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Top 20 Questions About Hypnosis Hypnotherapy

The top 20 questions that the general public needs to know about hypnosis hypnotherapy.

Welcome to our programme.

Today, we have the privilege of interviewing Martin Kiely who is a professional hypnotist, hypnotherapist, to shed light on the fascinating world of hypnosis hypnotherapy.

Martin is a Board-Certified Hypnotist, and Certified Instructor, with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), who are the oldest and largest hypnotism organization in the world.

He has been in full time practice in Cork, Ireland, since 1989, and maintains a highly successful hypnosis hypnotherapy practice, and professional hypnotism training centre, approved by the National Guild of Hypnotists.

Let us delve right in and ask Martin the top 20 questions that the general public needs to know about hypnosis  hypnotherapy.

1. What is hypnosis, and how would you define it in simple terms for someone who has never encountered it before?

Hypnosis is a natural state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility. It is often induced through relaxation techniques and guided imagery. In this state, individuals are more receptive to suggestions, allowing them to tap into their subconscious mind and make positive changes.

2. Is hypnosis a valid therapeutic technique, and if so, what are some common applications or conditions it can help with?

Yes, hypnosis is a valid therapeutic technique backed by scientific research. There are many published research outcomes and findings on the efficacy of hypnosis, freely available online, – simply Google “Hypnosis Hypnotherapy Research Outcomes”.

What I do is make hypnosis hypnotherapy easy for people so they can eliminate negative thoughts, false beliefs and the negative impact of past failures that have been holding them back.

Procrastination, poor habits, and self-sabotage get in the way of success. I help people who become so blocked and have no idea how to get unstuck and moving forward.

Hypnosis, hypnotherapy, can be beneficial for various issues such as:

  • Reaching professional performance goals
  • Reducing negative unwanted habits, Stop Smoking
  • Elevate self-confidence
  • Boost motivation for physical exercise
  • Reducing unnecessary worry and stress
  • Managing pain
  • Weight management
  • Sleep Improvement
  • Enhance Sports Performance
  • Overcoming exam related apprehension

3. How does hypnosis work? Are there any scientific explanations or theories behind it?

The exact mechanisms of hypnosis are still being explored, but there are several theories. One prominent theory suggests that hypnosis bypasses the critical conscious mind and directly influences the subconscious mind, where beliefs, emotions, and habits are stored. This allows for the possibility of altering limiting beliefs and behaviours.

4. Can anyone be hypnotized, or are there specific individuals who are more susceptible to hypnosis?

While the majority of individuals can be hypnotized, the level of responsiveness may vary. Some people are naturally more receptive to hypnosis, while others may require more practice or specific techniques. However, it is important to note that willingness and openness play a significant role in the success of hypnosis.

5. Is hypnosis safe? Are there any risks or potential side effects associated with undergoing hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis, when practiced by a trained professional, is generally safe. It is a non-invasive and natural approach. However, it is essential to consult with a qualified hypnotherapist to ensure your safety and well-being. Occasionally, individuals may experience emotional release or temporary feelings of drowsiness, but these are typically transient and part of the hypnosis change process.

6. How long does a typical hypnotherapy session last, and how many sessions are usually needed to achieve the desired results?

The duration of a hypnotherapy session can vary, but a typical session lasts between an hour to 1.5 hours. The number of sessions required depends on various factors, including the individual’s goals, complexity of the issue, and their responsiveness to hypnosis. Some individuals may experience positive changes in a short period, while others may require more than one or two sessions.

7. Are there different types or approaches to hypnosis, and if so, what are some of the most well-known ones?

Yes, there are different approaches to hypnosis. Some commonly known types include: Elman Hypnosis, Ericksonian hypnosis, solution Focused Hypnotherapy, cognitive-behavioural hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and Self-Hypnosis. Each approach has its unique methods and techniques. Depending on the practitioner, they may use some, most, or all of the approaches. But the goal remains the same—to facilitate positive change in the individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

8. Can hypnosis be used for self-improvement or personal development, such as enhancing focus, overcoming bad habits, or boosting confidence?

Absolutely! Hypnosis is an effective tool for self-improvement and personal development. By accessing the subconscious mind, it becomes possible to address and modify limiting beliefs, break free from destructive habits, improve focus and concentration, enhance self-confidence, and unleash one’s full potential. This is why hypnosis can be highly effective with athletes and sports people.

9. What is the role of the hypnotherapist during a session? How do they guide and support the individual being hypnotized?

