Frequently Asked Questions about hypnotherapy

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focussing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness - reached using skilled relaxation techniques - allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.

When might hypnotherapy be useful?

Hypnotherapy is widely endorsed as a treatment for habit breaking, stress related issues and for a range of long-term conditions.

Does everyone respond to hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the process and feel that you can place your trust in your hypnotherapist. It's also important to keep an open mind, as any scepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.

What will happen in a hypnotherapy session?

Prior to our first meeting, I will ask about your requirements and goals, as much information about your presenting problem at this stage is helpful and can be gained over the telephone or by email.  Practical details such as cost, cancellation policy and how many sessions might be needed will also be supplied.

At our first meeting after an explanation of how the hypnotherapy process will work and how many sessions might be needed I will need to gather as much personal information as possible, such as sleeping patterns, lifestyle information, medical symptoms or medication, any treatments involving other healthcare providers.

Later in this session providing you agree and are comfortable to do so the practical application of clinical hypnosis can then begin.   A typical first session will include -


  • Induction - this will lead you into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation. 

  • Once deeply relaxed, I can then begin 'change work' using techniques and approaches discussed and agreed to help you towards your goals.

  • Once the 'change work' is complete, I will then begin the transition to wakefulness, in which you are gradually brought out of your trance.

  • Time for any questions you may have and a summary of the session and any progress made thus far.

How long will hypnotherapy sessions last?

This is largely dependant on what your presenting complaint is.  However, a one to one sessions wwould expect to be around 60 to 90 minutes long.

Is hypnotherapy for children safe? 

Hypnotherapy for children and young people is considered highly effective and is completely safe. Children tend to respond very well to hypnosis as they are naturally quite imaginative and use their subconscious minds a great deal more than adults do. Hypnotherapy can help to address a number of issues commonly experienced in childhood, including exam nerves, sleep problems, bed-wetting, fears, eating disorders and low self-esteem. 

More questions?

If you have a question that I haven't covered in FAQs, please feel free to get in touch and I'll be happy to help. 

© Lynsay Forster Hypnotherapy, Scottish Borders 2016