Hypnosis itself is unlikely to provide a relief of symptoms, whatever those symptoms might be. It is the therapy - hypnotherapy - which is carried out within the hypnotised state that is important. It takes two entirely different forms.
This form of treatment is ideal for helping to cope with such things as examination fears, driving test nerves, smoking, nailbiting, some weight-control problems, stress, and so on. Usually, between two and four sessions are needed and, if you wish, up to three people can attend each session, sharing the cost.
This is used for the more deep-rooted problems. The technique aims to find and remove the underlying original cause of such things as irrational fears, emotional problems, relationship difficulties, psychosexual problems, lack of confidence, moodiness, sleeping difficulties, stuttering/stammering, anxiety, inferiority complex, unhappiness, phobias, etc. and most other problems where there is a psychological factor at work.
The treatment period will normally be between six and twelve weekly sessions and will usually produce a complete and lasting release from the symptom(s). It is a totally private and individual, one-to-one form of therapy.
You may rest assured that only the therapy that is right for you will be used. This ensures that you will not be prone to a substitute symptom. (That is, the possibility of switching from, say, Agoraphobia, to its opposite, Claustrophobia.)
Listed below are the three problems I am most often asked about:
An outline of the relevant therapy for each situation is shown here, but if you would like further details, please don't hesitate to contact me. Session length: Most sessions last for approximately 50 minutes, though, in common with all good therapists, I do not work 'to the clock'. If a little longer time is needed, then a little longer time is given. Therefore, if you should find yourself waiting for a few moments after your appointment is due to start, please be patient.
Quit Smoking Therapy
This therapy has been popular for many years, due to its high success rate. Some surveys, notably one in New Scientist. have shown it to be one of the most effective methods of quitting. No drugs are used and there are no unpleasant side effects; many people experience no withdrawal symptoms and little or no craving, so if you're determined to kick the habit, it REALLY CAN HELP. A single 90 minute session is all that is necessary.
Anxiety and Stress
Hypnosis is of enormous help in reducing stress and/or anxiety levels, though there are two distinctly different methods of treatment. Whether you need help for a 'one-off' situation like a driving test, for example, or a more persistent and possibly deeper-rooted problem, Hypnosis can help you. The best method for any individual can really only be determined by consultation, many people finding that two or three sessions, spread over a month or so, are sufficient.
Fears and Phobias
When you have a fear or phobia that you really cannot get to grips with however hard you try, no amount of well-intentioned 'help' from friends or family is likely to solve the problem - it can even make things worse. Although it may seem impossible to you now, hypnotherapy can help to remove the problem so that you could simply forget it ever existed in the first place. Using only the right sort of therapy means that you won't replace one fear with another, either.
It is often believed that the only way to overcome deep-rooted fears is to somehow 'face up' to the feared experience. You may rest assured that this is simply not the case and you will therefore not be subjected to any type of exposure therapy.