It’s understandable that you’ll have questions about hypnotherapy. Here are some questions that people often ask. If you have a question which I haven’t covered here, please get in touch. I’m always happy to have a free no obligation chat with you.
What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern solution-focused form of hypnotherapy. It is significantly different from the traditional schools of hypnotherapy as it doesn’t advocate one single approach as the answer to all of life’s problems. It follows an approach tailored for the specific needs of each client.
How does it work?
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is safe and natural. It uses hypnosis which is simply a very relaxed state of mind, similar to daydreaming.
I combine this relaxed state of mind with a variety of techniques to guide you to reach the solution that you want to achieve. Because everyone is unique, I use techniques that are specifically chosen to suit you from a wide range of successful therapies including Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and traditional hypnotherapy.
How is it different from traditional hypnotherapy?
It’s different from other schools of hypnotherapy in that it doesn’t involve the use of standardised scripts. Instead I use Wordweaving – bespoke suggestion patterns created by me. These are tailored and personalised for you in order to incorporate your language, your model of the world and your unique desired outcome from the therapy.
Wordweaving is designed to help each client consolidate (and make permanent) the changes that you’ll have made during the therapy session and helps to prime you to notice more changes in between sessions. Helping you to take back control of your life, make the changes that you want to make and achieve the things you want to achieve.
What does it feel like?
I would say it’s a bit like daydreaming or being in a meditative state. You are very relaxed but are still aware of what is going on around you and can answer questions. In fact, you often need to answer questions while we are working, as most of the techniques require your participation.
Will I lose control?
No. You will stay firmly in control. It’s not possible to ‘hypnotise’ anyone against their will and hypnosis can’t make you do or say anything you don’t want to. You also can’t get ‘stuck in a trance’.
What happens in a session?
I’ll design each session specifically for you.
I offer an free initial phone consultation before we meet, so that you can be sure you have found the right approach for you.
Face-to-face sessions usually last around 60 minutes. However our first session together is often longer – around 90 minutes. That’s because I really need to understand how your issue is impacting on you. When we are working together you’ll be aware of everything that is going on. I can’t ‘make’ you do anything. This is about us working together to find your solutions.
Afterwards I’ll create a personalised MP3 recording for you to use in between our sessions. I’ll also teach you techniques that you can use yourself at home.
How many sessions will I need?
Everyone is different, so how long it takes will vary from person to person. For some issues, just one or two sessions is all it takes. Others treatments may need between four and eight sessions, or longer.
It’s important that we work together at your pace, not mine, so I don’t generally give an indication of a set number of sessions. However, clients are often surprised how quickly they start to notice the changes they want, even when something has been holding them back for years.
What will it cost?
I charge by the session, not per hour or half-hour, with each session costing £70. This means that you don’t have to worry if our session lasts longer than planned. I also provide you with empowering tools and techniques to take away as part of the package.
I offer an initial free phone consultation where we will discuss the best way forward for you. If you decide that Cognitive Hypnotherapy is not for you, then you pay nothing.