The hypnotherapist’s role is to create a safe and supportive environment. They guide individuals into a state of relaxation and focus, using calming techniques and suggestions tailored to the individual’s goals. Throughout the session, the hypnotist hypnotherapist provides verbal cues, affirmations, and positive suggestions to facilitate the desired changes while ensuring the individual’s well-being.

10. Can you explain the difference between hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis? Are they fundamentally different practices?

Yes, hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis are fundamentally different practices. Hypnotherapy is a beneficial approach used to address personal issues and facilitate positive changes in an individual’s life. It is conducted in a controlled and private setting, with the primary focus being the individual’s well-being.

On the other hand, stage hypnosis is performed for entertainment purposes, typically in public settings. The stage hypnotist selects participants from the audience and uses hypnosis to create amusing or entertaining situations. However, it’s important to note that stage hypnosis participants are still willing volunteers and are not under the control of the hypnotist.

11. How can individuals distinguish between a qualified and reputable hypnotherapist and someone who may not have the necessary expertise?

Choosing a qualified and reputable hypnotherapist is essential. Look for a hypnotherapist who has received proper training and credentials from a recognized hypnosis organization. Additionally, consider their experience, client testimonials, and any specialized areas of expertise they may have. It’s also crucial to feel comfortable and trust your intuition when selecting a hypnotherapist.

12. What are some common misconceptions or myths about hypnosis hypnotherapy that you often encounter, and how would you address them?

There are several misconceptions about hypnosis hypnotherapy that persist. One common myth is that individuals can be controlled or made to do things against their will during hypnosis. In reality, hypnosis is a collaborative process, and individuals are fully aware of their actions. They remain in control and will not do anything that contradicts their morals or values.

Another misconception is that hypnosis is a form of sleep or unconsciousness. In truth, individuals in hypnosis are in a state of focused awareness and heightened suggestibility. They are fully capable of hearing and responding to the hypnotherapist’s instructions.

13. Can hypnosis be effective in addressing chronic pain or managing physical discomfort? What are the mechanisms behind it?

Yes, hypnosis can be effective in managing chronic pain and physical discomfort. By accessing the subconscious mind, hypnosis can help modulate pain perception, promote relaxation, and stimulate the release of endorphins — natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body. Additionally, hypnosis can address emotional factors associated with pain and facilitate coping strategies, enhancing overall well-being.

14. Is it possible to retrieve lost memories or uncover repressed experiences through hypnosis? What are the ethical considerations involved in this process?

While hypnosis can be used to explore memories, it is important to approach memory retrieval with caution and ethical considerations. Memories recalled under hypnosis are subjective and can be influenced by suggestions or unconscious biases. Therefore, it is essential to work with a qualified hypnotherapist who follows ethical guidelines and prioritizes the well-being and integrity of the individual.

15. Can hypnosis be used to overcome fears, phobias, or traumas? Are there any limitations or prerequisites for this type of personal growth?

Yes, hypnosis is commonly used to address fears, phobias, and traumas. By accessing the subconscious mind, hypnosis can help identify the root causes of these issues and facilitate the process of healing, personal growth and transformation. However, severe traumas may require additional therapeutic approaches in conjunction with hypnosis. It is crucial to work with a skilled hypnotherapist who specializes in these areas and understands the complexities involved.

16. Are there any contraindications or individuals who should avoid hypnotherapy due to certain medical or psychological conditions?

Hypnotherapy is generally safe for most individuals. However, there are certain medical or psychological conditions that may require caution or contraindicate hypnosis. These may include epilepsy, severe mental health disorders, personality disorders, or individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional or qualified hypnotherapist to determine the suitability of hypnotherapy for specific conditions.

17. How can someone prepare themselves for a hypnosis hypnotherapy session? Are there any specific instructions or recommendations they should follow?

Preparing for a hypnosis hypnotherapy session involves creating a conducive environment for relaxation and focus. It is recommended to dress comfortably, find a quiet and comfortable space, and minimize distractions. Following any instructions provided by the hypnotherapist, such as refraining from caffeine or alcohol before the session, can also be beneficial. Maintaining an open mind, positive attitude, and willingness to participate are essential elements for a successful hypnosis session.

18. What are some potential long-term effects of hypnosis hypnotherapy? Can the benefits obtained during sessions extend beyond the immediate treatment period?

The long-term effects of hypnosis hypnotherapy can be profound and transformative. By addressing underlying beliefs and patterns at the subconscious level, individuals may experience lasting positive changes in their thoughts, behaviours, and emotional well-being. The benefits obtained during hypnosis hypnotherapy sessions can extend beyond the immediate treatment period, supporting individuals in leading more fulfilling and empowered lives.

19. Is it possible to learn self-hypnosis techniques and practice them independently? Are there any resources or tools available for individuals interested in exploring this?

