FAQ’s

What is hypnosis?
What is hypnotherapy?
What is NLP?
How does it feel to be hypnotised?
What happens during hypnosis?
Can I be hypnotised against my will?
Can I be made to do anything against my will?
How many sessions will I need?
Are there different types of hypnotherapy?
How much does it cost?
Where and when do you offer sessions?



What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is natural and safe. It is a state of altered awareness characterised by a feeling of relaxation and ‘letting go’. We all drift in and out of different levels of awareness many times each day. A good example is if you have ever driven from one place to another and were not really sure how you got there, or if you have read a book and become so absorbed in it that you have lost track of time and been unaware of your surroundings. Another name for hypnosis is trance.

What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy very simply is hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. During hypnotherapy you are guided to achieve a deep state of relaxation. When you are in this relaxed state the subconscious mind becomes very aware and receptive to new perspectives, ideas and positive suggestions. As the therapist I will use a wide variety of techniques to help bring about beneficial change.

What is NLP?
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a model of communication that provides a way of helping clients become more competent at what they do, gain more control over their thoughts, feelings and actions and become more positive in their approach to life. It offers a mental model of how the brain works (neuro), how language interacts with the brain (linguistic) and how this interaction is used to bring about positive results (programming).

How does it feel to be hypnotised?
It feels wonderful! Hypnosis is a natural state that feels similar to that feeling you get right before you fall asleep at night. Some people feel sensations of being as light as a feather whereas others feel so completely relaxed that they experience a feeling of heaviness. There is no right or wrong way to feel but you will most likely experience exceptional relaxation!

What happens during hypnosis?
All you, the client, have to do is sit back in the comfortable therapy chair and follow the simple instructions I give you and relax into the process. The more you allow yourself to relax, the more comfortable you will become and the more beneficial the therapy will be.

Once relaxed, you will probably become so comfortable that, although you remain aware of your surroundings, you may become quite indifferent to them or can't be bothered to register them. You may also feel that time seems to pass differently, often very quickly.

Some clients remember everything said during trance, whilst others will remember certain parts only - a bit like trying to recall a dream. But, regardless of whether every word is remembered or not, the benefits to you will be the same.

Clients sometimes worry about whether they'll be able to 'wake up' after hypnotherapy. There really is no need to worry. Hypnosis produces a calm and very pleasant feeling, similar to daydreaming, in which the conscious part of the mind is relaxed and awareness of the unconscious mind is heightened.

Can I be hypnotised against my will?
No. Contrary to the common media portrayal, it is impossible to be hypnotised against your will. Entering a hypnotic trance is always a voluntary act.

Can I be made to do anything against my will?
Absolutely not. In hypnosis you will be deeply relaxed but will also have a heightened sense of awareness, you would reject any suggestions given to you if they were not appropriate.

How many sessions will I need?
Hypnotherapy tends to show results very quickly. However, the exact number of sessions required depends on the individual client and their particular issue. This is something I will discuss with you at the initial consultation.

Minor problems can often be treated in as few as two or three sessions, whereas more deep-rooted conditions may require more in-depth therapy over 6 - 8 sessions.

Stop Smoking appointments are a one off session lasting two hours. Smoking Cessation clients are offered a free back up session if required.

Are there different types of hypnotherapy?
Yes, there are different models of hypnotherapy that can be used for different problems:

Analytical hypnotherapy
Analytical Hypnotherapy (also known as Hypnoanalysis) is used for establishing whether a specific cause or event has given rise to the issue a person is experiencing for example; a phobia of flying. These events can be identified and sometimes this alone can alleviate symptoms.

Suggestion Therapy
Suggestion Therapy is a simple and effective way to produce successful outcomes whilst in hypnosis. Suggestion hypnotherapy uses relaxation as a tool to help you overcome your issue and work towards your goals. When your mind is relaxed, it is much more likely to accept the idea of the changes that you want to make in your life.

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy uses the methods of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This is a form of therapy which focuses on replacing destructive, negative self-statements and patterns of behaviour, with those that are constructive that produce positive self-statements and behaviours. Combining CBT and hypnosis speeds up the whole process.

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
Ericksonian hypnotherapy was developed by the late Milton Erickson. His techniques used stories and analogies to give suggestions outside the conscious awareness of the client. However, direct approaches may also be used.

How much does it cost?
Sessions are 1 hour long and cost £60.00
A reduced rate of £40 per hour is available for those on benefits and low incomes who genuinely have difficulty meeting the normal hourly rate. There is currently a short waiting list for reduced rate sessions but please contact me and I will do my best to see you as soon as possible.

Smoking Cessation sessions are approx 2 hours long and cost £150.00. A free back up session is offered for all smoking cessation clients.

Cancellation Charges
Appointments not cancelled 48 hours in advance may be subject to a cancellation fee of £30.00
Clients who miss an appointment without prior cancellation may be charged at the full hourly rate of £60.00

Where and when do you see clients?
I work from a peaceful and private treatment room two minutes from Bradford on Avon town centre.
I can also see clients in Bath by prior arrangement.

Appointments are currently offered:

Monday to Friday 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Saturday 10.00am – 12.00pm