Frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy, counselling and talking therapy

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These are some of the questions that people often ask about hypnotherapy, talking therapy, psychotherapy and counselling. If you have a question which is not answered here, please get in touch via the contact page.

Hypnotherapy Questions

Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy which uses hypnosis and positive suggestion, combined with other psychological techniques to help you make changes to your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. For more information, see the hypnotherapy page.

Hypnotherapy sessions provide a safe space for you to explore your situation, change your behaviours and responses and move forwards. Sessions usually involve a discussion about your issue or situation, along with a combination of hypnotherapy techniques to help you get to where you want to be. You will also be given exercises or tasks to complete in between sessions to help you develop new skills and responses to enable you to overcome the problem or issue.

The first step would be to book an initial consultation. This is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss your situation in more detail as well as answering any questions you may have and deciding on the best options for you. We will also do some simple hypnosis to introduce you to hypnotherapy and help prepare for your therapy sessions.

For more information about hypnotherapy sessions, please see the hypnotherapy page.

Hypnotherapy can helpful for a wide variety of problems or issues including fears and phobias, anxiety and panic attacks, stress, confidence and self esteem issues, stopping smoking and weight loss to name a few. Hypnotherapy may also be helpful in managing and reducing some of the symptoms and stress associated with certain medical conditions including migraines and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Hypnotherapy has also been recognised as a possible treatment for IBS by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

There are a number of different approaches and techniques used in hypnotherapy. The therapy approach or techniques used will depend on your situation and also the training and experience of your hypnotherapist. Some of the more commonly used therapy approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (HypnoCBT)
  • Hypno-Psychotherapy
  • Hypnoanalysis and Regression
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
  • Suggestion Hypnotherapy
  • Time Line Therapy

As an experienced Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner, I often use a variety of hypnotherapy and NLP techniques including suggestion therapy, hypnoanalysis, regression, hypnoCBT and time line therapy, to help you get to where you want to be.

The number of sessions will depend on the problem or issue, along with your level of motivation and participation. Hypnotherapy involves working on a subconscious level and so this form of therapy is often relatively rapid, with many issues requiring between 3 to 6 sessions, depending on you and your situation.

Hypnotherapy sessions are typically 2 to 3 weeks apart as this allows sufficient time for your subconscious mind to process new ideas and for you to start making changes.

It’s a common misconception that a hypnotherapist will ‘put’ you into a hypnotic trance and then ‘make’ you stop smoking, lose weight, overcome a fear or other problem. Hypnosis is not a magic pill; you cannot be made to do something that you do not want to do, even in hypnosis. The only person who can make you do something, is you.

On average, it takes the subconscious mind around 10 to 14 days to take new ideas on board and to start making changes to habits and patterns of behaviour. However, everyone responds to therapy differently and so the time it takes for therapeutic suggestions to take effect will vary from person to person. Ultimately, hypnotherapy will only be successful if you want it to be and your motivation and participation are essential. Hypnotherapy is a two-way processes; so you need to play your part too.

Hypnotherapy can be beneficial for a variety of medical conditions including migraines, tension headaches and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to name a few. By helping you to relax, reduce stress and anxiety and change the way you feel about a particular condition or diagnosis, hypnotherapy can have a positive effect on various symptoms that you may experience.

However, it is important to know that hypnosis and hypnotherapy cannot ‘cure’ a medical or physiological condition, despite some of the claims that are often made on the internet. If you are seeking hypnotherapy for a medical, physiological or psychiatric condition, you will need to consult your doctor first to confirm that they are happy for you to seek help from a hypnotherapist. Depending on your individual situation, I may also need to ask your permission to contact your doctor in order to discuss the suitability of hypnotherapy for you.

There are a lot of myths and beliefs about hypnosis and many of these stem from what people have seen or heard about stage hypnosis, as well as the popular portrayal of a stage hypnotist or a hypnotherapist as a sinister character who has absolute power and control over their ‘subjects’.

Hypnosis is actually a completely natural psychological trance-like state which we all experience several times a day. Every time you day dream, drive to work and can’t remember the journey or lose track of time whilst reading a good book, you’re experiencing hypnosis.

For more information, see my blog post: Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy: Some Questions Answered.

Talking Therapy Questions

Talking therapy is a wide term which is used to describe a variety of psychological therapies including counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy to name a few.

There are differing opinions as to the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. Some people believe that counselling is intended to deal with problems at the time they occur, whereas psychotherapy focuses more on longer term psychological issues and their origins.

Every person’s situation or issue is unique and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Therefore it is important to find the right therapist for you.

Talking therapy sessions provide a safe space for you to explore your situation. Most types of talking therapy involve discussing a variety of issues including everyday events, problems, feelings, thoughts, memories and the future.

