Frequently Asked Questions
“I can’t be hypnotised”.
If you can day dream or have imagined something then you can be hypnotised.
“I think hypnotherapy is a magic wand”.
If you want to change habits, behaviours or feelings but just don’t know how, then hypnotherapy is the simple yet powerful tool you are looking for, however some people may think that hypnotherapy is a magic wand that can make changes without any effort from them at all. Whilst hypnotherapy is a very powerful tool, it still requires commitment, belief and determination from the person to want to change.
“I might lose control during hypnotherapy”.
No hypnotherapist can make you do anything you don’t want to do, or do things that you would naturally find unacceptable. You will remain aware during the session and will remember the session although you will be in a very relaxed state.
“I might be made to do or say something I don’t want to”.
You will remain in the therapy chair throughout the session, you will not share any secrets, your bank account details or be embarrassed in any way! Most people know about hypnotherapy through stage hypnosis and are nervous that if they went to see a hypnotherapist they would end up clucking like a chicken, however hypnotherapy is not stage hypnosis; we are bound by a code of ethics, and are here to help you improve your life.
“I don’t want any therapist to mess with my mind, conscious or unconscious”
Hypnotherapy allows a person to quieten the often loud and overbearing conscious mind that judges them and holds very limited information about themselves.
The unconscious mind is a person’s emotional and mind body connection which houses our long term memories, feelings and emotions, imagination, habits and protection, all of which are very powerful influencers on how and why we feel and behave in certain ways.
Hypnotherapy by a suitably trained competent hypnotherapist does not mess with your mind, but helps you to change behaviors, feelings and habits you have decided you want to change.
"How do I know if I need counselling / psychotherapy?"
Counselling sessions can help you to gain clarity on an issue, change old patterns, untangle complex personal issues, or embark on a journey of self-development. You may seek counselling as a result of a crisis, or you may be encouraged to seek counselling by family members, friends or colleagues.
"What happens in a counselling session?"
There is no typical counselling session. I am highly trained in listening and reflecting, and provide a safe environment in which to explore your issues. With most types of therapy you are free to discuss what you wish, from everyday events, dilemmas, feelings, and thoughts, to regrets, aspirations, memories and dreams.
"What issues can counselling help with?"
Clients come to see me with a wide-range of problems, including:
anxiety (generalised anxiety problems, panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety, claustrophobia)
workplace issues (stress, work-life imbalances)
relationship issues (breakups, divorce, affairs, choosing inappropriate partners, loneliness, life adjustments, marital problems, arguments, jealousy, wedding and premarital issues)
depression (including suicidal thoughts, low mood, social withdrawal)
low self-esteem and lack of confidence
sexual problems (impotence, internet/pornography/sex addiction, loss of desire, infertility)
trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder from accidents, rape and other attacks/incidents)
eating problems (including bulimia, binge eating, negative body image)
phobias and fears
addiction and substance misuse
abuse (including physical, verbal, and sexual abuse)
"What kinds of people seek counselling?"
There is no barrier to whom counselling can assist. I will welcome you, regardless of your culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or employment group. Counselling is also not just for adult individuals, but is beneficial for couples, families, teenagers and children.
"How do I know which counselling approach is most suited to me?"
There are many different types of therapy including person centered (Humanistic) approach, Gestalt, Psychodynamic psychotheraputic therapy.
Don't worry if you are simply not sure what particular approach would be suited to you. Your first appointment will be an assessment where you can discuss your issues and the different types of therapy that might help. I am what is known as 'integrative', meaning i am trained in several types of therapy they can blend to best match your issues.
"How long should I expect to have to continue counselling?"
The length of your treatment will very much depend on your unique circumstances and needs, i recommend that after six sessions we have a review and go from there.
Keep in mind that once you start sessions, new issues and angles can arise you were not aware existed that you then want to explore. It is of course possible to also see improvement faster than you expected.
"Will my counsellor be available for me in a crisis?"
I will be available to you at your scheduled appointment time only. In the case of an emergency you will need to seek other resources.
Contact your GP, the Samaritans (call 116 123, www.samaritans.org), or, if necessary, emergency services.
Questions for both Hypnotherapy & Counselling..................
"Will my sessions be confidential?"
Yes, counselling sessions are confidential. The exception would be if you were to pose a danger to yourself or others, in which case the relevant parties would be notified.
"I only want one session, will the therapist be able to help?"
Generally your first session will be used as an assessment and consultation, rather than for treatment. This allows you to identify your issues as you see them, and for me to start to gain an idea of what your needs are. So unfortunately, having just one session is unlikely to have any lasting benefit for you.
"Do I have to pay for missed/cancelled therapy sessions?"
In order to reserve the therapy rooms just for you each week there will be a cancellation policy that applies.
I will share this cancellation policy with you prior to your first appointment. Any and all missed sessions outside of the agreed to terms will be charged at the full fee, including holidays, work commitments, illness and other emergencies.
"How can I pay for a therapy session?"
I can take the Deposit and session fees via Bacs , Paypal, Cash or Cheque.
Will any of my information be shared?"
Therapists are committed to your privacy, so sharing your personal information is a rare occurrence.
There are two exceptions. The first is if I were to become aware that you are an imminent danger to yourself or others, or that someone else is a danger to you. You would first be encouraged to seek necessary support, and if you were unable or unwilling to do so i have a duty of care to seek this support on your behalf.
The second exception is if I were to become aware that you intended to commit a major crime of any sort. In such a case I have a legal obligation to disclose such information to the relevant authorities.
*Note that for the purposes of therapy, personal drug use or addictions are not considered to be criminal activities (unless they involve anyone underage). They are seen only as areas to be addressed in therapy.
"Are there any disabled facilities?"
Yes, The Clinic is on one level and so all rooms do have disabled access.