What can I expect from an session with you?
I recognise that everyone is different, and strongly believe that therapy (Hypnotherapy, CBT, or NLP) should be tailored to the individual, therefore I am trained a range of techniques to help you get results you are looking for*
Therapy works best when we work closely together as the changes come from you, so your commitment is vital during and in-between our sessions. I like to think therapy is and 80 / 20 split, with the client responsible for 80% of the work with the therapist the remaining 20% to teach and coach the client, another way to think of the part you play in therapy is the to think of it like learning to play a guitar, you come along to the lesson with a desire to learn to do something different, the tutor teaches you the techniques and how to play, but you must practice regularly to achieve the result of playing beautiful music.
During each session we will discuss the changes you feel and any challenges you may have experienced outside of our sessions and also celebrate the successes too. We work at a pace that is entirely comfortable to you in a relaxed, comfortable and friendly environment. I offer a free consultation so we can chat through any concerns and you can decided whether my type of therapy and approach is right for you. Its really important to me that you feel comfortable and happy for us to work together.
Anything we discuss during the consultation is confidential, and as a therapist I am bound by a strict code of conduct with the governing body that I am a member of.
*Please be aware that results will vary from person to person.
Still not sure if we are right for you? Check through some frequently asked questions and then send us a message.
Will I still be in control of myself?
This is what most people are afraid of. They are terrified that if they really submit to the relaxation of hypnosis and go fully into a trance like state that they will no longer be in control of themselves and can be easily controlled by the person that is hypnotising them. But be assured that you are still fully in control of yourself when you are hypnotised. You are still conscious, but your conscious mind is extremely relaxed. No one can take control of you and make you do stupid things while you’re hypnotised unless you allow it.
Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is perfectly safe. You are always in control of the situation and you are never unconscious. Unlike drug therapies hypnosis has no possible side effects and in most people hypnosis always works unlike drugs which may work or may not work depending on your body’s chemistry and what the disorder is. Hypnosis can safely treat the physical and mental aspects of common problems like addictions safely and can help you break your physical and emotional dependence on overeating, smoking, drinking, drama, anger, or any other destructive addition that you might have.
Can I be hypnotised without my consent?
One of the most common frequently asked questions about hypnosis is “can I be hypnotised without my consent?”. It is an area of concern for a lot of people that don’t know a lot about hypnosis. But don’t worry, no one can hypnotise you without your consent. Hypnosis isn’t magic, it’s just a state of very deep relaxation. If you don’t want to be hypnotized then you won’t be able to relax and you won’t enter a hypnotic state. The process of entering a hypnotic state takes some time because it will take time for your body and mind to reach the deep relaxation that is necessary for hypnosis. You can stop the hypnosis session at any time during that process if you’re not comfortable or if you don’t want to be hypnotised. You’ve probably seen hypnosis done in films or on TV where the person doing the hypnotising snaps their fingers and the other person immediately falls into a trance and is incapable of doing anything but what they are told. That’s not how hypnosis works.
Can I hypnotise myself?
Yes you can hypnotise yourself, it could even be argued that all hypnosis is self hypnosis as you are in control of what you are doing. You will need to learn the proper way to do it but once you’ve had some instruction it’s possible to hypnotise yourself. Some people prefer self-hypnosis because they can relax easier on their own and in familiar surroundings. You can also hypnotise yourself between sessions with a hypnotherapist if you feel you need a little extra relaxation or a boost in your therapy. When you’re using self-hypnosis though you aren’t getting the expertise and therapeutic help that you would be getting from a trained therapist so if you’re using hypnosis to help you deal with Anxiety, Depression, or psychological issues then you should probably see a professional therapist instead of relying on self- hypnosis.
How many problems can I cure at once using hypnosis?
Hypnosis isn’t a magic cure that will get rid of all of your problems at once. You will still need to address your medical and psychological problems one at a time, and over the course of several treatments, in order to see results. It’s possible that symptoms of one disorder that mimic symptoms of another disorder might go away with the symptoms of the other disorder but in general you will need to tackle one problem at a time when you’re using hypnosis as a treatment.
