What does ‘being hypnotised’ involve?

People frequently have specific view as to what hypnotherapy involves, including what it feels like to be hypnotised because of stage hypnotists and television. Working with me doesn’t involve me putting you ‘under’ or 'into' a state of hypnosis. As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist I work on the principle that your problem involves an everyday trance, that enables your unconscious to bypass your control and cause you to act in a way it feels helps you - and often actually doesn't. If a light trance is causing the problem, then only light trance is needed to solve the problem. So you'll find our sessions are interactive, where we work together toward your goals and without swinging watch in sight. You might be surprised how normal the whole experience feels. There may be times when I help you to feel more relaxed, or ask you to think about things with your eyes closed. I call this being in a ‘light trance’ because your mind may be in the past, future or somewhere completely imagined, but because we do this all the time anyway, it will feel more familiar to you than you might have thought.

Is it like stage hypnotism or TV?

Stage hypnotism and hypnosis is nothing like a hypnotherapy session (provided you are seeing a competent, professional hypnotherapist). There are no swinging watches, clucking chickens or being made to do something you don’t want to do. You will remain in control of your actions throughout the session and if you are not comfortable with something, you can stop at any time. The aim of stage hypnosis is to entertain. My aim as a cognitive hypnotherapist is to help you get to where you want to be at your speed, taking into account your individual circumstances.

How is Cognitive Hypnotherapy different from traditional hypnotherapy?

There are several key differences between Cognitive Hypnotherapy and traditional hypnotherapy, such as:
• Traditional hypnotherapy usually relies on set scripts delivered to the client. As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist I tailor positive suggestions to your individual goals. I am also able to draw on a range of therapeutic tools including EFT, positive psychology and NLP.
• Cognitive Hypnotherapy does not rely on you going into a ‘deep trance’ for it to be effective.
• Cognitive Hypnotherapy is the only model of hypnotherapy that has been compared favourably to other NHS talking therapies for anxiety and depression. See here for our research evidence.
• Cognitive Hypnotherapy allows for greater flexibility because it incorporates different therapeutic tools. This allows me to provide a completely bespoke treatment plan because your beliefs, memories and values are completely unique to you.

What is self-hypnosis?

Self-hypnosis refers to techniques that could help you to change your emotional state to the one you desire when you are living your everyday life. They are quick and straightforward to learn and don’t necessarily require you to close your eyes. This means that they can often be used anywhere you are. I will teach you these techniques in our sessions together so that you will be well prepared to use them in between sessions. Clients who take the time to practice self-hypnosis techniques usually see results more quickly because a lot of therapy happens between sessions.

I’m nervous about opening up about my problem. How do I decide who is the right hypnotherapist for me?

It’s natural that you might feel nervous about telling someone about your problem. In order to choose the right hypnotherapist for you, I recommend doing the following:
• Have a chat with them. Most hypnotherapists understand that it requires courage to get in touch and will offer a free, no-obligation chat over the phone or face-to-face. I offer a free telephone conversation and I am happy to answer any of your queries by email. So, if you want to discuss what you would like help with, feel free to give me a ring or contact me via my contact form and I will give you a ring back. People often get a good idea of whether they would be happy opening up to someone once they have a chat with them.
• You would want to make sure they are registered with a professional regulator/membership organisation like the CNHC, the QCHPA or NCH.
• You could ask about their qualifications and where they trained. There is a real range in the quality of training and qualifications in hypnotherapy, so satisfy yourself that they are sufficiently qualified.
• Consider their location and availability. Would you prefer to see someone local to your home or your workplace? If you want to explore the benefits of Cognitive hypnotherapy and hypnosis in Bournemouth/Poole area then why not get in touch for a free, confidential chat with no obligation.

Where are you based?

I am Cognitive Hypnotherapy service provider in Poole and Online. If you have any questions, please contact me by email or telephone.


Laura Lohk Dip CHyp, NLP MPrac

Transformational Therapy, Mindset Coaching (Face to Face and Online)

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