FAQs

About Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy & coaching

Why are there so many disclaimers on this site?

Companies such as Google dictate that to advertise on their Adwords, sites have to include a disclaimer. Despite my attempts to demonstrate that no two people will respond the same to hypnosis – which is why I include the outcomes page – Google do not see this as sufficient evidence. So to make it absolutely clear – every person IS different and their circumstances are different, so how quickly they respond to hypnotherapy is an individual thing. In fairness it is  no different from how individuals respond to the medication that general practitioners prescribe. Often it takes several different prescriptions and quite a few months before people can see improvements, and often the placebo effect can contribute to a drug’s effectiveness. I have tried to provide links to research that has been done and found to show Hypnotherapy an effective therapy, so if you are not sure then please feel free to read more on the subject.

How soon can I be seen?

It depends on where you are, some appointments are available within two weeks. If not, I’m happy to put people on a waiting list to give someone priority when a space is made available. Some slots like Wednesday evening at 7.30pm are so over subscribed I may have a 3 month waiting list.

How many treatments am I likely to require?

This varies enormously and can only be estimated after your consultation and following discussion with you about your goals and wishes. We are always happy to offer one-off sessions for coaching, stress management and deep relaxation. With hypnotherapy it usually takes about 3 weeks for the subconscious to start processing all the new information, and anxiety usually takes between 6 – 12 sessions, depression 12-16, and Specific phobias between 3 and 5. If clients utilise all the tools they can progress faster, and some problems take much longer if there are a lot of different issues needed to be tackled.

Will I have to see you every week?

For Hypnotherapy it is usual to have a session once a week until such improvements have been made that the gap between sessions usually go to every two weeks, then three, then months.

For weight loss it is usual to have sessions up to the first stone being lost, then once a month or 6 weeks thereafter. For coaching it is usually working up to a deadline, such as the day of the interview, the driving test, the exam. In this case please make sure you make the initial consultation a good month to 6 weeks before hand.

In the case of fear of flying it is best to work a month up to the flight.

What will happen on my first Session?

You will be asked for a more in-depth history of your current condition and symptoms, and about any other medical problems that you currently have, or have had in the past, as these may be relevant. You will also be asked about your personal goals and expectations of treatment, the things you would like to achieve, where possible. I then go through how the brain works, so that you get a full understanding of why we use the treatments and techniques we do. You will be shown how to induce a trance state and given printed material to help you start the process of change.

Children over 10 years can be accompanied by an adult during the consultation, but it’s not preferred during sessions unless the child asks.

I have worked with young people in the past, in schools as well as one to one, helping them with communication skills and to get over performance anxiety. I have a DBS check.

For coaching we discuss personal goals, resources and look at current tools and processes for change.

Do I need to be referred by a doctor?

No, but I will need a complete medical history of any mental health problems, as some medical conditions cannot be treated by psychotherapy or hypnotherapy. If you have medical insurance and wish to make a claim for your treatment, check with the insurers first, as not all support talking therapies.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

No, just yourself. If you want to think about your goals for coaching then please feel free to bring anything you’ve written down along.

What happens in each session That depends on what activity you are coming for.

Psychotherapy – Usually we talk about the good things happening, how close to your goals you are, how you are going to achieve them etc.
Coaching and Mentoring – Usually looking at techniques to help attain certain goals and skills.
Hypnotherapy – A mix of the above plus a 20 minute deep relaxation session which addresses the subconscious into making changes.

Is Hypnosis mind control?

No, only that it helps you to control your own mind more effectively. Research has shown that a person will only do what they really want under hypnotic suggestion, and that stage performances generally are acting out what is expected of them.

Do I need someone to drive me home after Hypnotherapy?

No, Hypnotherapy is not sleep, it’s focused attention, you will be able to function as well after as you did before.

Is hypnosis real?

Hypnosis is a normal state of aroused, attentive and highly focused concentration — comparable to being so absorbed in a movie or novel that one loses awareness of his or her surroundings.

Dr David Spiegel, from Stanford University, scanned the brains of volunteers who were told they were looking at coloured objects when they were in fact, black and white. Increased blood flow, shown up in a brain scan indicated that they were actually seeing colour, as they had been told they would (created expectation in trance). In people who were asked to imagine colours showed they were remembering colours not experiencing them in reality.

Further trials at Oxford University by Devin Terhune on colour synesthesia shows areas of the brain can change under hypnosis to either experience colour synesthesia or change how they experience it.

What if I change my mind and decide not to complete therapy – would anything happen?

Well hypnotherapy isn’t for everyone, but all I ask is that you give enough notice to cancel the session otherwise I will have to charge the cost of the room. Unfortunately some people are impatient for change, and as the brain takes 3 weeks to upload new memories and takes 8 weeks to change the way the brain lays down new pathways anyone promising change in one session are not likely to fully understand how the brain works.

What kind of problems can you treat?

Hypnotherapy can help any anxiety related problem, from stress to mild depression, from phobias to IBS. It also enhances performance such as in sports or interview techniques. It can break bad habits such as helping stop smoking and losing weight. This works by addressing the part of the brain which can take control of the habit. There is a whole list of conditions it can help on this website.

On average how many sessions are required.

It depends on the problem, how long the person has had it and what else is going on in that person’s life.

For example I saw 3 teenagers with needle phobia at the same time. One took the usually 4 sessions as he didn’t have any additional stress, another took 5 sessions as we had to lower her anxiety about an exam coming up, and the last one took 8 sessions because she was very shy and had a lot of other issues (she’s had a life threatening illness) we had to deal with before concentrating on her phobia

Do you have to have a suggestive personality for it to work.

It helps but is not totally essential. It needs someone to be open and wants to change. Judgmental people are unlikely to allow themselves to relax enough to go into trance.

Do you record the sessions so it can be played again by the patient.

No as the quality is too poor – I provide CDs or MP3s of a number of sessions which although generalised help with sleep, confidence, stop smoking and being controlled over food choices.

How much is each session.

 

Answer is in fees and sessions

Are you registered with a professional organisation and insured?

Yes, CNHC, NCH, AfSFH and I am insured with Holistic insurance.
Does it work for everyone?

No therapy works with everyone, even therapies like CBT, and medicines also do not have 100% compatibility with every person. For a person to get the most out of hypnotherapy they need to want to make changes and to carry out the homework. It’s a collaboration and if someone thinks it’s all about waving a magic wand and it’s gone in one session are not being realistic.
What sort of things does it help / why would you do it?

See above and click through this website.


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