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Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is Hypnosis ?

Hypnosis is a deep state of mental relaxation, also known as trance. Hypnosis is a natural process that we all experience on a daily basis such as when we are day dreaming or coming in and out of sleep.

2. What is Hypnotherapy ?

Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis in a safe, therapeutic and positive way, allowing you to communicate with your subconscious mind, enabling you to make profound changes and unlock your inner potential.

3. Is it the same as stage Hypnosis ?

No. Stage hypnosis is for entertainment purposes only and should not be confused with the therapeutic process of hypnotherapy. In hypnotherapy you are always in control and aware and would never be made to perform in a way that contradicts your beliefs or personal integrity.

4. Will I be asleep ?

No, you will experience a deep state of relaxation, similar to that achieved through meditation. In this relaxed and receptive state, you will allow your conscious mind to rest and your subconscious mind to be alert and responsive. You will be aware and in control of everything that is happening.

5. I'm worried that i can't be hypnotised

Everyone has the ability to be hypnotised. It is simply accessing a natural process that occurs at least twice a day. When you're ready to enter a hypnotic state and make the changes that you want to make, you will find that you will be able to experience the benefits of hypnotherapy.

6. What if hypnotherapy hasn't worked in the past with a different therapist ?

Various factors may have meant that it previously wasn't the right time for you. Reassuringly, this does not mean that it won't work now for you. It is important for you to feel comfortable with your hypnotherapist. Contact us to arrange a free half hour consultation to explore whether now is the time for you to make those changes or to be free of that which you no longer need.

7. I'm pregnant, is it safe for me to have hypnotherapy ?

Yes, hypnotherapy is a safe therapy when pregnant.

8. How many sessions will I need ?

This can vary depending upon your individual needs. Please phone or email to arrange your free no obligation consultation to discuss this further.

9. What should I wear ?

Most people find that they prefer to wear something comfortable. If you wear contact lenses you may wish to bring your case, so you can remove them as your eyes will be closed for approx half an hour.


1. What is Mindfulness ?

Mindfulness is a mental state where a person is focused on their awareness of the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting their feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Mark WIlliams (Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre) describes this as a method of 'knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves moment by moment'.

2. Where did mindfulness originate from/ is it a religious practice?

Mindfulness has its origins in Buddhist meditation practices, however the work of Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the 1970s and that of Professor Mark Williams in the 1990s at The Oxford Mindfulness Centre realised the benefits this practice could have wider usage in society as a whole. Their work has brought it into mainstream practice and it is now widely used by religious and non religious alike.

3. What are the benefits of practising Mindfulness ?

Multiple Scientific studies have shown that through regular mindfulness practice, people may achieve benefits including reduction of stress, lowered anxiety and depression, improved learning,attention and memory, enhanced decision making, reduction in reported pain levels and an improved quality of life.

4. How does Mindfulness affect the brain ?

Scientists have been able to show through MRI scans that regular mindfulness practice can increase grey matter density in the frontal cortex of the brain which is associated with awareness, compassion, attention, learning and decision making. At the same time Mindfulness has also been shown to reduce the size of the Amygdala- this area is associated with fear and emotion and is responsible for the fight or flight response. Overactivity in this area gives rise to an increase in feelings of stress and anxiety. Our brains ability to physically change is well documented and is known as 'neuroplasticity'.

6. Is Mindfulness just about Meditation ?

Mindfulness does include regular meditation exercises, but is also about how we 'work' these skills of mindfulness into our normal daily lives, enabling us to be more present in the moment. For example we can apply our mindfulness practice to the way that we eat a meal, enjoy a drink, experience affection from a loved one, appreciate sounds, smells and sensations around us. The list is endless.

7. What can I expect at a session ?

Following an initial assessment, we will agree the most appropriate method to work together. This may be solely hypnotherapy or mindfulness but will invariably incorporate elements of the two. We will introduce you to the concepts of mindfulness through a variety of exercises. This may include meditations and mindful breathing techniques. Further sessions will build on these skills and look at ways that you can use include mindfulness practices in your daily routines.

8. How long does it take to see a benefit ?

Some people report to feel immediate benefits. Research suggests that a regular practice over a period of 8 weeks is required to actually demonstrate positive changes in the brain. Mindfulness is a skill that requires practice like any other skill. Indeed some people suggest that it is just like going to the Gym for your brain and that like any other muscle it takes a little while to see the result.

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