Who can benefit?
How exactly does hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy is a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis. Psychotherapy is often known as 'talking therapy'. The hypnosis aspect of the therapy is an induced state of deep relaxation, often referred to as trance.
In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestions.
How is the treatment carried out?
During the first part of each session we'll talk about the progress you have made and I'll encourage you to express yourself positively, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.
I'll help you to imagine your preferred future, a future where you have a more positive perspective on the quality of your life. I'll then guide you into a relaxed state of hypnosis so that we can consolidate what we have discussed.
What is the difference between Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) and other forms of hypnotherapy?
Like other forms of solution focused psychotherapy SFH is future orientated and is designed to reduce anxiety and calm the mind. As the name suggests it focuses on solutions for the future rather than analysing problems of the past.
For more information about this modern form of hypnotherapy please click on the following link. Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions that you will need will depend upon the nature of your condition and your own level of commitment and motivation. The treatment of phobias usually requires three sessions, other areas usually require between eight and twelve sessions. Some more deep rooted unwanted thoughts and behaviours will take longer.
Each session will last 50 minutes.
What is trance (hypnotic state)?
We all experience trance (hypnotic state) in our everyday lives.
Have you ever driven home and not remembered part of the journey, or been engrossed in a book and not been conscious of time passing? If so you have been in a state of focused attention, not unlike the feeling of being hypnotised. You were conscious and had not fallen asleep but your mind was 'elsewhere'.
During hypnosis I will guide you into a similar state so that beneficial suggestions can be directed towards your subconscious mind.
How do I pay?
You can pay by cash or cheque at the end of each session or by bank transfer prior to your session.
Who can benefit from hypnotherapy ?
The simple answer is anyone who wants to make changes in their life.
Can you work with my child?
Hypnotherapy is highly effective with children and teenagers as they are generally more receptive to hypnosis. They have very vivid imaginations which makes it easier to access the unconscious mind and bring around the desired changes. Children are very good at daydreaming and they enjoy it. Having been a primary school teacher for over 20 years I have plenty of experience working with young people. During my initial training I took an additional seminar on 'Working with Children'. For your peace of mind I have a current Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate.
I have Asperger Syndrome. Can hypnotherapy help me?
If you want to make changes to your life then yes. Many of us suffer with anxiety at some time or other and being on the autistic spectrum can intensify these feelings. During my teaching career and personal life I have had extensive experience and interest in this field.
What can hypnotherapy help with?
The key areas are anxiety and stress and all symptoms associated with them. Once we no longer suffer with anxiety and stress we can focus on enhancing our performance in whatever area we wish to.
There are many conditions that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with - click here for an extensive list.
Can I get treatment on the NHS or through my private health insurance?
At the moment it is unusual to have hypnotherapy funded through the NHS, although GPs may well recommend it as supplementary healthcare. You would need to speak to your private healthcare provider as to whether they would fund it. Some companies will pay for alternative therapies as part of staff well-being.
Is hypnotherapy like stage hypnosis?
Stage hypnotists have great charisma and showmanship and they are entertainers . Clinical hypnotherapists are trained to help you improve your life. We both use the natural state of trance but for different ends.
Will I lose control and be made to something I don't want to?
Contrary to the image often portrayed in films, books and the media, hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind. No one can hypnotise you against your will.
Stage and gameshow hypnosis is designed to entertain and to make us laugh (or cringe). Subsequently the 'volunteers' and contestants are usually carefully vetted and selected to be those people willing to behave in amusing ways.
Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to do. Your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you.
What is the difference between a hypnotherapist and a clinical hypnotherapist?
In the UK, hypnotherapists are not required to have any specific training by law. A clinical hypnotherapist however will have trained with a recognised training provider and is a licensed clinician who can use the practice to treat a range of medical and psychological conditions. They will have met the standard required to be licensed and recognised by specific registered bodies such as the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council . CNHC was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CNHC's register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
As with the learning of all new skills results may vary from person to person. The number of sessions you will need will depend upon the nature of your condition and your own level of commitment and motivation to want to make changes.