Frequently Asked Questions

Below are come common questions on how hypnotherapy can help you.  If you have any questions that are not answered here please do not hesitate to contact me.

What is hypnosis?
Everyone goes in and out of natural hypnotic trances every day, without perhaps knowing it. Have you ever been so absorbed in a book or film that the hours seemed to fly by? Or been in a meeting where every minute seemed like an hour? Realised that someone was talking to you, but you were ’miles away’? All these are examples of ’common everyday trance’, which all of us can do. Hypnosis is no different, it is a state of awareness where you will not do or say anything that you do not want.

Will I loose control in any way?
No, you remain in control at all times. A hypnotherapist does not have any control over you. In fact, the state of hypnosis is in fact one of heightened awareness where it is possible for your mind to be aware of many more things than is possible in the conscious state.

How many sessions will I need?
Treatment plans are tailored to the individual client and their presenting problem, so this is usually something best discussed on an individual basis.  The first session is one where we have a chance to meet and determine the best way to help you. Cognitive Hypnotherapy takes recent understandings of how the brain works, cognitive behavioural methods and a modern view of trance, to create a combination that can be very effective in a relatively short amount of time.  Typically many problems can be helped in as little as 3-6 sessions.

Can you wave a magic wand and fix me?
Therapeutic change does require client participation. In the past some clients have had an expectation that they will be placed into a trance and I will click my fingers and make their problem disappear. Experience demonstrates that the level of client participation and willingness to change is directly proportional to the level of therapeutic success.

How is your approach different to others?
See ‘Why Cognitive Hypnotherapy’ page

Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, anyone can be hypnotised provided they want to be.  No one can be hypnotised against their will.

What is a typical session like?
Please see the following National Council of Hypnotherapy video in which a typical client discussing their experience with hypnotherapy.