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CogniSENSE - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CogniSENSE™ Method?

The CogniSENSE™ method is devised to treat many of the issues affecting us in our day-to-day lives, using a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hypnotherapeutic techniques, psychotherapy and counselling.   CogniSENSE™ sessions are tailored to suit the needs of the individual to deal with habits, addictions and negative emotions resulting in positive change.

The CogniSENSE Method is used to treat people dealing with a variety of common problems.  These can vary from weight issues such as compulsive and emotional eating disorders to smoking, anxiety, phobias and negative habits. 

CogniSENSE involves the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and multi-sensory treatment.  Human beings have a multitude of senses and treatment can be carried out by helping them manage their sensory perception and the way they think and behave.   

Once an assessment of these sensory modalities has been made, techniques can be applied during the session to bring about positive change. 

Does CogniSENSE™ involve Hypnotherapy?

The CogniSENSE™ method involves elements of hypnosis which will be used to bring you into a state of deep relaxation.  Once you are in a totally relaxed state your sub-conscious mind becomes responsive to suggestions made, and the changes you require can be gently implemented.

Are Results Guaranteed?

No GuaranteesNo, hypnotherapy is not a 'silver bullet'.  Clients differ greatly in their response to a hypnotist.  And some people may respond better to one hypnotherapist than another.  Goals must be realistic and even then changing behaviour is challenging.  Human beings are complex!

Hypnotherapy is a two way process.  Every client is unique and is treated as such.  Sessions are planned and tailored to best match clients' needs, individual requirements and personality types.  Typically the Hypnotherapist prepares for an hour or more before every session.

Although it can be an effective treatment for many conditions hypnotherapy shouldn’t be regarded as a replacement for medical evaluation or treatment, and results cannot be guaranteed. .

When is hypnotherapy not recommended?

You shouldn't use hypnotherapy and we will not treat you without your physician's approval if you suffer from psychosis or certain types of personality disorder, as it could make these conditions worse.

Some hypnotherapists also supply hypnotic tapes and downloads which can be enjoyed in the comfort of the client's own home.  It is advisable not to listen to such recordings whilst driving or operating machinery or if you have a history of seizures or epilepsy.  If you are in any doubt about using such products, it is best to consult your medical practitioner or GP.

Will I be asleep?

No you will not be asleep.  Although you will find yourself in a deep state of relaxation and will drift off into a state hypnotic trance, you will not actually be asleep.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions you require will depend on what you are being treated for, and whether you have underlying issues.  This will be determined at your initial consultation where an assessment can be made.  An average number of sessions could vary between 3-6 sessions although a quit smoking session can be treated in one single session.

Hypnotic SpiralWhat if I cannot be hypnotised?

Many people worry that they will not be able to be hypnotised.   The reality is that the majority of people are able to experience a hypnotic state and are receptive to suggestions made once they are significantly relaxed, after which hypnosis can be induced.

Will I be under the control of the Hypnotherapist?

You cannot be controlled or made to do anything against your will whilst under hypnosis.

How do I choose a good Hypnotherapist?

It is highly recommended that you speak to the hypnotherapist on the phone first of all to ensure this is someone you will feel at ease with.  This will help to make your first appointment even more enjoyable and since you will be listening to this person’s voice make sure you like the sound of the hypnotherapist’s voice.  To listen to Marie's voice, download her free relaxation exercise here.

If you found the hypnotherapist on a hypnotherapy register or directory you may already be aware of the therapist’s qualifications and membership of any associations as these should listed on the site.  Many hypnotherapists offer a free initial consultation before any treatment is started.  You should take advantage of this session to find out more about hypnotherapy, get to know your therapist and make sure hypnosis is for you.