Yes. The hypnotic state is completely natural. You are in a trance state when you become absorbed in a book, film or task, losing track of time and feeling yourself immersed in the plot. A hypnotherapist simply induces this natural state in order to communicate directly with your subconscious. It is very relaxing and has no recorded side effects.
Almost certainly! There are many factors that can prevent a person achieving a trance, however I work in a person-centred way to find a method of induction which suits the individual. As with many things, entering a hypnotic state gets easier with practice.
No. It is not possible to persuade the subconscious to carry out acts or believe things which are against an individual’s deeply held beliefs or moral codes. Many issues are treatable without the client needing to talk, and you will be told prior to hypnosis whether you are going to be asked to speak and the reasons for this. We will discuss confidentiality at the beginning of the treatment, and I will make every effort to involve you in the process so that you understand it and are comfortable with it.
Hypnotherapy is often less costly than other therapies because it works quickly. Members of Anxiety UK can access my treatment at a reduced rate on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here: www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership
It is important to me as a therapist that you, the client, feel comfortable and safe. I am a member of the National Hypnotherapy Society (NHS) and I abide by the NHS code of ethics. This means that as a client, you can use their complaints procedure. It also means that I am on a voluntary register which has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. The Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) scheme was set up by the Government for the benefit of the public to improve standards and safety. Hypnotherapy is not currently a regulated therapy and so these memberships are voluntary to provide you with the peace of mind you deserve when seeking a therapist.
I maintain confidentiality and have full public liability and professional indemnity insurance.