Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions below. If yours isn't answered, please call us on 1300-HYPNO-1 (1300 497 661) and we will happily to respond to your query.

What if I can't be hypnotised?

Some people describe themselves as 'too clever' or 'too stubborn' or as having a mind that is 'too active,' and that therefore they cannot be hypnotised. Comments such as these can come from a number of places - a misunderstanding of what hypnosis is, an irrational fear of hypnosis, a resistance to therapy and to change, etc. The fact is, everyone is capable of achieving at least a light state of hypnosis.

What if I don't wake up again?

The word 'hypnosis' comes from the Greek 'hypnos' which means 'sleep,' but this is something of a misnomer. You do not really fall asleep in hypnosis, so there is no need to fear falling asleep forever.

Can I be made to do things against my will?

No. You cannot be made to do anything against your will.

There is an axiom among hypnotists, that "all hypnosis is self-hypnosis." The choice is always yours to enter or leave the hypnotic state.

Hollywood has done a lot to scare most people away from hypnosis. The truth is, it's more like meditation than magic.

If you want to enter hypnosis, you make the choice and do so. And if you want to leave hypnosis, you can do so at any time of your own volition. You remain quite aware of what is being said to you while 'under' and if you don't like what's going on, you can stop everything and leave the hypnotic state very easily.

That being said, if you encounter any discomfort during a session and you feel confident in your therapist, it is best to speak up. It may be that you have struck upon an important block to your healing and personal success and your hypnotherapist will be able to help you move through or transform it.

Will everything be kept confidential?

Gibbs Hypnotherapy abides by privacy laws with regards to the handling of personal health information. In addition, sessions are carried out following the Code of Conduct of the Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.

How long does it take?

Hypnotherapy is a fast and effective method of change and healing. The goal of hypnosis-based therapies is not to keep you in therapy for an indefinite time but to resolve your problem quickly so you can move on with life.

Is hypnotherapy for everybody?

Everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy. Even the basic relaxation and focus of hypnosis brings its own health benefits. Of course, the real power is in the application of hypnotherapeutic techniques to make changes toward greater happiness and wellbeing.


Some conditions, though, may require medical attention and possible surgery, or the supervision of a more specialised therapeutic practitioner.

I can't afford it - what can I do?

Gibbs Hypnotherapy understands many people experience financial difficulties. If you are interested in our services but think you cannot afford them, please call to discuss your situation and we may be able to offer concessions based on your individual circumstances.

If we cannot find a mutually agreeable solution, we can happily provide you with contact details for other organisations offering low-cost psychotherapeutic care.

If not hypnotherapy, then what?

We recommend that you try at least two sessions before deciding if hypnotherapy is suitable for you. If after trying hypnotherapy you find it is not to your liking, there may be other modes of treatment you would like to try, such as acupuncture or massage, to help with your issue.

Gibbs Hypnotherapy is happy to recommend other natural health professionals that you may wish to contact.