We often get asked a lot of common questions about what we do and what Hypnotherapy is. So on this page we thought we’d answer some frequent questions people often ask us about Hypnotherapy and offer you some insights into what common problems it can be used to address as well. Just straight talking, no jargon.

Sorry, there’s no clucking like chickens involved.

So… Hypnosis? Hypnotherapy? Trance? What is the difference?

The term ‘Hypnosis’ is derived from an Ancient Greek word - Hypnos - meaning ‘Sleep’. There are so many theories for what actually occurs to us during hypnosis that it would make for very boring reading, so let’s keep it simple and interesting.

Hypnosis itself can be argued simply as an altered state of consciousness, and is something that we are all much more familiar with than we might think. If you’ve ever been driving down the motorway, and somehow got from junction 5 to junction 12 without a clue of how you got there, you were probably in an altered state of consciousness, which may be also described as a ‘Trance’. Although you will be in an altered state, you will not be ‘asleep’ during hypnosis.

During hypnosis, or while someone is ‘in trance’, a trained and skilled Hypnotherapist can use various therapeutic interventions to address the issue that the patient would like to resolve. These interventions may involve techniques from traditional Psychotherapy, NLP, Gestalt Therapy, or many other approaches.

I’ve watched these people on TV do Hypnosis and make people do silly things. Is that what will happen?

No. Absolutely not.

‘Stage Hypnotists’ are performers and entertainers. Stage Hypnotists are not Hypnotherapists and do not use hypnosis to deliver therapeutic interventions for patients. Stage Hypnotists perform hypnosis purely for entertainment and often select only the most ‘suggestible’ members of an audience to come up on stage to take part in the performance.

So it’s not possible to make somebody behave like that against their will?

A Hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything that you would not willingly do yourself. And even if it were possible to really control someone’s behaviour or actions, it would be incredibly unethical and unprofessional to do so. Anyone delivering unethical and immoral professional behaviour would not stay in business very long. Hypnosis is not about ‘mind control’, it is a collaboration between the patient and therapist to create a desired change in your life.

NEWRO Coaching & Hypnotherapy only offer Hypnotherapy services from qualified, registered Hypnotherapists who adhere to a very strict code of ethics and conduct. We are fully insured to deliver Hypnotherapy and Coaching services and can discuss any further questions you may have during your consultation.

That doesn’t sound like I thought it would be! Tell me more.

We’re not going spend hours and hours talking about your problems. We take a ‘Solution-Focused’ approach here at NEWRO and have no interest in sitting and talking about problems week in, week out for months on end. There is absolutely a place for those types of talking therapies, no question, but that’s not what people come to us for, and we’ll happily leave that to those who wish to take that approach and focus on our philosophy instead.

So it’s not going to be all intense and emotional?

We try to keep things as positive, interesting and energised as we can during our sessions. Will there be tears sometimes? Sure. Will it be challenging? Absolutely. Change doesn’t always come easy I’m afraid. But we will also experience all sorts of other things along the way and our sessions can be happy, joyful, enlightening, relaxing and fun experiences. It’s not all snotty tissues and crying, although we will keep a fresh box handy just in case.

Is Hypnotherapy suitable for everyone?

Hypnotherapy has a huge range of applications. It is estimated that around 85% of the general population will respond to clinical Hypnotherapy. And within that group, each person will experience different depths of trance based on their individual differences, just like some people find it easier to visualise or relax than others.

There are, however, some contraindications to it’s use. It is advised that anyone who is currently undergoing medical treatment for any physiological or psychological condition consult their Doctor before starting Hypnotherapy. Patients who are using prescription or non-prescription medication should inform their therapist in advance, as some drugs may have an undesired effect on the treatment process. Those patients with drug or alcohol dependencies should also seek treatment from their GP as we work collaboratively with specialists during the rehabilitation process, not as a replacement for such services.

If in doubt, please contact your doctor for advice.

Please note that we do not currently work with anyone under the age of 18 years old.

What kind of things can Hypnotherapy be used for?

The clinical applications of Hypnotherapy are vast. From pain management to smoking cessation, phobias, weight control, sleep problems, anxiety, emotional and psychological problems, bed wetting, compulsions, boosting self-confidence, improving sports performance, inspiring creativity or self-hypnosis for childbirth, the list goes on and on. Whether you are looking to experience a personal breakthrough, or perhaps try a unique approach to a problem where other therapies have failed, get in touch to see how we can help. If we can’t we’ll find you someone who can.

I really feel like this is something I’d like to pursue, when can I get started?


We suggest checking out the rest of our free content on our Inspiration page and if you feel that our style, approach and philosophy is something that fits who you are, then we’d love to hear from you. If you are ready to make a big commitment to a change then head straight over to our Free Consultation page and read through the details. We’ll get you started as soon as we have availability.