Frequently Asked Questions
Can hypnotherapy help me?
"Helping me get past my fear of public speaking?", "Helping me relax during exams?" "Curing my insomnia?"
"Improving my self-esteem" or "Eliminating my tendency to procrastinate…."
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 in any way? Do my thoughts/beliefs affect my
performance? Do my feelings actually 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 and body are all very closely connected. What affects the mind will affect the body and vice-versa.
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?
Not at all… This really is not the point of solution focused hypnotherapy. You won't say
anything under hypnosis you wouldn't say otherwise. During hypnosis, you are – contrary
to popular belief – still aware of what’s being said. You are 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... And so, the answer is no, you will not
Are there any dangers?
There is no danger at all. You will be in a very safe environment in a clinical
setting, working with a registered and qualified professional who is fully
dedicated to your well-being.
Is hypnosis "mind control"?
I can assure you it is 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
If a hypnotherapist's suggestion happens to conflict with a client's value system,
it has consistently been shown that the client simply brings him or herself up out
of hypnosis and just "wakes up". You are in complete control at all times.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Most people can go into a light trance, which is a perfectly adequate state for most
therapeutic goals. It helps to be willing and ready to relax, to be able to trust
and to let go as much as possible but we'll only seek to achieve goals discussed
prior to trance – first part of the session – and so relaxation shouldn't be an issue.
Will I remember what happened during hypnosis?
This does vary from person to person and session to session. You will remember most
things, though not everything. But whatever happens, your subconscious will always
absorb all that is important for you, even though you might not be consciously aware
of it. Our brains are always working – even at night – and your subconscious mind
will retain whatever is needed.
What does trance feel like?
Trance is a very pleasant experience which is different for everyone and varies from
session to session. We actually 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.
Through a process called mindfulness, I'll help you to simply follow the breath and
your bodily sensations. Trust the process, immerse yourself into what feels like a
pleasant, serene "daydream" and you'll be pretty close to what it actually is.
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: approx 3-4 sessions
- Anxiety/depression/OCD: approx. 7-9 sessions
How much does it cost?
The first session or initial consultation (about 30-45 mins) is free. During this
first session, 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 and our thought patterns work. It will provide
an opportunity to get to know each other and establish self-concordant goals. 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 basis.