Frequently Asked Questions

and answers …

Frequently Asked Questions

I want you to relaxed and confident when you choose me as your therapist and with this in mind, if you have any questions or concerns that are not covered here, do please e-mail or call me and I will answer your question(s) personally.

Yes, we can all be hypnotised. The strength of your need, your willingness to be hypnotised and your trust and confidence in your therapist all affect the quality and effectiveness of your therapy. You may have seen stage hypnosis where people seem “under the power” of the hypnotist. There is a lot of trickery and social coercion behind this. I’ve written in a bit more detail about this in my blog.

Hypnosis is a pleasant state and you will relax just as much as you wish to and just as much as you feel able to.

Regardless of how deeply you may go in hypnosis and however relaxed you may feel, a part of you remains in full control and aware. We are of course working together to help you in the way you want to be helped and here again it is important that you have trust and confidence in your relationship with your therapist.

The vast majority of people can. Although, there are some areas where hypnotherapy may be contra-indicated such as epilepsy, psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia) and some breathing problems, the vast majority of issues can be greatly helped through this powerful technique. On the rare occasions that I have any concerns that hypnotherapy will be other than wholly beneficial for you, I will speak to you about why I feel this.

However, this powerful and pleasant experience allows us to speak more directly with your subconscious which after all, drives most of our behaviours.

Some people feel that their problems are so great that nothing can help them. Some feel that their problems will appear trivial and not worth discussing.

Simply, if something is stopping you living your life to the full, you deserve to move through this to a more contented life. Indeed, hypnotherapy, is often a successful “last resort” for people who have tried “everything else”.

We often fool ourselves into thinking that we are rational, logical creatures that think and then act appropriately. But it is our subconscious that is driving the impulse to smoke, to eat the cake, to avoid public spaces etc whilst our frustrated conscious mind wants us to stop smoking, lose weight and be able to go shopping.

Despite how it feels, our subconscious it not our enemy, it is trying to help us and we need to help it understand that there are better ways. The more these two parts of our brain work together, the more centered and in control we feel.

The real power of hypno-psychotherapy is combining the power of each:

Psychotherapy gives us insight into what these subconscious drives are and hypnosis allows us to address the subconscious directly, changing these drives to new, more beneficial ones.

In general, psychotherapy can achieve this on its own but it usually takes longer. Hypnosis can achieve fast change on its own but by not getting to the root cause it is more likely to re-occur in future.

Hypno-psychotherapy, properly practiced can be both faster and more permanent than either on its own.

Yes of course. Both of these therapies can be highly effective on their own and if for any reason you would prefer to use just one then we can still produce highly effective results for you.

Yes. I offer individual sessions and workshops on many business tasks from public speaking and confidence building to life planning. This includes teaching you or your team techniques to strive in stressful situations. This can be enormously helpful to you and have a positive impact on your performance and career. I have worked in the Banking Industry to Regional Manager level so I have a real understanding of the stresses, opportunities and challenges that you face in the business world.