I practice Ericksonian hypnosis, which is gentle and non-invasive.
A lot of people, before accepting an appointment, ask me questions. Here are the most frequently asked:
The first question asked is “What is hypnosis?”
It is a modified state of awareness/consciousness. Hypnosis happens naturally and is sound and safe. It is as natural (even if modified) as sleep or deep concentration.
For a better understanding, imagine that you leave your home and take the bus, the train, the metro or even your car.
During the trip, your mind will wander whilst watching the scenery, people in the street, listening to a song or conversations on the radio or in the bus. Finally, you arrive at your workplace and you realise that you haven’t noticed the time pass and that actually, you don’t remember much…
It’s because one part of you has disconnected itself and switched on ‘automatic pilot’ to get you where you had to be, sound and safe, while another part was wandering and focusing on something else…You were in trance. That was hypnosis!
These types of hypnotic states happen naturally, for example when we read or when we have a discussion with other people and don’t realise that we are actually eating or that time is passing.
Who has never had the experience of saying: “Oh, an hour and a half has already passed while we’ve been working on that!” It is a hypnotic state of temporal modification (a big word for such a mundane occurrence!). And you do it alone!
And while you are in that trance, you are doing two things at the same time: one happens by itself and doesn’t require any special attention while the other focuses on a single point. And it is at this very precise point that an important task is completed. It may be a decision task, an analysis task or a comparison task… but it is a major task in your life.
The next logical question is : « What is it used for? »
Hypnosis is simply a tool that allows a therapist to amplify and deepen a therapy. Thanks to hypnosis, we accelerate the implementation of the positive changes that you want in your life.
For me, it is a tool but it’s not the only one. I don’t do sessions of pure hypnosis. I use hypnosis in combination with NLP.
So, can hypnosis help me with my problem?
Can hypnosis help modify unwanted behaviors?
Yes but only if you really want it.
Examples of unwanted behaviours which can be corrected with hypnosis: phobias, stress, cigarette addiction, alcohol addiction, mood swings and emotional balance, relationships problems, shyness, memory problems, weight problems.
Can hypnosis help me with my existing abilities?
Yes, both intellectually and physically: hypnosis is ideal for sports people who want to increase their performance, students who want to amplify their memory and their understanding, any person with any activity and ability who wants to improve it.
So, what can’t hypnosis do?
Miracles! If you are missing an arm, you won’t be able to grow a new one. And if you want to win the lottery, well, it won’t be possible either.
On the other hand, be reassured, if you don’t want to do something that I suggest, you’ll be able to use your free will to say no.
Finally, to even further reassure you: don’t mistake hypnosis for brainwashing. Hypnotic techniques can be used by unscrupulous manipulators, but that doesn’t automatically mean that hypnosis is manipulative (in the pejorative sense). Without it, I would never have beaten my Fibromyalgia (for my story, click here).
Who can be hypnotised?
Any person able to focus their attention during a few minutes on a precise topic can technically be hypnotised since it is what we call a state of modified awareness/consciousness.