Frequently Asked Questions

Is hypnosis safe?

Hypnosis is perfectly safe providing you choose to go to a fully competent experienced hypnotherapist.
Liz Vincent is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, the regulator for Complementary Therapists.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is just an altered state of consciousness. We actually go in and out of trance many times a day without actually realising it. For example when we watch TV and become emotionally involved with the characters and the plot we are in a light trance. Or when we think about what we would like for dinner and we see in our minds eye an interesting and inviting plate of our favourite food we are in the alpha brainwave a slight trance like state. Driving is another example we go into what is sometimes called automatic pilot. A slightly deeper trance is the theta brainwave, that state of being between asleep and awake. So, if for example you are in a deep sleep and your alarm clock goes off. You jump but you are not quite awake. You are still in the middle of a dream but at the same time you are also aware that it is Monday morning and you have to get up and go to a meeting. At that point you are in the theta brainwave, fully aware of where you are, hearing noises outside and perhaps smelling coffee but at the same time still seeing your dream and wanting to stay in that dream. This is the state you are in when you are hypnotised.

What are the brain waves we experience?

Frequency range Name Usually associated with: 40 Hz Gamma waves: Higher mental awareness, including insight, problem solving, consciousness and fear 13–40 Hz Beta waves: Full of life, fully awake, busy, active concentration, anxious thinking, excitement, full awareness 7–13 Hz Alpha waves: Feeling relaxed (when awake), feeling drowsy, day dreaming 4–7 Hz Theta waves: Deep relaxation, Meditation, REM sleep < 4 Hz Delta waves: No awareness of body, Deep dreamless sleep

Am I asleep when I am hypnotised?

No, you are not asleep. You are just in an altered state of consciousness as described above.

My doctor has prescribed anti depressants is it still OK for me to be hypnotised?

Yes, hypnosis is all about helping you to feel better and anything that makes you feel better is always positive isn’t it?

What does being hypnotised feel like?

The term hypnosis comes from the Greek word for sleep. However during hypnosis you are not actually asleep. You will always be completely of your surroundings and you never loose consciousness. You will just feel very relaxed.

Can I be made to look or feel silly when I am hypnotised?

No, you can never be made to do or say anything you are not happy with. Stage hypnosis only works because the people picked to go on stage are natural exhibitionists and happy to go along with anything they are asked to do. Hypnosis for therapy is very different and very sympathetic to the person’s feelings.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Anyone can be hypnotised as long as they want to be. Some people feel the need to control everything around them and are not prepared to completely let go. This is usually due to their fear and lack of trust in other people. Hypnosis is all about letting go and going with the flow just as you would if you were day dreaming.

Who should not attempt hypnosis?

It is generally thought that people suffering from epilepsy should not undergo hypnosis.

Am I too intelligent to be hypnotised?

No, the more intelligent you are the better.

Will I be asleep or unconscious when I am hypnotised?

No, you will look as though you are asleep but you will just be very relaxed and in an altered state of consciousness.

What if I can’t go into a deep enough trance?

Some people go deeper than others but this work is all about understanding. So, this is all about making sure that you are in the appropriate relaxed state for you to be able to access the information you need.

Why do I need hypnosis when I can consciously change my own life?

Everything is about freedom and regression hypnosis is a tool that allows us to access a part of ourselves that in everyday life we are not able to understand or make contact with. It can help us to let go of past events and beliefs that are actually preventing us from creating a happy and positive future for ourselves now.

If I come for a past life regression appointment how many past lives will I see in that one session?

We have experienced thousands of past or parallel lives but usually in one session we will visit two or three or these lives.

If my hypnotherapist dropped dead during my session would I get stuck in a past life?

No, you would just fall asleep and wake up in your own time when you were ready.

What will happen if I can’t come back from a past life?

You will always be able to easily come out of a past life experience. We frequently go into past lives when we sleep but we always wake up from them.

How will my life change after experiencing a past life regression?

There is no actual guarantee that it will change at all. However after just one past life regression people often have a far deeper understanding of how they experience negative recurring patterns in their lives. This then allows them to let go of the past and move forward in a far more positive way.

Can past life regression cure phobias?

Yes, usually once the key cause to the phobia is found and understood the phobia can be released once and for all.

Will I remember everything about the past life regression session?

Yes, when you experience past life regression with Liz you will remember everything about the session. However if you want your experience recorded. Liz is happy to put everything onto a CD and send it to you for an added extra of just £15.

What is spirit release?

Spirit release involves letting go of negative energies and thought forms that may be stopping someone from being who they really want to be.

What is Theta Healing?

Theta Healing was created by Vianna Stibel. It is a very effective way of allowing the practitioner to change a person’s negative belief patterns into positive healthy ones by going into the Theta brainwave. This treatment can help the person let go of illness’s by understanding how their beliefs attracted the illness to them in the first place.

What is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)?

Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT as it is more often known was created by Gary Craig in 1995. In 1979 Roger Callahan a practicing kinesiologst was treating a severe water phobic patient called Mary. He found that by tapping under her eye whilst getting her to say a positive affirmation created an instant remission in her condition. Gary Craig who studied with Callahan took this one step further when he realised that and I quote “The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.” What this means is: If you are upset about something, your body holds on to it in a negative way and then often goes on to create emotional disturbances or pain or both. Gary Craig realised that these emotions could be released by getting the patient to say the correct phase to release the problem while at the same time either he or the patient tapped on the 14 major meridian points.

What is NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming)?

NLP was created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. Bandler whose background was mathematics and Gestalt therapy got together with Grinder who had a PHD in linguistics. Together they studied how famous therapists like Milton E Erikson, Fritz Perls and Virginia Satir were able to achieve excellent results with their patients. By learning how to replicate the ways these therapists worked they began to understand more about how people organise their thoughts, feelings, language and behaviour. This then lead to them creating NLP and achieving very positive results with people who were experiencing a variety of different problems.