Hypnosis FAQs

Is Clinical Hypnosis possible for me?

  • If you are under medication I may need to contact your GP so contact me first.
  • For Stop Smoking I need to make sure you are motivated enough so we will need to have a chat on the phone first.
  • If you want to know if Hypnosis can help about Personal Development then please visit our Hypno-Coaching section.
  • If you still have some apprehensions about Hypnosis then contact me and I will answer all your questions.

What conditions can Clinical Hypnosis treat and help?

  • Weight Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Skin Conditions
  • IBS
  • Pain Control
  • Depression
  • Coping with Cancer
  • Sexual issues (Impotence, etc)
  • Insomnia
  • Stress, Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Habit Control (Nail Biting, Stammering, etc)
  • Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Fear Control & Phobia Elimination (Insects, Public Speaking, etc) – Here is a Full List of Phobias

More subjects are available on the Hypno-Coaching page

To inquire about another condition please Contact Denise

What will happen during a Clinical Hypnosis session?

  • The first session will include a case history, including information on medication, family, lifestyle, concerns about presenting problem and expectation of therapy, then, if time, teach Self Hypnosis.
  • After taking a case history the following happens:
  • The individual will sit in a comfortable chair and with eyes closed, will be talked through a relaxing induction to begin closing down external awareness.
  • Then further deepening of the relaxation process where the individual will begin focusing more inwardly.  Sometimes, they will take a more active part in it, inasmuch, as they may be asked to visualise or sense something in particular.
  • If at any time they want to terminate the session, they can, just by opening their eyes.
  • At the end of the session there may be a discussion about what was experienced although this is not always necessary.

How many sessions will I need?

  • It depends on the condition and the person. Often it takes 1 to 4 sessions. After the initial session we’ll have an idea of how many more may be needed.
  • Stop Smoking is a one-off session of 2 to 3 hours, using a multi-modal approach (Hypnosis, NLP, Coaching)

How much will I need to invest?

  • Please see the Fees page

What are the guarantees it will work for me?

  • I work under the strict rules and regulation of BSCH Professional Hypnotherapy Code of Conduct that prevent me to guarantee any result, however here is what I can tell you:
    • The clients I have treated have a 95% success rate
    • 9 out of 10 clients come through referral
    • If after 30 minutes you feel that it is not for you then you stop and don’t pay anything

Is Hypnotherapy covered by private health insurance companies?

HealthShieldYes, the following companies cover Hypnotherapy and recognise BSCH practitioners:

Is Hypnotherapy via NHS possible?

  • Yes it is possible for Hypnotherapy to be prescribed through the NHS, however it will take some time before it is established as a regular NHS treatment.
  • Since the 25 March 2004 a new mechanism called APMS (Alternative Provider Medical Route) makes it easier for NHS Doctors wishing to employ CAM (Complementary and Alternative Therapies) practitioners.
  • If enough patients go to their NHS GPs or specialists and ask to be referred to an Hypnotherapist this is bound to raise the level of awareness amongst GPs that you are gaining benefit from the treatments.
  • Whether doctors presently believe in this treatment or not, if their patients are gaining benefit, surely a doctor has a duty to pay attention.
  • The NHS Trust Association (NHSTA) publishes a directory of practitioners that is available to GPs however the data is very out of date and although I contacted them several times to update my record I’ve never received a response

How to Ask your GP to refer you to a Hypnotherapist?

  • I encourage you to ask your doctor for referrals via the NHS and give them the NHSTA details so they can verify I am a registered member of the Directory.
  • If the doctor refuses to refer you, you are entitled to ask for a reason.  If you are not satisfied with the doctor’s response, you can take up your dissatisfaction with the local Primary Care Trust via the Patient Advice and Liaison Co-ordinator (PAL).
  • This action will create a groundswell of opinion from the grass-roots level up, putting the Hypnotherapy on the NHS agenda.
  • The NHSTA has drafted a “model” letter for patients to send to the PAL in cases where they are encountering difficulties in obtaining complementary therapy (which can be downloaded from the NHSTA website).
  • There is also an information sheet about the Directory for doctors (again, downloadable from the NHSTA website) that you can give to your GP.

How to get more general information on Hypnotherapy?

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