Frequently Asked Questions

I am scared/too self-conscious to contact you
It sounds like you are suffering from some social anxiety! You have come to the right place. The trouble with social anxiety is that it keeps you trapped from the first step of the solution: opening up. You can rest assured that you will be received with understanding and total confidentiality. Courage, contact me and you will feel better for having taken positive action.

How do I contact you?
You can ring me on 07964 768897. We shall then arrange an appointment time. If I am away or busy, please leave a message with your name and a contact number and I shall contact you as soon as I can. Alternatively, you can e mail me at: info@staffshypnotherapy-stoke.co.uk

Is the Initial consultation free?
Yes, it is free. Unlike many private consultants who can charge prospective clients a small fortune even on their initial visit, I don’t. I do this as I wish to get to know you better before I consider offering you my help. If I feel that I can’t help you (this is rare), I will tell you and the reasons why. In return, I do expect honesty on your side during our discussion.

Is there an obligation to attend sessions after the initial consultation?

There is no place for a sales pitch in my clinic. If for any reason you do not wish to pursue a path of recovery with my guidance, you are free to go. However, if you have agreed to attend future appointments, you will be expected to attend them or giving me reasonable notice (at least 24hours) to re-arrange them if you can’t attend. I shall be asking for a non-refundable deposit or possibly part /full non-refundable payments prior to the sessions to secure your commitment.
How many sessions will I need?
This will depend on what issues you wish to resolve. Some take longer to address by their very nature. This will be discussed during the Initial consultation. Do bear in mind that I can only provide you an estimate, as therapy is as much about you and your commitment as well as my guidance!

Do you have evidence that your methods have worked for previous clients with my issues?
You can rest assured that I will tell you whether I have successfully helped people resolve similar issues. However, due to confidentiality issues, I am not able to provide names of people or contact numbers. Another point to consider is that even if I had a great deal of evidence, the dynamics for each person is different. I start from scratch with each person. This allows me to be particularly open to each new case without prejudice.
Will I get my money back if it “doesn’t work”?
Now my turn to ask you a question: What part of your mind is saying “it” won’t work, and on what basis? Granted that initial scepticism is healthy, yet I would encourage you to question whether you are genuinely committed to getting better and actually seeking professional guidance. You will need to see me for an Initial Consultation and allow space for me to help you if you wish to get better. Sadly, there are people who seek to prove that other therapists can’t solve their problems, instead of genuinely seeking to solve their personal issues. They go from therapist to therapist. This makes them feel snug and perpetuates their issue. If you fall under this category, you may wish to reconsider your (negative) thinking before you approach me, if you are to make any progress. The only guarantee I give you is to do my best for you. I do not provide refunds as I invest valuable time helping you. If this is not good enough, you are more than welcome to seek someone else’s help!

Do I have to attend weekly sessions?
This will depend on what type of therapy has been agreed on. This will be clarified during the Initial Consultation.

Can you resolve my issues in one session?
It can happen, depending on the case. However, as a rule, do not expect quick fixes: If you have maintained a particular issue for years, how can you necessarily expect to change in one session? Therapy is not about me forcing a change on you. I act more as a knowledgeable guide. The reality (contrary to what stage hypnosis would have you believe) is that I can’t force a change on you. Even if I was able to do so, it would not be ethical. Any changes occur with your full permission and following a due process of self-acceptance and understanding.

Can I be hypnotised?
Unless you are taking strong medication which severely alters your ability to think clearly or you are inebriated, you can be hypnotised.
Will I “go under” when hypnotised?
This may happen, although a mild form of relaxation – during which you are perfectly aware of what I say – is sufficient for suggestion therapy to work.
Will I lose control when I am hypnotised?
No. It is a myth that you lose control when hypnotised. You only lose control if you choose to.
Are there any side effects to hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a mild form of relaxation. If anything, you will feel relaxed at the end of the session.

Will therapy be emotionally challenging?
Therapy may well root out powerful emotions which have been maintaining your issue. If this happens, this is cause for celebration, as you will gain freedom through their release. It is also important to remember that I am here with you to help along the way, you are not alone. Running away from such emotions only serves to maintain them and block progress. Trust the process.
Do you give discounts?
There may be occasions where I offer discounts on helping with particular issues, for instance weight loss and quit smoking. These will be publicised on the website.
Are you fully qualified as a hypnotherapist? Do you belong to a professional association?
Yes to both questions. My professional association is the IAEB (International Evidence based Psychotherapy Association). You can find details of the association at the following website: http://evidencebasedpsychotherapy.com/
Are you insured? Do you have CRB clearance to help children?
Yes again. These are requirements in my practice.

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Most common issues presented:

  1. Weight gain issues
  2. Smoking addiction
  3. Performance/exam/interview nerves
  4. Fears and phobias
  5. Relationship issues
  6. Low self-esteem/confidence
  7. Anxiety and Stress

List of issues I have also addressed in the past (as well as the above):

  1. Shy bladder
  2. Sexual dysfunctions
  3. Obsessive/compulsive thought patterns
  4. Children’s issues (bedwetting, anger..)
  5. Digestive issues