Why visit a hypnotherapist or a success coach?
Quite simply, visit a hypnotherapist or success coach if there is anything in your life you wish to change. Whether you would like to start doing something you wish to do, or stop doing something that’s become a problem.
I’m a little nervous about hypnosis…
That’s fine and understandable! Most peoples’ perception and understanding of hypnosis comes from TV or Stage Shows. Come for a free initial consultation and I will answer all your questions to put your mind at rest.
What is Hypnosis?
Great question! Let me tell you what it isn’t first. It’s not a state of deep sleep. It is a very relaxed state of mind but your awareness is actually enhanced while you relax because you’re focussed on one thing. The conscious part of your mind is allowed to wander off and take a break while your unconscious (or subconscious) mind takes over.
Hypnosis is a pleasant state of mind that is brought about by ‘imagining’ a series of progressively more relaxing images and situations. It has been described as ‘guided daydreaming’ and is a very relaxed and pleasant state. It is rather similar to being completely absorbed in your favourite book or film.
Is there a difference between Hypnotherapy and Stage hypnosis?
The main difference between hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis is the emphasis on entertainment. In hypnotherapy there are no antics or games. The client comes to hypnotherapy with a specific self-help goal – the hypnotherapist focuses only on helping the client to attain their goals. Stage Hypnosis is purely for entertainment purposes.
How legitimate is hypnosis as a complementary type of therapy?
Hypnosis was accepted by British Medical Authorities in 1955, and was also later accepted in the United States, in 1958, by the American Medical Association for therapeutic uses.
How does it feel to be hypnotised?
I’ve been hypnotised many, many times and I can tell you it feels great! Wonderfully relaxing and refreshing. The closest thing I can liken it to is when you first wake up in the morning in a really comfortable position. So comfortable that you don’t want to move or open your eyes and you think to yourself “I’ll just have 5 more minutes!” You know you’re awake because you have thoughts, you just can’t be bothered to move. We are in natural hypnosis around 60% of the time. So you already know what it feels like. You are in natural hypnosis when you read a good book and get totally ‘lost’ in the story. It is the same when watching a good film, watching TV, driving the car or just daydreaming.
Will I be aware of what is going on?
Yes, you will. You have the ability to hear everything that is said.
Am I under your control?
Absolutely not. You are fully in control at all times and could get up and walk out if you wanted to. A hypnotist cannot make you do anything that you don’t want to do, the mere suggestion of that would be enough to disturb you from your relaxation.
Can I be made to do something against my will?
No, your conscious will, conscience and morals will still be present. As stated above, a hypnotist cannot make you do anything against your will.
Will I be asleep?
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not like sleep at all. It might best be described as half-way between awake and asleep. You are still awake, able to think, hear, smell, feel, taste … you are just extremely relaxed, and usually have your eyes closed.
Will I remember the session?
Another misconception is that you won’t be able to remember anything that went on in the session. The truth is that you will be able to remember most of it. Any portions not remembered, will be where your mind has drifted off to some distant thought or memory.
Is hypnosis dangerous?
No, hypnosis is a safe and natural state and one most of us experience many times a week without knowing it. For example, if you drive a familiar route you can often get to your destination and not remember parts of the journey. Your conscious mind has wandered off onto other things and you drive in a “trance like” state. Or you may be surfing the net or playing a video game and suddenly 3 hours has passed, again you have “zoned out”.
In over two hundred years of recorded hypnosis history, there is no documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis. Hypnosis can only be used in a positive way. If anyone tries to give you suggestions against your morals, religious beliefs or anything you feel strongly about, you would instantly emerge from the state of relaxation on your own.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
As long as there are no severe mental health disorders, virtually anyone can achieve successful results under hypnosis. You will need a fully trained Hypnotherapist who will guide you into a state of total relaxation where your unconscious mind can then get to work and most importantly a willingness to overcome your problem. Hypnotherapy has a very high success rate and you will feel the benefits immediately.
How will you do it?
