Frequently Asked Questions:

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a completely natural, enhanced state of awareness that all humans are able to access and enjoy. It is not something that is done to you, rather it is something that you choose to do. It may surprise you to know that you enter and exit hypnotic states all the time. Think of the last time you were deeply engrossed in a book or film, or “lost in thought” – you entered a trance like state without being particularly aware of it, and came out of it in a similar way. Yet far from being in a sluggish state of sleep, your mind was actually totally focussed on the book, film or thought. In fact, you were so focussed that it seemed to be at the exclusion of all else, yet you were still able to get up and move, or hold conversations if you so wished. Entering this hypnotic state deliberately is a skill that we can all learn and improve upon, and is highly beneficial therapeutically.


What is Hypnotherapy?

The state of hypnosis allows the chatter of the conscious mind to quieten down so that your subconscious mind can focus all its attention and powerful resources on the issue that you wish to resolve. Hypnotherapy utilises this enhanced state of focus to negotiate ways for you to become a better you, releasing unhelpful or unwanted patterns of behaviour or thought. My role as a Hypnotherapist is often that of a skilled negotiator, suggesting positive changes for your subconscious and your conscious mind to consider. It is always down to you whether or not to accept those suggestions. You are the driver in full control. I am the navigator who helps you to get where you want to go.

When you first consider Hypnotherapy, you may start out without much hope, because you’ve never yet managed to be free of that thing that has been holding you back or causing you such distress, so why should you imagine that Hypnotherapy could change that? Because during the hypnotherapy process, you get to experience just exactly how powerful your own mind is – more so than you ever would have believed – and suddenly you realise that positive and lasting change is not just possible, but inevitable. I know this to be true from personal experience, because I went from being a full on cynic to being in complete awe of what people are able to achieve when they set all of their mind to it.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill.


How many sessions will I require?

That depends on the individual and the particular issue you are looking to resolve. For example, fears, phobias and anxieties can often be released in one session (which can be anything up to 2 hours) but sometimes further sessions are required. Surprisingly rapid changes are entirely possible with hypnotherapy because your subconscious mind is a very fast learner. You can only hold between 5 and 9 chunks of information in your conscious awareness at any one time, but your subconscious mind processes approximately 3-20 million bits of information per second!

However, it would be unethical and misleading to suggest that all problems can be resolved overnight with Hypnotherapy. As with all therapies, there is no “silver bullet”. You may have a medical condition or personal challenge where other forms of intervention, or even a different Hypnotherapist, might be more appropriate. If I feel this is the case, I will endeavour to refer or signpost you to the most appropriate practitioner as soon as possible.

I always work at a pace that is guided by you. Please contact me to discuss your unique requirements.


If my mind is so powerful, why have I been unable to shift this issue up to now?

Your subconscious mind always seeks to protect you and make the best choices for you. However, like outmoded software on a computer, sometimes it gets stuck running an old program of behaviour or thought which is no longer useful or beneficial. Sometimes it gets the wrong end of the stick entirely and runs a program that is actually unhelpful, despite its best intentions! As a Hypnotherapist, I am highly skilled in working with you to negotiate with these subconscious programs in order to create intensely beneficial, satisfying changes for you at a deep level. Remember that, conscious or subconscious, it is all still your mind – you are always aware of what is being suggested and can accept or reject any suggestions as you see fit.


So what about those stage shows where they make people dance like a chicken?

There is no therapeutic benefit, as far as I can tell, from asking someone to dance like a chicken! Hypnotherapy is a very different experience to attending a stage show and is for an entirely different purpose.

Despite appearances, the people who go up on stage have not been “forced” to do anything. They have given their permission to enter hypnosis and to lark about doing daft things for a bit of fun. Rest assured, if the hypnotist suggested they did anything that breached their core values or beliefs, their subconscious would put up an automatic barrier and they would refuse to comply. For example, if any of those people were asked by a stage hypnotist to go and rob a bank they would refuse, even if they were in a deep state of hypnosis. Your own mind always controls what happens to you whilst in hypnosis, not the hypnotist.



If I find I easily follow the suggestions of a Hypnotherapist, does that mean I’m gullible or have a weak mind?

Not in the least. In fact, quite the opposite! Making the informed choice to work with a Hypnotherapist because you know that their skill-set can support you to make profound positive changes in your life, makes you one smart cookie! Hypnotic suggestibility has absolutely nothing to do with gullibility. It simply means you have a natural talent for hypnosis, which gives you an automatic head start on others who may take a wee while longer to understand what it is that they need to do in order to experience this amazing phenomena and start utilising this powerful skill. Remember, anyone can go into hypnosis and anyone can resist hypnosis. It is entirely your choice!

Your imagination is the realm of the subconscious mind. For all his intelligence, Albert Einstein understood that it was his ability to allow himself to imagine that reigned supreme.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Einstein


Can I itch that annoying scratch whilst in hypnosis?

Yes of course! But most people are happy to remain still during a hypnotherapy session simply because they feel so relaxed. However, if you need to move or nip to the loo, just say so!


What does hypnosis feel like?

Every person’s experience of hypnosis is unique, but people usually report a profound feeling of relaxation and calm. You can still move, hear everything going on around you and hold conversations with your Hypnotherapist during the session. After a Hypnotherapy session people frequently report a sense of newfound purpose, energy, confidence and mental clarity. Others simply feel more peaceful and stress-free than they have felt in a long while, like they’ve just had the most extraordinary “mental massage”.

Please telephone me for a friendly chat, I am very happy to answer any questions you may have.

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My therapy sessions are held at Tunstall, Woodbridge, Suffolk. I sometimes attend other clinics in Ipswich, Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.

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