Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hypnosis ?
The word hypnosis comes from the Greek word “hypnos”, which means sleep. Although they share some similar characteristics, hypnosis is not sleep. Hypnosis is an open state of mind in which the subconscious becomes suggestible to change. By entering this state of mind, we’re able to harness the power of the subconscious and get it on board with our conscious goals. It’s often referred to as being in a state of focused attention. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring, positive state that we all experience, without realising it, on a daily basis, such as just before we wake up and just before falling asleep. Daydreaming or zoning-out are other examples. You may have experienced these when reading, watching TV or driving a familiar route. You become so absorbed that you don’t really notice or hear what is going on around you.

When you’re under Hypnosis you can’t be made to do anything against your will and you can’t be controlled. You’ll be aware of your surroundings and actions at all times.

During the sessions we’ll work together getting positive thoughts across to the most powerful parts of your mind.

So what is Hypnotherapy ?
Hypnotherapy, as the name suggests, is the part where the therapy takes place whilst you are in Hypnosis. The Hypnotherapist uses Hypnosis to access your subconscious in order to make a positive change, or to maybe desensitise something you have a phobia about, or just to adopt a better way of responding to certain situations.

Simply put, the positive changes you want to make are guided by carefully worded suggestions made by the Hypnotherapist. They are presented in a way that the subconscious mind will find acceptable and be willing to act upon.

Hypnotherapy helps to give you that gentle push to be able to make those changes that deep down you really want to happen.

How much will my Hypnotherapy Treatment cost?

I offer a free 30 minute inital consultation before any treatment begins. This can be done in person, over the phone or email.

A Hypnotherapy session which lasts one hour is £75.00 payable by cash, credit or debit card or PayPal.

How many sessions will I need?
This really depends on how big a change you need to make. Things such as the length of time you have suffered and what your goals are can be among many factors that determine the number of sessions required. So for example, say you have a mild fear of wasps. This could be treated in a single session. However, if you’ve had a deep rooted phobia of wasps for many years and it rules your life during the summer time, then this may take 2 to 3 or more sessions to help you.

A good, professional Hypnotherapist won’t recommend more sessions than are necessary. I always work towards the fastest, most positive route that we can take together to help you achieve your goals for well-being and happiness.

How effective is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy offers some very effective results, especially in the areas of Anxiety and Stress related issues, as well as with Phobias and Unwanted Habits, for example Smoking or Nail Biting.
Below is an extract from the American Health Magazine which compared the effectiveness of different therapies with regards to their success in making behavioural changes.

(A survey of Psychotherapy literature by Psychologist Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D in the 60’s)
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions.
Behaviour Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions.
Psycho Analysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions.

These figures are published on many websites, and are based on findings in the 1960s. Hypnotherapy is still in the lead as far as success verses number-of-sessions is concerned, even taking into account that all 3 disciplines will have made advancements

So why is Hypnotherapy apparently so effective?
By getting your subconscious to accept a new idea, or ways of thinking through Hypnosis, you automatically accept it on a conscious level. This allows you to be free of old habits, thought patterns and some physical problems. It empowers you to make the positive changes you want. Importantly, these are changes that can last a lifetime.