What is hypnosis and is it safe?

Hypnosis is positive suggestions to your unconscious mind, based on what your goals are. You are at a much more receptive state when relaxed, your auditory sense is heightened when your eyes are closed thus allowing information to pass directly to the subconscious.

Hypnosis is perfectly safe, its a natural state that we all go in and out of many times during our day without even knowing it. An example of this is when we “day dream” or another example; have you ever driven somewhere and then thought “hang on I cant remember driving here?” – that is what you call a trance like state and we are all very good at it.

What is counselling?

Counselling is the skilled and principled use of relationship to facilitate self- knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth and the optimal development of personal resources. The overall aim is to provide an opportunity to work towards living more satisfyingly and resourcefully. Counselling relationships will vary according to need but may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insights and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others.

The counsellor’s role is to facilitate the clients work in ways that respect the client’s values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination.

What to expect from hypnosis?

It will very much feel like daydreaming, it can be a very pleasant experience where you are conscious of what is going on around you and what is happening throughout the session, but you may choose to “drift off” with your own thoughts from time to time. Some people can become very heightened to what is going on around them during hypnosis, so as you see everyone’s experience is different. Everyone’s experience is completely unique so it’s impossible to get it wrong.

Most people comment on how relaxed they feel during hypnosis and after.

Can I be made to do anything against my free will?

Absolutely not, you cannot be made to do or say anything during hypnosis that is against your core self beliefs and principals. I want you to enjoy your therapeutic experience and I’m more than happy to help dispel any fears or anxieties you have about hypnosis.

Can I be hypnotised?

Everyone can be hypnotised because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. All I do is help you achieve it, but you can choose not to enter that relaxing state if you want to. However would you really want to resist being in such a nice relaxed state, which can potentially be beneficial to you?

I will always work hard to make sure that you are completely happy using hypnosis, and I will always go at your pace. I want you to have the best experience possible.

Note: Anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances should not be hypnotised.

Will I lose control?

You will always be in control during our sessions together. As explained before you cannot be made to do anything or say anything that’s against your core beliefs and principles. What I ask is that we co-operate together as I want you to be happy about what we are doing.

I just want to point out you cannot get stuck in hypnosis, its like day dreaming and it will feel very familiar to you. Once you open your eyes you will feel refreshed and you will still be the same person, positive and ready to reach your goals.

Can I drive after hypnosis?

Simple answer to this is yes you can! Because it is a natural state nothing should feel out of the ordinary. However if you feel more comfortable not driving, perhaps you can make other arrangements suitable to you.

What do the letters after your name mean?

Ad.Dip PC simply means I have achieved an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.  This was achieved through Chrysalis accredited professional Therapy Training.

MNCS (Acc) means  that I am an accredited professional member of The National Counselling Society and my membership number is VS00P07.  You can search for me on the official website www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org

Dip. Hyp CS simply means I have achieved a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and counselling skills. This was achieved through Chrysalis accredited professional Therapy Training. My course is also acknowledged by the Royal college of Nursing.

MHS means that I am a professional member of The National Hypnotherapy Society and my membership number is VS00P1408. You can search for me on the official website www.nationalhypnotherapysociety.org

I adhere to the ethical guidelines of The National Hypnotherapy Society and The National Counselling Society and I am regularly in supervision with accordance to my ethical guidelines.

Are you fully insured?

I am a fully insured therapist covering all aspects of Psychotherapy, counselling & hypnotherapy. My insurance was obtained through Therapist Insurance (the logo is displayed at the bottom of this page), and underwritten by Zurich.

My documentation is available to view within my practice room at all times and therefore your welcome to view it whenever you want.

What if I think counselling or hypnotherapy is not for me?

If after 30 minutes of our initial chat we don’t agree that my approach is right for you then please do not feel obligated to continue. If 30-45 minutes into our first full session you suddenly feel that counselling and/or hypnotherapy is not for you then I am happy to accept half payment for the session.

When do you see clients?

Please contact me to discuss.

How do I book a session?

You can contact me via telephone, email or visit the contact me section. I do however like to speak with my potential clients to make sure they are happy, so although any initial queries you may have can be answered by email, we will make our initial appointment by telephone.

What is included within the fees?

All details have been outlined within my Fees section, but it’s important to know that there is no hidden charges.

Email and telephone support between sessions is also provided as part of the service, and therefore does not incur a charge. I do ask that telephone calls be made in office hours however where possible. If you would like a chat out with these hours please email me and we can sort out an appropriate time between us.

Do you offer a guarantee?

In simple terms no. The reason for this is that you are in control of your life and therefore you have a responsibility for your own success. What I do help with is giving you back control of your life again and offer you advice and tools to help maintain it. I expect my clients to work with me to reach the goals that have been set and to get the change they want.