Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about the service provided. Click on a question to reveal the answer and find out more.
Hypnosis is the natural state of internal focus, concentration, imagination and heightened awareness where the logical thinking mind is bypassed and the subconscious mind comes to the fore. It is a completely natural state that can be achieved by everyone and can be likened to the feelings associated with daydreaming or being on ‘automatic pilot’ as it were.
Hypnosis is a personal experience and is, therefore, different for everyone. Most people report feeling extremely calm, relaxed, comfortable and at ease although this is partly due to the suggestions being given within the context of therapy. At the end of the session though you will be given a proper ‘wake up’ and you will leave feeling energised and revitalised, with a feeling of calmness and inner peace. You will also gain valuable insights and direction concerning the behaviour patterns that you would like to change.
Nearly everyone can be hypnotised. Hypnosis is a completely natural phenomenon and we all go into the state of hypnosis on a daily basis while we are daydreaming or on ‘automatic pilot’. Hypnosis does, however, require the subject to concentrate, actively use their imagination and co-operate with the hypnotist so it is harder to hypnotise those who are severely mentally handicapped or high on drugs or alcohol.
During the early stages of being hypnotised it is completely normal and natural to have an internal dialogue going on in your head as to whether or not you think you are hypnotised. As the session progresses this will subside as you relax into it and you will eventually come to the realisation that you have been hypnotised.
Whilst the therapy techniques I use work better using hypnosis, they do not require it, so they will still work at some level even if you think you haven’t been hypnotised.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not involve being unconscious or asleep. Instead, the mind becomes sharpened and more focused and there is a heightened sense of awareness. Patients however can become so relaxed that they do indeed fall asleep. However the hypnotist can recognise this and use techniques to raise the patient’s awareness back to a trance state.
Yes, hypnosis a completely normal and natural ‘state’ and is perfectly safe and there are no known records of anyone who has been physically or mentally harmed as a direct result of hypnosis.
Despite the misconceptions created by the presentation of stage hypnosis, the hypnotherapist will not induce you to behave in any manner that is against your personal values. You remain aware of where you are and your purposes for being there and will reach your own conclusions about what changes you will make and how you will make them. Hypnosis puts you in touch with your own intuition, conscience and abilities which enables you to find options, choices and solutions that might otherwise go overlooked.
It is not possible to get stuck in a trance. Hypnosis is a normal and natural state that everyone experiences whilst they are daydreaming or in ‘automatic pilot’ and because it is a natural state, so you will naturally come out of it. At anytime during the trance you can open your eyes and return to everyday wakeful awareness, and the moment your eyes open you will be able to function normally.
Certainly not. When you are in hypnosis you are in a ‘state’ of enhanced concentration and awareness. You are completely aware of everything that is happening around you and will be safely in control at all times. You certainly won’t be unconscious.
Whilst in hypnosis, your subconscious mind is more open to suggestions, but even in this state of increased suggestibility, your mind will still reject an idea or command which conflicts with your personal values or goals. You cannot be made to do anything against your consent.
In most cases, yes. You will be totally aware of everything that happens in the therapy sessions. You will remember it in the same way that you remember a film - not necessarily every word, but enough that you know what occurred. You can allow your mind to drift as your thoughts and images flow, but at the same time you will remain completely in control. You can return to full, conscious wakeful alertness any time you choose to. In fact a drifting up and down is quite natural.
The session begins with a thorough assessment and history taking, and the goals you want to achieve. This guides the hypnotist on how the therapy should be tailored to meet your needs.
There will be a discussion about how you will achieve your goals. I’ll explain how we’ll go about the hypnotherapy, how and why it will work and what your expectations can be.
In the final part of the session we’ll carry out the hypnosis and this is where you can just sit back and relax as you apply what you’ve just learned and make the required changes at an unconscious level.
You remain in control throughout the session so it’s completely up to you what you wish to discuss. Some therapies can be done completely ‘content-free’, so that during hypnosis the client can keep their experiences totally private.
Some techniques I use do involve looking back on events that have happened in the past to give you the opportunity to learn from them. Typically this is done by dissociating you from the event and allowing you to watch it from a safe distance. You’re then encouraged to let go of any ‘bad’ feelings associated with it and to bring the learnings you have made from watching it back to the present to be used for your benefit.
You will normally ‘awake’ from hypnosis feeling very peaceful and content.
Most people feel a sense of deep calm and relaxation after hypnosis.
Because of the enormous variation in the problems clients present with, it is not easy to say exactly how much improvement may be made or how quickly and in what period of time. Experience shows, however, that clients improve at the speed they earnestly desire and believe they can.
I am a trained professional therapist and am affiliated to a professional body, which has a strict code of conduct and ethics to which I adhere.
I am happy to give a brief telephone consultation free of charge, however this will not include actual therapy.
A session usually lasts between an hour to and hour and a half depending on the treatment. For smoking cessation, a typical session lasts an hour and a half to two hours.
I am currently based in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
I work Tuesday and Thursday evenings, but also have day time availability on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Payment can be made by cash or cheque at the end of each session. Unfortunately, I am not able to accept credit / debit cards at this moment in time.
Please give as much notice as possible if you need to change or cancel your appointment.
Owing to being a small concern, it is necessary to charge the full amount for appointments that are missed without prior notification.