Hypnotherapy – Frequently Asked Questions

This section addresses most of the common questions I am asked during consultation sessions.

If you have a question please do feel free to contact me

Q. Can I have a taster session?

A. Sure you can, I meet with with new clients for a question and answer sessions.

These are called 'pre-talks' allowing us sufficient time in building a rapport so that we are both comfortable before moving forward. So before deciding to proceed, I recommend that you book for a free consultation where you can also enjoy a free relaxation session.

Q. Do you provide free sessions?

A. I see clients for various reasons just wanting to talk to someone.

In order to ensure that my services are available to everyone; I offer this service 'free of any charge' to those who are unable to meet the cost of a formal session. As such I reserve, during practice hours on Tuesdays, times for those who are in need of my services without having to worry about costs.

So should you find yourself in a difficult position with regards your mental health and just need to talk to someone; I will be happy to donate an hour my time in supporting you.

In order to enjoy this free service, simply contact me stating your presenting problem and I will call you as soon a I am able.

Q. Does the therapy session remain confidential?

A. In short, yes, absolutely!

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and clinical hypnotherapy. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office.

Every hypnotherapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session with Richard will not be shared with anyone.

This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want your hypnotherapist to share information or give an update to your GP or other legal entity but by law your hypnotherapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

In addition, we are bound by the (DPA) Data Protection Act 1998 which states that all data beit held electronically or physically i.e. on a computer or in a filing cabinet must be secured.

However, the Law governing the United Kingdom and the N.G.H professional ethics require hypnotherapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations :

Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of Children, Adults, and Elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and Law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.

* If the hypnotherapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.

Q . Do you take insurance?

A. Check if you have mental health coverage through your insurance.

Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers.

Some helpful questions you can ask them :

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per clinical hypnotherapy session?
  • How many clinical hypnotherapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my GP?

Q. Medication vs. Clinical Hypnotherapy?

A. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication.

Instead of just treating the symptom, clinical hypnotherapy addresses the cause of your distress and the behaviour patterns that curb your progress.

You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.  Working with your Doctor, you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and clinical hypnotherapy is often the right course of action.

Many Doctors recognise the value of Hypnotherapy and often refer the patients as part of the pathway toward recovery.

Speak to your Doctor with regard your interest in a clinical hypnotherapy approach and ask for a referral.

Q. What is Hypnotherapy like?

A. It varies based on presenting symptoms or issues.

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, it will be different depending on the individual.

In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.

Depending on your specific needs, clinical hypnotherapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.

Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with Richard (usually weekly).

It is important to understand that you will get more results from clinical hypnotherapy if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.

Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, Richard may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your progress - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviours or taking action on your goals.

People seeking clinical hypnotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

Q. Will people work for me?

A. By the very nature that your reading this, proves your focused.

People have many different motivations for coming to Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.

Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, sexuality, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods.

Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking hypnotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and are ready to make changes.

Q. Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

A. If that were so, why would you be researching or reading this right?

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.

In fact, clinical hypnotherapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realise they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired.

You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

Q. How can clinical hypnotherapy help me?

A. A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy.

Clinical Hypnotherapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks.

Many people also find that hypnotherapy counselling can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life.

Clinical Hypnotherapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction toward a solution.

The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.

Some of the benefits available from therapy include :

  • Attaining better understanding of yourself, your goals and values,
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships,
  • Finding resolution to issues/concerns that led you to seek therapy,
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety,
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures,
  • Improving communications and listening skills,
  • Changing old behaviour patterns and developing new ones,
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage,
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence,

Q. Can you guarantee that Hypnosis will work for me?

A.  Its a simple fact that noone can guarantee human behaviour.

As an example, when you go to your Doctor for an ailment; do  they give you a guarantee when treating you? When having a surgical operation, does the Surgeon give you a guarantee of its success?

The big difference going through the Hypnosis route is simple; if you have been thinking and wanting to make the changes you desire in your life, quite simply, you WILL effect that positive change you want and seek.

Q. You have any audio files I can listen too?

A. Yes, these are for information purposes only.

Simply go to our Hynotherapy Audio Library whee you will find the most common issues I deal with; these last only a few minutes each but you you some idea on how we work.

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