Hypnotherapy FAQs

What does hypnosis feel like?

It is a pleasant and enjoyable state, very similar to daydreaming. You are deeply relaxed and calm, aware of everything happening around you. Some words that have been used to describe the hypnotic experience are: very relaxed, dreamy, numb, heavy, drifting. Usually the physical symptoms that are present during hypnosis are:

  • slowed breathing
  • lower blood pressure
  • slower heart rate
  • less muscular tension.

What can I expect at my first appointment?

Allow up to two hours for the first consultation. This allows time to discuss the reason you are seeking help, gather relevant medical history and for a thorough explanation of how hypnotherapy works. We then begin to formulate a treatment plan, assess the number and frequency of appointments that are needed. This plan is built upon and revised accordingly at subsequent appointments. You then have your first Hypnotherapy session.

How long are follow up sessions?

Allow about 90 minutes.

Do I get CD’s to listen to at home?

Yes, you get a CD after each appointment to listen to between sessions, this helps to reinforce the treatment.

How will my confidentiality be safeguarded?

Whatever is discussed remains between the two of us. The only time that I will break confidentiality is if I thought that you were at risk of harming yourself or others. I am registered with Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, a member of British Institute of Hypnotherapy and General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. I am bound by their strict codes of conduct which ensures that all clients receive only the best care and the completeconfidentiality and privacy that they expect and deserve.

Will I see immediate improvement?

In most cases, you will start to get positive results after your first appointment.

What if I can’t be hypnotised?

If you want to be, you can.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Anyone with reasonable intelligence, an imagination, and who is motivated to change and enjoys being relaxed and focused can be effectively hypnotised.

Is Hypnosis safe?

Yes, it is similar to meditation or daydreaming. You are aware and in control at every moment and can end the session at any time. Each individual has a protective mechanism of ethics, values, beliefs and identities, which protect them, therefore you cannot be made to do something that is against your will.

Am I in control?

Yes, you are completely in control, you are awake and free to reject suggestions. Should you accept suggestions, these will root in your unconscious mind and begin to have beneficial effects straight away.

I have had hypnotherapy in the past and it hasn’t worked. Can you still help?

Yes, success will depend on several factors: your level of desire, expectation and compliance for change; your rapport with the therapist and the methods used. For example, my first experience of hypnotherapy was unsuccessful. The method used by the therapist was suggestion only which, other than gaining wonderful relaxation had no other effect. However, when I saw a hypnotherapist who used advanced methods, the effect was very positive indeed.  I address the cause of an issue not the symptom using tried and tested techniques.

What is Neuro- Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behaviour and emotion (programmes). In practical terms it can be used to create a positive change to one’s behaviour; it is the practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do. So basically the aim of NLP is to be better at what you do, whether that is in business, coaching, sales & influence, sports, healthcare, negotiation, education or on a personal level.

What is EFT?

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a bit like acupuncture but tapping the meridian points with your fingers instead of using needles without using needles. It is an incredibly easy to learn and versatile DIY tool.

Thousands of years ago, the Chinese discovered a complex system of energy circuits known as meridians, which run throughout our bodies. Our bodies are electrical, an EEG (electroencephalograph) measures the electrical activity of the brain, ECG (electrocardiograph) measures the electrical activity of the heart. Our thoughts create patterns of electrical energy that cause the release of neurotransmitters, hormones and other chemicals in the body that we feel as emotions.

The focus of EFT is our energy system. Negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, fear, grief, phobia, trauma, worry, guilt cause a disruption or blockage in that system. These restricting emotions can also contribute to physical problems. EFT works by neutralising or clearing blockages in this system.