Your Questions Answered

What does a hypnotherapist do?

As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I act as your guide through your own mind and imagination, that can so often run away with us. Via discussion and negotiation in controlled conditions together we work through your fears and anxieties to overcome unwanted feelings and re-frame your responses to enable to you face life's obstacles calmly and confidently.  Hypnotherapy is not about sending you to sleep or tricking your mind to do absurd things, nor is it a mind control device.   Hypnosis is a state of mind in which beneficial suggestions are taken in and acted upon much more powerfully than is normally possible.

I suffer with anxiety, how can you help me?

Most issues are related to anxiety. This includes panic attacks, stress, phobias and grief to name a few. If your emotional response to a situation is uncomfortable and you encounter it again and again, you can become more fearful of your reaction each time.  This can cause emotions to become overwhelming.  Hypnotherapy uses a natural relaxed trance state to help implement changes within the unconscious mind. A simple techniques are used to achieve a hypnotic state.  At this point, beneficial suggestions are relayed to you, as in this altered state of consciousness you are very receptive.  This allows a controlled release of emotions and an altering of perception to change our reaction to the situation. This leads to a deeper self-understanding allowing you to adopt new attitudes to life and situations, thus achieve relief from symptoms such as anxiety, fear and sadness.

How many sessions will I need?

It is a very private and personal therapy, different for everyone.  The number of sessions required will depend on your particular problem and also on your dedication to the goal. Having said that, I usually see clients between 2 and 6 sessions. Whilst there are no side effects, the journey to self-understanding can be profound at times, yet the changes can be huge or subtle.

What can you help with?

I work with issues either generally or of a specific situation, including:

  • Overcoming anxiety, fear and grief

  • Stress management

  • Gaining control in Performance anxiety whether sports or work

  • Weight management

  • Phobias

  • Breaking habits such as smoking or nail biting

It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from both parties. In the end, making small changes to self-defeating behaviour and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results.

As a member of the Natural Elements team (, I have access to support from a large number of Physiotherapy and Natural health professionals.  So, if you need further advice referrals are simple.