The big page of Hypnotherapy FAQ.
Below are a series of popular questions regarding both what I do and hypnotherapy in general. If you have any questions you’d like answered that aren’t here you can use my contact page or email [email protected].
I’ll be updating the list regularly so please feel free to use the contact details above if you’re looking for a question to be added or would like more detail.
I will also be linking to more advanced explanations of some of the topics covered over time.
What is the difference between Hypnosis and Trance?
These words are often used to mean the same thing but I find it helpful to think of trance as something we enter naturally throughout the day whether watching television or reading a book – That place where time seems to pass that little bit more quickly.
Hypnosis then, can be seen as the utilisation of this state to focus, to enhance suggestibility and to minimise competing thoughts. In this way it helps us to consolidate and absorb all of the great and useful solutions we’ve worked through in session.
Is hypnosis sleep?
In short, No. You are aware of your surroundings and can open your eyes whenever you like.
Hypnosis has been described as an artificial way of accessing a REM state and exhibits many of the same phenomena such as rapid eye movement and less sensitivity to pain.
Will you turn me into a chicken?
Whilst hypnosis and hypnotherapy are powerful tools for change they are not magic. I don’t make clients do anything that they don’t want to do. So if that’s what you’re looking for you might need a stage hypnotist or local farmers help.
Hypnotherapy what to expect?
Hypnotherapy should be a relaxed and positive experience. Clients often leave feeling refreshed and smiling. More details on my specific session structure can be found on my ‘our sessions’ page – HERE
What does hypnotherapy feel like?
Clients generally leave a session feeling calmer and ready to tackle they day ahead.
Trance is experienced in many different ways by different people – That’s what can make it so hard to define. It can be light and just like relaxing to musica kind of light meditation or deeper with the client feeling a pleasant heaviness and the world around them drifting away. It’s a vaguely familiar sensation as we often drift in and out of trance throughout or normal day-to-day. It’s not sleep but clients often comment that they ‘didn’t want to open their eyes’ as they were so comfortable. It’s this state that helps us absorb and consolidate all of those ‘good things’ we’ve talked about in session. Helping you come up with solutions without those doubts or worries creeping in.
How much are hypnotherapy sessions?
I currently Charge £60 per 50 minute session but this can depend on what you would like to see me for. Please check my ‘Fees’ page for the latest prices. You can also receive a discount for referrals – HERE.
Are hypnosis and hypnotherapy the same?
Hypnosis is how we work with a client to get them into trance. Hypnotherapy uses hypnotic induction techniques in a clinical setting to help achieve a therapeutic change in the client i.e. You can experience hypnosis without hypnotherapy but you can’t have hypnotherapy without hypnosis.
How long are hypnotherapy sessions?
A standard session lasts around 50 minutes.
The big disclaimer
* Success is not guaranteed and full client commitment, such as listening to the relaxation/support CDs, is required for the sessions to be worthwhile. No magic pills are available and this means client participation is a necessary requirement. All aspects of therapy will be fully explained at the Initial Consultation.
A bit more information
Ben Gaskell is a Clinical Hypnotherapist working with clients who suffer from anxiety, stress, low mood and phobias. He practices from Stretford, Deansgate, Manchester and Wilmslow and serves the areas of:
Deansgate, Northern Quarter, Spinning fields.
Further details can be found on the ‘getting here’ or ‘contact’ page. For more information on how Ben at Greater Manchester Hypnotherapy can help you please call 07756 932 702 or email [email protected].