You’ll simply be asked to close your eyes and imagine a series of situations where you find your body and mind relaxing into a state of deep relaxation. It’s a gradual process, and is something which can be ‘learned’ by the client.
What if I don’t wake up?
You will ! For an example, think of someone listening to a hypnotherapy tape or CD. They might be half-way through the recording, and be in a nice state of hypnosis. Suppose then at this point, there is a power cut, and the person never gets to hear the end of the session. This person will NOT get stuck. One of two things would happen … either:
a) The person would simply go to sleep, and wake up normally a while later, or,
b) The person would open their eyes to see what had happened!
Do I have to be referred by my G.P.?
No, although doctors do refer clients for hypnotherapy, it is certainly not a requirement for most conditions.
Are drugs used?
No, not at all.
Is there a minimum age for hypnotherapy?
Not really (although I wouldn’t normally treat anyone under 6 years old). Children are amazing hypnotic subjects, in fact they live most of their early years in a state of hypnosis naturally. During their early years they take in and learn so much more than we adults could ever hope to do with our conscious, analytical and structured minds. Children’s minds are so much more open and receptive to learning new ways of doing things. For an example of a child in a trance like state, just watch them playing “make believe” or try and disturb them whilst watching TV and notice how they can’t hear you as their minds are “entranced”.
How many sessions will I need?
There’s only one accurate answer to that question and it is “it depends”. Probably not the answer you were hoping for however there are so many factors involved that it’s almost impossible to say.
For things like Stopping Smoking, the vast majority of people just need one session.
For all other conditions we will have a much better idea after your free initial consultation. Once we start working together and see how you respond to the treatment we can be far more accurate.
The sessions are always geared to meet your individual needs. The number of sessions required to help you will be unique to you. My professional aim is to get you to your solution state in as short a time as possible, working at your pace and in a manner that makes sense to you.
How will I feel afterwards?
After a course of therapy, many people feel invigorated, more confidant and enthusiastic about their new outlook on things.
It’s very common too, for people to feel a great deal of relief in getting over the issue which had been causing such anxiety, often for many years.
What types of problems can hypnotherapy help?
Too many to list, but including…
Break Ups and Divorce
Driving Test Nerves
Emetophobia (Fear of being sick)
Fear of Flying
General Anxiety Disorder
Hypnosis for Children
Insomnia and Sleep Problems
Low Self Confidence
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
What about confidentiality?
Your confidentiality is assured at all times. No details will ever be discussed with anyone else.
Absolute confidentiality is one of the very strict requirements of my work.
I feel a bit ‘funny’ about going into “therapy”.
There’s really no need to. No one is embarrassed about going to see an optician if they have a problem with their glasses, or consulting a mechanic for car problems, and therapy is just the same. I wonder sometimes if it’s a cultural thing? In America it seems that everyone has a therapist, while in Britain everyone has a “stiff upper lip”. I know which one I believe works better!
There is absolutely no reason someone shouldn’t seek professional help for any problem. There is certainly no ‘stigma’ to be felt when consulting a hypnotherapist. Indeed, I have had many sessions of hypnosis as an integral part of my training.
How do I book an appointment?
The procedure is very simple. Call free on 0800 043 1946 and we can arrange a mutually convenient appointment time. Please also state at which practice location you would prefer to be seen.
How much does it cost?
Please see the fees section of my website for full details
How can I pay?
Sessions are paid for either by cash or cheque.
What happens if I cancel or need to move my appointment?
Any appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will be charged at the normal sessional fee, as the time and facilities will have been reserved for you and it is unlikely that someone else will fill that space at such short notice.
If you just need to move the appointment to another time that same week and a suitable time is available, there will be no charge to move the appointment.
For cancellations with greater than 48 hours notice there is no charge.
What if I am late for my appointment?
In fairness to the client in the following session, the end time of the session will remain unchanged, resulting in a shorter session for you.
How do I get to you?
When you book your free intial consultation I will provide you with full and detailed directions.