Robert Lancey - Hypnotherapy - Interview


What therapy to choose?

5 months ago

There are myriad forms of therapy to choose from, whether it's mainstream or of the alternative variety. Whatever area of your life it is that might be in need of a boost, the sheer volume of choice alone can be overwhelming at times.


Cylex: Who uses Hypnotherapy and why are you able to work some people and not others?

Robert Lancey - Hypnotherapy:  Hypnotherapy is effective in dealing with issues such as stress, insomnia, anxiety, exam nerves, nervous tics, stammers etc because the central core of the therapy is based on deep relaxation. When this state of deep relaxation is reached we can also look at issues that require reprogramming such as an unwelcome habits-nail biting, hair-pulling or sucking, the habitual side to smoking, drinking or snacking, teeth-grinding, finger-tapping or any other habitual problem.      Through regression we can find the root cause of self-esteem or confidence issues (as well as the reason behind habits and phobias). The list of issues that can be helped with hypnosis, along with conventional medicine, is boundless as all medical treatments will benefit from the patient being in the right mind set.                                                                                                                Hypnotherapy will only work with those who want to be hypnotised. Sometimes I struggle to hypnotise people who are afraid to lose control but, generally, I would say that less than 5% of the people who come to me can't be hypnotised.    

Cylex: Are there any side effects after the sessions with you?

Robert Lancey - Hypnotherapy:  Sometimes clients feel drained of energy or drowsy - as if waking from a deep sleep - but this only lasts a few minutes and I always allow time for them to recover fully. Occasionally, if we have been dealing with a deep-seated, emotional problem the client may experience more emotions (usually tears) coming out over the next few days - but this is rare.


Cylex: What is unique about the services you offer?

Robert Lancey - Hypnotherapy: Unlike many of my fellow hypnotherapists in Cardiff, I have never used scripts during my treatments. I spend time listening to my clients to get a deep understanding of their issues and their personality before tailoring a session unique to them. I became a hypnotherapist because I already had a natural empathy with people, a deep understanding of how the mind works and use hypnotherapy as a tool to help people. I am surprised and quite angered by reports of 'therapists' simply reading scripts to their clients and hoping something will chime. I don't use swinging watches, gimmicks or scripts.

Cylex: Some say that hypnotherapy changes the personality; is this true? What changes does it bring them?

Robert Lancey - Hypnotherapy:   People come for hypnotherapy to change something they are not happy with. In most cases we can only reverse bad habit patterns or rekindle good habit patterns. The change has to come from within so we are only re-creating a desirable part of their existing character or personality. To change a person's personality completely would require a great deal of structured re-programming over many sessions so this cannot just happen by accident. For example, if a meek person wanted to become a tiger and had never felt like that before this would take an enormous amount of effort. But if someone who used to be confident had lost their 'mojo' we could recover memories of that positive time and rekindle that part of their persona.

Cylex: Is there anybody who should not be hypnotised?

Robert Lancey - Hypnotherapy:   Hypnotherapy is not advised for anyone with epilepsy or with a mental condition such as schizophrenia or bi-polarity. As a therapist, if I have any doubt I ask my clients to produce a letter from a medical professional to say they feel hypnosis would be of benefit.

Cylex: What does it feel like to be hypnotised? How can you tell if somebody is hypnotised?

Robert Lancey - Hypnotherapy: The most common response to the question 'what does it feel like' is that it is like being asleep and awake at the same time. This is because the state of relaxation is so deep it really feels like the deepest of sleeps but the mind is still alert, the client is always aware of what is going on, of noises outside the office and will always be able to come out of the trance if they feel any sense of unease. But most of all it is the best time-out you can get.  I know when my client is hypnotised by the way they sink into my chair, the slight slowness in their response to questions and the way they respond to questions. There comes a point where I am no longer the therapist asking the questions but just a familiar voice in their head where I am expected to know the things that they know.      


Cylex: Can anyone learn to be a hypnotist. or is it a gift?

Robert Lancey - Hypnotherapy:  Anyone can learn to hypnotise but to be a therapist you really need to have a natural empathy or 'gift', if you like. Unfortunately there are many 'hypnotherapists' who have no natural empathy, imagination or desire to really understand their client's problem or personality so simply induce a trance and read a script. Yes, anyone can hypnotise but not everyone can be a hypnotherapist.

Cylex: What is past life regression? Is that different from a past life reading?

Robert Lancey - Hypnotherapy:   Most people have experienced past life regression but haven't realised it. During a past life regression we simply access a memory bank when in a particular state of consciousness. This can occur during natural sleep and may manifest itself as a 'vivid' dream; through a hypnotic past life regression or using many other relaxation therapies. I would say using hypnosis to access past lives is more focused and deeper than most other methods.

Cylex: How long does it take to see a past life when in the regression?

Robert Lancey - Hypnotherapy:  This really depends on the client. For example: I have had a number of clients who have visited 3 past life events during an hour long session, whereas others have struggled to see a 10 minute snapshot of just one past life. Those who return for subsequent past life regressions will see more and in more depth the more they do.

Cylex: What is the benefit of doing a regression with you as opposed to a psychotherapist?

Robert Lancey - Hypnotherapy:  There is about a 50/50 split between clients trying past life regression simply as an adventure and those using it as a therapy. Of those using it as a therapy they are usually trying to understand a personality trait, the cause of a phobia, a quirk of their character, to discover their spirit guide and so on. These are not serious psychological issues. For those with serious problems I would refer them to a psychotherapist.


Hypnotherapy teaches you how to relax and stay cool and confident under pressure, while also improving your communication skills. So if you've got an important interview coming up and you're worried that you'll forget what you wanted to say, hypnotherapy can give you the confidence boost you'll need to land the job.