Hypnotherapy FAQ :
Can anyone be hypnotised?
A light hypnotic trance can be achieved by most people, but only if they want to. During hypnosis you are still in a state of awareness a light hypnotic trance is in fact this achieved naturally several times a day.
Hypnosis is usually unsuitable for people experiencing serious mental health problems, for example, the very young, some people with epilepsy or those under the influence of recreational drugs or alcohol.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Everyone experiences hypnosis differently. No specific feelings can be associated with being hypnotised but often it can be described as the place between sleep and being awake. As you begin to feel relaxed you could feel a heaviness in your muscles, or weightlessness as if drifting or you could have very little change other than feeling relaxed. It is an individual experience.
Will I fall asleep during my session?
You do not fall asleep during your hypnotherapy session, however you will achieve a deep state of relaxation in where you are fully conscious throughout. You are alert, conscious and fully aware of everything that happens throughout the session.
Can hypnotherapy help with medical issues?
Hypnotherapy cannot “cure” a psychological or medical condition. I will not claim otherwise as many others may. You may need to consult your doctor to make sure hypnotherapy is suitable for you or I may have to ask your permission to do this on your behalf.
Hypnotherapy can however be beneficial for many medical conditions including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Tension Headaches and Migraines. Hypnotherapy helps you to relax therefore reducing the stress and anxiety that can be associated with a variety of conditions. We can change the way you feel about your condition also having a positive effect on any symptoms you may suffer.
Can hypnotherapy ‘make’ me overcome my problem?
Hypnotherapy is often thought of something that can make you lose weight, stop smoking or overcome a fear or phobia, however it is not magic, and you have to want to do anything we set out to achieve in our sessions. The only person who can change you, is you.
Your subconscious mind can take around 10 – 14 days to process new ideas and implement changes to your habits and patterns of behaviour. It is not, however, the same for everyone. The time taken for therapeutic suggestions to take effect will vary from person to person.
To reiterate, hypnotherapy will only work if you want it to. Your motivation and participation are essential to your success.
Are therapy sessions confidential?
Everything between client and therapist is confidential. This includes digital correspondence such as email, anything discussed over the telephone or Skype as well as anything discussed in person. This is not discussed with anyone else without your prior permission.
There are exceptions to this however, if you or someone else was at risk of harm or where a healthcare professional also involved in your care required a progress update. I would however, endeavour to discuss this with you prior to any any disclosure. If you require further details please request a copy of our client agreement.
How many sessions will I need?
The problem or issue you would like to address informs the number of sessions you will need.
You are free to end our sessions at any time. An important part of Hypnotherapy is trust in your therapist.
How long does a session last?
Our initial consultation will be the longest session as this allows for discussion about the best approach to your therapy for you. Most Hypnotherapy sessions after that will last approximately 50 – 60 minutes.
How do I pay for sessions?
Sessions are paid for in advance via the website or bank transfer. We take payments using Paypal. You do not need a paypal account in order to pay using your credit or debit card. We do have a 48 hour cancellation policy in place. If your appointment is cancelled less than 48 hours before the appointment you will still have to pay 100% of the cost of the session.
How much does it cost?
You can find information on booking and fees here.
Which type of therapy should I choose?
Your situation and the problem or issue you have will inform the type of therapy you will need. Some clients may know immediately what type of therapy they require where as some are unsure as to what they will need. Your personal circumstances will be discussed prior to our first meeting so as to decide on the best approach for you.
It may be the case that more than one therapy is required. If a mutual agreement is reached more therapies can be chosen form my repertoire.
How often do I need sessions?
Hypnotherapy sessions are typically between 1 to 2 weeks apart. This is so your subconscious mind has time to process new ideas and start implementing changes. This also depends on the type of therapy you are receiving. Life coaching and NLP can be done as often as required. In your initial consultation we will discuss and decide upon the frequency and number of sessions you will require, based on your circumstances. Bach Flower Remedies is every 3 weeks.
Do you receive supervision?
In line with The National Hypnotherapy Society’s guidelines I get regular supervision from a fully qualified and experienced therapist. During supervision there is a necessity to discuss client work but confidentiality is always maintained as the Supervisor is bound by the same code of ethics and confidentiality.
Are you a member of a professional organisation?
I am an accredited NLP Master Practitioner from the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, an Accredited member of the National Hypnotherapy Society and I abide by their code of ethics. This Society is the only hypnotherapy organisation to hold a register, which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. Last but not least I’m a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner qualified, fully, from the Bach Flower International Organisation working and following the Bach Foundation Code of Practice.
Are you insured?
I hold a current DBS certificate. I also hold full professional indemnity insurance
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