FAQs - Your questions answered
It's important to be choosy in finding the right therapist - I've listed here some things about me that can help you choose whether I am the right person for you.
1. Am I qualified?
You can check if a hypnotherapist is qualified by seeing if they are a registered member of a professional hypnotherapy body. I am a Senior Practitioner registered with the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC). The GHSC, as the UK's largest and most prominent organisation within the field of hypnotherapy ensures that I have a recognised and approved training in hypnotherapy, have agreed to abide by a written code of ethics and to a formal complaints procedure.
2. Am I experienced?
It's important to see someone who has experience of working with a range of different issues. I have been a counsellor since 1992 and a practising hypnotherapist since 2008. As a Senior Practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council this means I have been in continual practice for a minimum of 5 years and have maintained a minimum average client workload of 25 hours per month throughout that period.
3. Is Hypnotherapy safe and accredited?
Hypnotherapy is very safe and has been used for centuries. The British Medical Association has recognised the effectiveness of hypnosis as a valuable therapeutic tool since 1955. However, it is important to ensure you use a fully qualified hypnotherapist who is a member of a professional body.
4. Do I offer a free initial assessment/consultation?
Any good hypnotherapist should offer a free initial assesment and consultation.
It's as important for the therapist to assess if they are the best person to help their client as it is for the client to find out about the hypnotherapist. I offer a free 20 minute, no obligation assessment and consultation.
5. Will you feel comfortable with me?
It's important that you feel comfortable, listened to and understood. It doesn’t matter how much experience or how many qualifications a hypnotherapist has, you have to feel at ease and comfortable with the person you are working with.
6. Am I insured?
All therapists should be fully insured. I am fully insured against accidents and have professional indemnity insurance.
7. Do I offer flexible appointment times?
I can offer you appointments during weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm and on some Saturday mornings.
8. Am I easy to get to?
I am 10 minutes walk from Lewes train station.
7 minutes from the nearest bus stop (Numbers 28, 29, 121-123, 125, 128, 129, 142, 143, 166, 167 buses).
You can park directly outside (I can provide you with a parking voucher) or in surounding streets with a parking ticket. Use BN7 2DU in your Sat Nav.
9. Do I offer home visits?
If you are housebound or otherwise unable to visit me and live in Lewes I may be able to come to you. Contact me to discuss this. I am no longer able to do home visits outside of Lewes town.
10. I'm not sure that I would be able to be hypnotised. Can anyone be put into a
This is a very common question and can be a concern for anyone considering hypnotherapy for the first time. It is estimated that most people from all backgrounds and age groups respond well to hypnosis. For other people, hypnosis can be very helpful for relaxation.
11. What is it like to be hypnotised?
Hypnosis differs from person to person. Generally, hypnotherapy is a very enjoyable and relaxed state - yet it is not like being asleep as you can talk or open your eyes if you wish to. Some people experience feelings of floating, warmth, strong visual imagery and deep relaxation, others feel a light relaxation. People often go deeper into trance with subsequent sessions. Many people find they enjoy it so much that they don't want to open their eyes. You are completely in control throughout.
12. Will I be asleep or unconscious?
The word hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning sleep, but it is misnamed - hypnosis is not sleep. Sleep and hypnosis may seem similar, but there are many differences. One main difference is that we tend to be in a very relaxed state, but with heightened awareness.
13. How do I know if hypnotherapy can help with a particular problem I have?
If you don't see your issue listed do give me a call or use the online form to book your free consultation. I will always advise you honestly as to whether I feel hypnotherapy would work for you.