Certified Hypnotherapist
Corbally, Limerick

Hypnotherapy FAQs

Hypnotherapy FAQs

Below is a list of the common questions I get asked in relation to hypnotherapy. It is worth reading these FAQs prior to any visit.

Hypnosis is a technique that enables your mind to access a state of awareness where it is open to receiving new information. Once this new information has been received, your behaviour will alter in line with that new information.

Your mind does not receive new information easily. For example, let’s say that the old out-of-date information is that eating chocolate makes you feel good / or stops you from feeling too bad. But the new updated information is based on the realization that eating chocolate is actually making you feel really bad about yourself (weight problems, self-esteem etc). Then realizing this should mean that you discard the old information and embrace the new perspective. But that’s not what happens!

The reason is that once your mind learns something, it doesn’t easily change. Old information that has existed for a long time gets stored in your subconscious (or emotional) mind. This ‘knowledge’ creates a feeling or desire that matches the old information – it becomes part of your long-term memory, it becomes ‘what you know!’.

Your logical or critical mind then protects this knowledge against new information that threatens to change it. It is this part of your mind, by preventing new information from accessing your subconscious mind that makes it so difficult to change a behaviour.

Hypnosis is a technique that can bypass the critical or protective factor and allow your emotional or subconscious mind to receive the updated information. Once this information is in, then it too stays in and becomes part of your long-term memory. The result is that the change associated with the new, updated information becomes habitual – and this change is reflected in your new updated behaviour.

Hypnosis is simply a focused state of awareness that enables you to accept information that you would not be open to or able to accept while in your more familiar states. For example, if you are driving, shopping or even walking down a street, you are occupying a completely different state of awareness that includes, among others, a state of alertness – in case you make a mistake or hurt yourself. While in this state your ability to access deep thought and emotions is restricted. This is because your environment is demanding more of your attention.

During an hypnotic state, you are completely safe and secure and you can therefore completely divert your focus inward. With the help of a trained professional, your mind can then be guided to a much deeper level of self-awareness and subconscious thought where the conscious mind (or critical factor) can be bypassed and your subconscious (or emotional) mind can receive new or updated information that will enable you to change an unwanted behaviour or habit.

Put simply; hypnosis is as dangerous as daydreaming. Which can be dangerous if you’re driving or operating machinery, but completely harmless when seated and secure in a relaxing environment.

After any hypnosis session, you are perfectly capable of driving home, returning to work or just going back to what you were doing before the session.

Hypnosis sessions are equally effective when carried out online as they are in person. This is true for the vast majority of sessions. There are some issues that can be slightly more effective in person than if carried out online, but the difference can tend to have more to do with a person’s proficiency and familiarity with online communication than it has to do with the hypnosis session itself. Basically, it can depend on what you, as an individual, are most comfortable with.

To get the best from the online experience, I advise the following:

Must have:

  • A device that can use the popular Zoom app (any phone, tablet or computer really)
  • Decent WIFi
  • Somewhere comfortable to sit/lie back where your neck and back are supported
  • A room where you will not be interrupted for the duration of the session

Good to have:

  •  It can also help if the device that you use is something that you can place in front of you without having to hold it. It just means that you and I can both see each other throughout the session and this can be helpful – although it is not necessary.
  • Ideally, if using a device, it can be advantageous if you use headphones/earphones so that the potential for distraction caused by ambient noise (traffic outside, people in different rooms, loud televisions etc) is removed.
  • It can also be ideal if the headset that you use is Bluetooth (does not require a wire connection to your device) and also has a built-in microphone (or mic). It means that the device can be placed away from your person and is less cumbersome, but this is an ideal… not completely necessary.

In reality, you might be surprised to know that I have in fact carried out a large number of very successful hypnosis sessions just using a simple voice phone call with 3G connection. It’s not the norm and I would also say that it is not preferable. This method can be used for some specific types of problems, and not for others. The most important factor is that you and I can communicate clearly. If you have any concerns or questions about online appointments, just get in touch and we can have a chat about it.

Celtic Hypnosis offers a treatment for your anxiety that is much faster, less costly and offers results that are far beyond anything that can be achieved through prescription medication, counselling, and most conventional psychotherapeutic treatments.

Anxiety, at best, is a very uncomfortable feeling that affects your confidence and self-perception, restricting you from achieving your potential in many aspects of your life. At its worst, it is a life-debilitating condition giving rise to panic attacks and various other anxiety-related disorders.

