Have you ever been absorbed by reading a good book, or perhaps missed your tube stop because your mind was 'somewhere else'? Ever daydreamed through a boring meeting? Or been unaware of someone saying your name whilst watching TV? Then you were in a day dream state or trance.
Hypnosis uses this naturally occurring state to access and speak to the unconscious. Only a very light trance state is needed, however some people choose to go into a deep trance state during hypnosis, and that is entirely your choice.
No - you are in complete control at all times - you won't say, do or think something that you wouldn't do at any other time. You are able to open your eyes and get up at any time, for example, although most people prefer to sit back, relax and enjoy the process - and the relaxation that goes with it.
Regarding stage hypnosis, people act a certain or comical way because they have volunteered to be hypnotised by a stage hypnotist and because they have a desire to 'perform'.
The environment of a therapy session doesn’t enable such things, and it would be entirely unethical for someone to attempt to in such an environment. I am there to help you facilitate permanent change in a therapeutic context. Consider our sessions more like being guided on a tour.
Very pleasant - both relaxing and energising! During hypnosis some clients find that they drift in and out of a state, where at some points they may hear my voice very clearly and at others they have drifted off somewhere else, perhaps even towards sleep. It is a very nice sensation and often clients are reluctant to end hypnosis! During hypnosis endorphins are released into your system, which make you feel great and energised after a session.
No, it's not possible to get stuck in a trance and you are free to open your eyes whenever you wish.
No, you are in complete control at all times and if there is something you wish to keep private then it's totally your choice.