How Hypnotherapy Works
You remain completely in control and can emerge from hypnosis any time you choose to. You cannot be made to say or do anything that you don't want to.
All hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis and you can only be hypnotised if you want to be. You have to allow it to happen, and to engage fully in the process to gain the maximum benefit from it.
You are not 'put into' hypnosis, you allow yourself to be guided into a receptive state that is referred to as hypnosis, or trance, by listening to the hypnotherapist and by using your imagination to see, sense or imagine what is being suggested to you.
While in this relaxing and receptive state you will continue to hear sounds in the background such as a bus going by but as you will be focused on your internal experience, and my voice, you won't be disturbed by them.
The experience of hypnosis varies from person to person. Most people feel deeply relaxed. Some find that their arms and legs feel heavy while others notice feelings of lightness. You may even find that you feel different each time. Being in hypnosis may feel quite familiar and even comforting as it's such a natural state to be in.
The number of sessions you may need is dependent as much on your desire to make getting well or changing your life a priority as it does on the presenting issue. The average number of sessions I find though is 3-6 while some people need less and some need more.