Frequently-asked Questions

Think of it as a guided meditation that uses positive suggestions to make sub-conscious changes to your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It’s a state of focused concentration, where you’re focused internally, rather that externally – like a daydream. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind and you go into a type of hypnosis repeatedly everyday on your own, whenever you daydream, read a book, drive a familiar route, or watch a film. And, because it’s a relaxed state, you’re likely to find it very pleasant.

Yes. There may be times when it gets a little bit emotionally intense, if you are revisiting a past event, for example, but you are in fact perfectly safe, sitting in a chair, just listening to my voice. And of course you can bring yourself out of hypnosis at any time.

 Nope. In fact, you are the one in control. Think of me as your tour-guide to your mind, directing you to the parts that need attention. It’s you doing the work, not me. You are the one with the power to change.

No. It’s a temporary state 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.

If you can follow my instructions, you will be hypnotised. For this reason, only the under-fives and those with significant mental impairment cannot be formally hypnotised, although young children spend most of their time in a trance state anyway. It’s likely therefore, that you can. You might only experience a light trance and feel quite alert, but unless you actively decide to mentally resist my words (and why would you when you want to feel better and you are paying for the privilege) then you will be in a lovely state of hypnosis.

Well, you’ll likely be relaxing in my comfy chair, and I’ll ask you to just listen to my voice and follow my instructions. I might also be playing some relaxing music. I might touch you on the head/arm/hand/leg. Depending on your treatment, I may re-alert you, or ask you to speak, or move. But you will be perfectly safe.

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 in 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 up to three sessions, and certain phobias and food cravings can be treated with EFT in one session. I will discuss estimated treatment length at your induction session.

I accept cash and cheques, made payable to Alexandra Vessey, as well as Paypal and BACS transfers. I also have a chip and pin card reader that takes Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express.

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. 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 degree.

I have a lovely spacious room in a quiet office building called the Mexborough Business Centre which, if you’re from Mexborough, you may know 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 every half hour from Doncaster, Conisbrough, Swinton, Rotherham, Meadowhall and Sheffield. It is very easy to get to me!

Well that is very easy. I have a brilliant online booking system here which you can use to book that free initial assessment session 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.

Please note that a minimum of 24 hours notice is required for the cancellation of any appointment slot – including the initial free assessment session, or a fee WILL be charged.
Cancellation within this time will result in a charge of 50 per cent of the cost of the treatment; and £39.50 in the event of cancellation of the free assessment. This is to cover my costs related to your booking and for the preparation time I will have spent working on your treatment.
Furthermore, my appointment times are always in very high demand, so please respect both my time and that of my other clients, by letting me know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend. In the case of a No-Show, with no notice, an invoice will be sent out for the full amount for a missed treatment session and for £79 for an Initial Assessment Session.

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 24 hours notice in the event of cancellation as it’s not fair on either myself or my other clients who really do want to get help. If you were asked to attend your work, you would expect to be paid would you not? I will send an invoice via Paypal to be paid on receipt.

Yes, you can. You can have it for just £20 and it’s all yours to play to help you relax any time. Just ask me in the session and I can send it as a link that you can download.

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 a quite a lot of change work to get through up front before you start noticing significant change in your habits. After that, a gap of three to four weeks is usually fine.

With smoking cessation, it’s also helpful for a follow-up session, if wanted, to be scheduled with a couple of weeks of the initial double session.

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 initial consultation so we find the right path for you.

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 still 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 24 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. Show some sense!

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 see me alone.

There have many times when a person attending the initial 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 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.