Q. What if I can't be hypnotised?

A. We all experience trance several times a day without even realising. Have you ever been so absorbed in a book that you haven't heard someone talking to you? Or perhaps you've been so engrossed in a film or computer game that you've lost all track of time. It can be interesting to realise you have already arrived in your driveway and have limited recollection of your journey home. All of these are examples of trance which is a form of hypnosis. Everyone can be hypnotised if they want to be. It is a normal everyday occurrence.

Q. Will I lose control or be forced to do anything against my will?

A. No. This is a common misconception that people can be made to do things against their will. Nobody can be forced to do anything they do not want to do. In hypnosis your subconscious will protect you and at any time you can come back to a fully alert state. People who buy a ticket to see a stage hypnotist have already subconsciously agreed to potentially be hypnotised on stage. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotherapist's job is to help and guide you.

Q. Will I be asleep when hypnotised?

A. No. Although the word originates from the Greek "hypnos" meaning to sleep you will actually be in a relaxed, trance like state. After a session many people don't believe they were actually hypnotised at all due to misconceptions about what a trance like state is. Just before you fall asleep or just after you wake up are perfect examples of a relaxed hypnotic state.

Q. Will I reveal secrets under hypnosis?

A. No. You cannot be forced to reveal anything you don't want to under hypnosis. You will only disclose what your subconscious is comfortable with. Hypnotherapy can also be conducted completely content free.

Q. Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

A. No. If something unforseen was to happen to your hypnotherapist during a session, you would either just fall asleep and wake up naturally when you are ready or your subconscious would jolt you awake.