Frequently Asked Questions

How many sessions will I need? How long is a session?

The number of times varies depending on the nature of the problem, your needs, the work you do to help yourself in between sessions and the outcomes you are looking for.  My aim is always to help you to change for the better as quickly as possible  and for you to sustain and build on the improvements long after our work together is done. Sometimes one session is all that is needed and generally most issues can be treated successfully in 2-3 sessions* (which is much faster than the 10 or many more sessions that other therapies such as CBT typically  involve). In contrast to most hypnotherapists, my sessions last 1.5 hours rather than the standard one hour.

What is hypnosis?

It is a special state of mind, a deeply relaxing experience which can enable you to make appropriate changes to the way you think, feel and act.* How? By allowing you to bypass the critical, judging, analytical, justifying conscious mind and access your subconscious mind, the dominant amazingly powerful part of your mind. Hypnosis simply allows you to tap into a rich reservoir of unconscious processes which govern your emotions, habits, beliefs, desires, attitudes, imagination, motivation and all your bodily functions. Just think about all the many things you can do without thinking about it at all from breathing, walking and talking to driving a car, opening a door and having a shower.

Think of hypnosis as a key that unlocks the mind. It allows you to access mental programmes running in the background, the source coding as it were and then edit and change what needs changing for you. That may be something you want to stop doing, start doing, do differently in order to be how you want to be.

What does it feel like to be in a hypnotic trance?

While in a trance you will feel relaxed physically and mentally, nothing bothers you and you may be unaware of your surroundings. It feels like you are in a dream yet you do not become completely unconscious – you are “wakefully unawake” – and so can respond to instructions and suggestions.  In this relaxed state great changes are possible as your subconscious mind is more able to accept ideas and suggestion that are useful for you. . Fears, phobias and habits exist in the subconscious and hypnotherapy can help the subconscious mind overcome them.

Hypnosis is such a natural state, like a daydream, that most clients feel deeply relaxed and refreshed after each session*. And scientific research shows that hypnosis does have a real brain effect – click here for an interesting article on this subject.

Any Other Questions?

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about hypnosis and our work together. If you would also like to learn self –hypnosis and what this involves feel free to ask about that too. Just call me on 07976 701223 or mail me at

*Results may vary from person to person of course