Frequently asked questions
If you have any questions that are not answered below please do get in touch to ask. There is no such thing as a stupid question and no, contrary to some people's opinion, you cannot ask too many questions!
What is Hypnosis?
The word Hypnosis derives from the Greek for sleep - which is actually slightly misleading because during Hypnosis (or Trance) you are not actually asleep, it is more as though you are day dreaming - Have you ever been day dreaming and somebody has said ‘you were miles away’- you probably were! That is a kind of trance, when your conscious mind simply switches off and the subconscious gets on with problem solving. This is what we re-create in trance. It is very ordinary and something we go through several times a day: going to sleep and waking up, when reading, or out for a run.
When we are in Hypnosis we have access to the subconscious, where we store our instinctive behavioural patterns and natural reactions. Using positive suggestion and imagery we can help focus on behaviours you wish to change.
How long does each therapy session take?
The free initial consultation is usually one hour and subsequent sessions are between 50 minutes to an hour.
What will happen to me?
You are in control at all times and I can not and will not make you do anything you don’t want to do - contrary to popular misconceptions! Hypnotists and Hypnotherapists are two different things.
People report different feelings when in hypnosis, some describe it as a floating feeling, or feeling deeply relaxed.
What will happen in a Hypnotherapy session?
During the free initial consultation, we discuss why you’ve come to see me and what it is you want to achieve we will talk about the brain and how it works.
During our follow up sessions we will spend around half of the time talking and half the time in trance- approximately one hour
What is the difference between Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching?
Hypnotherapy uses trance in order to consolidate the outcome of the session. It is often used to help people to move away from previous patterns of behaviour and experiences and towards their future goals.
Life coaching is similar in so much as I help clients move towards their goals although does not utilize trance, various other analysis tools are used and it could be seen as a more accountable approach whereas the Hypnotherapy is more gentle and ideal for people who are suffering in someway.
Life coaching is more for those who may not necessarily be suffering from anything but who may feel they are lacking in direction or who have a goal but may not know how to achieve it.
What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?
Unlike some other forms of Hypnotherapy, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is very much, as the name suggests, focused on the solution and the future. Other styles, or therapies, may require you to revisit old and painful memories but in SFH we believe that merely strengthens the negative neural pathways and gives more focus to the memory. Instead I will help you to look forward to a future you desire and assist you in your journey to get there. We will focus on the positives.
How many sessions will I need?
It varies from person to person. Usually I say between 6-12 sessions - much faster than some other therapies.
Fear and Phobias are usually treated within 4 sessions.
Stop smoking sessions are one longer session between 1.5 - 2 hours
Is it safe?
Yes! I cannot and will not make you do anything you do not want to do! You are in complete control at all times.
If you have any concerns please see your Physician prior to seeking therapy.
Can I have Hypnotherapy even if I don't have a particular issue?
Yes! When we are in trance (Hypnosis) we are in a deeply relaxed state, in fact the brain waves when you are in trance are the same as when you're in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase of your sleep. This is a really important phase of sleep that allows the brain to process events and empty out our proverbial stress bucket - who couldn't benefit from that?!