Most people are a little curious about hypnosis and hypnotherapy and I should like to provide a short definition of both to provide some clarity.
Hypnosis is a trance-like state induced through an extraordinary quality of relaxation, which facilitates the ability to focus attention and enhances susceptibility to suggestion.
Hypnotherapy is the utilisation of the hypnotic state for therapeutic purposes to bring about desired changes.
Most people have experienced an involuntary hypnotic trance, for example when looking at the television but not registering what you are seeing or when you become mesmerised by a flickering flame. These are natural trance-states.
Trance is a pleasant experience, relaxing and peaceful. Some people experience mild tingling sensations, a heaviness or floating feeling, with a sense of drifting in and out of different levels of consciousness.
Hypnotherapy is not a miracle cure, but it benefits most people. It works on the principle of a partnership between the client who desires to make changes and the therapist who empowers the client to achieve his/her goals.
This depends on the nature and severity of the problem, how challenging the goals are, the motivation of the client and other factors that may change during the course of therapy.
The client is given time to emerge from the trance state. Following therapy, a client will generally feel refreshed, wide awake and ready to embrace the challenges that lie ahead of him/her.
This is a reasonable question but the answer is complex. Firstly, how is success measured? For example, if a client manages to give up smoking, would therapy be classed as successful if this lasted a month or a year? Is therapy successful if it resolves some of a problem or the entirety of it? Could a high success rate be indicative of the motivation of particular clients? Would quoting high success rates make people feel worse about themselves if they do not succeed? As each person is unique, so too will their experience of hypnotherapy be unique.