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What is hypnotherapy? – A quick guide with our expert

Main image 25 October, 2016

We offer hypnotherapy sessions at our Edinburgh clinic, but many people are unsure what hypnotherapy is or what it involves. So we asked our hypnotherapist and expert, Connie Weir to answer the most frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy – your questions answered

What is hypnotherapy? Hypnosis used in therapy is completely different to anything used for ‘entertainment’. It is an entirely natural state of mind where you can relax and make effective changes while remaining fully in control.

If I’m hypnotised do I give up control? Never. You remain fully in control no matter how deeply relaxed you might be. I could never make you do, feel or think about anything you didn’t want to (and I would never want to do this anyway).

How does hypnotherapy feel? Very relaxing! It also a completely familiar feeling. It is just like the feeling after you wake up in the morning but are not yet ready to get out of your bed.

What can hypnotherapy be used to treat? Anxiety, stress, fears and phobias, habit breaking and weight control are the areas I work with most often.

What will happen in a hypnotherapy session? First of all we have a good chat to discuss what the issue is, then I give a full explanation of hypnosis and the specific techniques I propose to use in the session, check that you are happy, then use some relaxation and address the problem.

How many sessions will I need? This depends on the issues. Stop Smoking is only one session; Phobias are 3 sessions, anxiety and stress can vary.

Are you qualified? Yes, I have an Honours degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and a Diploma in Counselling for Eating Disorders – in total 6 years training and 14 years in practice! I carry insurance, am a member of the relevant professional bodies and am bound by a strict code of ethics.

If you’d like to book a hypnotherapy session with us you can do so by calling 0131 225 5656, emailing reception@your.gp or by completing our online booking form.

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