On this page I explain how I do hypnotherapy. Different hypnotherapists have their own styles of working. My own style is friendly, practical.
Your first step is to phone or email me. If you state briefly what kind of problems you’re having, I’ll be able to say whether it’s the kind of thing I deal with. If I don’t think my therapy would really suit you, I can direct you to other therapists who might be better for you.
Most of my clients go ahead and book a first therapy session after this email or phone contact. However some prefer to come to see me for a face-to-face discussion first. This initial assessment/consultation is free of charge and lasts up to half an hour. At this meeting I can explain further about how I do hypnotherapy, to decide whether I can help you, and to begin planning a programme of hypnotherapy to meet your needs.
This is also the client’s opportunity to ask me any questions. Many clients will have already learned a lot about how I do hypnotherapy by reading some of the 20+ articles on this website. If they wish, clients can be accompanied by one friend or relative at any session. If a client is under 18 I require their parent to attend at least the first session and to give written consent.
I don’t usually treat children, unless they’re the children of adults who are already seeing me for their own issues. This is because I’ve learned from experience that when children are psychologically disturbed it’s often the whole family that needs therapy. I would advise seeing a good Family Therapist in this case.
Most clients do decide to begin therapy on the first session. The price is £45 per session, which is normally an hour, but I don’t charge extra if we go into extra time.
Everything clients tell me is kept strictly confidential, unless it involved serious crime or a serious intention to commit suicide. If a client tells me they’ve made serious plans to kill themselves, I would assume that they want my help to stop this happening, and I would insist on agreeing a plan to keep them safe. This would normally include telling their family or friends and their GP. Like all counsellors and psychotherapists I do discuss my work at “supervision meetings”. These meetings help me to improve my services by sharing knowledge. However we discuss problems and techniques, not clients’ personal details from which they could be identified.
Merely knowing how to hypnotise people would not make you an effective hypnotherapist- just as knowing how to use a stethoscope would not make you a doctor! Where possible, I use techniques that have been scientifically tested, based on authoritative sources. See my articles “What is Hypnotherapy?” and “How Does Hypnotherapy Work?” for more information.
SELF HYPNOSIS MP3s and CDs.
For many clients I will create an individualised hypnotherapy MP3 or CD for them following their first session. Of course you must be sitting or lying down somewhere safe to listen to the MP3 or CD. You must not listen to it while driving!
MAKING PROGRESS WITH HYPNOTHERAPY.
Sessions are normally weekly, sometimes two-weekly. At each session we will review progress and modify the programme to include anything that’s arisen since your first session. I often teach clients self-hypnosis.
WHAT I NEED FROM YOU.
I need commitment from my clients- I can’t force you to change if you don’t really want to, and I can’t help you if you don’t turn up for appointments. Ideally I like to book ahead, although I don’t require payment in advance. Some of my clients are very busy people, however you do need to prioritise attending your appointments for me to help you. I do however recognise that for parents of young children life can be very unpredictable!
NOTE: Individual results may vary and outcomes cannot be guaranteed