Month: September 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnosis? What does it feel like?

Hypnosis is a state of focused awareness achieved by relaxation. We experience this state on a daily basis. For example;

  • When we watch a good movie
  • When we feel totally absorbed reading a book
  • When playing our favourite sport
  • When riding a bicycle
  • When we have a conversation with someone else
  • When dancing, etc.

We focus so much doing something, that we exclude everything else. How many times we’ve been talking to a good friend having the feeling that an hour can pass in a minute, then suddenly we realise we’ve forgot an appointment?.

Hypnosis is a state of mental and often physical relaxation, very similar to the state you experience just before falling asleep, or just before waking up in the morning. During this time the unconscious mind is very receptive and can quickly access stored information.

During hypnosis your body relaxes deeply and your mind becomes more aware than other times so:

  • You are aware of everything, you can hear everything (you never lose consciousness)
  • You don’t fall asleep
  • You are always in control of yourself

If there was an emergency for example, you would be able to respond in a normal way, being fully alert.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Absolutely yes. And research shows that the higher your IQ the more ‘hypnotisable’ you are! The truth is, we have all experienced ‘hypnosis’ before and continue to experience it everyday.

The only exception would be people who can’t focus on something and/or can not engage in therapy, this can be found in people suffering from certain mental disabilities.

Is Hypnosis safe?

Yes, clinical hypnosis is completely safe. You are aware of everything that is going on. Most clients really enjoy the sessions, feel relaxed and at the same time very alert.

After the session you’re able to walk and drive as normal.

There are no side effects…or let’s say… there are very GOOD side effects!.

Will I say things I don’t really want to?

No, during hypnosis you are alert and aware of what is happening, therefore you decide what information you feel ready to share. You’ll never be forced to disclose any private information. You can keep things to yourself and that is absolutely fine. We can still work together.

Do you offer a free initial consultation?

Yes, I am more than happy to discuss any problem at length on the telephone. For most people this is sufficient to get answers to their questions.

What happens during the first session?

During the first session we discuss your problem. I’ll ask several questions to know more about you and I’ll give you an introduction of hypnosis and NLP. This is the ideal time for you to ask questions and to clarify any doubts you may have.
If we have time we’ll do hypnosis. At the end of the session I’ll give you an 18 minute recording for you to listen to everyday, this will help in between therapy sessions.
The first session is usually 2 hours long.

Whatever we discuss in the therapy room is strictly confidential.

Clinical Hypnotherapy Vs Stage Hypnosis

Clinical hypnosis is used mainly for therapeutic purposes. Please make sure you find a professionally trained practitioner.

The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) is a national professional body whose aim is to promote and assure high standards in the practice of hypnotherapy. On their website, you can search for a hypnotherapist in your area.

Stage hypnosis is the use of hypnosis for entertainment purposes. A stage hypnotist is not necessarily professionally trained.

How many sessions will I need?

Every person is different, therefore every session is tailored to each individual considering their circumstances and problem.

Some people need or feel that they have accomplished their goal in one session; others may need more.

In general patients/clients need between 3 and 6 sessions.

For weight loss I have different options, please contact me for more details.

Is your question not listed here?, please get in touch, I’ll be happy to help you.

Research on Hypnosis

Research on the subject of hypnosis and its effectiveness began a little more than 30 years ago, when psychologist Ernest Hilgard, Ph.D., a former president of the American Psychological Association, set up the Laboratory of Hypnosis Research at Stanford University. At about the same time, psychiatrist Martin Orne, M.D., of Harvard and psychologist T. X. Barber, Ph.D., of the Medfield Foundation, pioneered hypnosis research at their respective organizations. Since then, dozens of research programs on hypnosis have sprung to life in universities and medical schools in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. (1)

The burgeoning hypnosis field also supports two independent professional organizations and two major journals devoted exclusively to the topic. The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, which publishes the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, currently enrolls over 1,000 members. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, publisher of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, boasts almost 4,000 members. Several smaller organizations flourishing in a number of foreign countries publish their own journals on the subject.

In clinical practice here and elsewhere, hypnosis has simply taken off. Inspired by the late psychotherapist Milton Erickson, M.D. (considered by many to be the father of modem medical hypnosis).

Here’s some Scientific Hypnosis Research:


-Alladin, A. (2014). The Wounded Self: New Approach to Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. 56(4), P. 368-388.

