Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Hypnosis is a way of communicating with the unconscious mind, which is the part that controls all the functions we perform without thinking: breathing, swallowing, and so on. It is also the part that stores all our learning and experiences and produces reactions, such as fear, excitement, anxiety etc. You can read more about what to expect with hypnotherapy here.
Is hypnotherapy safe?
Yes. It is a totally natural state (see what to expect), which many people experience without realising. It is a well recognised and accredited complementary therapy that is widely used across the world.
What can hypnotherapy cure?
Hypnotherapy is not a curative. It is used in therapy to create a suitable climate in which you can learn to change. It can help with a wide range of things such as: anxiety, confidence, low mood, bad habits, addictions, weight loss, phobias, grief and loss, smoking cessation, pain, relationships, and sleep problems.
What if I cannot be hypnotised?
Hypnosis is a totally natural state that you have probably already experienced. Being absorbed in a good book, driving a familiar route, daydreaming in the sun are all states of light hypnosis. You can stop yourself being hypnotised if you want, but most people are able to enter into a state of hypnosis (which we call a trance) if they are willing to. Being committed to the process will make it much more effective.
I am nervous of being hypnotised
That’s understandable. You may have seen hypnosis on stage or in films, where it seems like mind control. Hypnotherapy is nothing like this. Within hypnotherapy, you are always in control and are never asked to do anything that makes you uncomfortable. Trust between client and therapist is very important and I work to a strict code of ethics. Most people find hypnotherapy very relaxing and enjoyable. You can read more about what to expect here.
I am under 18 years of age, can I have hypnotherapy?
I do work with people under the age of 18, but I need specific permission from your parent, or legal guardian, before the therapy starts. Your parent or guardian usually attends the first session (as long as you are ok with this) and comes with you, but waits outside the treatment room, for further sessions, unless you don’t want this.
Who are you and what qualifications do you have?
I have trained extensively in the United States and the UK, and hold a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the London College of Clinical Hypnosis and a Certificate in Integrative Counselling from the Minster Centre.
● Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (D.Hyp.)
● Certificate in Integrative Counselling
● Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
● Member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland
● Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) accredited register
● Member of the General Hypnotherapy Register
● Member of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council
● Enhanced DBS
● Professional indemnity insurance.
The initial session costs £20 and lasts up to one hour. Further hypnotherapy sessions cost £60 per session and last 60 minutes in length. Extended duration sessions available upon request. I offer reduced rates for key workers and for people on low incomes. Please get in touch to discuss this.
A Stop Smoking session lasts for 2 hours and costs £150. This includes a follow-up session after 4 weeks in the unlikely event it is needed.
Can I cancel a session?
Of course you can, but to avoid being asked for the full session fee, please let me know 24 hours in advance (Bushey) and 48 hours in advance (St Albans).
How many sessions will I need?
This depends upon you and the degree of therapy you require. Everyone is different. A very rough rule of thumb is that I see clients for about 8 sessions - either weekly or spaced over a longer period of time. There is no minimum number of sessions you need to attend, and we will discuss what is best for you throughout the course.
Where will the sessions be held?
I work in Hertfordshire, with one office near Watford and one in St Albans. For an additional cost, under certain circumstances, I can visit you in your home. Please get in touch to discuss this.
Do you do telephone sessions?
No. I feel that the relationship between client and therapist is a vital part to the hypnotherapy’s success. This relationship is less easy to establish over the phone and I am less able to attune to you and your reactions to the therapy.
Does my GP need to know?
We will talk about this during our first session. In some cases, it is a good idea for your GP to be aware of any complementary treatments you are undergoing.
Are my sessions confidential?
Yes. I abide by a strict code of ethics from the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. This ensures that working with me is safe and fully confidential within the boundaries of English law.
How do I find out more?
To find out more about hypnotherapy in Hertfordshire, or to book your first session, please call 07815 156 495, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a message using my online contact form.