1. What happens in the hypnotherapy session?

I begin with a thorough assessment of your situation, the goals you want to achieve and your current life circumstances.  This can be very much like a traditional counselling session.  It helps gain a holistic picture of you and how therapy should be tailored to your needs.

Hypnosis itself works very much like a guided meditation.  I use verbal prompts and ask you to visualise particular scenes and images, which help you relax and bring the subconscious to the fore.  All this takes place while you sit comfortably in a chair – no need to lie on the analyst’s couch!

Some therapies I use don’t actually involve a traditional hypnotic induction. But arguably when you’re very focused on what you’re talking / thinking about, you can find yourself already in a sort of trance state.

2. Can anyone be hypnotised?  What if I can’t experience trance?

There are very few people who can’t be hypnotised.  Of course people vary as to how tense or relaxed they are when they first experience hypnosis, and some clients are concerned that their level of trance may not be ‘deep’ enough.  But some very effective techniques can be used while you are only at a ‘light’ level, and people are usually quite adept at finding the level they need at the time.


3.  Will I be under the hypnotherapist’s control?

In a word – NO!

You will be aware of what’s happening and certainly won’t be unconscious. Hypnosis gives you abilities – like concentration and confidence – it doesn’t take abilities away.

Whilst in hypnosis, your subconscious mind is more open to suggestions made to you.  But even in this state of increased suggestibility, your mind will still reject an idea or command which genuinely conflicts with your personal values or goals. You cannot be made to do anything against your consent.

I also steer well clear of inappropriate leading, so as to avoid creating ‘false memory’ or other confusion.

4. Can people get stuck in hypnosis?

No, this is not possible.  Hypnosis is a natural, normal state and in fact everyone experiences hypnosis when close to sleep, both first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  Like sleep, it is a state which you move through in cycles – not one which can become permanent.

5. Will I have to reveal embarrassing secrets?  Will I have to relive unhappy experiences?

You remain in control throughout the session so it’s completely up to you what you wish to discuss.  Some therapies can be done completely ‘content-free,’ so that during hypnosis the client can keep their experiences totally private.

Some techniques – like Past Life Regression or Inner Child therapy – can cause powerful releases of emotion. The sessions themselves can be challenging, but you will almost certainly feel much better as a result.

Most importantly, this emotional release will not happen without your consent. What kind of therapy is used depends entirely on your goals and what you feel comfortable with.

6. How many sessions will be needed?

This is sometimes hard to estimate as every client is different, and I don’t want to make misleading promises or guarantees!  I do see some clients for just one session, whereas other people may come every week, two weeks or less frequently over a longer period of time.  I do understand your wish to improve and hopefully resolve your difficulties or challenge as quickly as possible, so will offer techniques that I hope will help to achieve that.