Frequently Asked Questions
There is a lot confusion about the terms Hypnosis, Stagehypnosis, Streethypnosis, Hypnotherapy and Mind Coaching. Although they are all closely related and often used synonymously there are important differences.
So, here are my attempts in clearing up, why Hypnotherapy is not Hypnosis, or is it?
What is Hypnosis?
For over 200 years science tried to understand and explain Hypnosis, but at best they came only close to it. Even today science cannot fully explain how and why Hypnosis works and what actually happens in Hypnosis.
What is Trance?
In short, I would say that trance is an altered, very focused state of the conscious mind. In this state, one is aware of the surroundings but may not really care about it or realise what is happening. At the same time, one will be very focused and clear on whatever is brought to the attention of the conscious mind.
A simple exercise of what it is and how it feels for you is the following:
What is Therapy?
The term therapy signifies a treatment that is intended to relieve or heal a mental, physiological or psychological disorder by psychological or physiological means. Please forgive me that I, as a Hypnotherapist, only focus on the mental and psychological aspects, although these can, and most likely will, have positive effects on the physical aspects as well.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a complementary medical service. In hypnotherapy, therapy is conducted in a natural trance state called hypnosis.
The word “hypnosis” derives from the Greek god of sleep: Hypnos.
People "under hypnosis" may appear to others as to be asleep, but they are aware of their surroundings and can hear everything that is going on around them. They can think and talk and open their eyes.
Hypnosis creates a state of focused attention and deep relaxation of mind and body.
In hypnotherapy, the therapist creates a state of increased suggestibility. Then the therapist uses positive suggestions and guided imagery to help the client find a healthy way to deal with a variety of issues. Hypnosis is like a natural trance state, just like daydreaming.
What is Stagehypnosis?
Apart from therapy, there is no serious application for Hypnosis. However, some people are using hypnosis for entertainment.
When people think of hypnosis they will either think of
- a hypnotherapist helping his client to eradicate unwanted behaviour or
- they will think of a stage hypnotist turning participants into chickens.
Stage hypnosis is literally hypnosis - not hypnotherapy - on a stage. It is hypnosis performed in front of an audience for entertainment purposes. It typically is a rather comedic show aimed to impress the audience and facilitating the desire of some members of the audience to actively participate in this entertainment.
What is Streethypnosis?
Again, differently to Hypnotherapy but similar to Stage Hypnosis, is the entertainment form of Hypnosis that is performed in shopping centres, on public places or simply on the street: street hypnosis.
Normally it is performed on random people; pedestrians, shoppers, small groups outside or inside a pub. It is for entertainment purposes of spectators and bystanders but without any therapeutical intend.
Why is Hypnotherapy different to Stagehypnosis or Streethypnosis?
Stagehypnosis and Streethypnosis are performed for entertainment reasons only. Therefore, the suggestions made by the hypnotist are only meant to last for the duration of the show.
Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, is a tool to heal a person. It is a complimentary medical service as well as a life improvement method.
A Hypnotherapist’s suggestions are intended to remain beyond the end of a session. The goal of Hypnotherapy is to help clients to reach their personal goals and to experience a long- term change in their behaviour or emotional responses. as well as to build mental resilience.
Hypnotherapy has nothing to do with entertainment!
What is Mind-Coaching?
A mind coach has the same goal as a hypnotherapist. Both want to help their clients to achieve a long-term behavioural change, reach their goals and become better versions of themselves.
Mind Coaches, sometimes also called Mindset coaches, are dedicated to helping their clients to become the very best versions of themselves. Together with their clients they "rewire" their client’s mindset in order to unlock their full potential. Normally these coaches refrain from directly giving advice or solving problems.
What can I expect when attending a Hypnotherapy session?
- A caring, non-judgemental, well-trained and fully insured hypnotherapist with a professional attitude
- An inviting, quiet room with, in our case, a comfortable chair (or sofa in other clinics) to help you relax
- An initial session for getting to know each other, assessing and goal setting, suitability testing, experiencing hypnotic trance and relaxation, and planning the next steps
- A safe environment for complete relaxation
- Getting in touch with your unconscious
- New perspectives to pressing and lingering problems
- Long-term change of hindering behaviour
- Professional support in achieving your goals
How does Online Hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy doesn’t rely on the hypnotherapist being in the room with you. It is sufficient that you can see and hear the hypnotherapist and you’ll have the same beneficial experience as you would in a face-to-face session.
In fact, some clients find online hypnotherapy via Zoom less stressful than a face-to-face session. This is because they can remain in familiar surroundings throughout the session. And they do not have the stress of driving to an appointment and meeting someone unknown at first in this person's environment.
Online hypnotherapy has proven to work and is a viable and effective way to help clients achieve their goals from the comfort of their favourite place or even while on holidays.