05 October 2010
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Frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy

What is a Hypnotherapist?
A Hypnotherapist is a skilled and trained caring professional psychotherapist who helps a client use their own inner resources that enable them to increase motivation,  change unhelpful behaviours and limiting self beliefs or resolve long held neuroses.

What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a totally naturally occurring condition and is simply a profoundly comfortable and relaxed state during which the client can easily and sensibly communicate with the therapist. The hypnotic state has been likened to the dreamy relaxed state that we all drop into just prior to falling asleep or upon waking up.

How does it feel to be hypnotised?
Actually there is no ‘one’ specific sensation of feeling hypnotised and it seems to be slightly different for almost everyone. The nearest description that we can offer is one of being in deep relaxation whilst remaining fully aware, often acutely aware. Occasionally your hands, arms or legs will feel heavy and there will often be time distortion whereby 30 minutes feels like 10.

Can you make anyone do something they don’t want to?
Absolutely not. Hypnosis is a ‘consent state’ which simply means that ‘you will not do anything that you do not want to do’.

Is it safe?
Yes, 100% safe. It is a reliable and gentle therapeutic technique that is centuries old.  The thing to remember is that hypnosis is a ‘consent state’ and therefore you remain completely in control and aware at all times. When a person is in Hypnosis, they remain fully aware of themselves, the therapist and will retain an accurate memory of the entire session thereafter.

Is it good for performance enhancement?
Definitely! Hypnotherapy can really enhance and lift performance. It can help and boost sporting performance, career development, presentation skills, and stage performance to name but a few. 

Does it always work?
As with all medicines and therapies, whether complimentary or conventional, a course of hypnotherapy treatments cannot guarantee success. However, the truth is that the vast majority of clients that employ Hypnotherapy as a form of therapeutic intervention enjoy a successful outcome.

Can anyone be hypnotised?
Virtually everyone. Of course there are always exceptions, but these are generally restricted to a small minority of individuals, for instance those suffering with psychoses, intellectual or cognitive disabilities, the very young children and drug addicts.

What is the difference between Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy makes changes by using behavioural modification, understanding, metaphor and imagery at a conscious level. Hypnotherapy on the other hand attempts to bypass the critical conscious mind (which often gets in the way) and work directly with the subconscious. Generally Hypnotherapy will yield results far more quickly than with traditional psychotherapy or counselling.

How long does a treatment take?
It depends on too many variables to answer this accurately. It can be as short as a single session for a simple problem like quitting smoking, or between three and ten for a more difficult issue. You can rest assured however, that a professional like Lee Tiller will never keep a client in therapy for one minute longer than is absolutely necessary.

Does Lee Tiller offer training in Hypnotherapy?
Yes! Lee is in the process of launching the Hibernian Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy (H.I.C.H).

Being a hypnotherapist is a highly rewarding and worthwhile vocation. If you enjoy helping people to achieve their full potential, would like a secure long term future that is virtually recession proof, then consider training as a hypnotherapist with the H.I.C.H.

On completion of your training, you’ll be accredited with one of Europe’s leading organisations, the APHP (the Association of Professional Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists). We’ll help you set up your practice and provide ongoing marketing and professional support, not something you’ll find with other training schools.

Our aim is to create the best by being the best.

The HICH website is currently in the process of development but in the meantime you can contact us by email us for further information.

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