Frequently Asked Questions.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis has been around for over 4,000 years. Hypnotherapy combines the relaxing and transformative power of hypnosis with helpful suggestions to bring about lasting change to your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Through deep relaxation, the conscious and subconscious minds are able to communicate and change unwanted habits, fears, phobias or unhelpful ways of thinking. Through accessing the subconscious mind, you can start to make lasting change.
How many sessions am I likely to need?
Hypnotherapy is a brief therapy. Generally, people need between four to six sessions. However, there are some issues, like depression, that can require more sessions.
How much will the sessions cost?
Each session is £50 an hour.
What can I expect?
Hypnosis has been compared to day dreaming or how one feels just before falling into a deep sleep. You will be fully in control at all times and be able to come out of hypnosis by simply opening your eyes. Most people enjoy it so much that they don’t want to do this though!
What can I expect from Hypnotherapy and NLP Sheffield?
- •A free, no-obligation telephone chat to see if hypnotherapy is right for you.
- •Hypnotherapy in your first session rather than completing paper work!
- •A free, personalised hypnotherapy recording to support you with your progress in between sessions.
- •The opportunity to learn self-hypnosis so that you can use it once your sessions stop.
- •A relaxing, comfortable environment.
- •The opportunity to discuss your progress at the start of each session.
Do you work with children?
Hypnotherapy is suitable for children aged five and upwards. Often children respond well to hypnotherapy because they are uninhibited and imaginative. I have sixteen years’ experience of working with young people as a teacher and Young Person’s Mental Health Worker as well as a personal interest in working with young people on exam stress, generalised school anxiety and the aftermath of being bullied.
What can it be used for?
Hypnotherapy can be used for a wide range of issues. These include:
- •Bruxism/tooth grinding.
- •Children’s issues. (Suitable for children over five.)
- •Driving test nerves or specific driving related fears.
- •Eating Disorders.
- •Exam nerves.
- •Feeling calmer at work/stress management.
- •Improving sports performance.
- •Insomnia and nightmares.
- •Overcoming jealousy.
- •Pain management.
- •Public speaking, including wedding speeches.
- •Relationship break ups and moving on.
- •Relaxation sessions.
- •Unresolved grief.
- •Unwanted habits.
- •Weight loss and weight management.
Hypnotherapy can be used for a wide range of issues. The key to its success is in the client wanting the change to occur. Hypnotherapy is often associated with weight loss, smoking cessation or phobias. It can be incredibly effective at combatting all of these issues. However, it is also commonly used to help people reduce or eliminate the symptoms of anxiety. During the client’s first hypnotherapy session, s/he can be taught a range of breathing techniques and simple stress management techniques to enable him/her to feel more in control of their anxiety from the first session.
Driving Test Nerves or specific driving fears.
Hypnotherapy is ideal for driving test nerves, fear of motorway driving or a specific stress reaction which stems from an accident. Often one or two sessions are enough to change a person’s thoughts and feelings so that s/he feels calm, confident and rational about what was once a source of fear. Mental Rehearsal, a technique used by athletes, can also be used to prepare clients for a successful driving test.
Bulimia, anorexia and binge eating are commonplace in our society. I am able to combine my mental health background with effective hypnotherapy techniques to support clients to learn to cope differently and thus rid themselves of the need to use food in an unhelpful way.
IBS tends to be a condition that people suffer in silence with. Often sufferers feel embarrassed talking about it. However, hypnotherapy can provide clients with a non-invasive and relaxing way to combat an often painful problem.
Interview and exam nerves.
Interview and exams are common sources of anxiety amongst many of us. Some people can become so stressed that they are unable to revise, think clearly or get organised for an interview. Hypnotherapy is able to help a client get at the source of their problem and if necessary work with any inner conflict so that interviews and exams can be handled with confidence and ease.
“The British Pain Society states hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis as being useful relaxation techniques as part of a pain management routine.”(Wincote 2013.) Hypnotherapy can change the way a person thinks about their pain, relax them and provide a means of distraction-all of these are effective strategies for managing pain. Hypnotherapy can be a useful means to accessing the underlying reasons for the pain, which can be the first step to starting to manage it.
Relationship Break up and Moving On.
Relationship break ups and moving on from them have affected most of us in our lives. A lot of us will have experienced the pain and frustration of wanting to get over an ex-partner but struggling to do so. NLP and hypnotherapy can provide clients with a way to get over their ex and move on more quickly to the next stage of their lives.
Since qualifying, I have had varied referrals from clients for hypnotherapy. I have successfully worked with clients with a range of sleep issues, including insomnia and nightmares. Clients coming for hypnotherapy for other issues often comment on how a by-product of hypnotherapy is improved sleep and confidence.
“Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit.” (The New Scientist Magazine 1992).It combines support, helpful non-hypnotic suggestions and personalised suggestions to banish cravings and enhance your desire to become a non-smoker for good. I also provide a personalised recording, free of charge, to use between sessions and after you finish working with me, to support you with remaining a non-smoker for good!
A sizeable minority of people suffer from compulsive hair pulling, whilst nail biting remains a common problem too. Hypnotherapy can work remarkably quickly and effectively at ridding a person from an unwanted habit.
Hypnotherapy is often associated with weight loss and weight management. Its gentle approach to changing a client’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour can be ideal for reducing cravings or getting a client to think differently about food. Weight loss sessions can also provide clients with non-hypnotic suggestions to support them become their ideal weight but also to maintain it.
Working with children.
Children of five years or over are also able to experience hypnosis. Often children respond particularly well because they have fantastic imaginations and are able to put this to good use, through guided relaxations or imagery. Children are also less likely to be apprehensive about hypnosis, due to being too young to have been exposed to many of the myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnotherapy.
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