Hypnotherapy FAQs about Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is not a state that you will be unfamiliar with. It is a naturally occurring state somewhere between being asleep and awake that we all slip in and out of throughout the day and for this very reason is often called day dreaming. If you have ever arrived at a destination without much memory of the journey or mentally slipped into another world during a massage or facial, then you have already experienced the altered state of awareness that is hypnosis. It is the state that I, as your therapist, will help you enter so that you will be aware of what is going on and may well remember some or all of the session, but your focus will be elsewhere. This state is so helpful with therapy as it allows you to concentrate on the issue at hand without the usual distractions of internal thoughts.
It should be noted that you are in complete control of yourself throughout the entire session. I cannot 'make' you enter the hypnotic state and you can choose to bring yourself out of it at any time, should you wish. I can also not 'make' you do or say anything that you do not wish to or that goes against your internal ideals / moral code / personal ethics etc. Successful hypnotherapy is based on the idea of cooperation between the therapist and client.
Your first session will include a free consultation during which you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the treatment. Then, if you are happy to continue, you will be asked questions to correctly identify the issue, discover any external influences and enable us to develop a therapeutic plan. Then you will be aided in relaxing deeply so that ay therapy work can be conducted. At the end of the session (usually 90 mins) you will be given a CD or MP3 file so that you can continue the relaxation and therapeutic work at home. Any follow up sessions, if required, will comprise of a shorter consultation and then the hypnotherapy (usually 60 mins).
The first session will only ever include suggestion therapy. Any analytical work to discover the root cause of a problem will only be undertaken in subsequent sessions once you are more familiar with the process of entering the hypnotic state and are more comfortable with myself and my voice. The majority of issues gain a very positive change in these two sessions and the practice at home in between.
Any further sessions will be booked following discussion and agreement that there is a genuine need for them and a genuine gain to be made for you as the client. There is never any pressure or obligation for you to return for more sessions.
The basis of suggestion therapy is that while in a hypnotic state your mind is more willing to accept positive suggestions. During the session, you are guided into a hypnotic state and then carefully worded suggesting are put to you in order to help your mind make important changes towards your goal.
The aim of analytical therapy is to discover the root cause of a problem, even if this is not known or has been forgotten / buried by your conscious mind. By rediscovering this cause and exploring it whilst in a state of hypnosis, it is possible to resolve the issue and any associated negative emotions or behaviours.
Nearly everyone has the ability to enter some state of hypnosis. Different people can naturally achieve different levels, but the ability to gain a deeper level of hypnosis can be practised and learned. If you are ready to make a change and with a therapist you will almost certainly be able to achieve the appropriate level of hypnosis for you.
When practiced in a safe environment and by a professionally trained therapist, hypnotherapy is completely safe and has no side effects. As a therapist and a member of the National Society of Professional Hypnotherapists, I must adhere to a professional code of conduct and all information discussed during the session(s) is completely confidential.
Initial consultation and first session (90 mins) £50 Follow up sessions (60 mins) £50