Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. It can occur when a person has become
totally absorbed in what they are doing. Therefore, like daydreaming, hypnotic-like feelings
may occur in people regularly, perhaps even daily.
Hypnosis is not the same as sleep. It is not like an anaesthetic; you don’t pass out and you
are not unconscious when you are hypnotised. You don’t lose control over your mind or
feelings; you don’t weaken or surrender your will. In fact, your willpower may be
strengthened with hypnosis.
When in hypnosis it is usual to feel relaxed, at ease, and enjoy a special peace of mind.
Many people comment on a sensation of lightness or floating, a feeling of comfort and
What is particularly pleasant about hypnosis is the fact that it natural, safe, and almost
anyone can learn to use it and be helped by it. It can be learned by children and adults,
young and old.
Clinical hypnosis can be very usefully and successfully employed in conditions in which
anxiety, tension, stress and fears play an important role.
Anxiety symptoms Nail biting
Coping with cancer Sexual difficulties
Dentistry Skin problems
Fears and phobias Smoking
Headaches Stress management
Labour and childbirth Gastrointestinal disorders
Hypnosis can also help improve confidence and self-esteem. With hypnosis a person can
learn to improve their motivation and desire to do things, to change unwanted habits and to
relate better to themselves and others.
Hypnosis can be used to enhance the benefits of psychotherapy.
Hypnosis does not work miracles. It is not magic and should not be seen as a cure for all
problems. It usually is one method among others, which the trained professional will use to
help a person to sort out their difficulties and worries.
Normally hypnosis will not provide an instant cure. While many people can be helped with
brief treatments requiring a few sessions, some people do require extensive treatment. Often
people attend for appointments of about one hour’s duration at intervals of one to two
THE USE OF HYPNOSIS IN THERAPY
The hypnotic state, or trance, when used for therapeutic purposes does not occur by
accident. It is deliberately induced through a procedure called the “induction”. Essentially
this consists of being taught to pay attention and to concentrate carefully, by accepting
and responding to appropriate suggestions, and by learning to relax deeply, both mentally
To end the trance, clear instructions are given that can easily be followed.
When the hypnotic state has been established, then the treatment of the problem can
begin, with the help and expertise of the therapist.
SOME QUESTIONS ANSWERED
When conducted by a trained professional, hypnosis is safe.
Most people can learn to use hypnosis to a degree that is adequate for therapy.
With hypnosis, you cannot be forced to do or say something against your will.
You will always be aware of what is going on while being hypnotised if you wish to be so.
Under hypnosis you will not lose consciousness.
If you are hypnotisable, you are not weak willed, intellectually dull or easily led.
Hypnosis will not always work and other techniques may be more useful and successful.
You do not run the risk of staying in a trance for the rest of your life; that is, you can come out
of the hypnotic state whenever you want or choose to