Frequently Asked Questions


What to expect at your first visit

I am really looking forward to helping you here at Hadleigh Hypnotherapy.  You can expect a warm welcome in restful surroundings, which are quiet and confidential, enabling us to discuss the changes you are seeking to make to your life.

Our initial meeting may last for more than an hour and we will talk about your therapy requirements and how I might be able to help you.  We will look closely at your own situation and how it is affecting your life.  We can then discuss some of the ways in which you might be able to manage your situation.  I will provide you with information and answer any questions you may have about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. 


The treatment plan that we agree upon will be specific to your goals.  I am a firm believer in creating a programme designed for you, with your individual needs, values and beliefs considered foremost.  In my opinion, it is this individual approach that ensures success.

Generally, I find that most courses of treatment are between three and eight sessions.  Treatment for smoking cessation may only last two sessions, although each session will be up to two hours long.  Although our first meeting may last for up to an hour and a half, subsequent sessions tend to take one hour.  I will be able to give you an idea of how many sessions you are likely to need at the end of our first meeting. 

My registration with the National Hypnotherapy Society means that my practice is in compliance with the Society’s Code of Professional Practice and Ethics at all times. 


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What Hypnotherapy is...And What It Isn’t

Essentially, hypnotherapy is a safe, natural talking therapy that takes place whilst you are in a state of hypnosis.  It utilises the conscious and the subconscious mind to enable you to resolve your problems and achieve your goals.  The popular spectacle of stage hypnosis has unfortunately led to some misunderstandings about hypnotherapy.  Really, there is no magic, no mystery and best of all, hypnotherapy really works! Hypnosis is a way of inducing a voluntary state of relaxed concentration during which the conscious mind is relaxed, meaning that I can communicate with your subconscious mind, PROVIDING you want me to.  In this comfortable state, suggestibility is heightened, mental absorption is increased and the imagination is activated in a controlled manner. The subconscious mind is then able to receive helpful and healthy suggestions which are beneficial to you.


Who is in control of me when I am hypnotised?

You are!

No one can be hypnotised against their will.  Hypnosis is not about power.  It is a collaborative and cooperative relationship between client and therapist.  In hypnosis, you cannot be made to do or say anything that you do not want to.  Remember, you hold the key to your success!


Will I be asleep?

No!  When you are hypnotised, you will not be asleep.  You will be relaxed and aware of your surroundings. The subconscious mind is aware of everything that is happening.


What does hypnosis feel like?

When you are hypnotised, you might:

  • Feel tingling in your hands and feet

  • Feel a light, floating feeling or

  • Heaviness in your arms or legs, meaning that you don’t really want to move.

  • Experience watery or dry eyes

  • Experience a long time as passing very quickly.

Covid 19 protocol 

Your safety with me during this time is very important so I have put the following protocols in place:

  • Client to sanitise their hands, on entry to the premises.  Face covering will be provided if client wishes to use this.


  • Client will only have contact with me, their therapist whilst using the premises.


  • Therapist will wear a face shield when conducting face-to-face work with the client.


  • A distance of 1m will be maintained between the client and therapist at all times.


  • A minimum of 72 hours will elapse between each client visiting the premises.


  • The client will bring their own water to drink.  This will not be provided.


  • The client will not be able to visit other rooms in the premises.