Anxiety and your mind

Anxiety is commonly misinterpreted and misdiagnosed as an irrational response to various situations. This is not accurate. Let me explain…

You typically respond in one of two ways to any situation, event or experience. That response is either a logical response or an emotional response.

With a logical response, there is no confusion, however, with an emotional response, there is often much confusion. Sometimes with an emotional response, it might take some time before you can figure out why you responded in the way that you did. When you finally make sense of your emotional reaction, you can feel more at ease because now you understand why you felt what you felt and/or why you did what you did.

When you experience anxiety, you experience a physical ‘turbulence’ or sensation that can be confusing, fearful or even terrifying. Anxiety is an emotional response to a situation, event or experience in much the same way as any other emotional response. The difference is that you are not aware of what it is that your mind is responding to. Even if you believe that you are aware, and many people feel that they are, you are still missing some important piece of information. Put simply, Anxiety is the result of your mind ‘unconsciously’ or ‘subconsciously’ responding to something that you are not consciously aware of. So it tends to not make any sense. This causes fear and quite often self-criticism and even self-loathing.

The result is that you find yourself in a state of frustration and tension.

You experience one or more of the following physiological sensations: heart racing, accelerated breathing, muscle tension, shaking, butterflies or a sick feeling in your stomach. It can be overwhelming.

At Celtic Hypnosis, I have helped many people overcome their anxiety condition and other related generalized anxiety disorders. To achieve the results that I do, I use a variety of psychological and hypnosis techniques to help you understand specifically WHAT it is that your mind is responding to, WHY it is responding to it, and most importantly WHY it is responding in that specific (anxious) way! Then we focus on the healing process.

You can find out more about how I achieve these results by reading my book: ‘Anxiety and Other Uncomfortable Feelings: Five Facts About Your Anxiety and How to Overcome it’.

If you are curious about what is possible, then check out the testimonies on the Anxiety page and get a sense of the type of results that I have achieved.

Celtic Hypnosis offers a treatment for panic attacks that is much faster, less costly and offers results that are far beyond anything that can be achieved through prescription medication, counselling, and most conventional psychotherapeutic treatments.

The most common view in medical and conventional psychology is that panic attacks need to be managed, potentially over a lifetime. But this is not necessarily the case. I have worked for many years with panic attacks and have resolved many of these cases permanently – often in only one to three sessions. If this sounds incredible, then check out the testimonies on the Panic Attack page. You’ll find these very impressive. If you are someone who has received psychological treatment, particularly over a long period of time, maybe years, then you may find these testimonies unbelievable, even not believable!

A Panic Attack is an overwhelming sensation that is commonly likened to (if not confused with) a heart attack or similar near-death experience. It is in fact a progression of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can often exist without you even being aware (read FAQ: Anxiety – Can hypnosis really help?).

There are a few reasons why you might not be aware of the presence of anxiety. The most common reason is that the anxious feeling is often concealed within another strong compulsion or desire such as a compulsive eating behaviour, or addictions such as chocolate addiction, smoking, alcohol, and gambling. An anxiety disorder can even be concealed within even more covert (and seemingly harmless) behaviours such as workaholic tendencies, over-exercising or generally just keeping busy and avoiding downtime or idleness. Sleep problems are also quite common.

If you are exhibiting one (or more) of these behaviours, you will most likely be aware of it. You may not however be aware that your behaviour is actually serving as an avoidance strategy that is helping to keep you physically and mentally distracted from some deeper psychological issues such as anxiety. A condition that you would rather avoid acknowledging, let alone address it.

This is not something that you decide logically (again, read FAQ: Anxiety – Can hypnosis really help?). Rather the decision to avoid is made at the deep subconscious (or emotional) level. The behaviour is simply serving to help you to remain distracted and unaware.

Such avoidance behaviours are very typical of those who experience anxiety, even without panic attacks, but a panic attack is an extreme manifestation of anxiety. In fact, it takes a long time, and a lot of subconscious effort before the set of symptoms associated with anxiety transforms into a panic attack. Often it can feel like less of a transformation and more of an explosion! Such is the sensation.

Once triggered, panic attacks can reoccur regularly or more intermittently without warning and without any obvious trigger. This unpredictability can create intense fear, lack of confidence, and frustration.

At Celtic Hypnosis, I have put an end to many panic attacks. A panic attack requires obscurity and thrives in the shadows of your subconscious. Once you understand and accept what that ‘trigger’ or stimulus is, your mind doesn’t create the same conditions that facilitated panic attacks anymore.

You can find out more about how I achieve these results by reading my book: ‘Anxiety and Other Uncomfortable Feelings: Five Facts About Your Anxiety and How to Overcome it’.

