FAQs

What is
hypnosis and
hypnotherapy?

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. However, it does involve you, the client, being deeply relaxed with your attention solely focused on the therapist’s voice and their appropriate suggestions. You are always in control and you are not made to do anything against your will. In this way a hypnotherapist simply facilitates your experience, empowering you to achieve your desired result.

Hypnotherapy is the practice of promoting healing, positive development or change, and as such is a type of psychotherapy. It aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational thoughts, fears and phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome.

During a deeply relaxed and totally focused state breathing may become slower and deeper, pulse rate may drop and a heightened state of awareness enables the mind to be accepting of suggestions from the therapist and so begin to resolve the identified problem. The readiness and ability of clients to be hypnotised varies considerably and hypnotherapy generally requires several sessions in order to achieve meaningful results. However, the client can learn the invaluable technique of self-hypnosis so as to practise at home, thus reinforcing the effectiveness of formal sessions with the therapist. This homework is the ‘glue’ that brings the sessions together and helps to make sense of the treatment process.

What is
‘Solution Focused
and Evidence Based
Hypnotherapy’?

‘Solution Focused’ means prioritising what you want to achieve both now and in the future. Together we build on your positive qualities and the positive aspects of your life to find the right solutions for you.

Academic research right from Victorian times up to the present day points to hypnotherapy showing promise in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, pain management and several stress related conditions. Over the past decade, many high quality studies of have been published which prove the efficacy of hypnotherapy.

More personally, I have witnessed remarkable success by my peers in practice; these professionals have all been trained using proven theories and techniques.

What if I am already receiving medical treatment?

Hypnotherapy can help improve conditions that are being treated by your doctor. You should continue to take advice and medication from your doctor and make sure that your hypnotherapist is informed of your medical details.

There are occasions when hypnotherapy may not be appropriate for your condition and the hypnotherapist should be candid and clear if this occurs.

Hypnotherapy enhances – and in general works well with – many types of treatment and therefore the hypnotherapist would work in collaboration with for example, a social worker, G.P., dietician, hospital consultant, dentist and/or other health professionals. No information would be shared with another professional without your explicit, written permission.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Yes, but only if they want to be, and they are in control throughout the whole session.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions varies according to the treatment required and your own personal responsiveness but they range from three to six. Some find that they notice improvement within the first three sessions while others may take more time to achieve the full desired outcome.

What happens at the first session?

You may feel a little apprehensive about our first meeting and that is totally normal, but my priority will be to put you at ease. There is personal information to be noted and we of course need to get to know each other so that we have a sound basis for planning your treatment. You will be able to tell me all about your goals and reasons for coming to see me.

How long is each appointment?

The first appointment may be approximately 1½ to 1 ¾ hours and subsequent appointments approximately 1hour.

Will I be treated as an individual?

All registered hypnotherapists should treat their client as a unique individual and I am no exception. I will certainly respect, diversity issues, such as age (unless a child – see below), gender, sexual identity, disability and/or race. You, your wellbeing, your individuality and success is my priority.

What if I don’t like my therapist? Do I have to keep going?

It is absolutely your choice as the client to continue the treatment or not. It is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist so that you can relax and feel confident in the prospect of effective treatment.

How much will hypnotherapy cost?

This is something that we will discuss during our first contact.

Is there an age limit?

This varies according to each therapist but I treat anyone age of 18 years or over, and there is no upper age limit.

What happens if I miss an appointment which is part of my agreed number of sessions?

There is a policy regarding this so all would be explained during your first appointment.

Can I ask my GP to send me to a hypnotherapist?

You can certainly discuss this with your GP.  They can  refer you in the same way as they might refer you to a hospital consultant, counsellor, dietician, physiotherapist etc.

What if I have more questions?

That’s good and I will do my best to answer them to your satisfaction.

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