Frequently asked questions
Clients often have the same questions and concerns, so I have answered below some of the questions you might have about therapy.
If you still have questions or would like to discuss anything more please do not hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation will also allow enough time for you to ask as many questions as you like.
Where do you provide therapy from?
I offer hypnotherapy online, via video conferencing software. When you book an online session with me, you will receive a link to Zoom to access our session during the scheduled time.
Do you work with couples, families or children?
I only work with adult clients, age eighteen or over. I do not work with children, couples or families.
During the hypnosis, will I still be in control?
Yes, you will remain completely in control. Hypnotherapy is very different to 'stage hypnosis' and whilst being in trance you are fully aware and in control of yourself. Should you need to become alert at any point during the session you can open your eyes and be fully awake.
What if I'm not hypnotisable?
It may be surprising to hear, but all of us go in and out of trance states throughout the day (just think about times when you've zoned out in front of the tv, or in a lecture, or scrolling social media). We often don't realise that we have drifted into a light trance in our daily life, so hypnosis something you already can do! You might also drift deeper on different days, and this is normal.
Most of our 'hypnosis' sessions are done in the very lightest of trance states and some of our session will be talking. You will likely find that in later sessions you go into trance more naturally.
If our internet connection drops, can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No, you cannot get stuck in hypnosis! In the unlikely scenario that the internet connection drops, you will naturally come out of hypnosis and you will be able to open your eyes and be fully awake.
How many sessions will I need?
I am trained in solution-focussed therapy, meaning that I work with you to find the most cost-efficient route into working through the issue with you. The marvellous thing about hypnosis is that working with the unconscious helps us get to root of the issue quickly, which saves a lot of 'surface-level talking time.
As a general guide it's common to have between 6-9 sessions for getting to know you, exploring issues and working with the unconscious. The amount of sessions you will need will depend on your issue and your specific needs.
You don't promise to fix issues within a number of sessions. Why not?
I personally do not set session number goals with clients, or promise clients that I will 'cure a phobia in one 60-minute session', because at best it puts undue pressure on the client and me as the therapist. At worst those types of quick-fix hypnosis sessions are short-term fixes, without properly resolving what is going on underneath.
Instead, I build a tailored approach around you, so that together we can work towards lasting changes.
Are our sessions confidential?
Confidentiality will be strictly upheld in line with The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) code of ethics and the UK legal requirements. As part of my code(s) of practice I am required to engage in regular on-going clinical supervision. This is to ensure an ethical and professional service to clients.
There are exceptions where confidentiality does not apply, such as where withholding information means I would breach the codes of ethics. In the case of a disclosure concerning acts of terrorism, vulnerable adult or child protection issues or drug trafficking, confidentiality will be breached and such disclosures will be passed onto the relevant authority without delay. Due consideration should be exercised before disclosing anything of a previously unreported criminal nature, as I am obligated to contact relevant authorities. In such exceptional circumstances, including where there is concern for your wellbeing or that of others, I will usually discuss this with you where possible.
Please see the Client Therapy Agreement for full details on confidentiality.
I am guided by the GDPR and Data Protection Act in terms of my record keeping systems. I keep paper records of all contact with clients. This information is kept looked away in my home at all times. The records stored include your name, address, telephone number and GP details; and a brief summary of therapy sessions.
Please see the Therapy Privacy Notice for full details of how our session notes are recorded and stored.
Do you offer crisis support between sessions?
I do not offer a crisis support service in between sessions, and usually I ask that all contact takes place within session times. You are very welcome to discuss with me if you feel you need contact between sessions. If so, we can arrange an appropriate agreement for between session contact.
If you need to cancel or change an appointment, then you are welcome to call, email or text me.