Here is a list of FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions – about both Cognitive Hypnotherapy in general and also about my specific therapy sessions.
FAQ’s about Cognitive Hypnotherapy:
Will I end up doing something I don’t want to?
No. Despite what you may have been led to believe through the media, it’s not possible for me to make you do something that your unconscious mind objects to or doesn’t believe is safe. One of its major roles is to protect you, after all. It’s also the reason why I ask that you come because you want to make changes to your life, not because someone else wants you to.
Am I going to be running round clucking like a chicken?
No! Well, not unless you really want to anyway, because of the reasons stated above. Plus it’s not really my thing, I’ll leave that to the stage-show hypnotists!
What’s the difference between Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Traditional Hypnotherapy?
Cognitive Hypnotherapy draws on techniques from other related disciplines, as well as hypnosis, whereas Traditional Hypnotherapy mainly relies on just hypnosis. This adds to the toolbox of methods I can use to help you. On top of that, every session is custom-designed for you, your needs, and your desired outcomes, rather than a general “the problem is gone” outcome. I don’t just want the problem to go away, I want to help you start doing what you want to be doing instead, without the problem, making it a much more tailored and personalised therapy. In many ways, I’m not hypnotising you, I’m actually de-hypnotising you from the things that are causing your problem!
What does trance feel like?
It varies from person to person, and also depends on the type of work being done. Very occasionally, the work we do together can provoke a strong emotional reaction. On the whole though, most people find sessions quite relaxing and report it as a pleasant experience.
Will I be asleep?
Probably not. Most work we’ll do together is achieved in a light trance state, as two-way conversation is often needed. A lot of people find it similar to daydreaming. It can be very relaxing though, so it’s not unheard of for people to drift off a bit. It doesn’t usually affect the work though, your unconscious mind is still able to hear me, even if your conscious mind has decided to take a time out!
Is Cognitive Hypnotherapy right for me?
I don’t know – yet! Chances are, if you’re looking at this page, you think it could be. I offer a free chat to discuss your issue and whether that is something that I can help you with. Hypnotherapy can be used for both children and adults for a huge range of issues, too many to list here. If I don’t have yours specifically listed, contact me, I may still be able to help.
FAQ’s about my sessions:
How long does a therapy session last?
Usually an hour, depending on what’s needed within a session. I aim to keep a reasonable gap between clients so that, should something take a little longer than expected, there will be plenty of time to complete the session with no pressure or rush.
How many therapy sessions will I need?
It varies from person to person and also depends on the issue being worked on. Some people might need to make changes in different-sized steps than others, but most people find a significant improvement within three sessions.
Do I have to do anything between sessions?
Sometimes, yes, but it’s always really easy. Most of the time it’ll just be listening to a custom MP3 designed to support the changes made within a session. Other times you might be asked to do a simple task such as writing down any changes you have noticed each day.
Do you offer a guarantee that this will work?
Different people come for different reasons and with different levels of commitment. I therefore can’t guarantee that the work I do will work for everyone because, although I can guide you, I can’t make those changes for you. I will, however, assist and support you to the best of my ability throughout your journey.
What kind of support do you offer between therapy sessions?
I offer support by email and limited support by telephone. Obviously I may not be able to respond immediately as I may be in a session with another client or attending to other commitments. However, I always aim to respond within 24 hours and usually much sooner.
Are all the things I say in a session kept confidential?
Yes, within legal limits. We are required to regularly discuss work with senior supervising therapists as part of continuing professional development, but all case details are anonymous, so although your general issue may be discussed, your personal details are kept private. The only exception to this would be if I was legally obliged to by court order or for safety reasons (yours or other persons).
If you have a question that isn’t covered above, please contact me. Any questions that are specific to you, I’ll answer directly. If it’s a question that others may find useful too, I’ll also add it to this FAQ list.