Will I need a referral from my GP? Will my treatment be recorded on my medical records?
My practice is entirely private, and you decide if you want to see me, you don’t need to discuss this with anyone else. I certainly won’t. I do ask you to let me know the name of your doctor, just for my records. Our sessions are completely confidential and I would only ever contact your doctor with prior permission from yourself, and this would only be for the good of the therapy.
Can I be hypnotised? Will I lose consciousness during hypnosis? Will I lose control?
Yes you can be hypnotised, as hypnosis is a natural focused state, you’ve already experienced it! How many times have you been driving and completely lost track of time and before you know it you’ve arrived at your destination? And think of being in the cinema, totally absorbed in a fabulous film, you hardly notice the person next to you crunching their popcorn! My role in the therapy is to help you get into this state; how you experience it is completely individual between clients, and in fact you may experience it differently each time you go into hypnosis! There may be times when you feel yourself falling asleep, or there may be other times when you hear every word I say and feel totally conscious. But you are never ‘unconscious’ and you remain totally in control, in fact hypnotherapy can help you to gain control. I am your guide not your controller, your mind is far more powerful than I am!
There may be things that I don’t want to disclose, will that hinder my therapy?
Not at all. Hypnotherapy can be conducted ‘content free’, which means that you don’t have to tell me everything, because your subconscious mind knows exactly what needs to change. I will never ask you to reveal any more than you feel comfortable with. But being open with yourself will allow your subconscious mind to ‘free flow’.
How long does a session last?
Your first session usually lasts an hour and a half, allowing us to fully explore the issues you want help with, and plan how that is going to be provided. We also set your goals, and you start to learn and experience hypnosis. Subsequent sessions last one hour, always beginning with a check on your progress or changes between sessions. However, because each session is specifically tailored to the client, session length may vary. I may also give you ‘homework’ to do between sessions, designed to help with making changes, or changing habits, and sometimes I will provide you with a recording to listen to between sessions. Clients who continue to work on themselves between sessions tend to make the quickest progress with their therapy.
How many sessions will I need?
It is very difficult to say how many sessions you will need, because everyone is different and will need different approaches. I will always give you a guide at your initial enquiry, which will be confirmed at your first session. However, as I always review your progress with you, I will never encourage you to have a session that is unnecessary should your progress be more rapid.
How much do sessions cost? How is payment made?
Your investment in your health and wellbeing is £70 per session (90 for the first session). I do offer some discounts to Solihull Chamber Members, if you work in Knowle, students in full time education, and young people under 24 years old. Please contact me for more information. Payment can be made by cash, debit card or by bank transfer. Payment is due at the start of your session.
I take your confidentiality very seriously – you can be assured that I will never discuss our therapist/client relationship with anyone other than during my Professional Supervision sessions (if appropriate) where your identity will always remain anonymous. I am a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy and the CHNC and abide by their strict codes of conduct. More information can be found at www.hypnotherapists.org.uk and www.cnhc.org.uk .