Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnotherapy?
You have a conscious part of the mind and a subconscious part of the mind.
The conscious part of the mind is logical, critical and rational, and it likes to make sense of things.
On the other hand, the subconscious part of the mind contains everything that makes you who you are. This includes your memories, values, beliefs, desires, attachments, and so on.
Importantly, who you are at a subconscious level determines how you think, feel and behave.
Therefore, all of our problems are rooted in some aspect of our subconscious mind.
In hypnotherapy, we relax the conscious part of the mind. This allows us to more easily find and change the part of your subconscious mind linked to your problem.
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on the type of problem that you wish to address.
In most cases, three to five sessions are usually required to successfully overcome a personal problem, issue, or challenge. Additional sessions are sometimes necessary, but this is an exception rather than the norm.
Only 1-2 sessions are usually required for people who wish to quit smoking.
I make sure that my clients only receive the number of sessions they need to achieve the outcome they want.
Why is hypnotherapy more expensive that other therapies?
Hypnotherapy is a short term therapeutic approach because most problems can be successfully treated within a few weeks.
Other therapies, such as psychotherapy and some types of counselling, can involve many more sessions over a period of weeks, months, and even years.
This is why my fees, and most other hypnotherapist's fees, are higher than those charged by psychotherapists and counsellors. Generally speaking, you will pay the same amount of money (and possibly more) by addressing your problem with a psychotherapist or counsellor over a longer period of time as you would with a hypnotherapist over a shorter period of time.
That is not to discredit or dismiss the effectiveness of psychotherapy and counselling.
All therapeutic approaches have their unique strengths, and some people naturally prefer certain therapies over others. As always, you are free to choose which approach you are most comfortable with, and which approach you think is best suited to help you with your problem. There are no right or wrong answers here.
However, consider the following if the price of hypnotherapy is something you are thinking about:
My hypnotherapy sessions are priced at a fraction of the cost of many items people often buy without question. This includes things like cars, smartphones, clothes and holidays, some of which can cost thousands of pounds.
Ask yourself the following question: What value do you place on overcoming your problems and improving the quality of your life?
I believe that hypnotherapy is an investment in yourself, and in your future.
Are there any guarantees that hypnotherapy will work?
Hypnotherapy is very successful and effective in treating a wide range of problems. But, like any form of treatment, there is never a 100% guarantee that hypnotherapy will work all of the time.
However, it is important to understand that hypnotherapy is not something that is done to you by a hypnotherapist. Instead, the hypnotherapist helps and guides you to make the change that you want to make.
In cases where hypnotherapy doesn't work, it is usually because the individual is either not ready to change, or is not quite at the point at which absolutely must change.
As Archimedes said "Give me a lever strong enough and I can move the world".
Unstoppable desire drives positive transformation.
What does hypnosis feel like?
This very common question—more than any other—has generated many misconceptions and urban myths.
Hypnosis is very much concerned with relaxation, and specifically, relaxation of the conscious part of the mind. Hypnosis is a form of altered awareness, where the conscious part of the mind has become relaxed and quieter, and the subconscious part of the mind has become more awake and aware.
In many cases, most people have no idea they are actually in a state of hypnosis, and the way people know they have been in a state of hypnosis is often after the event.
Almost all people feel very relaxed. Some people feel very heavy and deep. Other people feel light and energised. However, in all cases, people retain a sense of awareness and control.
In truth, however you feel is right for you, because each of us is different and unique we experience the state of hypnosis in different and unique ways.
Is hypnotherapy safe?
Hypnotherapy is very safe. As a hypnotherapist, I will never ask you to do anything that you do not want to do or are not comfortable doing. I take great care to prioritise the needs and well-being of all of my clients.
Will I experience any emotional pain?
As a necessary part of the transformative healing process, hypnotherapy often involves bringing painful emotions and memories into the light of consciousness.
However, it is critical to remember that we must be willing to face our inner demons if we wish to conquer them.
This process is always performed with the highest level of care and responsibility on my part, and you will always have the freedom to go where you need and want to go to.
Again, you will never be asked to do anything that you are not comfortable with.
Can anyone experience hypnosis?
Yes, anyone can experience hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state of mind; one that is actually more familiar and commonplace than most people think.
Have you ever experienced a daydream while driving? Most people have at some point. While daydreaming, you probably drove for miles, and then suddenly became consciously aware that you had no memory of what you saw or saw or did during that time. This includes performing the many complex actions involved in driving safely! If you have experienced a situation like this, then you have also experienced an altered state of mental awareness that is very similar to hypnosis.
Another example involves situations where someone is fully engrossed and immersed in an activity, during which time they were not consciously aware of their surroundings and the events going on around them.
Anyone can experience hypnosis, and the great thing is that the more you practice it, the easier it becomes to get yourself back into a hypnotic state.
Is hypnotherapy for everyone?
Hypnotherapy is a very effective way for almost everyone to successfully overcome problems, challenges, or obstacles.
The reason it is so effective is that hypnotherapy aims to address the root cause of problems, challenges, or obstacles within the subconscious part of the mind, allowing for deeply meaningful, powerful, and transformative change.
However, there is one important exception: hypnotherapy is usually not recommended for individuals who suffer from very severe mental health problems, such as psychosis or personality disorders such as dissociative personality disorder.
People who suffer from severe mental health problems such as this, but are still interested in hypnotherapy, should first consult their doctor.