What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a psychological state of consciousness during which a person is highly relaxed and exhibits an open, more receptive state of mind. It is a normal and natural phenomenon that allows us to use our mind in ways not usually possible; to heal and treat many conditions.  It has been used to great effect in therapy for centuries.

What does it feel like to ‘go under’ during hypnosis?

Most clients say that they feel wonderfully relaxed and calm when in a hypnotic state. Some have compared the feeling with that of daydreaming. Contrary to the many myths, hypnosis doesn’t feel strange. Think of it as an extension of meditation, where you are totally absorbed in one thought.

Will I be asleep when I’m in a hypnotic trance?

Though the feeling of hypnosis can be similar to that of sleep, you are actually mentally alert and aware of everything that your body is doing. So no, you will not be asleep.

I’ve seen shows where people are controlled by the hypnotist and made to do silly things, will this happen to me?

This is a valid worry and one that is expressed by many people, given the sensationalist acts performed by so-called celebrity hypnotists. However, be reassured that this will not happen and that there has never been any empirical research to suggest that a hypnotist can control and manipulate someone against their will.

It’s true that the mind can be influenced to a certain degree, but the body will only respond if the mind is happy with the command. Ultimately, you won’t ever be persuaded to do anything that goes against your core beliefs and values.

It is also worth pointing out that there is a difference between a ‘hypnotist’ and a ‘hypnotherapist’ – the latter uses hypnosis, naturally, for therapeutic reasons while a hypnotist tends to use it for entertainment.

What if I can’t be hypnotised?

One of the biggest myths relating to hypnosis is that certain people cannot be hypnotised. This is not true. As it is a natural state of mind, anyone can be hypnotised.

It might surprise you to learn that many people enter hypnosis several times in a day, whether it’s zoning out when watching a film, being absorbed in the housework or engrossed in work.  Time can just float by and that, essentially, is hypnosis.

The exception might be in cases where a client is taking extremely heavy prescription medicine, is under the influence of drugs or alcohol or suffers from a severe mental illness. However, anyone that is not convinced can speak to Shaan in person and book a free consultation. Alternatively, why not download the free hypnosis gift and try for yourself?

Will I remember anything from the session when I ‘wake up’?

It is quite common not to recall everything that happens. The key thing to understand is that your unconscious mind – the part of your mind that facilitates change – remembers all the information you need from the session.

How do I know whether Shaan White Hypnotherapy is right for me?

This is a great question and one which should be the very first question you ask yourself before embarking on any treatment. Hypnotherapy is a self-regulated profession and virtually anyone can call themselves a hypnotherapist.

Fortunately, Shaan White is a fully-qualified graduate of the Adam Eason School of Therapeutic Hypnotherapy.  The school is externally accredited, meaning that Shaan’s education was both rigorous and demanding. As a result, his knowledge and expertise is of the highest calibre.

Shaan is additionally registered with National Council of Hypnotherapists and is a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register, so operates in compliance with their respective codes of ethics. The practice is also in possession of professional indemnity insurance.

Shaan’s approach (which is explained in more detail on the Our Difference page) has been developed with his clients’ best interests at heart. He takes great pride in listening to each client’s situation, devising a personalised treatment programme as appropriate and providing the best possible service he can.

What other techniques does Shaan White Hypnotherapy use?

As a qualified Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner, Shaan also uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in his sessions. CBT aims to change habits, thoughts and behaviours through talking about issues. Together with hypnotherapy, this technique can be very effective. Shaan will devise a bespoke treatment schedule comprising CBT and hypnotherapy as suits the individual’s needs and believes he is using some of the most powerful techniques available.

His approach also reflects the techniques demonstrated by Milton Erickson, one of the world’s greatest hypnotherapists and one of Shaan’s biggest influences.

“There is nothing here that I haven’t used myself and personally speaking, I have had great results using the techniques I share with you” – Shaan White.

Can you guarantee that Shaan White Hypnotherapy will cure me from my condition?

Under the various codes of ethics that the practice abides by, we are not allowed to make guarantees of that kind. We would seriously advise and discourage you from going to any therapist that claims they can ‘cure’ ailments – as this is simply not true.

We are all different and unique; what works for one person will not necessarily work for another as we all respond differently. It would be totally unethical to guarantee results or cures of any kind.

Does the practice only see people regarding anxieties, or does it work with any other issues?

Shaan White specialises in fears, phobias and anxieties and believes that by specialising, he can provide a better, more focused service.  These are huge areas that can impact just about every area of life – for example a fear of gaining weight or an anxiety about a serious illness.

That’s not to say that Shaan cannot work through other issues. Please contact us to discuss your personal situation.

What are your fees?

Please see the ‘Fees’ section for information regarding face to face session charges.  Individual costs for downloadable audio tracks are noted on the respective MP3 pages.