The questions I get asked the most are those connected with hypnotherapy and the use of hypnosis, so I'll begin there. Please scroll down for general questions.
What does hypnosis feel like?
A hypnotic trance (to use the correct terminology) is a deep feeling of total relaxation. Having experienced hypnosis on many occasions the most familiar sensation I can relate it to is the feeling just before you fall asleep (but you are not asleep - although sometimes this can happen, which is fine). You become less aware of what's happening around you and less aware of the day to day thoughts that pass in and out of your mind. When in this deep state of relaxation, your unconscious mind, that part of you responsible for your beliefs and values, your emotions, imagination and intuition, becomes more prominent. This is why Hypnotherapy is such an effective tool at addressing so many issues and problems.
Am I still in control?
Although you are in a different state of awareness, you are in total and utter control. Your unconscious mind is always working to serve your best interests and will not allow you to do or say anything that you don't want to. You will be aware of what is being said to you and being asked of you and you may hear all or just part of what is said, but whatever happens is for your benefit. If there's something you feel uncomfortable with for any reason then you can simply open your eyes. You can scratch, sniff, move, sneeze, talk, shake or nod your head, even stand up and move around if that's what you want to do. You are in complete control. I am asked a lot about stage hypnotists and why people seem to be under a spell and acting out things that in real life would be absurd. This is an easy one - people who volunteer for such acts are already in the mind-set that that's what they want to do. So that's what their unconscious mind allows. I have hours of hypnosis experience and now drift into a hypnotic trance with little effort and much ease. However, a stage hypnotist would not be able to make me act like chicken because it's not what I want, or in my best interests so my unconscious mind would not allow it.
How will I feel afterwards?
Of course everyone is different, and so experiences will vary: Here are some examples of what clients have said about how they felt after undergoing hypnosis for Hypnotherapy and Relaxation: relaxed, calm, strange (but in a good way), happy, clear minded, focused, strong with an increased self-belief.
What does a typical session involve?
Most sessions will begin with a general chat and review of your goal for therapy, the change you want to make and progress so far. Hypnotherapy and Relaxation sessions are conducted (mainly) using hypnosis which will follow a structure tailored to suit your needs. Some of the therapies do not need hypnosis and will take the form of a conversation. All sessions address what's in your best interests, as this can change as therapy progresses. There is no set format but your participation is essential.
How long does a session last?
A standard session is 60 minutes. This can vary depending on the type of therapy. A session will last no longer than 90 minutes and no less than 45 minutes. Time for consultation will be counted outside of the therapy session and is free of charge.
How many sessions will I need?
This is very dependent on the type of therapy that is best for you. During our consultation, I will be able to give you an idea about how many sessions you might need. However, nothing is set in stone and together we need to do what's best for you in terms of the change you want in your life.
How much does a session cost?
Initial Consultation - FREE
Standard Hypnotherapy session - £45
Relaxation Session - £36
Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation - 1 extended session - £100
The Stress Management Package - 3 sessions - £110
Soul Purpose Session - £45
Is what I say confidential?
Everything that is discussed in the consultation and subsequent sessions is completely confidential.
What are your qualifications?
Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis
Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis
Relaxation and Stress Control Practitioner
Diploma in Numerology
Diploma in Inner Child Healing
Diploma in EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique
Level 2 & 3 Counselling Skills
Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Will it work for me?
Unfortunately in this field, nothing can be 100% guaranteed. However, if you are at a place in your life when you're ready to make a change, and the change is coming from you, then there is no reason why therapy cannot work for you. In all of its forms, therapy is a partnership between you the client, and the therapist. Nothing is done 'to you'. Everything is done 'with you' and for your best interest. In terms of hypnosis, everyone has the ability to go into trance, as we drift in and out of it every day. When undergoing formal hypnosis, resistance is possible. However, the process is discussed with you, planned specifically for you and carried out to suit your needs and so it's not in your best interest to resist. The mind is extremely powerful. If you tell yourself that you will not go into trance then of course you won't. But if you're seeking real change then of course it is possible and you will reap the health benefits, as well as moving towards your ultimate goal of change.