Yes, it is possible to learn self-hypnosis techniques and practice them independently. Self-hypnosis empowers individuals to utilize hypnosis for their personal growth and well-being. There are various resources available, including books, online courses, and guided audio recordings specifically designed to teach self-hypnosis techniques. Working with a qualified hypnotherapist initially can provide a strong foundation before transitioning to self-practice.

Any individual who is ready to unlock the power of their subconscious mind and transform their life can do so with personalized self-hypnosis audios, tailored specifically to their unique needs and goals. I invite him to check out my self-hypnosis audios: Winning Ways Within at martinkiely.ie

20. Finally, what advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who is considering hypnosis as a therapeutic option?

If you are considering hypnosis as an option for personal growth, I would encourage you to approach it with an open mind and a willingness to embrace positive change. Seek out a qualified and reputable hypnotherapist who resonates with you and your specific needs. Remember that hypnosis is a collaborative process, and your active participation is crucial for successful outcomes. Trust in your own inner resources and the transformative potential of hypnosis to support you on your journey toward personal growth and well-being.

Martin Kiely is a Board-Certified Hypnotist, and Certified Instructor, with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), who are the oldest and largest hypnotism organization in the world.

He has been in full time practice in Cork, Ireland, since 1989, and maintains a highly successful hypnosis hypnotherapy practice, and professional hypnotism training centre, approved by the National Guild of Hypnotists.

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The Real Truth About the Origin of World Hypnotism Day?

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Did you know that World Hypnotism Day is celebrated every year on January 4th? That’s right, around the time when many people make New Year’s resolutions!

World Hypnotism Day, is a particular event where professional hypnotists hypnotherapists from around the world combine their efforts to help promote hypnotism and educate the general public.

People desiring personal change become more aware of hypnosis and the benefits it offers.

Participating hypnotists present free and low cost events in their geographic locations or perhaps through online programmes.

But have you ever wondered about the origin of this special day?

In preparation for the upcoming World Hypnotism Day event I noticed from online research that there is a lot of confusion and misconceptions surrounding the origin of World Hypnotism Day.

When conducting a Google search for “Origin of World Hypnotism Day” the majority of results returned show that World Hypnotism Day was established in 2006 to celebrate the work of Dr. Jack Gibson.

Despite what many people have come to believe World Hypnotism Day DID NOT originate in 2006 to celebrate the work of Dr. Jack Gibson.

So what is the real story behind the origin of this special day and who is Dr Jack Gibson?

I am a firm believer that credit should be attributed to where credit is due. It sounds obvious but it doesn’t always naturally happen for whatever reason.

In the spirit of World Hypnotism Day, where we set out to dispel misconceptions surrounding hypnotism and educate the general public circumstances have evolved over time that do not reflect the true origin of World Hypnotism Day.

So my purpose for this blog is to set the record straight.

The first World Hypnotism Day was held on January 4, 2005, at the instigation of Tom Nicoli.

Tom Nicoli has been involved in the study of hypnotism and personal development for over 25 years and is the President of “A Better You Hypnosis”, Inc. in North Canton, Ohio, USA.

Before 2005 he felt so strongly about the potential of hypnotism that he organized a meeting of like minded international hypnotists hypnotherapists to discuss how to raise awareness of the power of hypnotism and to celebrate its potential. I know this because I was one of the many participants at that time.

It was as a result of these meetings that World Hypnotism Day was born and the first World Hypnotism Day event was January 4th, 2005.

The participating countries included and were not limited to the following:
Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and five regions across the United States.

Since 2005 World Hypnotism Day has become an international movement for spreading awareness about hypnotism.

So to clarify…

The FIRST World Hypnotism Day event was January 4th, 2005

The Originator of World Hypnotism Day was Tom Nicoli.

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How to pick the right hypnotist hypnotherapist for you.

If you are considering hypnosis hypnotherapy, there are a few things you should keep in mind when selecting a hypnotist hypnotherapist in your area. First, make sure the individual is qualified and a member in good standing with a reputable professional organization. Once you have found a practitioner schedule a consultation to discuss your goals for hypnosis hypnotherapy.


During the consultation, the practitioner will likely ask you questions about the specific issue that you wish to address. This will be your opportunity to check to see if the practitioner has experience addressing your presenting issue. Be sure to ask the practitioner about their training and experience. Finally, ensure that you feel comfortable with the individual before you schedule any hypnosis hypnotherapy session.


If you are looking to experience hypnosis hypnotherapy services in Cork, Ireland, the following is a checklist to help you get started.


