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Hypnotherapy FAQs

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy.

1How does it feel when you are in hypnosis?

For most people it feels being relaxed and perhaps a bit sleepy. But for others it can feel like being very alert and very focused. We are all different and so is our experience of hypnosis.

2How long is a hypnosis session?
Most sessions last about an hour, but will include discussion before the actual hypnosis begins.
3How many hypnotherapy sessions do you need?

It's not really possible to say in advance how many sessions you would need, it's very individual. It also can vary because, as the therapy evolves along with the client, new aims may be agreed. Normally, a client can except to start to feel benefits after the first or second session.

4How do I prepare for hypnosis?
You don’t really need to prepare for your session. Just come with an open mind, a willingness to participate and some curiosity.
5How much does a hypnosis session cost?

At Walsall Hypnotherapy we generally recommend packages of treatment that have been designed based on what works best for specific issues. These are then tailored to your individual needs so no two treatment plans are the same. As a general guide, our Packages range from £180 to £447. We can offer a pay as you go option, best to ring and discuss.

6Can hypnosis treat PTSD?

Yes! Hypnotherapy, alongside other tools in my box including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming) and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), combine to make a real impact on people affected by Trauma and those who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

7Who performs hypnosis?

Hypnosis can be performed by anyone who has learned the skill, in fact I bet you can perform hypnosis yourself. But Hypnotherapy is different. Hypnotherapy is the art and science of utilising Hypnosis for therapeutic benefit. Only fully qualified Hypnotherapists should be offering this. People like me! Qualified, Insured and Quality Assured.

8Is hypnotherapy effective for anxiety?

Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective (successful? way to treat anxiety, depression and panic. It's also what I treat most often at my practice. Obviously, I can't give a guarantee any more than your GP can, but I can say that in my experience it is very effective.

9Is hypnosis therapy covered by insurance?

Yes, all reputable therapists should have insurance. It covers public liability and the professional services we provide.

10What is the success rate of hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is believed by many to have better success rate than other types of therapy. There is scientific evidence for this. Here is an example: in 1970 a scientific study conducted by Alfred A. Barrios led to the mainstream acceptance of hypnosis as an extremely effective form of therapy.
"Barrios compared 1,018 studies and articles on hypnosis, 899 articles on psychoanalytic therapy and 355 on behavioural therapy. In particular he noted the overall lasting success rates of the different therapies. He found that hypnotherapy had a massive 93% success rate after only 6 sessions compared to only a 72% success rate for behavioural therapy (after 22 sessions on average), and only 38% success rate with psychotherapy (after an average of 600 sessions)."

11How do I know if hypnotherapy has worked?

Are the things you went to see the therapist for getting better? With Hypnotherapy the results are subtle, and often you will not be aware of the progress at the time, but will notice afterwards that your thinking and behaviour have changed. Sometimes it's a real Eureka! moment, other times it's more of a “oh look I haven't panicked at all this week”, or “you know, I'm really not bothered about spiders any more”.

12Is one session of hypnotherapy enough?

Sometimes, especially for things like smoking, it is. But generally, a course or package of treatments is better and may bring around more and deeper benefits. That's why I offer most of my treatments as packages which include things like telephone/text support and audio recordings to use at home.

13How many hypnosis sessions are needed for anxiety?

How long is a piece of string? Anxiety is very individual so it's not possible to predict. Some of my clients come to see me three or four times and get what they need. Others do that, but then continue to see me on a monthly or bi monthly basis for maintenance and well being, rather like going for a service to keep things ticking over.

14What can hypnosis help with?

The list is almost endless. Starting with things like habits and behaviours, through the management of unwanted symptoms, to shifting your thinking and releasing self limiting beliefs. If you are not sure, give me a call! If it's not something I cover, I will probably know a therapist that does.

15Can hypnosis work for depression?

Alongside anxiety and panic, yes, Hypnotherapy is something that works well for depression.

16What type of therapist uses hypnosis?

Hypnosis is used by Hypnotherapists and Clinical Hypnotherapists such as myself.

17How does hypnosis work on the brain?

Hypnotherapy works with the mind. The unconscious mind in particular is where all our thoughts, habits beliefs and behaviours originate. So this is what as a Hypnotherapist I work with. Think of the brain as the generator and the mind as what is generated. Hypnotherapy helps you through what is called neuroplasticity to create new, healthy neural pathways. However it is the brain itself which does this in response to the new activity (in this instance, the hypnotherapy). This the way our brains respond to new learning, by creating new neural pathways of new thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

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  • Rebecca Green

    Andrea was excellent, very friendly and put me at ease straight away. I had interview anxiety and with a very important interview just weeks away she wasn't phased by the short time we had. Felt extremely relaxed during the sessions and it worked...I was offered the job! Thank you, Andrea

    Rebecca Green
  • Claire Illingworth

    Andrea has been providing sessions for my 9 year old son who struggles with anxiety, low self-esteem and is very fearful. Her sessions have been amazing for him: he loves his sessions and we have seen many improvements in his well-being. She has excellent skills at interacting with children and has a lovely warm and responsive approach.

    Claire Illingworth

    Andrea is a very approachable person who makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed in her presence. I suffer with terrible health anxiety and I feel I can talk to Andrea about my issues no matter how silly I may sound.

    Since having hypnotherapy I have found myself less anxious, less stressed and I find it easier to be rational.

    If you are debating hypnotherapy for whatever reason I 100% recommended it and especially with Andrea. It’s worth every penny!

    Thank you Andrea - looking forward to my next session.