What Is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is state of focussed concentration plus instructions.
Hypnotherapy is the delivery of therapeutic instructions, designed to transform your thoughts and feelings for the better, while in that focussed state.
In this modern world, we enter a hypnotic state every single day without even realising it.
Every time our focus is captured by something, and an instruction is given, we have just been hypnotised – usually without our consent.
For example, have you ever lost an hour on social media, just scrolling and scrolling, or bought something you weren’t planning to buy because an advert appeared?
I have – scores of times. It happens to the best of us.
It’s what the multi-billion dollar advertising industry is made from – covert hypnosis.
What we are going to do is use that focussed state to de-hypnotise you from all the bad programming you have previously been unwittingly subjected to, which has made you anxious, fearful, unable to sleep, hooked etc.
Is Hypnosis Safe?
Hypnosis with us is safe.
It’s probably the only time your mind is actually in safe hands because covert hypnosis is being practised on all of us everyday – even when we’re walking around with our eyes wide open.
Yes, people, companies and even governments are trying to trying to sell us stuff we don’t need or influence us in some other way all the time.
Think about the last time you made a purchase you hadn’t planned on making – maybe when on social media or maybe by your attention being caught by a shop window display. Yes, that was pure hypnosis in action. But they didn’t ask your permission or even tell you about it.
We’re not like that because we’re only interested in actually helping you solve the problem.
100% of the suggestions we make are designed to help you and improve your happiness.
Do We Have Total Mind Control Over you?
As we mentioned earlier, we live in a world where our focus of attention is frequently being deliberately captured by advertisers so they can hypnotise us into parting with our money for stuff we don’t need.
We are use hypnosis to do the exact opposite.
Once you didn’t have the problem you’re currently seeking help for.
You weren’t worried or stressed or sleepless or hooked.
But then your attention got captured and you started to worry or repeat that behaviour until it felt impossible to stop.
Our mission is to de-hypnotise you out of that pattern and break the control that fear/habit/belief has over you.
We are only interested in helping you recover as quickly and efficiently as possible.
If you want, think of us as a Sat Nav in a car.
You want to get from state A (the problem) to state B (feeling normal/happy).
We have a set of instructions designed to get you there as fast and easily as possible because we know the route.
Obviously, it’s a good idea to listen because we have done the journey many times and know it like the back of our hands.
But you can ignore the Sat Nav if you like – though you’ll likely end-up getting lost.
We just know the best route but – like the Sat Nav – we are not in the car with you.
We can’t override your controls by grabbing the steering wheel or pressing the pedals.
We’re a voice which works out where you are on your mental journey through our instructions by little clues from you, so we know when you’re ready for the next instruction.
It’s really that simple. Follow or don’t – but remember we’re the ones with the map.
Will I Get Stuck In Hypnosis?
Hve you ever been stuck in a trance after reading a book?
Or after going to the cinema, or playing a video game or scrolling your social media?
It’s the same state just with your eyes closed.
Therefore it’s temporary and you will always naturally return to full conscious awareness of your own accord.
And of course, you have the power to bring yourself out of it anytime, because you are in control.
Can I Be Hypnotised?
Ignore all that nonsense about some people being unable to be hypnotised.
Now you understand exactly what hypnosis is (focus plus instructions), you’ll realise everyone can be hypnotised.
It’s just that some people don’t want to believe that can be knowingly hypnotised in case it suggests a weakness in them or a character failing.
Everyone is hypnotised without their knowledge every day. Me included!
No one escapes it. And it’s not a failing. It’s human nature.
The Government even has an entire department dedicated to hypnotising the public into doing what they want them to do! It’s called the Nudge unit. Look it up!
If you can follow verbal instructions in English, you can be hypnotised.
Some people are more suggestible than others and they make good candidates for stage hypnosis shows. Again, me included!
You do not need to be highly suggestible to experience hypnosis. You just need to be willing.
The real question to ask is are you willing to be hypnotised.
Will You Make Me Dance Like A Chicken?
Not unless you want to.
What Happens In A Hypnotherapy Session?
It varies depending on what we need to do but most likely, you’ll be sitting down in a comfy chair with your eyes closed.
I generally ask you to follow along with a set of instructions designed to transform the way you perceive your problem.
You might be asked to speak but only to describe things you’re experiencing in that moment. All the rest of your thoughts are yours and are private. You will never be asked for them.
Sometimes I might need to touch your hand/arm as part of the hypnotic process. By attending you give your consent to that.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
That depends entirely on your needs and your issue.
In my experience, it’s best to budget generally for between three and six sessions as most things are resolved at this time.
It may be fewer if you and I both feel happy that your issue has been resolved before then.
I always do my best to ensure that your treatment is concluded in the shortest amount of sessions possible.
However, smoking cessation is done in one bumper session, and certain phobias and food cravings can be treated with EFT in one session.
I will discuss the estimated treatment length at your consultation.
How do I pay you?
I accept cash, credit/debit cards and BACS bank transfers.
All fees are due on booking except for stopping smoking when 50% of the balance is due and the remainder is payable at the start of the session.
Are You Qualified To Be Treating Me?