  • Is the hypnotist experienced, knowledgeable, have a good reputation and is trustworthy?
  • Is the hypnotist professional and make you feel comfortable?
  • Does the hypnotist hypnotherapist have professional indemnity insurance?
  • Find out what the hypnosis session fees are. Avoid paying a large sum of money in advance for sessions.
  • Make sure the hypnotist is willing to answer any questions you have.
  • Make sure the hypnotist has a good understanding of your unique situation.


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How to Let Go of Past Grudges

Who hasn’t been hurt by someone? Your partner cheated on you. Your best friend from school betrayed you. Maybe you have a co-worker stealing your ideas or a boss who bullies you. Worse, you might have experienced trauma from physical, mental, or other forms of abuse. As time passes, some wounds don’t heal, and when that happens, you may be carrying a grudge. Grudges are those leftover feelings of anger and resentment that prevent you from growing as a person. It’s time to let go and move beyond your past.

Tips to Let Go of Grudges and Get Your Life Back

Holding a grudge is often an indication of unforgiveness. It can tear at your soul and corrode your physical and emotional health. It can affect all of your current and future relationships. Take the needed steps to release the grudge and gain your life back:

1. Establish Why You Are Holding the Grudge: You need to determine what the problem is so that it can be forgiven. Sometimes, you will find that the offense is not worth the grudge. Other times, you will know precisely what is causing the pain.

2. Consider the Benefits of Forgiveness: Choosing to forgive does not mean you forget, nor does it mean that the other person won. Instead, it means you let go of the resentment holding you back from living your life fully.

3. Acknowledge Your Emotions: Avoid stuffing the emotions down. Use a journal if you want, but take some time to examine your feelings about the harm you received. Also, think about how this affects your behavior and your relationships.

4. Look at it from Their Perspective: This will not always apply depending on the harm done. However, try putting yourself in their shoes. Under similar circumstances, would you have done the same thing to them?

5. Talk with the Other Party: Open communication can remedy some grudges simply. If you believe it will help, approach the other party to see if they will talk with you.

6. Release the Victimhood: Choose to accept what happened and your feelings about it. You don’t have to wait for an apology. (HINT: You may never get one.) Instead, stop playing the ‘wounded one’ card and take back your life by healing, releasing the anger and the grudge.

7. Avoid Dwelling: This may be the most challenging part, but it is critical. Once you choose to forgive, don’t look back. Avoid dwelling on the situation. If others want to bring it up, change the subject. Your healing is worth it.

Grudges don’t need to define you as a person. Let go of the past and spring forward to your new life by releasing resentments today. 🙏

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How Can I Let Go of My Need For Perfection?

Are you a perfectionist or an over-achiever? The difference may surprise you. Over-achievers aim high and hit their mark. They succeed because they are motivated to do their best in everything. Perfectionists want to achieve, but fear of failure stops them. It paralyzes them and diminishes their self-esteem. Does this sound like you? There is nothing wrong with aiming for perfection; however, it can hold you back more than you realize. It’s possible to let go of your need for perfectionism and see yourself in the achiever category.

How You Can Kiss Perfectionism Goodbye 

Stop letting your need for perfection hamper your happiness and reach your goals. Here are some tips to get you started:  😮

1. Admit You Are a Perfectionist: Pay attention to your thoughts and tendencies. Look for patterns that indicate your perfectionistic ways. Consider the self-talk you use. Starting here gives you an edge on overcoming your preferences.

2. Look for the Positives: It is easy to fixate on the negatives when nothing is perfect. It won’t be easy to focus on positive self-talk, but it will take you miles down the path to your goals.

3. Remember that You Will Make Mistakes: Allow yourself to make mistakes. You will learn much. Mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow as a person. Enjoy the process and accept that mistakes are part of it.

4. Reconsider Your Goals: You probably set your goals too high, using impossible standards. Reduce your stress and increase your chance of success by setting realistic goals. In essence, you set yourself up for failure.

5. Learn How to Receive Feedback: Perfectionists generally don’t like to receive feedback because they suffer from low self-esteem. You learn to do better when receiving constructive feedback and not taking it personally.

6. Lower Your Standards: You don’t need to go to the far extreme and have no standards. But it’s helpful to reduce the pressure on yourself by lowering your expectations a tad.

7. Stop Procrastinating: As a perfectionist, you are probably a procrastinator. Instead of giving yourself an excuse to slack off and stress yourself more, learn to work ahead and be proactive. It will provide you with more time to complete tasks to the best standards possible.

It’s okay to give yourself full permission to no longer be perfect. Letting go of your perfectionism reduces your stress and opens up your ability to grow and learn new things to achieve your dreams. You will thank yourself later.

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