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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Hypnotherapy?
What Is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?
Many people believe that Hypnotherapy is something that is 'done' to them; that they explain their issue to the therapist who simply hypnotises the problem away, as if by magic.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a combination of psychotherapy & hypnotherapy. The difference between this process and “stand-alone” hypnotherapy is that SFH can bring about long lasting results by focusing on now, the future & not a negative past.
By combining the latest neuroscience & brain research with psychotherapies such as Solution Brief Therapy, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) & CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), SFH is an amazing tool which helps clients achieve their goals, change their mindset, find solutions & move forward. The first step, and generally the hardest, in this process is booking & attending the first appointment.
SFH is a collaborative process where change happens when you want it to and because you are prepared to take the necessary steps & engage in the process to allow it to happen.
An Initial Consultation, necessary before the start of any treatment, is designed to determine your goals, review your symptoms, answer questions from both sides, and get to know each other. The subsequent Hypnotherapy sessions include a combination of psychotherapy & hypnosis.
For anyone willing to make changes to the way they think & behave, then Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be very successful helping clients reduce anxiety & stress related issues as well as relieving the symptoms of depression.
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to resolve a number of psychological issues. When someone is experiencing a hypnotic trance it is easier to access their subconscious mind which is more aware & therefore more open to making positive changes.
The process is very natural, in fact each of us experience a trance every single day. For example, when you are watching the television or you are reading a book, you often don’t realise how time has passed or your thoughts have drifted elsewhere. In this instance you have entered a self-induced hypnotic trance.
In this self-induced trance state you are very relaxed but intensely focused ensuring the mind is open to suggestion. Any suggestions from a professional hypnotherapist help change negative thought patterns (rather than control the mind) ensuring that clients remain in control, acting only on the information they choose to be useful and appropriate.
A study in 2009 showed that Alpha and Theta waves are generated when we are in a trance state. Alpha waves are produced when we wake up and subsequently nicely relaxed or when we meditate. Theta waves are produced when we are in a light sleep state. The study showed that when clients, on an EEG machine, were in a hypnotic trance they switched to Theta/Alpha waves subsequently becoming very relaxed. This then enabled them to picture solutions, ideas and change.
Equally, & unfortunately, the subconscious can also be the source of many issues. I am qualified to help you to resolve those issues.
How does Hypnotherapy help & who can it help?
Solution focused hypnotherapy helps clients manage, control & reduce a whole range of issues such including the many variants of anxiety such as stress, depression, confidence issues, low self-esteem, panic attacks, fears and phobias and insomnia. It is also very effective for anyone wishing to manage their your weight, stop smoking, or deal with addiction.
In your sessions, you’ll be asked to set realistic goals for the future and will be able to take those steps towards achieving your goals. Hypnotherapy is used to help lower feelings of anxiety and to help to replace those negative thoughts with positive ones.
What does hypnosis it feel like?
You are likely to have already experienced a hypnotic state already, in fact it happens to each and every one of us a few times a days.
Have you ever driven home and not remembered how you got to your destination, or have you not absorbed a page in a book & re-read it a couple of time? Have you drifted away in a meeting at work or in the classroom? If so, you've been in a state of focused attention, not unlike daydreaming really.
In this very relaxed state your mind is more open to suggestion which, in a therapeutic setting, is used to help you change negative thought patterns.
Each person may experience the state of trance differently. People generally claim to feel heavy, lightness or feel tingling over the body. You can often hear everything that is being said and you are totally in control.
What is Psychotherapy?
There are many different kinds of Psychotherapy, all of which aim to help people overcome stress or emotional problems. Psychotherapy involves talking together to help clients overcome their difficulties. Psychotherapy is often referred to as a 'talking treatment' and accounts for around 50% of a SFH session.
The Psychotherapy I practice is Solution Focused Therapy which is future-oriented. It is designed to reduce anxiety and promote calm in the mind. As the name suggests, it focuses on solutions for the future, rather than analysing problems of the past.
Provided you are willing to make changes to the way you think, the therapy can be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Focusing on solutions means we do not dwell on problems. Instead we:
acknowledge where you are currently
identify where you want to be
help you to make the necessary changes
Do I have to talk about my past during the Hypnotherapy Session?
The type of Psychotherapy I practice does not involve analysing painful memories from the past. If you have experienced unpleasant events, we acknowledge they happened but then we focus the sessions on getting you from where you are to where you want to be.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy focuses on what you want to achieve (the solution) therefore are we are able to spend very little time on the past (the problem).
