FAQs

Never had hypnotherapy before?
Seen a hypnotist stage show?
You might be wondering …

What is hypnosis?

Opinions vary on the exact definition of this natural state of mind. First of all, contrary to what many people believe, hypnosis is not always a sleep state even though a person in hypnosis may appear to be sleeping. Hypnosis is really a natural state of mind; whenever our mind wanders, daydreams or is focused on something, such as reading a book, driving a familiar route, watching a film we are in a state of hypnosis.

Brain scans on people who are in hypnosis state show that brain wave activity moves from a Beta state to an Alpha state, and sometimes a Theta state. This is not dissimilar to the pattern of brain activity during meditation.

What is trance?

Trance is not complicated. We all go into a state of trance many times every day. Have you ever been driving a familiar route, for example, and found yourself at your destination without being conscious of how you got there? You were in a state of trance, where your mind was on other things rather than paying attention to where you were on the journey. That doesn’t mean that you were not in control. If the car in front of you had braked, you would have detected that and responded. Similarly, if your hypnotherapist were to suggest something you were not comfortable with during a trance session, you would be aware and could “hit the brakes”; you remain in complete control.

How does hypnosis feel?

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind; people are often surprised that they hear every word and could get up and walk out of the room at any moment. Unless you enter a deeper state, you may not seem any different, just very relaxed.

You may feel a sense of weightlessness or you may feel heaviness as all your muscles relax. Everyone experiences it differently, and your therapist will be able to reassure you and help you relax and enjoy the experience.

Is hypnotherapy like stage hypnosis?

No; that is for entertainment purposes only and is agreed by both parties in advance of the performance. Clinical Hypnotherapy works on the basis of constructing a safe, positive and collaborative process called the therapeutic alliance, formed by the client and the therapist. You will not and cannot be persuaded to do things against your will. In fact, the reverse is true; hypnotherapy enhances your ability to act in accordance with your will.

What can hypnosis be used to treat?

Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues such as:

Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues such as:

  • Fears and phobias
  • Physical conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, skin conditions and migraines
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Panic attacks
  • Tinnitus
  • Fertility
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of confidence

It can also be used
as a tool to:

  • Manage pain
  • Improve performance at work or in sport
  • Improve birth outcomes

What can I expect?

I offer a free initial consultation where we meet, assess your needs and discuss what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need. The subsequent hypnotherapy sessions involve much more than hypnosis. We will meet, normally on a weekly basis, to discuss the progress you have made, remind ourselves of what you are aiming for and explore ways of achieving your goals. The final part of the session is the hypnosis part where I will lead you into a relaxed state of trance so that we can reinforce all that we have covered in the session.

What is special about solution-focussed hypnotherapy?

Some other forms of therapy involve regression into the client’s past, attempting to resolve problems by reliving the underlying cause and that can be stressful. Solution focussed hypnotherapy is forward-looking. We do not need to delve into the cause of your problems in order to help find a solution.

What is the difference between a hypnotherapist and a clinical hypnotherapist?

Hypnotherapists in the UK are not required by law to have any specific training. A clinical hypnotherapist, however, will have trained with a recognised training provider and is a licenced clinician who can use the practice to treat a range of medical and psychological conditions.

Is hypnotherapy a magic wand?

No; all therapy is a co-operative interaction between the Therapist and the Client which helps form and strengthen an important process called the Therapeutic Alliance.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works quickly and effectively when the approach is collaborative and where there is full commitment to making positive changes.

What happens in between sessions?

You will have a relaxation download to listen to each night that will help you enjoy better sleep.

You will have some positive thinking exercises to do on a daily basis. This will take only a few minutes each day but is an important part of the therapy.

Can you work with my child?

Yes, children and teenagers respond very well to hypnosis because they have very vivid imaginations which makes it easier for them to access the subconscious mind and bring about the changes they want.

What if I cannot be hypnotised?

We all enter a hypnotic state (trance) many times a day. Don’t confuse hypnotherapy with stage hypnosis. Everyone can be hypnotised.

Can I drive afterwards?

Hypnosis is relaxing and calming, but it doesn’t make you sleepy or groggy so it is perfectly alright to drive or go back to work immediately afterwards

Who can benefit from hypnotherapy?

The simple answer is, anyone, young or old, who wants to make changes in their life. Some people even use it simply as a way to enjoy deep relaxation.

How long is a session?