If you are curious about what is possible, then check out the testimonies on the panic attack and the anxiety page and get a sense of the type of results that I have achieved.

Celtic hypnosis has achieved incredible results for clients who have been diagnosed with depression. Where hypnotherapy is suitable for depression, the results that can be achieved are far beyond anything that can be achieved using prescription medication, counselling, and most conventional psychotherapy treatments.

Many depression diagnoses are confused with or even coupled with anxiety. In many cases, patients can be diagnosed with “Anxiety/Depression”. I have successfully helped many clients who fall into this category. Check out the testimonies on the depression page and the testimonies on the anxiety page. You’ll find these very interesting.

Note of Caution

There are however those who suffer from what I would describe as a deep chronic depression. This is a condition that is very different to the one described above and those with such a condition are often heavily medicated. In such cases, hypnotherapy, along with any other psychological therapy or support is much less effective. In my experience this is largely because of quite strong medication, but not exclusively.

I add this information as a cautionary note because I wish to be clear about what hypnotherapy can achieve, and equally clear about its limitations.

Hypnosis is the fastest and most effective way to eliminate or change unwanted habits and behaviours (read FAQ - How does hypnosis work?).

Common habits and behaviours that are ideally suited for hypnotherapy are:

  • stop smoking or smoking cessation
  • phobias of all sorts
  • eating disorders and eating compulsions
  • self-esteem difficulties
  • concentration difficulties
  • study and learning difficulties
  • confidence issues

And a wide range of addictions such as:

  • gambling addiction
  • chocolate addiction
  • sex addiction
  • prescription medication dependency
  • illegal drug addiction
  • alcohol dependency

How you develop a bad habit or addiction:
All bad habits are emotional, they are not logical. Logically you are aware of the health effects and the increasing financial cost of smoking, you know what will happen if you continue to eat so much chocolate or junk food, you are very much aware of the harm that your alcohol addiction is having on your life and family. But emotionally, you just want your cigarette, chocolate bar or glass of wine. So you have one… simple!

When you don’t want those destructive items, then they are not a problem, because you are not depriving yourself. You can only deprive yourself of something that you want… you cannot deprive yourself of something that you do not want! When you do not want a cigarette, chocolate, or glass of wine, you avoid the cravings and the feeling of deprivation.

Hypnosis changes your habit or addiction at the ‘want’ level. No ‘want’ means no craving!

In the past, when you tried to stop your ‘bad habit’, all you really did is stop giving yourself what you wanted. This is not very effective. I always say that at the emotional level, you are just like a child. Have you ever noticed that when you refuse to give your child (or a child) that treat that they want, how they develop a singular focus (and often an accompanying tantrum) that will not stop until they finally get what they want. You are the same. The more you don’t give yourself what you (know you) want – the more you crave it!

Not wanting the cigarette, the chocolate or the wine is a very different experience than what you may have encountered previously when you just wouldn’t allow yourself to have it, and you relied on distraction or willpower.

Why do we have bad habits?
Smoking causes cancer, heart attacks, and stroke and generally shortens both your life and your quality of life. Chocolate and junk food make you gain weight. In fact, you refer to habits as ‘bad’ because you are very aware of their destructive consequences. So why do you still engage in such behaviours?

The answer is centred around how your mind is organised.
For example, if you think of your mind as having two parts: a logical part and an emotional part. It is the emotional part that directs your behaviour, the logical part tends to just criticize that behaviour, but doesn’t alter it. Hence, knowing that eating junk food will cause you to gain weight and make you unhappy does not stop you from eating junk food, instead, it seems to just provide you with an excuse to beat yourself up about the chocolate bar that you just had… after you just had it!

The emotional part of your mind creates the desire to eat chocolate, or smoke, or drink alcohol, but the desire to not do it also exists. In the end, what you do reflects your strongest desire. Put simply, you behave the way you do because your feelings for wanting to do it are stronger than your feelings for not wanting to do it.

How can hypnosis help?
Hypnosis can change how you feel about the habit or behaviour. The technique involves influencing the emotional part of your mind to make your feelings for not wanting to do it become much stronger than your feelings for wanting to do it. That’s it!

When you don’t want the chocolate or the cigarette or the glass of wine, you are not depriving yourself – so you avoid the cravings and feelings of deprivation. This is very different from what you’ve experienced in the past when you just stopped!

Check out the audio, video and written testimonies throughout this website and learn about a tiny representative sample of the many clients whom I have helped to change their behaviour.

Imagine this was you…