What can Hypnotherapy help me with?

Hypnotherapy is an extremely effective tool that can be used in relation to a wide range of needs and issues. Here are some examples but it really is not the full list.

  • Managing anxiety, stress or panic attacks
  • Improving concentration and focus
  • Developing confidence or self-esteem
  • Managing exam/test/interview stress and improving performance
  • Support with stopping smoking
  • Grief, loss and separation
  • Dealing with unwanted or destructive habits, behaviours and emotions
  • Overcoming insomnia
  • Improving memory
  • Encouraging motivation
  • Addressing negative emotions and thinking
  • Support with pain management
  • Overcoming phobias (spiders, fear of flying etc.)
  • Support with weight management

What happens in the first appointment?

During the first appointment, we would spend time talking over your needs, expectations and priorities so that I can develop a personalised treatment plan. Often people do not know what to expect, so we spend the last part of the session using various relaxation techniques (we call it the induction) to bring on hypnosis so you can experience it for yourself. In this way, your are likely to be more relaxed and open to hypnosis when we start therapy (without being distracted by thoughts and questions about if it is working or not - which is what everyone does!)

How will you hypnotise me?

There are many ways to achieve hypnosis, and some take longer than others.  To give you a simple overview of what happens, I will ask you to sit in a comfortable position, and using a calming tone of voice, I talk you through relaxing your muscles and body.  I prompt you and your imagination to experience different things, using all your senses to make sure you are really engrossed in the process.  All of this relaxes your body as well as your mind which encourages a state of hypnosis. I will repeat again, that you are always in control and that most people really enjoy it, and reflect that they have never felt so relaxed before. 

What happens at the end of the session?

Once the session is over I will always bring you back to full awareness.  Usually people report that they can recall almost everything that was said, others relay that their attention perhaps drifted but either response is perfectly normal and doesn’t change the effectiveness.  You will be safe to carry on your day as normal.

What happens in future sessions?

In future sessions I follow a similar process to relax you but of course add the therapeutic elements once you are under hypnosis.  This often includes lots of prompts to imagine different things, suggestions about making positive changes, as well as practicing different tools and techniques that you can use outside of the session.  All of which will support your progress, develops your skills to cope, or stay in control day to day.  

How many sessions will I need?

There is no concrete answer to this, as for some people it may be as little as 2-3 appointments and for others this will take longer.  Often talking through needs and issues can highlight other elements that need to be considered but we will always agree the priorities together.  Many people who have been surprised by the effectiveness of hypnotherapy return to me to work through other issues they want to resolve that impact their lives in some way.

What if you can’t hypnotise me?

Very simply, hypnosis is linked to slowing down your brain waves through relaxing you.  Depending on what you are doing, this can happen quite naturally without intervention across a normal day so anyone has the potential to be hypnotised.  As I have said before, you are always in control and so some people may get distracted or just find it difficult to relax fully.  However, usually with a few adjustments to work out what helps and what doesn’t we can work through this.

Is there anyone you cannot treat?

Yes.  There may be occasions where the client presents symptoms which will need to be checked by a GP or other healthcare professional first, to ensure there are not underlying health needs that need addressing.  There may also be people with very complex needs who may benefit from seeking support from a different specialist and I would signpost them to a more appropriate practitioner.  This would usually be discussed on the phone before we meet or in the initial appointment.