If you wish, you can discuss any previous painful experiences at your initial consultation, especially if it is still affecting your life today. All information we gather is pulled together to build your session plan to help you to get back to living the life you choose.
Is it possible to stay hypnotised?
No, you can come out of hypnotherapy whenever you choose. You certainly cannot get stuck in a trance forever & you are more likely to fall into a sleep. At the end of the trance, I usually begin to talk with a bit more volume and I ensure I mention the clients name which tends to do the trick.
Additionally, however, when the music, used during the trance session, finishes my clients automatically wake up. Finally, trance takes a lot of energy so clients will wake up when they run out of energy.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Most people can go into a light trance and do so every day when they are daydreaming for example. This is normally adequate to achieve a therapeutic outcome.
During the 1st session some clients find it difficult to relax but that doesn’t impact the effectiveness of the session and over time this always improves. Clients do however need to be committed to the process and be dedicated to getting better.
What happens when you are in hypnotic trance?
Hypnotic trance is a natural state and nothing to be afraid of. We go into trance many times a day such as when we are driving, out for a run, or even watching TV. It is daydreaming effectively
Hypnotic trance works by allowing the conscious mind and subconscious mind to work together and focus on the same thing and is a powerful tool to help to make those positive changes to our lives.
Will hypnotherapy make me do silly things?
You always retain ultimate control and can reject any suggestions that you dislike or find difficult to accept.
Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to – your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you.
Can Hypnotherapy make me do something I don’t want to do?
Hypnotherapy cannot make you do anything against your will. Contrary to the popular stage or film images, hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind.
No one can make you perform or act in a certain way if you do not want to do. If a suggestion is inappropriate for you, your mind will just ignore it.
In order for clients to be hypnotised I work throughout the session to get them relaxed, comfortable and feeling completely at ease otherwise it will not happen and it will not be effective.
Stage hypnotists tend to work out the best subjects for the performances and look out for extroverts and people who are likely to be easily susceptible.
Are Hypnotherapy sessions available over the telephone?
How many Hypnotherapy sessions will I need?
The number of treatments really does vary dependent on the issues we are tackling & the client buy-in to the whole process. Every course of treatments is different however & based on my experience I can give an estimate of the number of sessions potentially required after an open and honest initial consultation.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a relatively shorter therapy, on average my clients require between 8 & 12 sessions for anxiety related issues, approx. 4 sessions for a simple phobia & potentially up to 20 sessions for complex phobias, PTSD & OCD however this is assessed in detail at the Initial Consultation.
Is Hypnotherapy successful online?
Yes, and it can be just as effective as a face to face / in-person hypnotherapy session with equal results.
There are a few advantages of course including no need to travel which can be great after a lovely relaxing trance session. A number of clients with social anxiety have felt more relaxed online, meaning they can have better results. The Journal of Medical Internet Research stated that results appeared to be "at least equivalent to face-to-face therapy". At the end of the day the choice is yours and all my appointments are available either on-line or in person; all I ask is that clients are fully attentive and engaged and for that reason I don't recommend it for younger clients (under 15) unless a parent or guardian can be present at all times.
What conditions do I work with?
What do the Hypnotherapy sessions involve?
Our first meeting will be for an initial consultation which usually takes around 50 minutes. This session is used to gather information about you and what you would like to achieve. I will assess all this information and advise whether I think Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you.
I will then help you to understand how the brain works, how it creates your symptoms and what we can both do about it. If you decide to proceed, you will be sent a link to a relaxation audio which you must listen to every night before you go to sleep up until your first session.
Subsequent sessions are also 50 minutes in duration and include a trance session. During this appointment we will measure your outcomes together so that you can see your progress and start to make those changes to your mindset that will last throughout your life.
How do I book a Hypnotherapy appointment?
If you have not had an in person or online initial consultation with me then please book this in the first instance. Read more about the initial consultation then book a session here:
After this session us both determine how best to help and proceed. If you have already had an initial consultation you can book any of my hypnotherapy sessions or packages here:
How do I book Hypnotherapy consultation?
The face to face or online Initial Consultation is compulsory before proceeding with any treatment. The cost of the Initial Consultation is refunded when you book a package of 6 or 10 sessions (the discount is included in the advertised price).
How much do Hypnotherapy sessions cost?
My initial consultations are £30 & subsequent individual sessions are £55 including a download. Also available are packages of 8 and 12 sessions. The price for the packages includes the download, a multiple session discount and a refund on the cost of the initial consultation which is already included in the advertised price.