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Frequently asked questions
about hypnotherapy

woman in hypnotherapyWhat is hypnotherapy?
A swift and safe form of therapy, in which there are 4 key therapeutic strategies and principles: Positive suggestion and imagery, discovering the cause, bringing that knowledge to conscious awareness and subconscious relearning.

- It is the most effective tool known for harnessing the power of the mind, producing permanent mental and physiological changes.
- Relaxing deeply in a natural way, while you remain alert and in control,  your subconscious becomes free to enable the lasting change you want.

In a trance, will I know what is going on?
We all enter a 'hypnotic trance state' naturally at least twice a day, just before falling asleep and just before becoming fully awake. It is likely that we also go into a light trance state while engrossed in activities such as reading books, driving, watching films etc,. During these 'zoned-out' periods of concentration we remain in complete control and it's exactly the same with 'hypnosis'. It's a totally natural state that just happens to unlock the subconscious mind to helpful suggestions and imagination. While this in itself is very powerful, hypnosis also has many more powerful mechanisms for change at its disposal.

Is it accepted medical practice?
Hypnotherapeutic treatment has been approved by the BMA (British Medical Association) as a form of ‘orthodox’ practice (as opposed to complementary or alternative medicine) for 120 years. It is an art/science mixture that has been developed over many centuries.

The BMA has endorsed the teaching of hypnosis in medical schools since 1955 and the NHS has several hypnotherapy clinics in various parts of the UK to deal with a variety of ailments where hypnotherapy has proven results. Hypnotherapy is also recommended in the NICE guidelines for the treatment of IBS and you may even qualify for NHS funding for your treatment.

How does it work?
Hypnotherapy allows you to access inner resources, which when positively harnessed can help you to make the changes you want. It takes time to learn and to practice and it is a little like concentrated therapy, allowing you to make sometimes dramatic and speedy changes, which with other therapy approaches may take much longer.

What do you do as a hypnotherapist? 
My job is to guide you into hypnosis, to give you access to your sub-conscious and to assist you in identifying the issues which are causing your distress. It is also to help you bring your hidden attributes and skills back to the fore, where you can use them, not only to solve this problem, but to also deal with any future challenges and problems.

Can anyone be hypnotised?
Most people reach a level of relaxation for effective therapy. If for any reason you don't feel comfortable during the natural 'letting go' process, find a therapist that you do feel ok with so that you can reach the optimum state for your change work. A qualified, ethical practitioner will act in your best interests and support you in this process.

Can I still take prescription drugs?
Yes, hypnotherapy works alongside prescription medicines. Any changes in prescribed medications should be discussed and agreed with your GP.

Can you always get results?
Setting realistic, achievable goals that you're comfortable with is a key to success. For some these can be achieved quickly, whilst others may get more modest results to begin with. The change process is a bit like planting a seed - it can take root deep down, then continue to grow and flourish over time until it reaches full flower.

What happens in a session?
In the 1st meeting, I explain about hypnotherapy and answer any questions you have. We talk about what you want to achieve and assess if hypnotherapy techniques are appropriate. 
If we decide to work together, I will give you advice on how long it may take to achieve your goals, then conduct a relaxation and experience hypnosis session in the second half of our first session.
At following sessions, we review your goals, talk about what progress has been made to date and what we are going to work on that day. You will be fully consulted through the entire process to ensure the planned therapy meets your needs!

Can I bring someone with me?
Confidentiality only limits the therapist disclosing information about your therapy, so if you choose to, you can have a companion present in all or part of our work if it helps you feel more comfortable. If I visit your home I would prefer that another adult be in attendance.

 David Morrice Dip.Hyp. - Nottingham Hypnotherapist
Coronation Road, Mapperley, Nottingham NG3 5JN
Telephone: 0115 9623799  Mobile: 07828 163924

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