Hypnotherapy & Counselling in Reading, Berkshire

Hypnotherapy & Counselling – Frequently Asked Questions


Why choose Hypnotherapy? - Answer

Because the changes are more effective, rapid, and long-lasting.

What is Hypnosis? - Answer

Hypnosis is often described as a focus on a single thought, idea or action.  It is a natural state of mind that we all experience at least twice a day as we go into and awaken from sleep.  We also enter a state of hypnosis when we are engrossed in a good book; when we’re daydreaming; whilst watching a gripping film; when we’re driving and don’t know how we got from A to B; or when we are performing a specific task or are engaged in a creative activity like painting or playing a musical instrument.  All of these are examples of an altered state of mind, when we’re focusing on something so intensely that everything else falls to the wayside.

Hypnosis is a way of stepping over or bypassing the conscious mind (intellectual, reasoning, logical mind) and accessing the unconscious mind (intuitive, resourceful, creative mind) to make powerful and profound changes to the thought processes, behavioural patterns, as well as the beliefs systems of an individual. It is often described as a ‘door’ opening from the conscious mind to the subconscious mind  as a way of gaining access to the untapped resources we all carry deep  within the recesses of our mind.  Mainly, hypnosis enables you to use your subconscious resources for changing your behaviour.

What is Hypnotherapy? - Answer

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis or the altered state of consciousness  for a  therapeutic purposes. During the hypnotic state, which is characterised by a pleasant state of relaxation,  heightened imagination and sensory awareness,  the subconscious part of the mind becomes more accessible and increasingly receptive to new ideas, behaviours and suggestions which are designed by the hypnotherapist to bring about all the positive changes that the client wants to make.

Hypnotherapy has two parts to it:  Hypnosis and Therapy.  The hypnosis part is not a treatment in itself but a good way to prepare you to “open the door” and reach into  the subconscious part of your mind which controls your deeper thoughts and behaviour.  This is done through deep Relaxation Hypnosis which helps you to focus and think clearly.  When you are stressed, angry or anxious, you can’t think clearly as your emotions are out of your control. With hypnosis you can learn to slow down, relax your mind and body whenever you need to,  and therefore put yourself in a position where you can think clearly, take control, and help yourself to do whatever it is you want to do.

Depending on the presenting problem, the nature and severity of the symptoms,  and the desired outcomes, therapy can take the form of  Positive Suggestions and/or  Hypnoanalysis and Regression Therapy to help you change the way you think, feel and behave.

Is Hypnosis safe? - Answer

Yes, it is a safe and natural state that we all go in and out of throughout the day, perhaps without even being aware of it. For example, if someone is trying to talk to you and you’re ‘miles away’ not hearing a single word, that is a trance or hypnotic state. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy is a safe, beneficial  and drugs-free treatment for emotional and psychological problems.  Clinical Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy practised by a trustworthy and professionally qualified therapist is completely safe with no harmful side effects.

Can I be made to do anything against my will? - Answer

The hypnotherapist has no power over you at all, and can’t make you do things against your will.  If you feel uncomfortable with any suggestions made, you are able to reject them at will.  Hollywood hype would have us believe that a hypnotist can control and direct our actions, and that we can be made to do all sorts of unimaginable things under hypnosis.  This is absolutely false.  Your hypnotist is not some supernatural being with extraordinary powers.  He or she is human, just like you, and his or her art is to condition the human mind through positive suggestions to make things better for you –  by expanding your awareness of what is possible for you.

Can anyone be hypnotised? - Answer

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Anyone who wants to be hypnotised can be hypnotised.  You can’t be forced into hypnosis against your will, as all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  If  people believe and expect to be hypnotised then they will be – they’ll easily enter a deep state of relaxation and focused awareness.

Will I lose control? - Answer

Absolutely not, you will remain in control and aware at all times during the session. One of the greatest myths about hypnosis is that while in hypnosis the individual will lose control and say or do whatever the hypnotherapist tells them to say or do, and that they won’t remember it afterwards. This is not in the slightest bit true. In hypnosis you cannot be forced, manipulated, or programmed to do anything you do not truly want to say or do. Hypnosis can only enhance and magnify your ability to achieve those things you truly want to achieve, whilst remaining fully in control. All hypnosis is self-directed and self-controlled, and is based on an equal relationship between the therapist and client.  During the hypnotic state, you will be able to hear, speak,  and move easily and normally.

Will I get stuck in hypnosis? - Answer

No, this can’t happen.  At the end of the session the hypnotherapist uses an awakening suggestion that brings the client gently and naturally back from the relaxed state.

How many sessions will I need? - Answer

This depends on the type of problem and the progress being made. Each person and each presenting issue is unique and therefore the number of session will vary. Even people with similar issues may need different number of sessions. While some simple problems such habits etc. can be addressed in a couple of sessions, other more emotional, deep rooted or complex issues take longer. I offer both short term and long term therapy.  Sessions take place weekly or fortnightly, again depending on the needs of the individual.

How long does a session last? - Answer

A single session is 50 minutes.  I offer daytime and some evening appointments. You can view the times and locations here.

How much does a session cost? - Answer

All sessions last 50 minutes:
Hypnotherapy for Weight Management £75
Therapeutic Counselling & Psychotherapy £50 to £65
Hypno-Band Weight Loss System is £495 (5 sessions) Please see Hypno-Band for further details.

How do I book a session? - Answer

If you’re considering starting counselling or hypnotherapy to overcome some difficulty in your life or to help you achieve your goal, please do get in touch by calling 07846 989439, or send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

You can be rest assured that all enquiries are dealt with the highest discretion and in strictest confidence.

I look forward to hearing from you.

What’s the Next Step?

30 minute FREE Initial ConsultationE-mail

To book your FREE consultation or to find out
how Counselling & Hypnotherapy in Reading Berkshire can help you
Please Call 07846 989439

or send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Quantum Leap Therapy - Professional Membership