On this page I explain how I do hypnotherapy. Different hypnotherapists have their own styles of working. My own style is friendly, practical.
Clients begin by phoning or emailing me to book a first meeting. This meeting enables me to explain further about how I do hypnotherapy, to decide whether I can help them, and to begin planning a programme of hypnotherapy to meet their 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.
If I don’t think that I’m the best person to help them, I will recommend an alternative source of help. If the client wishes to think about it further before commencing hypnotherapy, they can get back to me at a later date. In both these cases there is nothing to pay.
However most clients do decide to begin therapy on the first session so I always leave enough time for this. 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