What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind. Whether we are aware of it or not, we enter into and out of a state of hypnosis at points throughout the day. How often do you day dream? Or does you mind wander when you are watching T.V? These are both examples of an altered state and reasures that hypnosis is only a state that helps you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Hypnosis is simply a word which we use to explain the change from one mind state to another. As mentioned the more commonly used phrase is being in an ‘altered state’. We are also in an altered state when we are  reading a book, listening to music, playing a computer game or even checking Facebook.

When we relax, our attention is more easily drawn to a place where we are open to suggestions. so, when you attend hypnotherapy with me I will simply be working with you to enable you to safety and comfortably access a place where you can  make the changes you want through using your own suggestions on how best to deal with issues which have previously been difficult for you.

What should I expect?

Your first appointment of hypnotherapy will be relaxed and low key. It is an opportunity for you to find out more about how your treatments will be structured and for me to find out more about what has brought you here. 

It is not unusual to feel a little nervous in the lead up to your first appointment or just before you arrive. It is normal for us to feel anxious about the unknown. I am a genuine and caring person with almost ten years experience in this area and can reassure you that you are not alone. Hypnotherapy can free you of anxiety and much more.

How long will my hypnotherapy last?

Your initial session will last up to 60 minutes. I will only recommend the appropriate number of appointments that we agree are necessary to a successful outcome. 

What will my hypnotherapy involve?

People often question whether they will be aware of what is going on. I do not do ‘stage’ hypnosis or hypnotise anyone for peoples entertainment. Hypnotherapists are bound to a strict code of ethics and conduct which are set and verified by the GHR (General Hypnotherapy Register) to which i am qualified and accredited. 

Hypnosis can work with eyes open or closed. During hypnosis I will only take you into as deep a state as you are ready and willing to go. It might be that you want to go into as deep a state as possible - that’s ok, but will always be discussed beforehand. You may not want to go into a deep state- that’s also ok- and does not make your hypnotherapy any less effective. 

It might be that you can recall everything that takes place in your session. Key moments might come to mind- either way this is normal and fine. We all respond differently to different things- i.e we may all have learnt to ride a bike in slightly different ways but still end up being able to ride whatever the process may involve along the way.

My assurance to you:

When you attend hypnotherapy with me, I will:

  • welcome you into a comfortable and safe environment
  • listen to you carefully
  • encourage you to change gently and at a speed which is appropriate for you
  • respect your life and circumstances
  • encourage you to make your own choices
  • introduce you to new ideas- without imposing
  • help you uncover positive things about yourself

When you attend hypnotherapy with me I will not:

  • judge you
  • talk about you- or the things which we discuss- with anyone else
  • make you talk about things which you are not ready to disclose
  • use 'eyes closed' hypnosis before I think you are ready
  • tell you what to do

In return, i simply ask that you arrive at your appointment on time; pay me the agreed amount on time and stick to the 24 hour notice period if you need to rearrange. I give a lot of time and energy to my clients and many people approach me for help. Appointment times are precious- if you can’t attend, someone else who is in need might be able to. If we stick to these basic principles I can give you a very valuable life tool in return.

I look forward to working with you.

John J