The first step would be to book an initial consultation. This is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss your situation in more detail as well as answering any questions you may have and deciding on the best options for you.

For more information about talking therapy sessions, please see the talking therapy page.

People seek talking therapy to help with a wide variety of problems or issues including anxiety, low self esteem, stress, panic attacks, bereavement, trauma and phobias to name a few.

Hypnotherapy involves working with your subconscious mind, to change the way that you feel about a problem or situation and this can then have a positive effect on your thoughts too. It is typically a more solution focused and rapid form of therapy.

Talking therapy involves working on a conscious level, to explore your thoughts and how they relate to your feelings and emotions. A typical course of talking therapy may be longer than hypnotherapy as there is a stronger emphasis on exploring your past and present situation in detail in order to help you move forwards.

There are a number of different established counselling and psychotherapy approaches including person-centred counselling (also known as humanistic counselling), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy. Many therapists have an ‘integrative’ style of working which means that they blend a number of different therapies depending on your issue or situation.

I draw upon a wide variety of influences within the field of talking therapies including behavioural psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy, alongside counselling and psychotherapy approaches such as person-centred counselling and Human Givens, to help you explore your situation and feelings at your pace.

The number of sessions required will depend on your situation and needs. A course of six sessions is often recommended in the first instance, followed by a review.

Working with and resolving issues can often be achieved in a fairly short number of sessions and some issues may require longer term therapy. Often problems are resolved in short term therapy (12 sessions or less).

When you start talking therapy sessions, new issues can sometimes arise which you were previously unaware of and which you may wish to explore. This may extend the number sessions.

Talking therapy sessions are typically weekly, especially in the early stages. We will discuss the frequency and number of sessions during your initial consultation.

General Questions

Everything that we discuss during your sessions, on the phone or via email, remains confidential and is not discussed with anyone else without your permission. There are a few exceptions to this, for example if someone was at risk of harm or where a referring healthcare professional required a progress update or report. In such cases, I would endeavour to discuss this with you first before any information was disclosed. Further information regarding confidentiality can be found in the Client Agreement here.

The deposit is payable online within 48 hours of booking your initial consultation or first appointment, in order to confirm the appointment booking. Payment can be made using a credit or debit card or a PayPal account via the fees page here.

Payment for sessions is required at the end of each session either in cash or via credit or debit card. You can also pay online via the fees page of this website. If paying online, payment is required before your appointment. Unfortunately cheques cannot be accepted.

The most appropriate type of therapy for you depends largely on your situation and the problem or issue that you would like to address.

Hypnotherapy is often very helpful for addressing specific issues such as fears and phobias, panic attacks, stopping smoking and losing weight.

Talking therapy and counselling are often more suited to situations where you may be experiencing difficulties in your life such as low self esteem, anxiety, relationship difficulties or bereavement.

We will discuss your situation at your initial consultation and decide on the best approach for you.

I am an Accredited Member of The National Hypnotherapy Society and as such, abide by their code of ethics. The society were the first and currently only hypnotherapy organisation to hold a register which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under its Accredited Registers programme. All professional registrants must adhere to the society’s code of conduct and ethics, have undertaken appropriate training and qualifications, receive regular supervision and be fully insured as well as undertaking regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

I receive regular supervision in line with The National Hypnotherapy Society’s guidelines in order to maintain standards and promote best practice. Supervision sessions involve discussion of client work, however client confidentiality is maintained and my supervisor is also a qualified and experienced therapist, who is bound by a code of confidentiality and ethics.

As an experienced therapist, I am an approved Supervisor and provide supervision for trainee, newly qualified and experienced Hypnotherapists. In addition to this, I also sit on the Professional Development and Supervision Committee for both The National Hypnotherapy Society and The National Counselling Society.

You can read more about supervision and what it involves on the Therapy in Leeds blog here.

I have full professional indemnity insurance along with a current DBS certificate.

The standard fee for therapy sessions is £80 per session. Discounts are available if you book a block of therapy sessions; for more information, please see the fees page. Stop smoking, weight loss, stress management, mindfulness and self hypnosis programmes are also available. For more information, please contact me.

Standard therapy sessions are 50 minutes in order to maximise concentration and get the best from the process. The first session is usually a little longer (approximately 60-90 minutes) to allow sufficient time to discuss your situation and answer any questions you may have.

Book an appointment

For more information or to book an appointment, visit the contact page to get in touch.

Hypnotherapy, talking therapy and NLP are effective forms of therapy, however people respond differently and therefore results may vary from person to person. Full client commitment and participation is required. Listening to CDs / MP3s and carrying out other therapy tasks between sessions is an essential part of the process and this will be fully explained during your initial consultation.

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