Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focussing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness - reached using skilled relaxation techniques - allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.
When might hypnotherapy be useful?
Hypnotherapy is widely endorsed as a treatment for habit breaking, stress-related issues and for a range of long-term conditions, and in recent years has been gaining steam in the medical world after a recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognised hypnotherapy as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
While more concrete evidence is needed to support the use of hypnosis in additional areas as an alternative to conventional medicine, many have found the process has been incredibly effective either when used in tandem with traditional treatment or when used independently after other avenues have been exhausted.
Are there different types of hypnotherapy?
Deciding you’re ready to try hypnotherapy is only the tip of the iceberg; hypnotherapy is an incredible tool, that can be used in many different ways.
There are many different approaches and techniques used by hypnotherapy professionals - some of which may be more suitable for you than others. I have studied Suggestion Therapy and Hypnoanalysis, but I also cross over into counselling too.
I would advise taking the time to do a little research. As a client, it’s not necessary for you to understand the different types of hypnotherapy before your treatment. But, having a little insight can ease your mind and make you feel more relaxed about the experience.
Does everyone respond to hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the process and feel that you can place your trust in your hypnotherapist. It's also important to keep an open mind, as any scepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.
Are hypnotherapists regulated?
As it stands hypnotherapists are not currently regulated in the UK, meaning that there are no laws in position which outline the level of training and experience required in order to practice. I have been through a verification process, however, which ensures that I have provided proof of a relevant qualification and insurance cover, and proof of membership with an industry professional body.
What is a professional body?
There are various professional bodies (also known as member organisations) in existence that have taken on the role of self-regulation within the hypnotherapy industry. While hypnotherapists are under no legal obligation to join a professional body, membership does mean they have met certain requirements set by their professional body and must abide by a code of ethics and complaints procedure.
I have registered with the National Hypnotherapy Society, which means that I have achieved the substantial level of training and experience approved and recognised by them.
What will happen in a hypnotherapy session?
I offer a free initial consultation, generally lasting around one hour and usually involving several elements:
• A discussion about your requirements and goals.
• Gathering personal information such as sleeping patterns, lifestyle information, medical symptoms or medication, any treatments involving other healthcare providers.
• An explanation of how the hypnotherapy process will work.
• Practical details such as cost, cancellation policy, how many sessions might be needed.
In the subsequent session the practical application of clinical hypnosis can then begin. A typical session structure may give you an idea of what to expect:
• A welcome chat to encourage comfort and relaxation.
• Induction - I will then lead you into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation.
• Once deeply relaxed, I can then begin 'change work' using techniques and approaches discussed and agreed to help you towards your goals.
• Once the 'change work' is complete, I will begin the transition to wakefulness, in which you are gradually brought out of your trance.
• Time for any questions you may have and a summary of the session and any progress made thus far.
How regularly will I see my hypnotherapist?
How regularly you see me will be something we decide on together. Initially, you may decide you wish to meet on a weekly basis, but depending on improvements and how you feel, you may choose to then see me more or less frequently.
How many sessions of hypnotherapy will I need?
The duration of therapy will really be dependant on your circumstances and the reason for which you are seeking hypnosis. Some issues may better suit a longer-term approach with regular weekly sessions, whereas other issues may be treated in a short time scale. I will let you know how many sessions I feel you might need when you start therapy, and will be flexible when it comes to decreasing or extending the number of sessions to correlate with your progress and needs.
How long will hypnotherapy sessions last?
A general hypnotherapy session will usually take 50 - 60 minutes.
How much does hypnotherapy cost?
When it comes to general private hypnotherapy sessions - the NHS have estimated a cost of between £50 and £90. I offer my services for less because I firmly believe that private therapy should be as affordable and attainable as possible. A one hour therapy session with myself therefore is £40, although if you are a student or on a low income we can negotiate a discount.
Can I get hypnotherapy on the NHS?
Access to hypnotherapy on the NHS is incredibly limited and while you can discuss the option with your healthcare provider, it is not widely available and the majority of practitioners work privately.
Information based on latest advice given by the Hypnotherapy Directory
https://www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/ (last accessed 09/02/2018)