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Q. What is hypnotherapy?

A. Hypnotherapy has two component parts; hypnosis and therapy.  The hypnosis part is not a treatment in itself but an efficient way to access the unconscious part of our mind which controls our deeper thoughts and actions.  Therapy, is the second component part, which is a form of treatment in which unwanted forms of behaviour such as, phobias, addictions, unpleasant memories, bad habits, lack of self-confidence and so on can be dealt with and treated through verbal communication and suggestions to help.

Q. What is Hypno-Psychotherapy?

A. A hypno-psychotherapist differs from a hypnotherapist in that they have undertaken training in psychotherapy theory and practice.  This integrative approach utilises both techniques to help with deeper problems that may not be able to be addressed with hypnotherapy alone, allowing the therapist to use their training and skills in psychotherapy to provide a supportive and empathic therapeutic relationship.

Q. What is hypnosis?

A. Hypnosis is a relaxed mental state, known as a ‘trance’, where a person’s mind is focused and their body deeply relaxed.  The feeling of being in a trance are similar to daydreaming.  While in a trance the barriers between the conscious and subconscious mind are relaxed, allowing access to deep inner resources.  Hypnotherapy uses this state to help people achieve their goals and overcome longstanding problems.

Q. Can anybody be hypnotised?

A. Almost anybody can be hypnotised. Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others.  The most important thing to consider is that the individual is fully committed to the process and feel that they can place their trust in the hypnotherapist.   No one can be hypnotised against their will, and to test this theory out will simply result in wasted money and time for the client.

Hypnotherapy is not recommended for those with a severe mental illness.  Those under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be treated with hypnotherapy.

Q. What can hypnotherapy be used for?

A. There are many benefits and uses for hypnotherapy.  The following are some of the most common uses:

  • Relieve stress
  • Treat depression
  • Diminish and control anxiety
  • Personal and/or professional motivation
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Improve sports performance
  • Modify or change unwanted and/or harmful habits and addictions
  • Improve concentration, memory and study habits
  • Eliminate phobias
  • Control mood-swings
  • Manage anger and impulsivity
  • Ease pregnancy and childbirth
  • Preparation for surgery and/or other medical procedures
  • Pain control
  • Personal appearance issues
  • Overcome unwanted eating habits
  • Dealing with cross-roads in life

Q. What does it feel like to be hypnotised?

A. Being hypnotised is very similar to daydreaming, you are just in a very relaxed state of mind and body.  People do this many time a day when driving, watching TV, listening to music, walking.  Most people experience some form of time distortion after the session, usually feeling it was much shorter than it actually was. 

Q. Can you get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis?

A. It is not possible to get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis.  Hypnosis is a natural human phenomenon.  People that have been hypnotised are comfortably relaxed and yet fully conscious the whole time, and they can simply open their eyes and come out of the hypnotic state whenever they want to, and there is no lasting sleepiness, although they will usually feel very relaxed.

Q. Can the hypnotherapist make people do things they don’t want to do?

A. Absolutely not.  No one under hypnosis can be induced to do anything against their will.  One of the primary roles of the unconscious mind is to protect the individual. 

Q. Do people really go into a trance and does that mean they are unconscious?

A. People that have been hypnotised will be aware of what is happening at all times, they will know where they are and what they are doing.  People are not unconscious or asleep, and yes, people do go into a trance, although everybody may have a different perception of exactly what a trance means to them.  The depth of trance varies from one person to another and is often considered to be relatively unimportant from a therapy point of view.  People can return to being fully awake at any time they choose.

Q. How are people hypnotised?

A. It varies in each person, but part of is it about getting the person to focus their attention on something.  There is no special way of speaking, no magical words, the accent is quite often on producing a very relaxed state of mind, although relaxation is not always necessary.  Mostly, clients will close their eyes fairly soon into the induction, but an individual can also be hypnotised with their eyes open.  After hypnosis is induced a deepener might be used to deepen the state.  There are many ways of being hypnotised, it is fundamentally about finding which one suits each client best and what outcomes are required as a result.

Q. How does hypnotherapy work?

A. Although there has been much speculation and theory over the years, what is known about the phenomenon of hypnosis is that it allows the conscious critical faculty to be bypassed, allowing a ‘gateway’ to the unconscious mind.  The conscious mind can then be allowed to wander where it wishes whilst the skilled therapist talks to the unconscious mind.  Hypnotherapy is not something that is ‘done’ to another person, but something that needs to be a joint venture between therapist and client.  The individual must want change to happen and engage fully in the process.  Hypnotherapy is not ‘magic’, not can it make people do things they do not want to do.  For hypnotherapy to work best, the therapist needs to be professionally trained and the client willing, ready and open to change.

Q. Are there any side effects after hypnosis?

A. There are many positive effects of hypnotherapy afterwards that increase as the days and weeks go by, including relaxation, sleeping well, improved confidence and self-esteem.  You may feel drowsy immediately afterwards.  Some people who are not used to being relaxed, may associate this as feeling light-headed.  Some people may feel low afterwards, this is often a way of the mind dealing with difficult or important issues therapeutically, after which most people then experience a gently upward journey in the feelings of positivity.  Pleasant feeling including those of relief and a sense of freedom can also occur when difficult issues have been dealt with through hypnotherapy.

Q. How many sessions of hypnotherapy will I need?

A. The duration of therapy will really be dependent on individual circumstances and the reason for which treatment is being sought and this will be discussed at the initial consultation session.  Each session will include a few minutes to review progress and discuss what to focus on next. 

Q. Do you work with children?

A.  Working with children and young people under the age of 18 is very specialised and requires additional training qualifications.  I do not hold those qualifications and therefore I do not work with children and young people under the age of 18.  If you require a hypnotherapist for anyone under the age of 18 please look at the register of UKCP therapists and click on Child Marker/Children Young People Marker https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/find-a-therapist/

Q. How long will hypnotherapy sessions last and what is the charge?

A. Each session lasts for up to 55 minutes.  The charge is £59 for each session or £215 for a prepaid course of 4.

In common with other professionals I make a full charge for any appointment that is cancelled or not attended with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Q. Why are there no client testimonials on the website?

A.  There may be other websites and/or marketing brochures that contain client testimonials.  I do not have client testimonials firstly, to comply by the ethical codes the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness (NSHP&M) which consider the use of client testimonials unethical.  Secondly, in order to comply with advertising requirements testimonials, need to be able to be verified, which would breach the confidentiality of my clients.  The nature of therapy and creating a therapeutic relationship, bespoke to each client means each experience is relevant only to that individual.  In this context, testimonials therefore are only relevant to the individual.