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Tel: (01543) 406319
Mob: (07530) 371497
Nearly everyone can be hypnotised. Hypnosis is a completely natural phenomenon and we all go into the state of hypnosis on a daily basis while we are daydreaming or on ‘automatic pilot’. Hypnosis does, however, require the subject to concentrate, actively use their imagination and co-operate with the hypnotist so it is harder to hypnotise those who are severely mentally handicapped or high on drugs or alcohol.
During the early stages of being hypnotised it is completely normal and natural to have an internal dialogue going on in your head as to whether or not you think you are hypnotised. As the session progresses this will subside as you relax into it and you will eventually come to the realisation that you have been hypnotised.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not involve being unconscious or asleep. Instead, the mind becomes sharpened & more focused and there is a heightened sense of awareness.
In 1842, James Braid coined the terms ‘hypnosis’ and ‘hypnotism’ which are derived from the Greek word hypnosis, meaning sleep as he initially believed that sleep was involved. He subsequently realised that hypnosis was not sleep and tried to change the name to ‘monoideaism’, but the term ‘hypnosis’ had stuck.
Yes, hypnosis a completely normal & natural ‘state’ and is perfectly safe and there are no known records of anyone who has been physically or mentally harmed as a direct result of hypnosis.
Certainly not. When you are in hypnosis you are in a ‘state’ of enhanced concentration & awareness. You are completely aware of everything that is happening around you and will be safely in control at all times. You certainly won’t be unconscious.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) originated when Richard Bandler and John Grinder were listening to portions of taped therapy sessions of the late Gestalt therapist Fritz Perls. Bandler and Grinder recognised the way people used language to influence one another, and were interested in the possibility of being able to duplicate the behaviour, and therefore effectiveness of highly influential people. More ideas were developed when the pair were introduced to Milton Erickson. In particular, Erickson’s use of language and the individual way he addressed each person made them realise that it was an effective way to tailor therapy.
The actual technology, or methodology, that Bandler and Grinder used is known as human modelling - the building of models of how people perform or accomplish something. This modelling process actually means finding and describing the important elements & processes that people go through, beginning with finding and studying a human model.
The session begins with a thorough assessment of your situation & current circumstances and the goals you want to achieve. This provides a holistic picture of you and guides how the therapy should be tailored to meet your needs.
We’ll then have a discussion about how you will achieve your goals. I’ll explain how we’ll go about the hypnotherapy, how & why it will work and what your expectations can be.
You remain in control throughout the session so it’s completely up to you what you wish to discuss. Some therapies can be done completely ‘content-free’, so that during hypnosis the client can keep their experiences totally private.
Some techniques I use do involve looking back on events that have happened in the past to give you the opportunity to learn from them. Typically this is done by dissociating you from the event and allowing you to watch it from a safe distance. You’re then encouraged to let go of any ‘bad’ feelings associated with it and to bring the learnings you have made from watching it back to the present to be used for your benefit.
Because of the enormous variation in the problems clients present with, it is not easy to say exactly how much improvement may be made or how quickly and in what period of time. Experience shows, however, that clients improve at the speed they earnestly desire and believe they can.
I work with both adults and children (children must be accompanied by a parent or official guardian).
You are welcome to bring someone along for the initial part of the consultation, however once treatment commences, it is preferred that sessions are exclusively confidential to the client*. If you really want someone you know close by, they are welcome to sit in an adjacent room while the treatment takes place.
The number of sessions required really depends on the individual and how quickly they want to change, but as a general guide, most problems take between one and three sessions for positive changes to be made. Smoking cessation usually takes just a single session.
It’s not possible to offer guarantees, as every individual is different with different abilities.
Although we expect you to get the result you desire, and know that you have the ability to do so, everything depends on your desire to achieve your goals and your ability to accept the changes.
Payment can be made by cash or cheque at the end of each session. Unfortunately I am not able to accept credit / debit cards at this moment in time.
Please give as much notice as possible if you need to change or cancel your appointment.
To get in touch you can telephone me on:
Tel: (01543) 406319 or Mobile: (07530) 371497
If I’m unable to answer your call immediately, please feel free to leave a message and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.