Can hypnosis help me?

Hypnotherapy can help to create change in your life and can be applied to a wide range of issues, including:

  • Anxiety issues, stress at work, phobias, sadness or bereavement
  • Motivation, goal setting, decision making, finding a way forward
  • Confidence building, performance anxieties, public speaking
  • Changing unwanted habits such as stopping smoking, over eating, nail biting
  • Improvement in somatic disorders such as asthma, psoriasis, IBS
  • Relaxation and pain relief for childbirth

What will happen in the first session?

The first session will usually involve more discussion than following sessions, since I will need to find out a little about your issues. The format of the session will vary but a typical first session will include some hypnosis. I also teach self hypnosis so that you can access the hypnotic state by yourself more regularly, and would start to do so in the very first session.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Nearly everybody has the ability to enter a hypnotic state and in fact we all do so frequently and without realising it many times throughout the day.

It is similar to the experience of relaxation or daydreaming when, although you may be aware of everything going on, you feel somewhat detached from it. It’s like being absorbed in music or in a good book.

Will I lose control?

You may have seen demonstrations of stage hypnosis where people appear to be under the control of the hypnotist. This is mainly for entertainment purposes and bears little relation to therapeutic hypnosis. You will be aware and in control throughout and will not do anything under hypnosis that you would not wish to do during full waking consciousness.

How many sessions will I need?

My aim is always to keep the number of sessions to a minimum. As a rough guide, smoking cessation can be achieved in one or two sessions, while many other issues make vast improvements from the very first session and can be resolved completely within three to six sessions. For longer standing or more deep seated issues, I review progress with my clients on an ongoing basis so we can both be confident that the therapy is continuing to have a beneficial effect.

Will my session be confidential?

All communication is confidential. As a member of established hypnotherapy registers such as the GHR and NRHP, I am bound by an ethical code. As well as ensuring that I will hold your interests uppermost, this means that anything you tell me during a hypnotherapy session will be treated as confidential.