Hypnotherapy FAQ

Will I be under your control?

Absolutely not!

Hypnosis is not something that I as the hypnotherapist ‘do to you’, rather it’s a skill I’m teaching you: the ability to (re)learn how to relax, to turn down the volume on your inner critic and to reconnect with the inner, subconscious mind that – without you even realising it – determines how you think and behave in any given situation.

You are always in complete control throughout the entire experience. At any point, if you wanted to, you could open your eyes, stand up and leave the room. You could even get straight into your car and drive home with no ill effects. This means that it’s always your choice to remain in the chair, in the moment, doing the work – and this makes it far more powerful than anything I or anyone else could ever ‘do to you’.


Will I tell you all my deepest, darkest secrets?

Only if you choose to!

As a hypnotherapist, I can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do and I can’t make you believe anything that you are not already inclined to believe. I can, however, help you shine a light onto the reasons behind seemingly illogical patterns of thought or behaviour that are holding you back. If you choose to do so, we can then work together to move beyond the past experiences or beliefs that have been dictating how you live your life. Leaving behind the things you no longer need in this way is the first step towards achieving your full potential.

Put other way, hypnotherapy cannot make you do anything, but it can help you do everything!


What do I need to bring to a hypnotherapy session?

The most important thing you need is an open mind and a real desire to make changes in your life. Hypnotherapy is not a ‘magic wand’, but if you are truly ready for change it will dramatically increase the odds in your favour!

On a more practical note, after our initial exploratory consultation call  (by phone or Zoom) I will send you a Client Information Form to complete before your first appointment. Many clients find this a helpful way to focus their mind on exactly what they are hoping to achieve. It also allows us to keep the time we spend on admin during your session to a minimum.


What happens in a session?

Our first session is an opportunity for me to learn a bit about you and for you to learn a bit about hypnotherapy.

You can ask any questions you may have about hypnosis and tell me what you want to achieve. We can start setting realistic goals for our work together and, unless we agree otherwise, you will have the opportunity to experience the deep relaxation of hypnotic trance. After our session I will send you a relaxation recording so you can practice taking yourself into this pleasant state whenever you choose to.

If we both agree that it would be helpful, in subsequent sessions we will explore the issues that have brought you to see me (and/or anything else that has come up) in more depth and I may prepare a bespoke recording for you to work with at home.

Listening to these recordings, along with any other ‘homework’ I may ask you to do, is a key aspect of the therapy and part of your commitment to the process. In some cases, and with your agreement, we may adopt a deeper, more analytical approach in order to bring clarity to the issues you wish to resolve and help move them forward.


How many hypnotherapy sessions will I need?

It really is like the proverbial length of a piece of string! For many clients, a handful of sessions, combined with regular use of a personalised hypnotherapy recording, can have life-changing results. Others may feel that they have all they need after a couple of sessions.

Some people choose to work with me more slowly and over a longer period while others come back whenever they feel in need of a little extra support. It’s not unusual for clients who have successfully resolved one issue to choose to continue working with me to make changes in other areas of their life, either straight away or some time down the line. (Full disclosure: this is what I did myself when I first discovered the life-changing power of hypnotherapy as a client!).

Ultimately I’m here to support you in whatever way feels right for you, whether that turns out to be a single session, an ongoing therapeutic relationship or something in between. Whatever you decide, I am committed to helping you to achieve optimum results in the shortest possible time and at the lowest possible cost.

When, where and how much?

If you are interested in exploring how hypnotherapy can help you make the changes you want to make, there are a few options:

    • A standard session online via Zoom or in my dedicated consulting room in Petersfield, Hampshire lasts about 90 minutes and costs £135.
    • Where we both agree that further sessions would be helpful, I offer a 10% discount on 4 or more sessions booked in advance.
    • If you are ready to become a non-smoker, experience shows that a single, transformative session is the most effective solution
      • Everything you need to embrace your decision to move forward as a non-smoker
      • Price: £450

    What are your qualifications?

    I completed my initial, in-person 200-hour hypnotherapy training in 2015. I am a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and accredited by both the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). 

    I continue to deepen and update my knowledge and skills through CPD training and regular peer supervision.

    2014-2015: 200 hour Diploma in Clinical, Analytical & Medical Hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy Training International
    Principal instructor: Dr John Butler

    2020-21: Assisted on and attended the inaugural 1-year Accredited Hypnotherapy Program, Academy for Hypnosis
    Principal instructorSharon Waxkirsh 
    Guest instructors included: Katherine Zimmerman, Charles Montagu, Michael Mezmer, Liza Boubari, Professor Ted Kaptchuk and others

    January 2022: Smoking Cessation Masterclass with Charles Montagu (who famously helped Eric Clapton quit smoking!)

    February 2022 – Dave Elman Hypnosis Methods with Col. H. Larry Elman CH, CI, CMT and Cheryl J Elman CH, CMT, Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute (12 hours) 

    June 2022 – The Practical use of Hypnosis in Medical and Dental settings with Sharon Waxkirsh (Director, Academy for Hypnosis and co-founder of the Institute of Hypnotherapy for Medical and Dental Practice) and Dr Brice Lemaire PhD, Dental surgeon and hypnotherapist (15 hours)