Q. Is there a set number of sessions for treatment?
For specific goals such as hypnotherapy for quitting smoking, weight loss and phobias there is a general guideline of six sessions. However with other issues like anxiety and depression where psychotherapy is involved it is a journey at your pace and no one elses. You are in control the whole time - take a break from therapy if you need to and take your time. It has often taken a lifetime to develop these difficulties and there is no rush to how quickly you overcome them. The crucial thing is that we progress a step at a time.
Q. Are our conversations confidential?
Yes - when you make the decision to engage in therapy i will supply you with full details of what you can expect from me, and what I expect from you. Everything we talk about is confidential and will only ever be disclosed if I believed there was a danger to life, or the Courts ordered me to disclose information.
Q. What's the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Both are talking therapies however counselling is for short term treatment that acts as a listening ear for a particularly difficult period in your life, to give you the space and privacy to explore your feelings in private and take positive steps to resolve problematic issues. Psychotherapy is more long term to help you address difficulties that have built up and explore these in more depth. Together we can identify historical emotional influences and background difficulties that will enable you to develop a beneficial understanding of yourself and consequently enable change.
Q. Do I have to have hypnotherapy as part of my treatment?
Absolutely not - this is your journey and your choice. Hypnotherapy can be an incredible additional tool that we can use but if you don't feel this is for you it is not a problem, we can stay with the other therapies and techniques,
Q. How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is a natural trance state. When we daydream we experience trance, as we do when we are absorbed in a television programme or even when we let go of everyday thoughts before drifting off to sleep. Our beliefs and habits are held in our subconscious mind and trigger our automatic responses. If there are beliefs and habits that are not useful to us we can offer alternative and more positive ones using hypnotherapy. In a hypnotic state the subconscious mind is in a receptive state to take on new beliefs. Hypnosis works by allowing you to access the subconscious parts of your mind and make changes at this level, thus making it much easier to curb habits, feel more confident or think in a new way.
Q: Could a Hynotherapist make me do something I don't want to do?
If a hypnotherapist were to say something unacceptable to you, your mind would reject it. You may have been prompted to ask this question because of what happens in stage hypnosis. Please note that this is for entertainment only. As an entertainer, the stage hypnotist creates an atmosphere of illusion and intentionally chooses people with extravert behavior to call up on stage, knowing they will be willing to perform to the audience.
Q: How will I feel during Hypnosis?
People generally feel relaxed. Some feel light afterwards, as if having had a massage, and others feel deeply relaxed. Whilst you are in hypnosis you are in control of your own comfort. If you felt an itch you would scratch it! You will still be in full control of your body.
Q: How will I feel afterwards?
You will feel refreshed, alert and able to carry on with your day.
Q: How many sessions will I need?
If your reason for hypnotherapy is smoking cessation this is a special package, with the offer of a supplementary session within 30 days should it be needed. For all other reasons we will look at the number of sessions at the consultation. The beauty of hypnotherapy is that it is a short-term therapy and it will be a question of weeks and not months to facilitate the changes you want to make.
Have a think about an area of your life that you think could be improved using hypnotherapy.
Examples might be -
'I would like hypnotherapy to be more confident'
'I would like hypnotherapy to have better study habits'
'I would like hypnotherapy to give up smoking'
Q: What's the general cost of treatment?
This varies depending on treatment required and the client. This will be discussed at your free consultation, but a general guideline to my fees is:
- Hypnotherapy £55 per session
- Psychotherapy / CBT £35 per session
- Under 16's £20 per session
- Hypnotherapy/psychotherapy combined £45
A 10% discount is given for clients who wish to pay for a block of sessions in advance
A discretionary discounted rate where possible is offered to people in financial difficulty - please get in touch if you would like to apply.