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Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

We have collected some of the more commonly asked questions on this page. If you have additional queries, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

For more detail on how the conscious and unconscious minds work to allow hypnosis to occur, see this link.

As you move into hypnosis, you'll likely experience some or all of the following physical, emotional and mental effects:

  • breathing deepens and slows
  • mind occasionally drifting, then returning to session content
  • increased awareness and narrowed focus (mental and physical)
  • circulation slows, leading to tingling in hands and feet
  • muscle relaxation
  • sensations of heaviness/lightness, especially in eyes, hands and feet
  • eyes flickering (similar to eye movements during REM sleep)
  • occasional swallowing (mouth can become dry, as you're not speaking)
  • feelings and sensations of calm and relaxation, as anxiety and worry dissolve

Everyone can be hypnotised, and we all do in fact go in and out of trance throughout the day. You can allow yourself to go as deep as you like, to the level you are comfortable with. Only very extreme fear, lack of knowledge or (rarely) an inability to concentrate sufficiently, result in someone not being able to go into hypnosis. We will discuss any concerns and make sure you are in the best position to use your existing experiences of this naturally occurring state (eg watching TV, daydreaming, reading) to intentionally access the trance state.

You are always in control of the session, and can come out of the trance at any time by opening your eyes, if you need to. The hypnotherapist is there to facilitate and guide your experience.

You will be able to maintain control and privacy of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Your mind will also automatically reject any suggestions given in trance that you don't agree with.

You will be able return to your usual awareness whenever you need to.

You'll recall the same amount as you would from an ordinary conversation.

It's best to wear comfortable clothing, eat lightly and avoid caffeine and alcohol before the session. If you wear contact lenses, be prepared to remove them for the session, as they can occasionally feel uncomfortable.

If you'd like to do a bit of mental preparation, you can consider what you'd like to change, how you've handled it so far, and how you'll know you are getting the results you want.

Allow an hour and a half for your first session, as we will spend some time finding out about you and the issue/s you want to deal with. We'll focus briefly on the history of this issue, what you've a tried previously, what you've noticed triggers or improves the condition, and what you'd like to achieve and how you'll know you've achieved it. We'll also agree how many sessions you're likely to need to achieve your goals.

I'll explain hypnosis and hypnotherapy in more detail, and answer any queries you may have about the process. And then, it's time to enjoy some well deserved calm and relaxation.

Hypnotherapy sessions cost £100 for the initial consultation (an hour and a half), and £80 for follow-up sessions (1 hour). For current discounts, see the Fees page.

Payment by cash, cheque (with bank card), bank transfer or PayPal accepted.

I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Any appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at the full session rate ie £80. Also be aware that session payments are non-refundable, though there is no time limit on when they can be redeemed for treatment.