Frequently Asked Questions
Can hypnotherapy help me?
"Helping me get past my fear of public speaking?" "Improving my golf game?" "Helping
me relax during exams?" "Curing my insomnia?" Etc.
Let's put it this way: think for a moment about any issue in your life that you'd
like to improve and ask yourself, "Does my mind interact with this issue/activity
in any way? Do my thoughts/beliefs affect my performance? Do my feelings contribute
to my experiences in this area? Have I had past experiences that are reinforcing
my beliefs/thoughts/emotions in a negative way? Is it my expectation that I will
not get the results I desire?"
Are you getting the picture?
The mind, body and emotions are all closely connected. I'm not aware of any issue
that can’t significantly be relieved through the use of hypnotherapy.
Will I reveal personal secrets whilst in hypnosis?
No! This is not the point of solution focused hypnotherapy. You won't say anything
under hypnosis you wouldn't say otherwise. You will be in complete control of all
you say and all you do.
Will I lose consciousness whilst in hypnosis?
Even though hypnotherapy induces a very pleasant and sometimes deep state of
relaxation akin to day-dreaming or meditation, you are always fully aware of what
is happening and of the therapist's voice during the session. You are in control
at all times.
Are there any dangers?
There’s no danger at all. You will be in a very safe environment, working with a
qualified professional fully dedicated to your well-being.
Is hypnosis "mind control"?
No, it's not. No one under hypnosis can be induced to do anything against his or
her will. Whatever moral and ethical codes you hold in a normal waking state will
still be in place under hypnosis. Just like you cannot be made to do anything
against your moral code, you will not say anything that is embarrassing and will
not reveal more than you are comfortable doing.
If a hypnotherapist's suggestion conflicts with a client's value system, the
client simply brings him or herself up out of hypnosis: they just 'wake up.'
You are in complete control at all times. SFH is a gentle, loving and
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Most people can go into a light trance, which is a perfectly adequate state for
most therapeutic goals. Being willing and ready to relax, to let go and go with
the flow as much as possible is very important.
Will I remember what happened during hypnosis?
This can vary from person to person and session to session. You will remember
most things, though not everything. Whatever happens, your subconscious will
always absorb all that is important for you, even though you might not be
consciously aware of it.
What does trance feel like?
Trance is a very pleasant experience, different for everyone and varies from
session to session. We go in and out of trance every day whilst reading, watching
a movie or even driving. Typically, clients find it very relaxing and peaceful.
Some also experience temporary tingling sensations, lightness or heaviness.
Just follow the breath and your bodily sensations. Trust the process. Immerse
yourself into a pleasant day dream and you'll be pretty close to what it actually
feels like. You will easily awaken from trance, feeling refreshed as if you'd
just had a deep rest.
How many sessions will it take?
Hypnotherapy is a relatively brief form of therapy and the goal is to work with
you for the shortest time necessary to help you achieve your aims. Treatment
is always tailor-made and focuses on self-concordant goals.
Some examples of basic flexible time models include:
- Fears/phobias: Three 60 minute sessions
- Anxiety/depression/OCD: approx. 8-10 sessions
How much does it cost?
The first session or initial consultation (45 mins) is free. We'll go through
a short questionnaire together so as to talk about your background a little
bit. The initial consultation will also give you a much better understanding
of how the brain works and will provide an opportunity to get to know each
other. It is then up to you to decide whether or not you would like to
proceed with subsequent sessions. Subsequent sessions are £70 each
(1 hour sessions) and are booked at your convenience on a session by session