Frequently Asked Questions
Can you guarantee it will work?
A sports coach can’t guarantee one of her students will succeed she can only share her expertise with the athlete who must run the race themselves. Hypnotherapy is not something a hypnotherapist ‘does’ to you. It’s a partnership between the two of you, both working towards a common goal. I will do my best to help you by bring all my training and experience to bear and you will bring a willingness to change and to commit to the process. That gives us a very good chance of success but it’s not a guarantee. However you should notice a difference from each session which will let you know that you’re progressing in the right direction.
Do I need to know what caused the problem?
It’s not necessary for you to know the cause consciously for hypnotherapy to be successful. All you need to know is what you want to achieve from the sessions.
How does hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy helps by making changes on the unconscious level. We all have a part of our brain which runs below the level of conscious thought. It keeps your blood pumping, regulates your breathing, moves the muscles in your legs to walk.
When you learn something well enough that it becomes automatic such as tying your shoe laces, driving a car, keeping your hands away from fire, the activity is taken over by the unconscious part of your mind which creates an automatic programme so you don’t have to think about it consciously. When it works well it saves us a lot of conscious effort.
However sometimes the processes that the mind makes automatic aren’t useful such as panicking every time you have to speak in public or interpreting anything that doesn’t work out as meaning you’re stupid. With hypnotherapy we can reach this unconscious part of the mind and correct unhelpful programmes.
How many sessions will it take?
It really depends on the issue and the individual person. Hypnotherapy is usually quite a short term therapy unlike counselling or psychotherapy. Two to four sessions is often sufficient for many people although there are exceptions. (The equivalent of less than a day to make a significant change to your life.) You should notice a difference from each session which will let you know that you’re making progress.
What can hypnotherapy help with?
Hypnotherapy can help with any problem that would be eased by a change in perspective, thinking or feeling. For example a phobia can be helped with hypnosis because when you don’t have the fear any more it’s not a problem. Similarly social anxiety or low self-esteem are no longer a problem when you feel, calm relaxed and comfortable in your own skin.
What happens in a session?
In the first session we will spend time discussing your issue and defining your goal for our time together. Later in the session you will experience hypnotic trance. You may be surprised to find how familiar it feels as it’s a natural phenomena we each experience every day. Watching television and forgetting to pay attention to the room around you or being absorbed in conversation with a friend and not being aware of the time passing are both examples of hypnotice trance states. In trance you will still be fully aware, able to move and talk when you wish but what’s happening inside your mind may be more absorbing than the outside world. Many people find it a very relaxing experience. While in hypnosis I will talk to you and take you through imaginative exercises, guiding you towards making positive changes.
In subsequent sessions we will focus on how you are progressing, the changes that are happening for you and how we can maximize the benefits. Each session will be tailored to where you are right now and moving you further towards your goal.
What if I need to cancel an appointment?
If you let me know that you would like to cancel or change your appointment more than 48 hours in advance of your session then I can do that for you without any charge. However if you cancel or make changes with less than 48 hours notice there will be no refund.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a trance state where you can change your habits, behaviours and thinking.
Trance is a natural state we each experience every day. A state of inner focus some people call the ‘zone’. Reading a gripping book unaware of the room you’re sitting in, practicing a favourite sport without realising how much time is passing or flowing through your work unaware of colleagues talking around you, these are all trance states. It’s a state in which you are so absorbed in what you’re doing that you become less aware of your surroundings. As you’ll know it’s a great state for getting work done, improving your game or indeed relaxing. So it’s not too much of a leap to realise it’s also a really affective state for learning new things and solving problems.
In a hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist will help to guide you into a relaxed hypnotic state. You will still be aware of your surroundings but your attention will be drawn more to what is happening inside your own mind. While in hypnosis the hypnotherapist will then help you to engage your imagination to see your issue from different perspectives to help you make the changes you want.
Where do sessions take place?
I practice hypnotherapy in Crystal Palace, on the triangle, convenient for Norwood and Beckenham, a 15 minute walk from Crystal Palace station.
I also offer hypnosis sessions near Spitalfields and Shoreditch in Liverpool Street/Bishopsgate, EC2M, 5 minutes walk from both Liverpool Street Station and Spitalfields or alternatively 15 minutes walk from Shoreditch Station.
Sessions can also take place on line via Zoom or Skype.
Will I be in control?
This question usually comes from the world of stage hypnosis. Remember when someone goes up on stage they have a pretty good idea what’s going to happen and they’ve agreed to participate in a performance. In a hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist gives therapeutic directions and suggestions but it’s up to you whether you want to agree to follow. Even in trance you will still be aware, able to move and talk when you wish but what’s happening inside your mind may be more absorbing than the outside world.
Will I remember everything?
You may do or you may not. It’s really like having a conversation in which your attention may drift or be absorbed by certain aspects. As in everyday life you don’t always remember everything that was said in a conversation.