What is clinical hypnotherapy?

Clinical hypnotherapy is when hypnosis is used to provide treatment for a wide range of problems. You are not treated by hypnosis but treated when in hypnosis. When you are in hypnosis, you are not asleep but are in a pleasant, deep relaxation. This is when it is possible for the therapist to give suggestions to help you to make positive changes in your life because when you are deeply relaxed, the therapist can give suggestions directly to your subconscious mind bypassing the analytical conscious mind.

People enter a hypnotic state many times a day. Have you ever been so totally absorbed in something such as a good book or television programme, that you haven’t heard someone speaking to you? Have you ever driven to a destination and can’t remember the journey there?  Or you are daydreaming and your mind drifts off to somewhere pleasant? These are all states of hypnosis and are perfectly natural. 

Can you treat anyone? Can anyone be hypnotised?

Almost anyone can be hypnotised. How well and how quickly the treatment works will depend on your state of mind, the condition being treated and also how you respond to being hypnotised.  There is no right or wrong way to how deeply a person becomes relaxed; the therapy still works but may take a little longer in some cases.

If you are taking medication or are under any medical supervision, such as a doctor or psychiatrist, I would need to discuss this before treating you.

No-one can be hypnotised against their will but come along with an open mind and enjoy the opportunity to have some ‘me’ time.

What does being hypnotised feel like?

A pleasant, deep relaxation and you will wake up feeling wonderful.

Will I be unconscious during the session?

No, you will be aware of the room and my voice and any other incidental sounds. Also, in the unlikely event of an emergency, you will be able to come out of hypnosis easily and deal with the situation however needed.

Can I be forced to do something I don’t want to do?

Absolutely not. I would not make you do anything you did not wish to do. In fact, if I suggested something you didn’t like, you would probably bring yourself out of hypnosis.

Will I remember what has been said to me?

Probably not everything but you don’t need to remember it all for the treatment to be effective.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on what it is you have come for and also how you respond to hypnosis. There’s no right or wrong but some people reach a deeper state than others more quickly and this can help the suggestions to take better effect but I would hope to see some changes after the first or second session. For some problems, such as being over-weight, I have created a programme of treatments with a fixed number of sessions and cost. Stop smoking is one session but is about two hours long.  Please see the Conditions Treated page for further information.

How long are the sessions?

The first session is the longest and can last between 1-1 ½ hours. Subsequent sessions will take less time, and will last for about 1 hour.In these sessions we will go over what has been successful, change anything if necessary and carry out some hypnotherapy.

What will happen during the first session?

This session is the longest and most thorough where I want to find out as much as possible about you. Why? In order to treat you as effectively as possible, I need to know as much about you, your lifestyle, background and why you have come to see me so I will ask you a lot of questions.  Everything you say will be treated with respect and in the strictest confidence. You will also be able to ask any questions you may have about hypnotherapy and what is going to happen.  Afterwards, as long as you are comfortable and happy about the process, we will do some hypnotherapy. In some cases, you may be given a MP3 to listen to in-between sessions.  

Please get in touch with me if you have any other questions or would like to know more about how I can help you.