Frequently Asked Questions!

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a skilled verbal communication, used during hypnosis which helps direct a individuals' imagination in such a way as to bring about intended alternations in sensations, perceptions, feelings, thoughts and behaviour. .

It is often feels a similar experience to daydreaming.

A typical hypnotherapy session, I will discuss with you, your health, lifestyle and what it is that is troubling you. We can then move on to determine the changes or goals that you want to achieve.

Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of psychological issues such as social anxiety, phobias such as fear of spiders, heights, and habits/behaviour that you wish to change such as over eating, smoking, alcohol and substance misuse. Hypnotherapy is also used to enhance performance in several areas such as sport and public speaking.

How do I know what type of Hypnotherapy will be used?

When we meet we will talk about your goals for hypnotherapy, after understanding the nature of the problem I can then choose the most that they feel will be most effective for you. For example if you are seeking help with changing a habit (such as smoking) they may use one approach and then use a different approach with someone who is seeking help with stress and anxiety. The whole idea is to tailor the hypnotherapy to your needs - and I will explain what they are going to do to ensure you feel at ease.

Will I be respected as a individual?

I will always respect your privacy and everything we discuss is strictly confidential. Regardless of your religion, race, sexuality, age or gender, I will demonstrate a genuine empathy and appreciation of your uniqueness and will consistently aim to offer you a professional service.

How many sessions of hypnotherapy will I need?

This will depend upon your individual circumstances, we can discuss this further at the initial appointment. Hypnotherapy can often be a relatively short process of approximately 4 to 6 sessions.

How long is a session?

Normally the first session is 90 minutes and subsequent appointments are around 60 minutes.

How often will I need to attend?

This is something that we can discussed at your first appointment. It may be once a week but this is flexible for example you may meet once a week initially and then decide together that you want to meet more or less frequently depending on how you feel.

How much will hypnotherapy cost?

I charge £45 for the first appointment and £40 for subsequent appointments. Alternatively, pay for 5 and get 6th treatment free.

What happens if I have to miss a booked session?

Please give 24 hours notice if you need to reschedule your appointment

What happens at the first session?

At the first session, it is not unusual to feel a little apprehensive or even embarrassed about your problem. I will always give you my undivided attention and you will not be judged in any way. The first session consists of discussing the behaviour/thoughts that you wish to change and how I and Hypnotherapy can help you. Then if there's time, you will get the opportunity to experience a 20 minute Hypnotherapy session.

What happens if I can't relax?

I have a wide experience of working with people who have different needs, some individuals are highly stressed and generally struggle to relax. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful way of switching off and often after the initial apprehension many individuals really start to enjoy their Hypnotherapy sessions.

I often suggest we record the actual hypnosis part of the session on your smartphone (if you have one). So that in between appointments you can listen to the recording which actual helps to increase the work we have done within our sessions, making the Hypnotherapy more powerful.

What happens if I fall asleep or don't wake up?

The state of relaxation that you enter is not the same as sleeping - but some people do occasionally fall asleep and this is nothing to worry about. You will be in a secure environment and I will gently wake you. I will also explain about the method that they will use to ensure you are fully aware and ready to get on with your usual activities after the session.

I am worried that I may say or do something stupid

When we meet for the first time do tell them about any concerns that you may have and they will be able to reassure you. Unfortunately the only thing that many people know about hypnosis is what they have seen of so called 'stage hypnosis' where people may indeed be encouraged to do 'silly' things for the entertainment of an audience. Hypnotherapy is nothing like this - I am a professional ethical practitioner and everything that happens during your therapy is completely confidential.

I have a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy from the UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy which is approved by the British Psychological society, I am also a qualified Counsellor and studied psychology at university.

I am a member of

General Hypnotherapy Council

British Acupuncture Council

BACP Counselling

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