Frequently Asked Questions


Q.. What does hypnosis feel like? How will I know when I'm hypnotised?

Hypnosis is an individual experience, which is generally described as a pleasant, relaxed, day dreamy state. Because hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, or awareness, at no time will you be asleep or unaware of what is going on. You will, however, be likely to feel more relaxed than ever before. A feeling of peace, serenity and well-being generally accompany this relaxation.

Q.. Can a person get stuck in hypnosis?

No, you cannot get stuck in hypnosis. We all go in and out of natural trance several times a day. A person could choose to remain in trance because it's enjoyable but the worst that could happen is they would fall asleep and wake up as normal.

Q.. Is it safe?

No one can be hypnotised against their will and even in a trance people can reject any of the suggestions given if they are not appropriate. Hypnotherapy is also totally natural and drug free.

Q.. Will I lose Control?

You will remain completely in control the entire time. Your sensibilities are fully intact and you would automatically reject any suggestion that was inconsistent with your personal values, best interests and better judgement. You can easily resist any suggestion at any time, you will only respond to those suggestions that you find helpful in achieving the results you desire.

Q.. How do I become hypnotised?

I will ask you to get as comfortable as you can, usually by lying down on a therapy couch. I will then guide you into a relaxed trance state much like day dreaming by the sound of my voice.

Q.. Will I know what is going on whilst in hypnosis?

Yes, as hypnosis is a focus it can actually heighten our senses and awareness and you will be in control at all times.

Q.. Is Hypnotherapy suitable for children and young people?

Hypnotherapy can be very effective for children and young people.

Q.. Will I be safe to drive?

Yes. You will be totally in control of all of your faculties and will be safe to drive home.

Q.. Are there any side effects?

Yes, lots of feelings of wellbeing and positivity!

Q.. How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions required varies widely, depending on the individual and the challenges being addressed. A clearer idea of the number of sessions required can often be given at the Initial Consultation.

Q.. What is the Initial Consultation and Assessment for?

The initial session is an integral part of your therapy and serves a number of purposes. It provides the opportunity for me to take notes and for you to describe the challenges you are currently facing. I also explain how the brain works; the relationship between our conscious and subconscious mind and I provide you with a clear understanding of the origin of our thoughts, habits and behaviours. I also explain what hypnotherapy is (and is not!) and how I also incorporate CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) into your tailored sessions where appropriate.

During the initial consultation we will agree what goals you would like to work towards and put together a plan of action to help you to achieve them.

No hypnosis treatment will take place during the initial consultation; however a complimentary relaxation CD/download will be provided for use at home in between sessions and will form an integral part of your therapy. All CDs, downloads and other supporting materials are included in the fees.

Q.. Do you do home visits?

No, I am afraid that I do not. All sessions are carried out at The Old Rectory Clinic.

Q.. Are your premises accessible to people with limited mobility?

Yes, access to and within the consulting room is very accessible for people with limited mobility. However, the toilet, which is located on the ground floor, does not have room for a wheelchair.

Q.. Can I bring someone with me?

Yes, you can bring anyone you wish with you.

Q.. What is your confidentiality policy?

I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Conduct of my professional organisation the National Council for Hypnotherapy - NCH. Whatever you tell me within our sessions is completely confidential. For further details please read my Terms and Conditions policy.

Q.. Why should I choose you as my therapist?

I am very passionate about hypnotherapy as I genuinely believe that it can help to change people's lives for the better. I am a very positive and enthusiastic person and this rubs off on my clients. I ensure that my clients leave each and every session feeling upbeat, positive, relaxed and optimistic about their future.

Q.. How do I know that you are properly qualified?

To check that I am a fully qualified therapist you can visit the National Council for Hypnotherapy website. The letters MNCH (Acc) after my name demonstrates that I have undergone a high standard of training. The (Acc) stands for Accredited Member rather than (Reg) which stands for Registered Member. Accredited Membership is awarded to those hypnotherapists who have demonstrated a higher level of training and experience. I am also a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) The CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners and is sponsored by the Department of Health. Its key function is to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration with CNHC.

Q.. Cancellations Policy

To avoid a cancellation fee, please can you give at least 24 hours notice of any change of appointment.

Q.. How much will it cost?

  • The Initial Consultation is £65 and lasts for one hour.
  • All sessions are £65 each for one hour.
Further information can be found on my 'Fees & Appointments' page.

Q.. How can I pay?

Payment is by cash, cheque, credit or debit card and is payable at the end of each session.

Q.. Do you do concessions?

Concessions are sometimes available on a case by case basis.

Q.. How do I book an appointment?