What problems can hypnotherapy help with?

A wide range of health and wellbeing issues can be addressed through hypnotherapy – for examples of some of these please look at the treatments page.  Please do get in touch if there is something specific you would like to discuss or if your particular interest is not listed. If you suspect you have a  medical condition it is always advisable to consult with your GP.

Does it matter if I don’t really believe in it?

You need to believe in it enough to turn up to your appointment!  Beyond that a certain level of scepticism is not unusual for those considering hypnotherapy for the first time.  The most important thing is that you genuinely want to make a change, and that you’re prepared to suspend disbelief for long enough to take part in the process.  Once the results start to be apparent the belief tends to kick in.

How do I know I won’t be made to do something I don’t want to do?

Hypnosis is just a state of focused attention or relaxation, not dissimilar to daydreaming.  Just as if when you’re daydreaming something happens that is out of place or dissonant you would snap back to full alertness, so it is the same with hypnosis.  You are in control at all times – hypnotherapy is very different to the sort of stage hypnosis portrayed by the media.

How long will it be before I feel better?

That’s difficult to answer as everyone is different, and every condition is different.  Quitting smoking is generally possible with just one slightly lengthened session, a phobia may be dealt with in 3 or 4 sessions.  Anxiety related conditions may take longer, and this would be explored as part of your initial consultation.  Generally speaking though Solution Focused Hypnotherapy would take effect faster than many other type of talking therapy, and improvements after 8 – 12 weeks are  likely.

I don’t want to talk about what’s bothering me – can you still help me?

Almost certainly.  Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is not about raking through the past – in fact this actively discouraged.  There are a few questions to answer, but these are more about what you’d like to achieve and how you’d like to feel than trying to analyse the “problem”.

How long is a session?

An initial consultation is around 45 minutes.  Allow up to 2 hours for a stop smoking session.  All others hypnotherapy sessions are around 55 minutes.

How often would I need to see you?

For anything other than a stop smoking session, which is a single attendance, a weekly appointment is recommended.

Where can I attend sessions?

I currently hold clinics in Settle and Skipton, North Yorkshire and in Littleborough, Lancashire.  I have a consulting room in each location which I ask you to attend.  In some circumstances it may be possible to arrange a home visit, at additional cost to cover travelling time and expenses.

Is it safe to drive afterwards?

Yes, completely.  Many clients leave their session feeling more refreshed and alert than when they arrived.

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