Frequently asked questions

Is hypnotherapy dangerous?

No. The worst thing that can happen is that nothing happens.

Will it change my personality?

Only if that's the problem we're working on. For example, if you are a pessimist, always believing that the only luck you get is bad luck, then we can turn that round and give you a more positive outlook. If that is changing your personality, then yes.

However, if the problem is fear of spiders, then no.

How much will it cost?

A session costs £50 and depending on the problem, we might need more than one session to effectively deal with it.

How do I pay you?

You can pay in cash, by bank transfer, cheque or PayPal.

Can I get stuck in trance?

No. I will always make sure you are fully awake and out of trance before the session ends.

I have been asked, 'What happens if while I'm in trance you have a heart attack and die?' Well, I'd be really annoyed I didn't collect my fee, but you wouldn't suffer any ill effects.

One of two things would happen.

  1. You'd realise I hadn't said anything for a long time and open your eyes to see why; or
  2. You'd fall asleep and wake up completely naturally some time later.

Either way, would you mind calling for help?

Will I be unconscious?

No. Trance is not like sleeping or being unconscious. It's a heightened state of relaxation.

You are still aware of what's going on around you, but you choose to ignore it. If there was an emergency, you'd immediately wake and respond.

How many sessions will I need?

That all depends on the problem. Simple phobias sometimes can be dealt with in one session. IBS can take up to eight. Smoking cessation probably three.

Can everyone be hypnotised?

No, although there aren't many who can't.

Some people slip into trance easier than others and some go deeper into trance than others, but most of the therapy is done in a light trance in any case.

What if I can't be hypnotised?

If you really can't be hypnotised, we probably won't waste time trying. But that doesn't mean there's no hope. Psychotherapy might sound scary, but it has similar benefits and techiques that can be equally effective. We can use that instead.

How will you hypnotise me?

The pocketwatch on a chain technique, so beloved of the movies, does actually work, although I won't use that. Usually all that's needed is for you to sit back and relax, close your eyes and, listening to my suggestions, slip gently into trance.

Will I tell you things I don't want to?

No. You are always in control and you won't tell me anything you don't want to.

However, although you might consciously think you don't want to say something, if it is likely to be the key to understanding the problem, your subconscious might want to tell me. But, of course, eveything that passes between us is in complete confidence.

Do I have to talk about my past?

Not if it's not relevant. And you never 'have' to do anything.

Is it guaranteed to work?

No. As my practice motto says, you 'unlock yourself'. Hypnotherapy can only work if you want it to and if you do, the chances are excellent that it will.

What you are paying for is my time and skill, so what I do promise is my dedication to achieving the best outcome possible for you.