Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in the first session?
In our first meeting we will spend some time discussing the problem you have brought to me. I will then ask you a few questions about your background in order for me to get to know a little about you. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions and to decide whether I am the right person to help you to achieve your goals.
Will I do and say things I can't remember under hypnosis?
Clinical Hypnosis should not be confused with stage hypnosis which is a very different subject and from time to time gives hypnotherapy a bad press. At no time do any of my clients find themselves making fools of themselves - they are always in control and remember everything ! Clinical Hypnotherapy is an extremely valuable therapy recognised by the medical profession for the way it works either alone or alongside traditional medicine hence the reason for my many GP referrals.
Can I talk to you in complete confidence?
You will find each session to be relaxed, informal and tailor made for your particular problem. At the beginning of therapy we will discuss and agree goals and everything that is said will be kept in complete confidence without fear of judgement.
How many sessions will I need?
Each session lasts approximately one hour and in some cases I will suggest working to a six-session contract which can be extended if needs be. This means that you and I can monitor any changes you may make along the way within the counselling process in the knowledge that when we feel your therapy is coming to an end it will be finalised in safety, not leaving you high and dry. Your hour with me will usually be held on a weekly basis and the time will be yours to talk about whatever is bothering you in complete confidence. This may be the only time you have to discuss how you really feel about something in a non-judgmental situation and therefore we work at your pace as we explore your choices.
Which theoretical models do you use?
I use Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamics, Gestalt, Person Centred and Cognitive models including, when required, Emotional Freedom Technique, EMDR or Emotrance.
How do I contact you?
Please note: If you have difficulty meeting the cost of treatment this can be discussed. It is my policy that people who need therapy are not denied it on the grounds of cost and therefore may arrange to pay according to their means. In the case of cancellation or failure to attend an appointment a fee will be charged. Time booked must be paid for and this is necessary because it is often hard to fill slots at short notice. Thank you for your understanding and observation of this notice.