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FAQ

  • What is solution focused hypnotherapy?
    Solution focused hypnotherapy is a talking therapy which mixes psychotherapy and hypnosis to help clients make progress towards their goals. Each session is well structured and consists of talking about what is going well, how the brain works defining small steps towards goals and trance. Trance is when you are in a state of relaxation and I use visualisations with positive suggestions to help you. In solution focused hypnotherapy, we look forward and help you to find solutions that are right for you rather than dig into the past.
  • How does online hypnotherapy work?
    Online therapy can help you access therapy at a location that is convenient to you. I work with people all over the world from Rome to Bangkok and in the UK when it is more convenient for them. Sessions work in the same way as face to face sessions. You will only need a computer or tablet with an internet connection. I will send you a secure video link for the session that no one else can access. In my experience and according to some research online hypnotherapy is as effective as face to face.
  • What happens in an initial consultation?
    The first part of the initial consultation consists of information gathering. We establish how you want me to help you and what you want to achieve. I also gather Information about any conditions and symptoms. After that, I will explain to you how the brain works, how this is relevant to your situation and how I can help you with solution focused hypnotherapy/sleep therapy or gut directed hypnotherapy or other techniques as appropriate for your issue. I will use this session to design a treatment plan for you that will help you achieve your goals.
  • What issues can you help with?
    I cover reducing anxiety/stress, insomnia, IBS, addiction, workplace performance, sports performance and exam anxiety in addition to depression as well as fears and phobias. I use other techniques such as gut directed hypnotherapy, CBTi and Muss Rewind for trauma as well as hypnotherapy.
  • How many sessions do I need?
    Solution focused hypnotherapy works very quickly compared to a lot of talking therapies. Most clients need around 6-8 sessions but it's up to you. You will let me know when you want to finish and there is never any pressure to continue beyond what you think is useful. Tackling specific fears and phobias may need fewer. You will decide when you have a reached your goals so you have as many sessions as you feel you need. You decide from session to session if you would like to continue and there is never any pressure to return if you feel you are finished.
  • Where do sessions take place?
    I practise hypnotherapy in Harley Street, London and Whitstable or Herne Bay, Kent at my clinics but I also work as an online hypnotherapist so location is not an issue. I help clients in the UK and in many other countries. In addition, I help wellbeing in organisations by giving workshops on managing stress, performance and sleep. I also work with organisations in house to help individuals with issues to do with anxiety and workplace wellbeing. Get in touch if you are not sure if I can help you where you are.
  • What is trance?
    Trance is of course very ordinary in many ways. We go into trance many times a day, when we are driving, watching television; we do it all the time. In hypnotherapy, it is a focused state of awareness that can be used to achieve specific goals. Trance is when two minds come together and focus on the same thing and when we are in that state we have access to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is open to developing solutions when it is in trance and this is why we use it. Trance is very safe and you cannot be harmed if it is interrupted. In trance, you are in control and will only take up suggestions that your subconscious mind agrees with. I cannot make you do anything that you do not want to do or that goes against your values.
  • Is hypnotherapy a complementary therapy?
    Yes, hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy. This means it can be used alongside any other therapy or medication that you are using or may use in the course of hypnotherapy. Many of my clients are using medication prescribed by their medical team and may also be using other therapies such as physiotherapy at the same time as seeing me.
  • Is what happens in a hypnotherapy session confidential?
    The right to privacy and confidentiality of a client’s sessions are a cornerstone of the therapeutic alliance. Online sessions are not recorded and any notes that I make during or after the session are kept securely. I follow GDPR protocols. In order to safeguard you and the people around you, if you were to disclose that you were going to carry out harm to yourself or someone else, then under my “Duty of Care” I am obligated by law to inform the relevant authorities. This is to support you to live well, and I would always aim to discuss this with you prior to contacting anyone.
  • How much do sessions cost?
    Session costs vary depending on location: Whitstable, Herne Bay and Harley street as well as online. Get in touch for a no obligation chat to find out more how I can help you and find out how much sessions cost for your location. I am always happy to talk to new people to hear more about what you need and let you know how I can help you. I have spaces for two people at any one time who are suffering financial hardship at £65 per session online- please ask me about this if you think you may need this help.
  • What is Solution Focused Sleep Therapy?
    Solution focused sleep therapy combines the powerful elements of CBTi and solution focused hypnotherapy to create positive behavioural change and the best state of mind to help with insomnia and other sleep related disorders. The first step is a thorough assessment to find out which combination of elements of CBTi and hypnotherapy will help you best. Subsequent sessions will involve talking therapy and hypnosis tailor made for your situation. Most people need around 8 sessions. I offer sleep therapy in Whitstable or Herne Bay in Kent, Harley Street- London and Online.
  • What is CBTi?
    CBTi stands for cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia. It is recommended by NICE as the first line treatment for insomnia. There are several elements that are used in CBTi. For example: Helping to create the right environment for good sleep Helping to establish a good routine for sleep Helping to change behaviours that are not helpful for sleep Helping to relax and reduce anxiety for a good night’s sleep The combination of techniques from CBTi and clinical hypnotherapy are used in solution focused sleep therapy. I have been trained in the REST protocols which uses elements of CBTi and I combine this with hypnotherapy.
  • Do you work with children and young people?
    I work with teenagers and young adults from the age of 14. I have worked with confidence, anxiety, ARFID/restrictive eating disorders, IBS and school refusal/anxiety.
  • What is gut directed hypnotherapy?
    Gut directed hypnotherapy is designed to help people with IBS. It is a recognised treatment for IBS. It consists of an initial consultation and 6 sessions plus more if you need them.
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