What is Hypnotherapy - Saskia Schuck Hypnotherapist explains

What is Hypnotherapy?

Long gone are the days when hypnosis lived in the fringes of psychotherapeutic interventions or belonged to the world of shady magic shows and parlour tricks. In the 20th century, hypnosis ignited the interest of researchers, found its way into laboratories and became a seriously studied subject. However, to this day, myths and misconceptions are still circling around the topic of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

Mainstream media still likes to portray hypnosis as this dark force that is often used to gain personal advantage, but in reality, hypnotherapy is very different from the use of hypnosis for entertainment which often involves skilful misdirection, distractions, make belief and other tricks used by mentalists and stage hypnotists. 

I can guarantee you that hypnotists do not possess any extraordinary powers, will not take control of your mind, make you reveal your PIN number nor make you do anything against your will. Neither does it involve you staring at a swinging pocket watch, nor being wrapped into a cosy crochet blanket and lulled into a deep slumber whilst pan flutes are playing in the distance. However, people have described the experience as pleasant and relaxing, but with the added benefit of personal growth and self-mastery.

Hypnosis is a special way of using ordinary psychological and physiological occurrences to direct the subject's attention upon a certain idea to shift them into an altered experience of themselves or their reality. Throughout our day, there are many times whereby we are fully absorbed in what we are doing to the exclusion of everything else around us, for example when we are reading a book, watching a film or going for a run. Hypnosis helps us to create and enhance this level of absorption to seed ideas and behaviours that are beneficial for us. 

You might have experienced it before that when you were fully focused on a certain task, it became easier to make things happen and to take things on-board. As Tony Robbins says: "Where focus goes, energy flows. 

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There are many different approaches for hypnotherapy, but I now purely follow an evidence-based approach which means that I choose interventions that are supported by research to increase the chances for a successful outcome.

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal; 

it is the courage to continue that counts.” 

- Winston Churchill 

Common Questions


If hypnotists had this power, we would be ruling the world...In all sincerity, hypnosis does not result in the subject being under the control of the hypnotists. You cannot be made to do anything against you will. On the contrary, you must want to accept suggested ideas and actively imagine responding to them to evoke the desired effect.

can everyone be hypnotised?

If you can follow instructions, you can be hypnotised. In my approach, hypnosis is a skill and can be learnt and with practice, improved upon. From our first session, you will be taught how to use your imagination and how to enhance the hypnotic effect to give you the best chances for success.

Is hypnosis safe?

Hypnosis is completely safe when used responsibly and professionally. You cannot get "stuck" in hypnosis and you are always in control. 

If you are unsure of anything, suspicious or have any pre-conceived notions of hypnotherapy that you want to talk through, please don't hesitate to ask me.


Hypnosis is not a form of sleep or unconsciousness. The majority of people  report being aware of everything that is going on during hypnosis. and often have full memory of the experience afterwards. 

I often refer to it as taking my clients on a journey, a metaphorical trip in your mind or imagination.


This depends on the nature of your situation and the expected duration will be discussed during the consultation. 

Hypnotherapy is probably one of the briefest forms of psychological approaches, the typical course of treatment is 4 - 6 sessions.

Those who think that hypnosis is somehow magical, and a single session will "cure" them are likely to be disappointed. Hypnotherapy is a tool to unlock human potential, not a magic formula. 


There is some empirically supported evidence that hypnosis is an effective, and even a preferred treatment for certain issues. However, it does have its limits and as with any medical or therapeutic approach, there can be no definite guarantees. Success if often dependant on the collaborative effort of you, the client, and myself. You will be expected to be 100% committed and I can ensure that I will do my best to help you achieve your goals.

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