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Hypnotherapy Sessions

A free and confidential service for students

HypnotherapyHypnotherapy sessions are free to students of the University, for issues that may be affecting you or your coursework caused by stress, anxiety, panic or difficulties with relaxation.

If you would like to book a session please contact the Students 1st Information Centre.

If you would like to speak to one of the hypnotherapists or the counselling team: email counselling@solent.ac.uk or phone 023 8031 9730 (internal ext 3730). 

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis (hypnotic trance) is an altered state of consciousness in which it is possible to communicate with the subconscious mind. Believe it or not, it is a very common state, which everybody, to some degree, experiences every day.

It occurs when our conscious mind is absorbed or distracted. You know how it is when you get thoroughly lost in a beautiful piece of music, or a good book, or a daydream, or the TV. Your attention is completely captured and everyday reality fades into the background as your mind carries you away to a different world of the imagination. You are still conscious, but your consciousness is temporarily altered. Well, that is a form of trance. In fact we all go through a similar phase just before we go to sleep. It’s a very natural and normal state of deep relaxation, which we all experience and drift in and out of from time to time.

The hypnotherapy sessions involve you being guided into this same relaxed state of consciousness which then enables you and the hypnotherapist to tackle the issues that are affecting you. Because this hypnotic trance state is bypassing the conscious mind and communicating with the subconscious mind, successful and significant results are achieved very quickly. 

How it feels to be hypnotised

Because a hypnotic trance is a very natural and normal state to achieve, it is a very pleasant feeling of calmness and deep relaxation. Every muscle in your body becomes pleasantly relaxed and all tension disappears.

Contrary to popular belief, when you are hypnotised you are not asleep or unconscious. You will normally have your eyes closed, but you can still hear and feel and speak. Indeed, your concentration and awareness actually become heightened. You are, in fact, in complete control, a heightened sense of control, throughout the whole time you are hypnotised, and therefore, you can come back to complete conscious awareness at any time you choose. 

Is it for you?

Hypnotherapy is beneficial for many issues, and for most people. Here at the counselling service, we offer hypnotherapy sessions to people who may want help with the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Stress
  • Relaxation
  • Exam stress/panic/phobia
  • Presentation difficulties
  • Public speaking 

What you can expect

You will be offered an Assessment appointment, at which you will complete a confidential questionnaire, and a hypnotherapist will discuss with you whether hypnotherapy is appropriate for you. If hypnotherapy is right for you, you will be informed how many hypnotherapy sessions you will require, although in most cases this will only need to be a maximum of two to three sessions. You will also be asked to sign a consent form confirming you give permission to be hypnotised.

If hypnotherapy is not right for you, your hypnotherapist will discuss other forms of support available to help you manage or resolve the issues affecting you. 

Your commitment

For us to help you get the most out of your sessions:

  • The successful outcome of hypnotherapy sessions requires a commitment from you, which involves your full engagement with and attendance at the sessions offered.
  • If you are unable to keep your appointments or wish to change them, please contact us as soon as possible, so that this may be arranged.
  • For hypnotherapy to be fully effective, it is important you attend the whole session. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late on a 30 minute appointment or 20 minutes late on a 50 minute appointment we will need to rebook the session.
  • It is important not to attend any session under the influence of any intoxicating substance. Hypnotherapy cannot be conducted in such circumstances.
  • For successful outcomes, your hypnotherapist may include the use of activities for you to do between sessions, such as the use of CD recordings. Committing to and undertaking these exercises away from the sessions will significantly increase the successful outcome of hypnotherapy. 

Professional standards and confidentiality

The hypnotherapist is a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register, National Council of Hypnotherapists and Clinical and Therapeutic Hypnosis Association and works within the professional standards and Code of Ethics as laid out by these professional organisations.

You can download the most current copy of the Professional Standards and Code of Ethics or copies are available from the Students 1st Information Centre (RM050).

Hypnotherapy sessions are highly confidential, and your hypnotherapist will discuss the limits to confidentiality with you at your Assessment appointment.

Training

There is a qualified hypnotherapist within the counselling service who provides the hypnotherapy sessions, and is committed to and involved in ongoing professional development.

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