Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most commonly asked questions. Please feel free to contact me if there’s anything else you’d like to know.

What is Hypnosis?

In hypnosis, you are in control. You use your imagination to evoke positive emotions and mentally rehearse behaviour change. It’s a bit like becoming engrossed in a film or a book, and it’s usually very relaxing.

By relaxing, thinking positively and picturing your goals, hypnosis can help you change how you think, feel and behave. You are always in charge – you will remember everything that happens and cannot be made to do anything you don’t want to do. Please forget anything you may have seen in comedy TV or stage hypnosis – clinical hypnotherapy is completely different!

Most importantly, hypnosis is a skill which you can learn to do by yourself, for yourself. I will help you at first, and then provide you with the tools and techniques to try for yourself at home.

Does hypnosis work? How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis is proven to be effective at helping with many issues. It is particularly useful for managing anxiety, controlling pain, sleep disorders, stress-related illnesses and conquering habits. Research shows that integrating CBT with hypnotherapy is, for most people, more effective than CBT alone.

Whilst I can never guarantee success (I’d advise you to avoid anyone who does), my philosophy is evidence-based which means the techniques I use are based on the latest scientific research and skills training. I am a member of the Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (REBHP) who stress that “the public have a right to expect that the therapy they receive will be based on the best contemporary evidence and skills training”.

I will only work with you if I feel that I can help you. I work within the GHR and REBHP Codes of Ethics which means that if I feel you would be better served by a medical professional, I will tell you.

Is hypnosis safe?

Hypnosis is completely safe when used in a responsible and professional manner. I will only work with you if I feel that I can help you.

Hypnotherapy should never replace medical treatment by a medical professional. I work within the GHR and REBHP Codes of Ethics which means that if I feel you would be better served by a medical professional, I will tell you.

How long will treatment last?

Everyone is different and every treatment plan is designed with you and your goals in mind. Some treatments, such as breaking habits, are very fast – only one session – but others may take longer.

As a guide, the average treatment plan lasts 4-6 sessions, including the initial consultation. This compares with an average of 5-20 sessions for standard CBT therapy.

I will always discuss treatment options and agree a plan with you at the initial consultation, and we will review regularly to see how things are going.

What is CBT and why combine it with hypnotherapy?

Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, is a form of talking therapy which helps you identify negative patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving and replace them with more helpful ones. The focus is on dealing with your problems in the here and now rather than analysing the past, which helps to make treatment faster.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NHS recommend CBT in the treatment of anxiety and depression, and there is also good evidence that CBT can help with many other conditions such as panic attacks, phobias, sleep problems and stress-related conditions.

According to research, hypnosis, in combination with CBT, can be more effective than CBT alone for many conditions. Treatment is also usually much quicker – on average 4-6 sessions compared to 5-20 for CBT alone.

Where relevant, I combine hypnosis and mindfulness with CBT principles and tools to help you understand and address what’s going on in your life, and to help you develop more helpful ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.

What is mindfulness and how can it help?

Mindfulness is about paying more attention to the present and being more aware of what’s going on around you, and inside your body, from moment to moment.

It’s a useful skill because it helps you to recognise when your attention becomes focussed on unhelpful thoughts, for example worrying about something that might happen in the future. By practising mindfulness, you can learn to recognise when this happens, and choose when to pay attention to your thoughts and when it’s more helpful to let them go.

It’s increasingly recognised by many, including the NHS, that mindfulness can help improve our mental wellbeing. Mindfulness can form part of a treatment plan in combination with hypnosis, CBT and applied relaxation, depending on your goals.

There are lots of hypnotherapists around. Why should I come to you?

It’s important to work with someone you feel comfortable with so please feel free to call me for a no-strings chat (I offer a free 15 minute consultation) so you can get a feel for whether I can help you. If you prefer email, that’s fine too.

Many hypnotherapists base their treatment on outdated or unproven psychological theories. I have an evidence-based philosophy which means that the techniques I use are based on the latest research.

I worked for over 15 years in corporate business, so I understand first hand the pressures of a fast-paced, pressure-filled environment and the difficulties of juggling this with family life.

I use a mixture of hypnosis and techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based approaches. I’m a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and REBHP. This means I am bound to a stringent Code of Ethics and you can be assured of 100% confidentiality (with a few legal exceptions, mainly relating to risk of harm).

The most important thing, though, is that you feel comfortable working with me so please do get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

I’ve tried mindfulness and/or relaxation before and I just can’t do it…

You may have tried relaxation or mindfulness techniques before, in a yoga class for example, and found it difficult. It’s very common for people to find it hard to relax, or to struggle with the idea of letting go of thoughts, and to think “I just can’t do this!”

There are many different ways to stimulate our body’s natural relaxation response Some involve physical techniques such as breathing, others use imagination or hypnosis to help. Hypnosis itself is a skill which I can help you to learn to do for yourself.

Everyone is different and some people find one approach easy, and others harder. Often, it’s a case of being kind to yourself and giving yourself time to learn. We will work together to find an approach that is right for you.

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I focus on helping you deal with the here and now, rather than issues from the past. I will discuss your goals with you so that we can come up with a plan together to get the best results in the fastest time.