Frequently asked Questions
+ How Often Will We Meet
For Counselling and Hypnotherapy to be most effective it requires your commitment to attend regular weekly or fortnightly sessions. Your session time will be secured for you by our mutual agreement, this time is set aside exclusively for you and is usually on the same day and time each week. We are also able to offer some flexibility for those whose work patterns are subject to change. Regular attendance and continuity are important in therapy as they give a reliable feeling of structure to the process. Daytime, evening and weekend appointments are available to suit your lifestyle.
Sessions Face-to-face counselling would always be our preference. We also offer phone and skype sessions.
+ WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN'T ATTEND FOR ANY REASON?
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
If you inform us more than 24 hours in advance of non-attendance, there is no cost involved. Where it is less than 24 hours, we would have to charge for the missed session.
We appreciate that sometimes unforeseen circumstances can arise and, in those instances, it can be discussed and agreed between us.
+ WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FIRST SESSION?
The fist session combines an assessment to explore and describe what you want to achieve and time to experience Hypnotherapy and Counselling.
In adherence to the BACP ethical framework, we would firstly agree a contract of agreement together where we would thoroughly run through everything to expect in the sessions from confidentiality to cancellation policy, boundaries and what we can and cannot offer.
+ HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
This is a difficult question to answer as it depends on what you are bringing and what you want to achieve. It is something we discuss when we first meet and is very much down to the individual.
Counselling is a journey and it can take time and consistency for it to work effectively. Having a regular slot once a week can provide crucial and important support to someone’s life whilst trying to explore and manage difficult feelings.
For some people, between 4-12 sessions may be enough to help you with what you are experiencing. However, others who may be struggling with particularly complex and difficult feelings may require much longer.
+ WILL EVERYTHING I SAY BE CONFIDENTIAL?
Confidentiality starts from your initial enquiry and remains during all of your sessions.
As a BACP -registered Counsellor, We will have to discuss clinical work with our qualified supervisor on a monthly basis to ensure ethical practice, who is also bound by the rules of confidentiality specified by the BACP. This is to maintain standards of practice and ensure your best interest.
+ What is Counselling?
Counselling is a form of talking therapy and provides you with a safe and confidential space to discuss any difficult feelings or issues that you are struggling with. It is a process where you can seek to change something in your life by exploring your problems, feelings and behaviours in more depth with an independent unbiased person.
A person centred counsellor is not there to tell you what to do and will not advise. We will encourage you to speak about what brought you to counselling to try and uncover any root causes and explore how this may have impacted on subsequent patterns of behaviours and relating and relationships. You can then work together with the counsellor to explore and ultimately move past these issues and hopefully find more helpful ways of coping on a day-to-day basis.
+ What is Hypnotherapy and how does it work?
Hynosis is a very deep state of relaxation. It is completely natural and safe and can be used by adults and children and is safe when pregnant.
When you're hypnotised, or in the trance state as it's referred to, you are completely relaxed physically while mentally you will experience increased focus and attention, which allows you to tap into many of your natural abilities, and allows you to make change more quickly and use more of your potential. You will feel a deep sense of calm and relaxation.
It’s relaxed and friendly, helping you to achieve significant changes in a relatively short period of time simply through relaxation, and allowing you to focus on the positive aspects of your life.
+ Misconception around hypnosis
One common misconception is that a hypnotized person loses their will and is partially or completely under the control of the hypnotist. This unfortunate belief is reinforced by many stage hypnotists.
Nothing could be further from the truth. You are fully aware, fully in control, and can’t be made to do anything against your will. You will not begin to reveal information you wish to keep secret.