-Daitch, C. (2014). Hypnotherapeutic Treatment for Anxiety-Related Relational Discord: A Short-Term Hypnotherapeutic Protocol. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. 56(4), P.325-342.

-Iglesias, A. (2014). Hypnosis Aided Fixed Role Therapy for Social Phobia: A Case Report. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. 56(4), P.405-412.

-Rui-zhe, H. et al. (2015). Influence of Hypnosis Therapy on Family Function in Patients with Anxiety Disorder. Journal of Kunming Medical University / Kunming Yike Daxue Xuebao . 36 (1), P.105-107.

-Spiegel, D. & Riba, M.B. (2014). Managing Anxiety and Depression During Treatment. The Breast Journal. 21(1), P.97-103


-Alladin, A. (2009). Evidence-based cognitive hypnotherapy for depression. Contemporary Hypnosis, 26(4). 245-262.

-Yapko, M. D. (2010). Hypnosis in the treatment of depression: An overdue approach for encouraging skillful mood management. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 58(2), 137-146.


-Houghton L. A., Heyman D.J., Whorwell P.J. (1996). Symptomatology, quality of life and economic features of irritable bowel syndrome–the effect of hypnotherapy. Aliment Pharmacol Ther, 10:1, 91-5.

-Wilson, S., et al.(2006). Systematic review: the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in the management of irritable bowel syndrom. Alimentary Pharmacology and Theerapeutics, 24, 769-780.


-Borkovec, T. D., Fowles, D. C. (1973). Controlled investigation of the effects of progressive and hypnotic relaxation on insomnia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 82(1), 153-158.

-Schaefert, R., et al. (2014). Efficacy, Tolerability, and Safety of Hypnosis in Adult Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Psychosomatic Medicine, 76, 389-398.


-Tan, G., Rintala, D. H., Jensen, M. P., Fukui, T., Smith, D., & Williams, W. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of hypnosis compared with biofeedback for adults with chronic low back pain. European Journal of Pain.

-Crawford, H. J., Gur, R. C., Skolnick, B., Gur, R. E., Benson, D. M. (1993). Effects of hypnosis on regional cerebral blood flow during ischemic pain with and without suggested hypnotic analgesia. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 15, 181-195.

-Derbyshire, S. W. G., Whalley, M. G., Stenger, V. A., Oakley, D. A. (2004). Cerebral activation during hypnotically induced and imagined pain. NeuroImage, 27: 969-78.

-Derbyshire, S. W. G., Whalley, M. G., Oakley, D. A. (2008). Fibromyalgia pain and its modulation by hypnotic and non-hypnotic suggestion: An fMRI analysis. European Journal of Pain.

-Hilgard, E. R. (1973). A neurodissociation interpretation of pain reduction in hypnosis. Psychological Review, 80,396-411.

-Jensen, M. P., Patterson, D. R. (2014). Hypnotic approaches for chronic pain management: clinical implications of recent research findings. American Psychologist, 69(2), 167-177

-Patterson, D. R., Jensen, M. P. (2003). Hypnosis and clinical pain. Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 129, pp. 495-521.

-Vanhaudenhuyse, A., et al. (2009). Pain and non-pain processing during hypnosis: A thalium-YAG event-related fMRI study. NeuroImage, 47, 1047-1054.

Sleep Disorders:

-Hurwitz, T. D., et al.(1991). A retrospective outcome study and review of hypnosis as treatment of adults with sleepwalking and sleep terror. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 179(4), 228-233.

Smoking Cessation:

-Abbot, N. C., Stead, L.F., White, A. R., Barnes, J. (1998) Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001008. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001008

-Covino, N. A., Bottari, M. (2001). Hypnosis, behavioural theory, and smoking cessation. Journal of Dental Education, 65(4), 340-347.

-Green, J. P., Lynn, S. J. (2000). Hypnosis and suggestion-based approaches to smoking cessation. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 48(2), 195-223.

Weight Loss:

-Allison, D. B., Faith, M. S. (1996). Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy for obesity: A meta-analytic reappraisal. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64, 513-516.

-Barabasz, M., Spiegel, D. (1989). Hypnotizability and weight loss in obese subjects. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 8, 335-341

-Bolocofsky, D. N., Spinler, D., Coulthard-Morris, L. (1985). Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioural weight management. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41, 35-41.

-Bornstein, P. H., Devine, D. A. (1980). Covert modeling-hypnosis in the treatment of obesity. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, 17, 272-276.