Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a completely safe and natural, yet altered, state of mind. It is like being completely relaxed. You mind is focused and alert. You enter hypnotic states daily through daydreaming, driving (have you ever missed your exit because you were lost in thought?), playing a sport (often called being in the zone), and watching television.
Is it possible to stay in a hypnotized state?
No. Not at all. You can come out of the hypnotic state whenever you want to and there is no lasting sleepiness (although you will feel good)!
Will I lose consciousness?
No. You will be aware of what is happening at all times and be in control at all times. You will know where you are and what you are doing. You can return to being fully awake at any time that you chose.
Can I drive after a Hypnotherapy session?
As hypnosis is a natural occurring state that happens to everybody through the day, there should be no reason why you are not able to drive
What is CBT and why combine it with hypnotherapy?
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NHS recommend CBT in the treatment of anxiety and depression, and there is also good evidence that CBT can help with many other conditions such as panic attacks, phobias, sleep problems. stress-related conditions, changing habits etc.
According to research, hypnosis, in combination with CBT, can be more effective than CBT alone for many conditions. Treatment is also usually much quicker , on average 4-6 sessions compared to 5-20 when the client is treated using CBT alone.
What is mindfulness and how can it help?
Mindfulness is about being in the here and now. It is about focussing on the present and being more aware of what’s going on around you, and inside your body, from moment to moment.
Mindfulness involves acceptance, which means that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them without believing, that there is a right or wrong way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we are sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
It is a useful skill to have because it helps us to recognise when our attention becomes focussed on unhelpful thoughts, for example worrying about something that might happen in the future. By practising mindfulness, you can learn to recognise when this happens, and choose when to pay attention to your thoughts and when it’s more helpful to let them go.
Mindfulness can form part of a treatment plan in combination with hypnosis, CBT and applied relaxation, depending on your goals.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept debit and credit cards on the day as well as BACS transfer to our bank account ahead of attending the session.
How long are the sessions?
The initial face to face consultation is 90 minutes, thereafter the sessions are 60 minutes unless otherwise stated. Sessions for younger children may vary and I will discuss these with you ( Session charges will be reduced if the sessions are shorter for children).
How many sessions does the treatment take?
No of sessions depend are individual to the person. Each problem is unique and each person is different. Number of sessions vary from 4 to 12 sessions for most treatments. An indication of the number of sessions will be given at the time of initial call/consultation.
What is your cancellation policy?
Our business is based on charging for time we spend with clients and because we only have a limited number of appointments a week. So, we now have a rigid 36 hour cancellation policy. If we do not receive a minimum of 36 hours notice of a cancellation or re-arrangement, we reserve the right to charge a cancellation fees of £25. We will always be sensitive to client’s needs and if we can change appointments around to avoid charging, we always will.
What if I am late for the session?
If you are late then I may not be able to give you the full session. The fees will be charged in full.