Am I surrendering my free will if I get hypnotised?
Absolutely not. When you are in a hypnotic state you are more aware and more focused on yourself then you are in a normal state. You are not giving up your free will or allowing anyone to turn you into a “zombie” or a chicken. Despite what you’ve seen in films hypnosis doesn’t make you the slave of the person hypnotising you. The person hypnotising you also can’t make you fall in love or out of love with someone else, make you change any essential part of who you are, or do anything that you don’t want to do. You are in full possession of all your faculties throughout the hypnosis session and you are not under a “spell” or in anyway under the direction of someone else. The things that you’ve seen on the tele or in stage shows where people get “hypnotised” and run around acting like chickens or saying silly words on command is not real hypnosis. You will never do anything while you are hypnotised that you wouldn’t do under normal circumstances.
What happens if I can’t come out of hypnosis?
It’s physically impossible for that to happen, because you are not unconscious at any point during the hypnosis. You will be in a deeply relaxed state but fully conscious and you can come out of that state at any time that you want to. You can also come out of that state when given a verbal cue by the hypnotherapist. Sometimes when you get the verbal cue to come out of your hypnosis you may not want to because the relaxed state you are in feels so good. When that happens it may take you a few minutes to return to your normal awareness but that is only because you want to stay in the relaxed state, not because you are being forced to stay in it or because you can’t come out of it on your own. You are always in control, even when you are deep in a hypnotic state.
Is hypnosis real?
Lots of people are sceptical about hypnosis at first, but usually that’s because they don’t have a good understanding of how hypnosis is used for medical and psychological treatments. Hypnosis is not some crazy New Age therapy. It’s a legitimate therapeutic technique that has been used with proven success to treat medical and psychological disorders in millions of people. Anyone can be treated with hypnosis, and in most cases hypnosis is a very effective form of treatment for many different disorders. Hypnosis has a long history of being used to treat illness; it’s not a new or untested therapy.
Do I need to see a hypnotherapist more than once?
Another frequently asked question about hypnosis is “how many sessions will I need?” You most likely will need more than one session with a hypnotherapist to solve your problem, depending on what it is. Most people see noticeable results after just one session so you might not need extensive hypnosis or months of treatment in order to eliminate your problem, but it will almost always take more than one session for you to see any kind of noticeable results for psychological problems.
How many sessions will I need?
I’m always guided by my clients and their needs and for this reason don’t like to specify an exact number of sessions, I usually give a rough guide of 3 sessions to begin with but it will depend on the presenting problem as we will work closely to establish your needs. Regular review and feedback ensures we remain on track and ensure that you are making progress at your pace – I am totally guided by you and your needs, therapy should take as long as it needs to as everyone is unique.
As mentioned earlier, you are given “homework” after sessions which require you to do in your own time so your progress really does depend upon your commitment and willingness to do the techniques you are given during the time away from therapy sessions.
Sessions typically last between 60-90 minutes, I believe in taking my time with you to ensure you get the best possible outcome from our sessions together.
Any Other Questions?
Some comments from my clients:
I have seen hypnotherapists before but was really stands out for me about Karen is how she entwines NLP into the hypnotherapy to ensure that the sessions are tailored specifically for her clients. It is clear that Karen is very passionate about helping people and I really like her compassionate approach. I would highly recommend Karen.
I am the biggest of sceptics, so after an initial chat with Karen, I wanted to give hypnotherapy a try in relation to my unhealthy eating habits. I was very much on the fence as to wether it works but Karen put me at ease. I booked in with Karen for my first session. I relaxed into the talk, listening to Karen’s calming voice. I still didn’t think it would work but I can truthfully say that I was well and truly submerged in the experience. As a result, I have curbed some of my bad eating habits and just don’t fancy particular foods. I am shocked at how effective the whole experience was and I actively recommend Karen’s services. A great experience.