Frequently Asked Questions ....

...about Hypnosis and Therapy

Will I be asleep when you hypnotise me?

No, but you would be very relaxed. Deep states of hypnosis are not usually required to effect deep change. You won't feel much different from what you normally do, except that you would feel more relaxed.

Will I know what is happening then? 

Yes, in fact you would be more aware, not less, but your interest will be focused more on what is going on within than any would-be distractions from outside. This is one of the reasons why hypnosis is so effective, because it intensifies your awareness within.

Can I be hypnotised against my will? I don't like the idea of my mind being controlled. 

Don't worry. No ethical therapist would do either of those. And no, you can only be hypnotised if you wish. Indeed without that undertaking your resistance towards hypnosis would be so strong that the aims would be counteracted.

So will I be in control then?

Of course, because all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. You pass through it at least twice everyday - on falling asleep and on waking up. So, it is a perfectly natural phenomenon.

Why would I need to see someone like you? Surely a good friend or close relative would be all I need to talk things through. 

Several reasons. Your friends, no matter how well-intentioned they are, are probably not professionally trained in this way to help you, and if they are, their professional code of conduct would normally preclude such an undertaking. Such rules or guidelines exist because you need that certain distance or detachment from the person who is really going to help you. Using a friend as a therapist has implications also because of the extra responsibility you would place on them, albeit unintentionally. Professionals undertake continual supervision, at technical and clinical levels,  to ensure that they develop an ever more effective practice, and that they stay immunised from their clients problems in order to work in a focused way towards their clients' best interests.

How quickly can you sort out my problem(s)?

There can be no easy answer to this. As explained elsewhere humans are complex and no one-size can fit all. Ths is why it is really important to have an introductory consultation first. Even for stopping smoking, I would go through an initial assessment with you (although it's not usually necessary in this case to have a chat first and then come back another day). I would never assume that you could fit into a pre-determined course of therapy which would last a certain number of sessions, as this model is far too rigid to allow for individual variations of psychological uniqueness.


...about Psychological Coaching

What is the difference between therapy and coaching?

In a brief sense, therapy helps to sort out what is going wrong with you, and coaching helps to develop what is right with you.

Is it counselling then? Or teaching?

Well not exactly, although they may share common aims. "Coaching" is a term coined from sport, where the coach trains and motivates the sportsperson to ever-better performance. In psychological coaching, we work together to look at your potentials, and to convert them into achievements and lead to personal and professional contentment. Sometimes this can involve therapy, to clear the way - as it were.

Would you use hypnosis for this? 

If it is necessary or desirable. Certainly using hypnosis can help you to become more aware of potentials that you may not have realised you have, or highlight the importance of some of your positive attributes which you may not have thought much of before. You can also use self-hypnosis to rehearse your skills and performance in your mind. And of course any awareness would be enhanced with hypnosis.

Why would psychology be important in coaching?

Psychologists are trained to understand and analyse critical aspects of human functioning and how to use interventions to develop them. They are academically and professionally knowledgeable about personality, intelligence, emotions, learning, lifelong development, behaviour etc, and how these interact together to influence life-styles and achievement. Psychologists are really the only people who are qualified to assess such things as intelligence and personality. Often, though not always, such assessments are necessary to make coaching (or therapy) more effective. And when psychometric tests are used, a psychologist's skills at interpreting the most subtle of findings are invaluable in taking these forward towards their clients' goals.