“Look into my eyes…”
Like spirals and pocket watches, the eyes of the hypnotist have no particular power, they’re just something to focus your attention on!
People often associate hypnosis with staring at spirals, or watching the swing of a watch. These techniques are fairly old-fashioned ways of getting someone to focus their attention – which is integral to the facilitation of the “trance” state. Today, few hypnotherapists will use such techniques, preferring instead to guide their client to focusing their attention within, rather than on an external device.
We are asked the following questions about hypnosis frequently. If your question isn’t answered here, please call or email us and we’ll be happy to help you. You’ll find information about how much it costs to have hypnosis with us on this page.
You also need to have rapport with and confidence in the person you’re working with. Even the “best” hypnotist in the world isn’t right for everyone!
Absolutely not. A hypnotist cannot make you say or do anything that you don’t want to say or do.
Ask around – you’ll be surprised how many people have been to a hypnotherapist. A referral from a friend is a great way to know that the person you are calling is reputable. It is always advisable to choose a hypnotist who is a member of a recognised Association, as these have Codes of Conduct that must be adhered to, and members will have had to demonstrate their ability to practise with skill.
There’s a description of the way Milton Erickson understood the use of Direct and Indirect suggestion, which pretty much sums up our approach:
…[the therapist] notes that Direct suggestion . . . does not evoke the reassociation and reorganization of ideas, understandings and memories so essential for an actual cure . . . Effective results in hypnotic psychotherapy . . . derive only from the patient’s activities. The therapist merely stimulates the patient into activity, often not knowing what that activity may be. And then he guides the patient and exercises clinical judgment in determining the amount of work to be done to achieve the desired results…
(Erickson, 1948, quoted in Hypnotherapy, An Exploratory Casebook by Erickson and Rossi).
It is the “reorganization of ideas, understandings and memories” that are going to help you make the change. In this way, suggestion is best when it is not an instruction or command but rather something of an ‘internal’ communication with your inner wisdom.