How hypnotherapy works …

Frequently asked questions

FAQ

How much will it cost?

Initial consultation — 30 minutes.

Free.

Hypnotherapy sessions — 50 minutes.

My normal fee is £65 per 50-minute session. Treatment lengths may vary between three and six sessions, working to a specific goal. A treatment plan and the total cost of therapy will be agreed during the initial consultation.

Smoking cessation — 90 minutes

Smoking cessation is addressed in a single 90-minute session, priced at £130.

 

How are you adapting to COVID-19?

My therapy room is temporarily closed and I am accepting fewer appointments, as I am doing more pro-bono mental health support work. However, most hypnotherapy work lends itself well to online videoconferencing. I can run online sessions for initial consutations and for any routine suggestion work, which covers the majority of likely cases. I will need to take a few more details from you than usual and I will send you joining details for a videoconference. Some types of work are not suitable for distance working. We can chat through specific requirements during the initial consultation.

Is hypnosis safe?

Yes. If you have ever sort of zoned out while listening to a podcast, or lost track of time when reading a good book, then you’ve already been in a “hypnotic trance”. Don’t be fooled by the name:  hypnosis is a perfectly natural meditative state that we pass through every night in the early stages of falling asleep. The only difference is that the therapist will induce this meditative state on purpose, to access the subconscious — the part of your mind where your imagination is active. Hypnosis is just a name given to a very selective focus — if you have practiced “mindfulness” or meditation then you have already experienced the hypnotic state.

It is safe, relaxing and peaceful, with no recorded side effects.

Will I do or say things I can't control?

No. You’re thinking of stage illusionists. In reality, hypnotherapy is about giving you back control of yourself. You won’t do or say anything during hypnotherapy that you would not readily do outside the hypnotic state. You won’t inadvertently share secrets with me, act out of character or go against your own boundaries and judgement. All hypnosis is guided self-hypnosis and you define its boundaries. You remain conscious and in control. I abide by the strict ethical code of the National Hypnotherapy Society, which prioritises client autonomy, confidentiality and welfare. 

In many cases, the treatment won’t require you to say anything. Where the treatment requires you to verbalise something, this will be discussed and agreed well in advance of trance, so you can predetermine the boundaries of what will be shared.

I also try to work in a person-centred way as far as is possible with hypnotherapy. In practice this usually means taking longer to listen to you and understand the context of your issues than most hypnotherapists typically will, putting your reality very much in the driving seat.

Can I get "stuck" in hypnosis?

No. You can easily and voluntarily come out of it any time you choose.

What if I can't be hypnotised?

My experience is that everyone who wants to be hypnotised can easily experience a light hypnotic trance. This is sufficient to do most of the work we will likely need to. Some people will achieve deeper trances, too. If you want to be hypnotised, you can easily achieve it.

What are my consumer protections?

The most important thing to me as a therapist is providing a safe space where my clients can feel reassured and protected. To help deliver this, I maintain Registrant membership of the National Hypnotherapy Society and abide by the Society’s code of ethics, along with its requirements for regular supervision and continued professional development. It also means that I am on a voluntary register which has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. The Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) scheme was set up by the Government for the benefit of the public to improve standards and safety.

Membership of a recognised professional body with an AVR is of paramount importance to me: it provides me with a professional benchmark for ethical practice and supervisory oversight and provides my clients with peace of mind and a robust independent complaints mechanism.

I have an up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate and I maintain full public liability and professional indemnity insurance for your protection.

 

What if I need to cancel?

I’m happy to reschedule up to 48 hours before the appointment. Cancellations made less than 48 hours before the appointment are charged at 50% of the session rate. Missed appointments are payable in full.

How can I pay?

You can pay by cash or card at the start of the session. I accept all major debit and credit cards including American Express. I am unable to accept cheques.

What if I have an active medical diagnosis?

Hypnotherapy is not right for everyone. I strongly recommend that you consult with your GP before embarking on any complementary therapy, especially where there is an active physical or mental health diagnosis. In many cases, hypnotherapy can play an important role in the overall approach to your issue. However, hypnotherapy is not advised for users of certain prescription medications. We can discuss this during our initial consultation.

Do you work with children?

My clinical practice is currently aimed at adults. As a father, I passionately believe that children should have access to the same wellbeing resources and validation for their feelings as adults. However, children rarely have much control over the many intersecting external factors that influence their lives, which can make autonomous change via hypnotherapy especially challenging. If your child is interested in hypnotherapy, I can recommend a local practitioner experienced with helping children work within the special limitations they face.

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