A session usually lasts between forty-five minutes and one hour.

What is hypnosis?

Opinions vary on the exact definition of this natural state of mind. First of all, contrary to what many people believe, hypnosis is not always a sleep state even though a person in hypnosis may appear to be sleeping. Hypnosis is really a natural state of mind; whenever our mind wanders, daydreams or is focused on something, such as reading a book, driving a familiar route, watching a film we are in a state of hypnosis.

Brain scans on people who are in hypnosis state show that brain wave activity moves from a Beta state to an Alpha state, and sometimes a Theta state. This is not dissimilar to the pattern of brain activity during meditation.

What is trance?

Trance is not complicated. We all go into a state of trance many times every day. Have you ever been driving a familiar route, for example, and found yourself at your destination without being conscious of how you got there? You were in a state of trance, where your mind was on other things rather than paying attention to where you were on the journey. That doesn’t mean that you were not in control. If the car in front of you had braked, you would have detected that and responded. Similarly, if your hypnotherapist were to suggest something you were not comfortable with during a trance session, you would be aware and could “hit the brakes”; you remain in complete control.

How does hypnosis feel?

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind; people are often surprised that they hear every word and could get up and walk out of the room at any moment. Unless you enter a deeper state, you may not seem any different, just very relaxed.

You may feel a sense of weightlessness or you may feel heaviness as all your muscles relax. Everyone experiences it differently, and your therapist will be able to reassure you and help you relax and enjoy the experience.

Is hypnotherapy like stage hypnosis?

No; that is for entertainment purposes only and is agreed by both parties in advance of the performance. Clinical Hypnotherapy works on the basis of constructing a safe, positive and collaborative process called the therapeutic alliance, formed by the client and the therapist. You will not and cannot be persuaded to do things against your will. In fact, the reverse is true; hypnotherapy enhances your ability to act in accordance with your will.

What can hypnosis be used to treat?

Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues such as:

Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues such as:

  • Fears and phobias
  • Physical conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, skin conditions and migraines
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Panic attacks
  • Tinnitus
  • Fertility
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of confidence

It can also be used
as a tool to:

  • Manage pain
  • Improve performance at work or in sport
  • Improve birth outcomes

What can I expect?

I offer a free initial consultation where we meet, assess your needs and discuss what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need. The subsequent hypnotherapy sessions involve much more than hypnosis. We will meet, normally on a weekly basis, to discuss the progress you have made, remind ourselves of what you are aiming for and explore ways of achieving your goals. The final part of the session is the hypnosis part where I will lead you into a relaxed state of trance so that we can reinforce all that we have covered in the session.

What is special about solution-focussed hypnotherapy?

Some other forms of therapy involve regression into the client’s past, attempting to resolve problems by reliving the underlying cause and that can be stressful. Solution focussed hypnotherapy is forward-looking. We do not need to delve into the cause of your problems in order to help find a solution.

What is the difference between a hypnotherapist and a clinical hypnotherapist?

Hypnotherapists in the UK are not required by law to have any specific training. A clinical hypnotherapist, however, will have trained with a recognised training provider and is a licenced clinician who can use the practice to treat a range of medical and psychological conditions.

Is hypnotherapy a magic wand?

No; all therapy is a co-operative interaction between the Therapist and the Client which helps form and strengthen an important process called the Therapeutic Alliance.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works quickly and effectively when the approach is collaborative and where there is full commitment to making positive changes.

What happens in between sessions?

You will have a relaxation download to listen to each night that will help you enjoy better sleep.

You will have some positive thinking exercises to do on a daily basis. This will take only a few minutes each day but is an important part of the therapy.

Can you work with my child?

Yes, children and teenagers respond very well to hypnosis because they have very vivid imaginations which makes it easier for them to access the subconscious mind and bring about the changes they want.

What if I cannot be hypnotised?

We all enter a hypnotic state (trance) many times a day. Don’t confuse hypnotherapy with stage hypnosis. Everyone can be hypnotised.

Can I drive afterwards?

Hypnosis is relaxing and calming, but it doesn’t make you sleepy or groggy so it is perfectly alright to drive or go back to work immediately afterwards

Who can benefit from hypnotherapy?

The simple answer is, anyone, young or old, who wants to make changes in their life. Some people even use it simply as a way to enjoy deep relaxation.

How long is a session?

A session usually lasts between forty-five minutes and one hour.

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