Here you will find some of the common questions asked about Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy.
The answer depends on who you ask. Some see it as a state separate to normal consciousness – the kind of thing you see in stage shows. We think of it as a normal part of the spectrum of mental states we can occupy during any given day – from relaxation in front of the tv, to stressed at work, to daydreaming while driving, to focused attention when concentrating on something. We think that states often referred to as trance are part of every problem clients bring to us – moments when we lose control or choice over our actions and do things that are usually against our wishes – like smoking, over or under-eating, fears, anxiety, or depression. You can see that this takes us a long way from the usual description of trance as a relaxed state – it can be, but running away from a spider is every bit as much of a trance, and definitely not relaxing. We see our role as helping you ‘de-hypnotise’ yourself so that you remain in control of your actions and choices in moments when you didn’t used to be.
It’s different because our Cognitive Hypnotherapists are taught a thorough understanding of the mind and body, grounded in modern neuroscience. This is combined with a training in hypnosis and NLP from a therapeutic perspective, forming a very powerful approach. The framework in which we work is a flexible one in which there are no scripts or set procedures – instead we deal with you as we find out, tailoring our approach to your needs. Cognitive Hypnotherapists believe that the everyone has the resourced they need make the differences they want in their life. It’s an interactive therapy where the therapist acts as a guide. The principle is that the client can find their own solutions with skilled assistance. It does not involve the therapist as a ‘controlling’ agent, or someone who dictates what is ‘best’ for the client. A Cognitive Hypnotherapist works within the clients model and experience of the world, not the other way round. See our ‘What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy’ page for more details.
No, you remain in control at all times. A Cognitive Hypnotherapist does not have any control over you. Stage hypnotism gives the impression of the hypnotist being in control of their subjects however this is a stage act. Trance is a very natural state you go in to many times a day e.g. watching TV, daydreaming however you are still in control e.g. you respond to dangers on the road when daydreaming whilst driving.
Treatment plans are tailored to the individual client and their presenting problem, so this is usually something best discussed with your therapist. The first session usually one where you have a chance to meet your therapist and determine the best way they are going to help you. Cognitive Hypnotherapy takes recent understandings of how the brain works, cognitive behavioural methods and a modern view of trance, to create a combination that can be very effective in a relatively short amount of time. Typically many problems can be helped in as little as 3-6 sessions.
Therapeutic change does require client participation. In the past some clients have had an expectation that they will be placed into a trance and the therapist will click their fingers and make the problem disappear. Experience demonstrates that the level of client participation and willingness to change is directly proportional to the level of therapeutic success. Cognitive Hypnotherapy an interactive therapy where the therapist acts as a guide. The principle is that the client can find their own solutions with skilled assistance. It does not involve the therapist as a ‘controlling’ agent, or someone who makes the change for the client.
Trance is a very natural state. Everyone goes in and out of natural hypnotic trances every day, without perhaps knowing it. Have you ever been so absorbed in a book or film that the hours seemed to fly by? Or been in a meeting where every minute seemed like an hour? Realised that someone was talking to you, but you were ’miles away’? All these are examples of trance.
No. Cognitive hypnotherapy is all about you taking responsibility for making whatever changes you need to make and, whilst your therapist can guide you in that process, they cannot make change happen for you. What they will guarantee is that they will work with you as a guide, and do their best in helping you let go of your problem and work towards a solution. The only thing they ask is that you have a willingness to actively engage and do your best.