FAQ

You may have questions about 

  1. COUNSELLING
  2. ONLINE THERAPIES
  3. HYPNOTHERAPY

you can find your answers in the following section, hopefully. If you feel your question isn't answered and want to discover something else, please never hesitate to contact me. You can find an inquiring form at the end of this section to ask.

1. ABOUT COUNSELLING IN GENERAL

Do I need counselling/therapy?

Everyone goes through difficult challenges in life. While you may have been able to cope with the challenges you've encountered, it's always a good idea to seek extra support when you need it. In fact, when you realize you need a helping hand, you're taking responsibility admirably by facing the challenges you encounter in life. Therapy will give you long - term benefits and the tools you need to overcome whatever difficulties you encounter. 

How can counselling/therapy help me?

There are many benefits in participating in therapy. I can provide support and help you find relief for issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and relationship problems. Counselling is extremely valuable in managing personal growth, relationships, and the many challenges faced in daily life. By applying therapy techniques, l can provide different perspectives on complicated problems or even guide you to a solution. 

What happens during counselling/therapy?

Therapy may be different depending on the goals for therapy and the needs of the person. Typically speaking, we will discuss the things that are currently happening in your life, things that happened in the past that are relevant to your issue, and review the gains we've had from the previous session. Ultimately, I want to help you bring what you've discovered or learnt during therapy back into your daily life. 

Medication vs. Counselling/Therapy

Medication cannot solve your mental and emotional problems alone. Therapy is needed in order to address the source of your distress and behaviour patterns. However, there are some cases when you cannot avoid taking medication. Check with your medical doctor and see what's the best treatment for you. 

Will our conversations remain confidential?

Confidentiality is a key component of therapy. What you discuss in a session will not be shared with anyone else. By law, I as your therapist can't release this information without your written consent. For further information please check the Therapy Contract here:

2. ABOUT ONLINE THERAPIES

3. ABOUT HYPNOTHERAPY

IF YOUR QUESTIONS ARE: What are hypnosis and hypnotherapy?, What is the difference between them?, How does it work? How effective?  How long has it been known?

You can find your answers on the page "Hypnotherapy", please click the button below:


IF YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS, especially regarding the sessions and the altered state, read on.

Can I be hypnotised?

Some people find it easier to relax than others. There is a wide range of scales to measure people's susceptibility.  Some people are able to go into hypnosis more quickly and more deeply than others. Most people can go into at least a light trance and with most hypnotherapeutic goals that are enough so therefore everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent. Being fully committed to the process and feeling that you can trust your hypnotherapist is key. It's also important to keep an open mind, as any scepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility. 

What will happen in a hypnotherapy session?

I usually offer an initial consultation, generally lasting around one hour and  involving several elements:

  • A discussion about your requirements and goals.
  • Gathering personal information such as sleeping patterns, lifestyle information, medical symptoms or medication, any treatments involving other healthcare providers.
  • An explanation of how the hypnotherapy process will work.
  • Practical details such as cost, cancellation policy, how many sessions might be needed.

After your consultation, your session can begin. 

  • For warming up, you can ask any other questions you have and get comfortable.
  • Induction.  I will lead you into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation.
  • Once you are deeply relaxed, I can then begin 'change work' using techniques and approaches discussed and agreed to help you towards your goals.
  • Once the 'change work' is complete, I will begin the transition to wakefulness, in which you are gradually brought out of your trance.
  • Time for any questions you may have, a summary of the session and progress made so far

Will I lose control when under hypnosis?

No. This is a common misconception about hypnosis. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnosis is not about control by the hypnotist. It is about working together so that the client can be empowered to create change in his or her life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will. The 'control' misconception appears to originate from stage hypnosis which funnily enough also involves people doing exactly what they want to be doing. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are about empowerment and people's incredible capacity for change. 

Will I be asleep when hypnotised?

You will not be asleep when hypnotised. The word hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word 'Hypnos' meaning sleep. It is a misnomer. Hypnosis is generally a very relaxed state but it is not sleeping. Many people after a session of hypnosis don't believe that they were hypnotised at all but that comes from misconceptions about just what a 'trance' in fact is.

Will I be able to wake up and come out of the trance?

Hypnosis is not about control. If you want to come out of hypnosis you simply choose to do that. If the hypnotherapist disappeared or fell over and knocked themselves out you would simply come back to full consciousness in your own time. We go in and out of hypnosis and other altered states of consciousness (e.g. daydreaming) many times a day but we always come back out of them easily and naturally.

Will I blab out secret information under hypnosis?

No. You cannot be forced to say or do anything under hypnosis that you don't want to. Remember that you are completely in control and empowered.