Frequently Asked Questions
What's it like being in hypnosis?
Will you have control of my mind?
Certainly not! The client is in complete control at all times. You will never say or do anything whilst in hypnosis that you wouldn’t want to say or do when in a normal waking state and you can never be made to reveal any secret information. For this reason, nobody can be forced to accept suggestions and a professional and ethical hypnotherapist would never attempt to do so.
Will I remember everything that is said to me?
Yes and no. You will remember some things but not all. This is the way our memory works normally. For example when you listen to a speech or a talk you may have started off listening to the person speaking but you never remember everything that has been said. Scientific research indicates that consciously we only retain about 30% of what we hear – subconsciously, however, we retain everything.
Does hypnosis involve using drugs?
Absolutely not – nor will I wave a watch chain in front of you! All that happens is that you simply sit back in the recliner, close your eyes and listen to what I say to you. There will be some relaxation music playing in the background and you will soon begin to relax and drift into a very pleasant hypnotic trance.
Are there any side effects?
Only positive ones. Physically, deep relaxation helps to reduce levels of the stress hormone adrenaline in your body, thus leading to a safe reduction in heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety.
Mentally you become more calm and relaxed and over a period of time your ability to cope with everyday stress improves, thus facilitating the changes you wish to make to your life.
Are you qualified to practice hypnotherapy?
Yes indeed. It took me a full two years of training to become fully qualified. I now have 18 years of full time professional practice under my belt and I am always learning new techniques to help keep me at the leading edge of my profession.
Currently hypnotherapy in the UK is not governed by any one regulatory body as is required in many other countries. Unfortunately this enables some individuals to call themselves hypnotherapists after taking very basic training, often as little as a one month correspondence course!
It is so important to ask the hypnotherapist searching questions – there is no substitute for extensive qualifications and experience. If in doubt – ask!
Which hypnotherapist should I choose?
Please make sure that the hypnotherapist you choose is fully qualified, experienced and is affiliated to at least one professional association or governing body. The most important thing however, is that you must relate to and trust your therapist; you should feel comfortable, relaxed and fully at ease within minutes of the first meeting.
Do I have to be referred by my GP?
No. Although clients are referred to me for hypnotherapy by local GPs, it is certainly not a requirement.
What if I am taking medication?
If you have any concerns whether or not hypnosis will help or conflict with a present medical condition, ask your GP. Hypnosis very often complements traditional medical care and more informed doctors now favour hypnotherapy as an adjunct to medical treatment.
What about confidentiality?
Your confidentiality is assured at all times. Absolute confidentiality is one of the strict requirements of the professional associations to which I am affiliated.
How many sessions will I need?
If you wish to stop smoking, my unique course involves 2 sessions held a week apart. For weight loss therapy, the course is 7 sessions.
For all other presenting problems, I cannot tell you at the moment. At the risk of sounding evasive, until I have met you and discussed your personal requirements, it is actually impossible to say. However, at the end of the initial consultation, I will be in a much better position to guide you on this; but don’t worry – it is likely to be far fewer than you probably think.
How quickly will I experience results?
That depends on many factors as people are very different. The most important factor is that you have the desire, commitment and motivation to make a change in your life. You also have to do some work along the way – as well as attending your hypnotherapy sessions, you will also be required to listen to your self-hypnosis CDs on a daily basis, which involves no more than about 20 minutes.
If you are expecting to be ‘put to sleep’, only to awaken with your life instantly changed, then you are likely to be disappointed. Success always requires an investment of some time and effort.
How can I find out more before committing myself?
Simply book a free initial consultation to find out more about what I do and how hypnotherapy helps my clients to make lasting changes to their lives. There is absolutely no obligation to take it any further if you so wish.
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