What is Hypnotherapy & NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)

Hypnotherapy and NLP are type s of psychological talking therapies, that use the state of Hypnosis to treat a variety of medical, psychological and emotional problems. During hypnotherapy, the critical decision making faculties of our conscious mind (our awake alert state) are temporarily diverted to a relaxed state much like the phase when we awaken from sleep.  When in this relaxed phase, the therapist skillfully replaces unwanted habits, thoughts or other issues, with agreed positive ideas and suggestions. These powerful positive suggestions are rehearsed and absorbed by the unconscious or subconscious mind, which lay the groundwork for powerful changes and new or altered beneficial behaviours.  

What is Hypnosis and what will I feel during Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring safe and relaxed state in which you are always fully in control and conscious of everything that happens.  In fact, we enter these hypnotic states (much like a daydream feeling) on a daily basis.  For example, when we drive and reach a destination, it is impossible to give 100% concentration or conscious effort and thought the entire time.  Our subconscious (reached through a relaxed state of mind) although focused, does much of the work.  The same applies to most repetitive activities we do daily at work, school, home and throughout many tasks in which we find ourselves pleasantly able to switch off for a moment, all the while we are fully aware and conscious of what we are doing and of what is going on around us. 

What will happen at the first session?

During the first session my job is to make sure you feel comfortable and relaxed as well as fully informed about the process of hypnotherapy and /or NLP.  We will have a brief chat outlining my role and what that means for you and your therapy, as well as how we can work together to help you succeed in your goals. 

Is there a difference between Clinical Hypnotherapy and Stage Hypnosis?

Yes, there is a huge difference. Stage Hypnosis is NOT the same thing as Clinical Hypnotherapy. These are not the same profession and there still remains confusion due to misconceptions by media representation.  Hypnosis is a tool, and much like any other tool it can be used for differing purposes by different professions.  For example, a pair of scissors may be creatively used by a hairdresser to cut and style hair while the same tool may be used by a Surgeon to carry out complex life saving surgery; the same tool, but very different professions and purposes for use!  In sum; Stage hypnosis is used for fun and entertaining and hugely exaggerated for the audience.   The Mentalist or hypnotist on stage is an entertainer, there is not any form of Therapist role within their title; one can see however how this can be misleading for the general public.  The telling is in the name, Clinical Hypno-therapy; is the application of  Medical or Clinical Hypnosis 'Therapy' to facilitate therapeutic and positive change in psychological, emotional or medical problems.  Another significant factor is that, Clinical Hypnotherapists should have undergone extensive professional training and education by an accredited university or school.

Can anyone be hypnotised and will it work for me?

The majority of people can be hypnotised and a huge percentage of the population see remarkable change from hypnosis.  The powerful changes and benefits of hypnosis can be measured, whether you think you can be hypnotised or not.  It is important to remember that hypnosis is a form of deep relaxation, everyone encounters this state just before or following sleep.

What can you treat with Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a widely used method that is supported by research to show that it is useful in helping to treat a huge variety of of problems. Please see the Therapies page for more information on what can be treated. It is important to be realistic and realise that although powerful, Hypnosis is not a cure for all ills, and like anything a small percentage may require additional or alternative support, as is the case for anything.

Will I go to sleep?

You won't be asleep.  The aim of hypnosis is not to induce sleep; only to deeply and peacefully relax the client. Hypnosis feels like a pleasant peaceful daydream, where your thoughts and my voice may drift, during which you are focused and remain fully aware of what is being said yet peacefully relaxed.

Will I remain in control during hypnosis?

No one can be hypnotised against their will.  At all times you are fully in control of everything just as would be in everyday life situations.  If you really wanted to, you could end the session at any stage. Often there is a fear that people will say or do something they don't want to or reveal something sensitive in nature; this will never happen.  It is my job as your therapist assure you that you are completely safe and in control at every stage of hypnotherapy. 

How long does one session take?

Standard Hypnotherapy sessions take approx 60-75 mins.  Smoking and the initial Weight loss session will take approx 90 mins, as a little more input is given during these.  Motivational & combined Hypnotherapy sessions take up to approx 2 hours.  The first half of the Motivational & Hypnotherapy session; we will explore and work on identifying the underlying factors that may be holding you back, this is necessary to move onto the hypnosis part of the session itself.  Nothing is rushed or coerced but respectfully kept within an appropriate set time, to ensure that we get the most out of each session.

How many sessions will I require?

No two people are the same, therefore it is impossible to say everyone only needs a set amount of sessions to see lasting change.  If you have only one area that you want to focus on, then we may be looking at anything from 2 or more sessions.  Smoking Cessation - normally is a single session.  Much depends on how you feel after the second or third session whether we feel you would benefit from further sessions.  Some issues, those that are more complex and have taken a lifetime to occur, may naturally take a few more sessions.  It is important to realise that you must be patient with your journey and see how the changes are taking place in your life in between each session.  Remember, the whole process is focussed on how you feel, not how many sessions a therapist says is required, as each case is unique. 

Do you see children and if so for what?


(I have a full extended DRB check to work with children and am fully HCPC registered). As a therapist, I am also involved in ongoing work as a senior clinical specialist in Paediatric Therapy within the NHS, and therefore am highly qualified to deal with a wide range of issues affecting children at home and school. I work closely with schools (including special schools), children's Centre’s, nurseries, with families, Paediatricians, G.P's, and other specialist child health services across healthcare/social service authorities. I work with children experiencing behavioural issues, those with Autistic Spectrum disorders, developmental, neurological disorders and more, offering assessment, advice and treatment programs where appropriate.

Children's Clinical Hypnotherapy therapy is delivered differently to adults, having a more gentle age appropriate holistic approach. This approach is tailored exclusively to each child taking into account their unique qualities, abilities and maximum potential. I can work in close collaboration with schools, health and social services where required to meet your child’s wider needs.

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Do people really give up smoking after the first session?

Put quite simply YES!  Why and how? There is mounting clinical evidence to support the role of Hypnotherapy in helping people give up smoking for good due to the powerful tool that hypnosis provides in removing mental barriers that prevent us from succeeding.  More often than not, people have tried everything and failed - which can be very disheartening for themselves, family and friends.  Hypnosis for Stopping Smoking is proven to work for a very large percentage of the population.  To find out more, visit the Stop Smoking page.

Is there physical contact during a session?

No.  At no stage will there be physical contact during a hypnosis session, unless you are infirm and require assistance to stand or sit. Should this be the case, this is carried out with verbal consent from you.  Some therapists may offer 'a slight hand touch' to relax you or prompt you into relaxation; I do not practice this method. 

Is the information I share confidential?

Everything that is shared during a session is kept entirely confidential and between the therapist and client.  I adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional practice at all times as well as current data protection standards.  The exception would be in the unlikely event, there is a general public or client risk.  It is important you feel that your information is handled securely and respected within each session and that your information is kept confidential.  Essentially I am here to listen not to judge - this is my ethos!  Please feel free to contact me if you need to know more on this. 

How do I pay for sessions?

Payment should be made on the day by cash or cheque.  In some cases people wish to pay before the day of their session as a motivator. 

Is the building accessible for wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility?

 There are three steps (including threshold) to the entrance of the building, you may require assistance from a third party or carer for access.  Inside the property there are double width doors to accommodate wheelchair/pram/buggy turning space.  Please contact me if you wish to know more. 

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