Frequently Asked Questions
Am I unconscious during hypnosis?No, you will be aware of every that's happening. However, you will be in a deeply relaxed state. Most people find the experience very pleasant and comfortable and say they would have liked to have stayed there for longer.
Can you make me tell you anything under hypnosis?No, I can't. You retain control. If I ask questions and you don't want to answer them, then I can't make you. Anyway, I'm only interested in details that relate to the particular problem you've come to me for help with, and even with that, if you don't want to tell me you won't.
Can you make me do anything you want, like being a chicken or a dog?If I wanted you to be a chicken or a dog I'd ask you out of hypnosis. That sort of thing is reserved for entertainers and extraverts who like to show off and play pretend games. It has no place in serious hypnotherapy. Hypnosis can reduce inhibitions but it still can't make you do anything you don't want to do.
How successful is it?This is a difficult one to answer because every individual is unique, and every treatment is unique. I work in a similar territory to that of a Clinical Psychologist, treating similar problems. Interestingly patients don't seem to have the same need for psychologists to demonstrate how successful the treatment is going to be before starting, as they do for hypnotherapists. Psychologists are allowed months or years by their patients to bring about desired change, yet there is an expectation that a hypnotherapist should be able to achieve the same results in one or two sessions.
What I can say is that people who come to see me, stick with the treatment and follow my advice, rather than giving up after a couple of sessions because they were expecting a miracle and didn't get one, tend to feel much better and experience an improved quality of life. Those who have unreasonable expectations tend to give up quickly.
Those who are willing to stick with the process improve. Also the nature of the problem itself is a factor. A phobia that causes an intense fear reaction, even just thinking about the object of fear, is quite easy to fix quite quickly. Yet chronic anxiety, lack of self-confidence, and low self-esteem, are all problems that require a much longer time period, and more co-operation from the sufferer to alleviate.
Can it do me any harm?If you suffer from epilepsy, or experience psychotic episodes, then hypnosis is not advised other than under the supervision of a medical doctor or psychiatrist. Hypnosis is as safe as falling asleep. Hypnosis is deep relaxation with suggestion and guidance from the hypnotherapist as to where your subconscious mind needs to focus. There is nothing harmful in relaxation, and words are just words. In my years as a hypnotherapist I have never had anyone suffer any harm from listening to my CD's and tapes or from a one-to-one session with me - just the opposite in fact. Many people have received great benefit from the experience.
How long will it take for my CD's to arrive?My intention is to have orders despatched within 48 hours of receipt of notification of payment. You will receive an e-mail to confirm your order. You will receive an e-mail when your order is despatched. UK orders are despatched by First Class post, so delivery should be within one or two days from despatch. International orders by Air Mail so delivery should be within one or two weeks from despatch.
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What if it doesn't work, £148 is a lot of money for something that doesn't work?For someone who smokes around 20 a day, £148 is around one month's cigarette money - that's all; just four weeks worth of cigarette money. There are, of course, no guarantees because hypnosis can't take away your freedom of choice. What hypnosis does is to assist in making sure that your choice to smoke or not to smoke is a free one and not one born of any craving or desire. And since no one who desires good health and long life would freely choose to smoke, there really isn't a problem. But on the cost issue, if hypnosis stops you smoking for just four weeks (and it does that easily with most of my clients) then it won't have cost you a penny, and if it stops you for eight weeks then you are making money - money that you can spend on treats for yourself or save for something special. Because cigarettes are generally bought one packet at a time you don't notice quite how much the habit is costing you, and you probably don't like to think too much about quite how much you spend each year on sabotaging your good health. If you think in terms of the cost of a holiday, or a good night out, or a week's worth of groceries, or how much it costs to have a plumber just knock on your door… then you'll realise that £148 to restore health and well-being, help you smell nice, be pleasant to kiss, and no longer be a social pariah is actually incredibly good value.
How successful is it?New Scientist vol 136 issue 1845 - 31 October 92, page 6
Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little. Earlier this month the Institute of Actuaries published the results of a study it commissioned which showed that the mortality rate for smokers is twice as high as for nonsmokers, and that, on average, a smoker dies 6 years earlier than a nonsmoker.
What if I experience craving?Craving is unlikely to be experienced, but before the final hypnosis session starts I tell you what you can do should you experience any momentary feelings of discomfort. In the unlikely event (so unlikely that no one has as yet done this) that you are struggling, I'm happy for you to come back for another session at no additional cost. I want to help you give up and am willing to offer support after the two treatment sessions are over.
Why does it take two sessions?It takes two sessions because I'm doing more than just hypnosis in order to maximize the effectiveness of the hypnotic aspect of the treatment. To do it all in one session makes the session too long for comfort. The sessions are in two parts. The first part is talking to you about smoking and about your habit, and dealing with conscious blocks to giving up. The second part is the hypnosis which deals with the subconscious blocks to giving up. Effective treatment needs to impact both conscious and unconscious resistance to giving up.
Do I stop smoking after the first session, or just cut down?Neither. The first session is preparation for giving up. It prepares both conscious and subconscious parts of your mind so that on the second session giving up is accomplished easily and effortlessly. You can carry on smoking as normal after the first session but you will probably find that your desire to do so is diminished, and your pleasure is lessened.
Is hypnosis better than Slimming World or Weight Watchers?Slimming World and Weight Watcher's use public weighing, public praise for weight loss, group support and encouragement, and a dieting regime that limits calorie intake while providing a balanced nutritious diet. This is fine for some people, but others prefer to do their body re-shaping in private. Hypnotic weight control provides the support and encouragement that is so useful without the public weighing. With hypnosis, lowering calorie intake is not the focus, it is a consequence of the subconscious shifts that the hypnotic suggestions are designed to bring about. There is no 'dieting' with hypnosis, that is to say that there are no rules about what you should and should not eat. This is important because cravings quite often arise around 'forbidden fruits'. The subconscious shift is focused on encouraging a different view of Self so that there is no desire to pollute that Self with anything other than healthy, nutritious, tasty foods.
What is hypnosis like?Hypnosis is just like being cosy, and dreamy in bed on Sunday morning. There is an awareness of surroundings, but a willingness to drift with the images that appear like dreams. It is an enjoyable state of deep relaxation in which the subconscious mind is ready to accept suggestions that bring about desired changes.
How effective is it?Hypnosis is not a magic wand. It cannot make you lose weight while you continue to eat what you've always eaten, and continue to spend all day sitting down. It is a technique that makes desired change easier and more effortless to achieve. Some motivation to lose weight is needed for success, as is a willingness to change what is eaten, and a willingness to make necessary lifestyle changes. Hypnosis helps to make the process easier and more natural so that the desired changes seem effortless, and so that desires to eat are desires for healthy nutritious foods.
How much weight will I lose?A healthy weight loss is around 2-3 lbs a week to start with. Anything more than that loses muscle rather than fat and does you more harm than good. This is not fast enough for most people, but most people are trapped in a cycle of diet, rapid weight loss for a few weeks, weight loss reduces and becomes difficult, get fed-up with the struggle, give in, put the pounds back on, hate the way you look, get depressed, start all over again…
Weight loss is not the focus. The focus is your target weight and hypnosis just sets you up to successfully, comfortably, effortlessly arrive at your target weight in whatever time it takes to achieve. Hypnosis focuses on creating in your subconscious mind an image of the new you and as long as you hold on to that image your subconscious mind will assist you in bringing it about. With hypnosis the aim is a permanent lifestyle change that you are comfortable and at ease with that will gently guide your body to its ideal weight and then keep it there.