I hold a Diploma in Professional Hypnotherapy, a Diploma in Neuro-linguistic Programming, Certification as a Weight Management Specialist, Certification as a Smoking Cessation Specialist, a Certificate in Hypnotherapy with Past Life Regression, and a Practitioners Certificate in Emotional Freedom Techniques.
I am fully registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register, and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council which are the UK’s largest and most prominent organisations within the field of hypnotherapy.
Additionally I belong to the National Council for Integrative Psychotherapy.
I’m also a member of the Government-backed Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council which demands the highest and strictest professional standards from its members.
Further to that, I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Ethics and a university honours degree.
And I’ve seen over 2,000 clients for every conceivable issue you can imagine which is probably the most important factor of all.
Where Are You?
I have a lovely spacious room in a quiet office building called the Mexborough Business Centre in the heart of South Yorkshire.
If you’re from Mexborough, you may know it as the old Grammar School building. It’s on College Road, just off Adwick Road and therefore close to both the Montagu Hospital and the centre of Mexborough – which is a short drive from Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley, Sheffield and Wakefield.
If you’re using a SatNav – the postcode is S64 9JP. You can also find a map and easy parking details on my How To Find Me page.
I’m also only 10 minutes walk from Mexborough station and bus interchange. Direct trains come from Doncaster, Conisbrough, Swinton, Rotherham, Meadowhall and Sheffield. It is very easy to get to me!
I’m also found on Zoom and you can access my help from anywhere in the world.
Just book in.
This All Sounds Marvellous. How Can I Book?
Well, that is very easy.
I have a brilliant online booking system here which you can use to book that complimetary** consultation at a time to suit you.
Simply have a look at the available times, click one that suits you and book yourself in.
Or you can call me, text me, email me or fill out my easy contact form and I’ll arrange it for you.
What Is the Cancellation Policy?
Please note appointments are now subject to the full fee being paid to secure your booking which is NON-REFUNDABLE in the event of cancellation.
A minimum of 48 hours notice is required for the rescheduling of any appointment – including the complimentary consultation, or the fee is forfeit.
The fee can be rolled-over to a future appointment in the event of a request to reschedule made with more than 48 hours notice.
This arrangement is now standard practice in the industry and is non-negotiable.
By booking an appointment of any kind, either in-person with staff, via a link, via my answering team or online, you accept these terms.
Your commitment to change is a huge part of determining the success of your treatment. Get a huge boost to your success by committing to attend your appointments. This will make it easier to you to achieve your goals.
Do You Enforce It?
Yes, I’m sorry to say it has become necessary to enforce the rule that clients abide by the policy to give a minimum of 48 hours notice in the event of a request to reschedule as it’s not fair on either myself, my team, or our other clients who really do want to get help.
In the event of cancellation, the fee is non-refundable and this is to ensure your attendance and maximise your chances of success.
It is also standard procedure within the industry (although some notable hypnotherapists are a LOT stricter! – they charge the full fee upfront!)
You’ll actually thank me for it.
How Far Apart Should My Sessions Be?
This depends largely on what you are seeing me for because certain treatments are best with sessions spaced closer than others.
For example, with weight loss, it is often helpful to have sessions one and two spaced between one and three weeks apart because usually there is quite a lot of change work to get through upfront before you start noticing a significant change in your habits. After that, a gap of three to four weeks is usually fine.
But for most other areas, including confidence, phobias, and anxiety, you’re going to need to have some gap (say three to four weeks) between those appointments so that you have plenty of “real world” experience that will prove to you that things are already feeling better. That gap is as much a part of the therapy process as the session itself.
Of course, we’ll discuss this and your individual circumstances in the consultation so we find the right path for you.
How Do I Get the Most Out of the Sessions?
Come with an open mind, a belief this will work and a desire to change and you’ll be just fine.
In more practical terms, it’s helpful to schedule our sessions where possible for a day or time when you’re least likely to be very stressed, and preferably not hung-over from the night before.
When you’re hung-over, you’re more likely to be irritable and find it hard to get comfy enough for hypnosis to do its awesome work most effectively. Take some responsibility as I’ll still send a bill if you give less than 48 notice of cancellation.
Being tired is fine though because you’ll zone out much more readily and we can get on with making useful changes that bit faster.
Just don’t be drunk or high. If you are, I’ll send you home but still bill you. Given the nature of hypnosis altering your state of consciousness, for everyone’s safety (yours and mine), I can’t allow for you to already be in an altered state.
Can I Bring Someone With Me?
Yes, that’s fine in most cases, although you might want to consider carefully whether you want someone else listening to our confidential discussion and the work that we do.
If you feel that the presence of another person would in any way impede either your ability or comfort in disclosing certain issues to me that would be of importance to understanding your needs, then I would advise you to see me alone.
There have been many times when a person attending the consultation has brought someone in, and then turned up alone for treatment, and disclosed that the problem is something very different from the one we originally discussed due to embarrassment or fear, etc.
To save a lot of wasted time, use your best judgement as to whether you feel happier with a companion or not.
Usually, most adults attend alone.
However, I do advise that for those under 18s, a parent or guardian is present.
In that instance, I have a couch and pile of magazines and I suggest parents bring a book or phone (on silent) to entertain themselves during treatment sessions as I guarantee you will be quite bored after a few minutes.