What happens during a hypnotherapy session?


The initial consultation is for me to understand your goals, assess how best to help you and answer any questions you may have. It is for you also to make sure you feel comfortable and happy too. You are never under any obligation to book sessions it is important that we both feel your goals are achievable and are happy to work together.

During the hypnotherapy session, you will lie on a comfortable couch in my treatment room at the Tree Of Life Centre in Brighton & Hove. Here you will be guided into a state of deep relaxation. You will in full control and aware of your surroundings – you are not “put under” as many people wrongly believe when thinking of hypnosis. In this state the subconscious mind becomes more receptive to positive suggestion and this is where I start working with you, talking to you throughout. The subconscious mind loves metaphors, imagery and is great at problem solving so these are all elements of therapy where needed.


Where do you practice?


I practice hypnotherapy from the Tree of Life Centre in Brighton & Hove, where there are comfortable, private and quiet treatment rooms in which to relax. There is also a lovely waiting area if someone is accompanying you and there is disabled access throughout the clinic.


How many hypnosis sessions will I need?


This varies for each individual – there are no set amount of sessions as everyone is unique. At the initial consultation I will set out the suggested hypnotherapy programme to follow which will touch on the number of sessions I think you may need to reach your goals. However usually this falls between 2 and 6.


What is a hypnotic trance?


Trance is a state of deep relaxation during which the brain waves change into “theta” state. This is the state in between being asleep and awake – your still awake and aware the same state that we are in when we daydream. During this state your analytical areas of the brain become less active making the subconscious more receptive to positive suggestions.


What conditions can hypnotherapy treat successfully?


I have had experience in treating many different conditions and challenges from stopping smoking to learning to deal with stress and alleviate anxiety. Hypnotherapy can help with pain management, IBS, high blood pressure, severe psoriasis, insomnia, phobias of all kinds and weight loss. To see a list of the conditions hypnosis can help with, click on Conditions from my homepage.


Is Hypnotherapy safe and accredited?


Hypnotherapy is very safe and has been used for centuries to overcome challenges. It is approved by the British Medical Association. It is important to ensure you use a fully qualified Hypnotherapist who is a member of a professional body like the General Hypnotherapy Register.


Are you qualified in Hypnotherapy?


Yes – I am a Senior Hypnotherapist practicing in Brighton & Hove, with a Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice. I trained with Dr. Hearne of The European College of Hypnotherapy and obtained my Diploma of Hypnotherapy in 2003. I am a member of The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council who awarded me The Senior Qualification of Hypnotherapy Practice in 2008. I have also trained with Marie Mongan of The Hypnobirthing Institute at St Thomas’s Hospital London to be able to offer hypnobirthing support to local Brighton & Hove couples and have supported teaching on The Isis School of Integrated Hypnotherapy Diploma Course held at Brighton University. I have years of experience in running my own hypnotherapy practice and particularly specialize in helping people to stop smoking. For more information about me click here.


How much do hypnotherapy sessions cost?


After the initial consultation, hypnosis sessions cost £60 per hour and take place in the Tree of Life Centre in Hove (where there is metered parking and bus stops nearby). I also offer special packages for smoking cessation. Click here to find out more.


How do I know if hypnotherapy can help the problem I have?


Give me a call and book your free consultation. I will always advise you honestly as to whether I feel hypnotherapy would work for you and indeed recommend other hypnotherapists if I feel I do not have the skills to treat your particular issue. Contact me for a chat.


I am not sure that I would be able to be hypnotised. Can anyone be put into trance?


Anyone can be guided into a state of trance if they are willing, trance is really just a state of deep relaxation and focused awareness. However there are different levels of trance as everyone is different – I often find clients relax more after the first session and go deeper into trance as the sessions go on.


How can I check my hypnotherapist is qualified?


Most hypnotherapists will be registered with a membership body like the General Hypnotherapy Register so its best to check your hypnotherapist is listed on there before engaging them.