Frequently asked questions

What is hypnotherapy?


Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focussing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness - reached using skilled relaxation techniques - allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.




When might hypnotherapy be useful?


Since hypnotherapy is an adjunct form of therapy, used along with other forms of psychological or medical treatment, there are many applications. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat anxiety, phobias, substance abuse including tobacco, sexual dysfunction, undesirable spontaneous behaviors, and bad habits. It can be used to help improve sleep, learning disorders, communication, and relationship issues. Hypnotherapy can aid in pain management and help resolve medical conditions such as digestive disorders, skin issues, and gastrointestinal side effects of pregnancy and chemotherapy. It can also be used by dentists to help patients control their fears or to treat teeth grinding and other oral conditions.




How It Works


Hypnosis is not a psychotherapeutic treatment or a form of psychotherapy, but rather a tool or procedure that helps facilitate various types of therapies and medical or psychological treatments. Only trained health care providers certified in clinical hypnosis can decide, with their patient, if hypnosis should be used along with other treatments. As with psychotherapy, the length of hypnosis treatment varies, depending on the complexity of the problem.




Can Hypnotherapy be dangerous?


Hypnosis in itself is not dangerous but can be harmful if conducted by an unskilled practitioner. For example, a car isn't dangerous but if it is driven by a bad driver it can cause a fatality or a serious road accident.




Can hypnosis help anxiety?


Research has shown that hypnotherapy can help relieve stress, fear, and anxiety. It can also be used to help in coping with the symptoms of panic disorder. While under hypnosis, a person with panic disorder may be guided to bring attention to coping with specific symptoms and overcoming limiting behaviors.




Will I still be in control of myself?


This is by far the most common question i'm asked before a session. My clients are often concerned that if they really submit to the relaxation of hypnosis and go fully into a trance like state that they will no longer be in control of themselves and can be easily controlled by the person that is hypnotising them. But be assured that you are still fully in control of yourself when you are hypnotised. You are still conscious, but your conscious mind is extremely relaxed. No one can take control of you and make you do stupid things while you’re hypnotised unless you allow it.




Does hypnotherapy work on children


Yes, Hypnotherapy is often used to treat children that have behavioural disorders and children that have had traumatic events happen to them. Some Hypnotherapists have found that using hypnosis as a method of treating night terrors for children under 10 years old can be more effective than other treatments because putting the children in a deep hypnotic state before bed relaxes their brain enough that they don’t have night terrors. If your child is having night terrors and has not responded well to other treatments using hypnosis is an option you should discuss with your doctor. Hypnotherapy is extremely useful for combating bed wetting, child anxiety and sensory proccessing disorder.




Do I need to see a hypnotherapist more than once?


Another frequently asked question about hypnosis is “how many sessions will I need?” You most likely will need more than one session with a hypnotherapist to solve your problem, depending on what it is. Most people see noticeable results after just one session so you might not need extensive hypnosis or months of treatment in order to eliminate your problem, but it will almost always take more than one session for you to see any kind of noticeable results for psychological problems.




What is psychotherapy?


A counsellor will utilise psychotherapy to help clients with longer-term mental health concerns and have the training to reflect this.




What is the difference between a counselor and a psychotherapist?


Counseling focuses on specific issues and is designed to help a person address a particular problem, such as addiction or stress management. ... Psychotherapy is more long-term than counseling and focuses on a broader range of issues




What is Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT)


Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) is a developing area rapid change work that explores the area of undesired emotions and our ways of being.




What qualifications do you have?


I have a Batchelors Degree in Psychology and membership to the British Pyschological society




Do you offer a free consultation?


Yes. A free 30 minute consultation to discuss the treatment options available to you either via telephone, skype or Zoom.