Hypnotherapy Plus

We are here to support you in the best way possible and our frequently asked questions are here to support you further. However, Hypnotherapy Plus is committed to ensuring you have all the information so please contact us should you require any further assistance.

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:


  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values

  • Developing skills for improving your relationships

  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy

  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety

  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures

  • Improving communications and listening skills

  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones

  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage

  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.  


Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. 


Hypnotherapy FAQ

Can anybody be hypnotised ?

Yes, anyone can be hypnotised as long as they want to be and have an ability to concentrate. So it is not appropriate for very young children or people with certain mental disabilities. A hypnotherapist can not force you to go into hypnosis against your will. At Hypnotherapy Plus we will assess each person to see what treatment is a good choice for each individual.

How many sessions will I need?

On average Hypnotherapy Plus sees people 3-4 times, but sometimes more or less sessions are required. Hypnotherapy is an effective therapy but it also depends on your motivation and desire to change. Your hypnotherapist will want to help you in the minimum number of sessions possible. You and the hypnotherapist will review your progress so that at any time you can make a valued judgement about how the therapy is progressing.

How often will I need to see the hypnotherapist?

This depends on the type of problem and on the progress made. Your hypnotherapist will usually see you once a week. However some clients have hypnotherapy once a fortnight or even once a month depending on their circumstances. Please note the full fee may be liable unless a minimum of twenty four hours notice is given to cancel or rearrange appointments.

How Much Does It Cost?

Sessions with Hypnotherapy Plus last approx 30 minutes to an 1 hour and costs £40 to £45 depending on if we visit you at your convenience.


Cancellation Policy:

Standard 48 hours notice of change to appointment time.

50% fee if less than 48 hours notice.

100% fee if cancelled less than 24 hours notice.


Having said that we recognise that challenging situations sometimes occur in life and our priority is always to treat people fairly.


In the case of last minute rearranging please call the office as soon as you can.

What Is The Next Step?...click the link below


Counselling FAQ

What kind of problems can counselling help me with?

Counselling can help with a wide range of concerns including

  • Abuse

  • Addiction

  • Anger

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Bereavement and loss

  • Carer responsibilities

  • Depression

  • Divorce

  • Eating disorders

  • Health issues

  • Major life changes

  • OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)

  • Phobias and fears

  • Redundancy and work issues

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Sexuality

  • Trauma

  • Violence

  • Worry

Short-Term Counselling
Short term counselling is a good step for people who do not want to make a long commitment or have a particular issue to work with such as a relationship difficulty. It is often used by people who have had counselling in the past and want to return to work on a particular issue.


Short term counselling is usually from 6 to 20 weeks, although some people only want one or two sessions.  The counsellor and client can agree the issues that need to be worked on and set aims for the sessions.  The cost per session is a fixed fee of £40.


You may be able to access free short term counselling with a referral from your GP.  Please speak to your doctor and ask to be referred to us.

What is an assessment appointment?
The first session of any counselling is an consultation session which lasts for around an hour and a half. During this time, the counsellor will ask certain questions about you and your life. This information helps to make an initial assessment of your circumstance and the type of counselling best suited to your needs.


Will the counsellor give me advice?
Your counsellor is not there to give you advice, tell you what to do or judge you in any way.  The aim of counselling is to help you come to your own decision(s), only you know how you feel in any given situation. The counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.


What does a counsellor do?
Listening carefully is the largest part of what all counsellors do. They make sure clients have clarified the problem areas in their own terms and help them decide what steps they want to take next. Counsellors will always let the work proceed at the client’s pace.


Can I have counselling even though I’m not really ill?
You do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one before choosing to have therapy. Please contact us to see how counselling can help if you are currently struggling to overcome a particular issue in your life, and you feel that counselling could possibly benefit you right now.

What can I talk about?
Before attending your first counselling first, it may be helpful to prepare by writing down your reasons for seeking help to make describing your feelings to a Counsellor more comfortable.  You can talk about anything that is on your mind, however large or small you think your problem is. You might find yourself saying things you had not expected to say.  A counsellor will always help you explore your circumstances.

How do I know if a counsellor is qualified?
You can always ask the counsellor what their qualifications are. Some of our counsellors are completing their training under close supervision. If you do not feel the counsellor is right for you, please discuss it with the counsellor and if you still do not feel it is right, contact us.


How do I know I will receive a professional service?
Our counsellors are fully qualified in psychodynamic counselling or are completing their training under close supervision. 


What should I look for in a therapist?
Things to make sure about with any counsellor or therapist you visit are:

  • that they have recognised academic qualifications

  • that they adhere to a professional code of conduct

  • that they have regular, ongoing supervision to ensure safe and ethical practice

  • that they discuss certain issues with you up front before any commitment is made to the sessions including:

    • their counselling approach

    • confidentiality issues

    • fees

    • length of sessions

    • their responsibilities to you

    • your responsibility to them

Cancellation Policy:

Standard 48 hours notice of change to appointment time.

50% fee if less than 48 hours notice.

100% fee if cancelled less than 24 hours notice.


Having said that we recognise that challenging situations sometimes occur in life and our priority is always to treat people fairly.


In the case of last minute rearranging please call the office as soon as you can.

What Is The Next Step?...click the link below



How many sessions will I need?

This is probably the most frequently asked question about CBT. The answer is an honest “at this stage, I don’t know”. We will need to meet you for an assessment, and gain a better understanding of your difficulties before we can say how many sessions you will need. CBT is not a “one size fits all” approach and I will therefore want to find out more about your difficulties. CBT is time-limited; typically, it lasts between 5-20 sessions. However, if a problem is long-standing (has been around for many years) or you have multiple problems, therapy can last longer than 20 sessions. Duration of therapy depends on the nature of your problems and on your progress.

I've heard that CBT is short-term; how short-term is it?

This is a great question. The assumption is that CBT is shorter-term than long-term psychoanalysis, and this is most often the case. CBT can last anywhere from a handful of sessions, to 20+ sessions, depending on the nature of the problem. Certainly, the NICE Guidelines recommend between 12-15 sessions of CBT for generalised anxiety disorder (also known as “worry”) but they also acknowledge that more sessions may be necessary if clinically required.


For example, individuals with long-standing personality difficulties (affecting their relationships) may benefit from longer-term CBT.


There isn’t a one size fits all approach to CBT (the number of sessions required is based on a number of factors), i.e. the nature of your problems, engagement with therapy, pace of progress, etc.

How often do I need to attend for therapy?

We will meet weekly at the start of treatment. Once you start to feel better we will discuss reducing the frequency of our sessions to every fortnight, etc. When you feel ready to end therapy, we can plan some follow-up appointments to help you maintain the progress you have made, usually at 3 and 6 month intervals.

How soon can I expect to feel better?

Some individuals find it helpful to just come and talk to somebody about their difficulties, especially if this is the first time they are opening up, however, and contrary to popular belief, CBT is not a “quick-fix” therapy; therapy is a process, and it can take a few sessions for you to start to benefit from the therapeutic techniques that your therapist will teach you. The assessment process is the first stage of therapy, and can take up to three sessions for your therapist to gain a good understanding of your difficulties and what maintains them. Based on your therapist’s understanding of your difficulties, and a shared understanding between the two of you, of what maintains your difficulties (i.e., unhelpful behaviours like procrastinating, excessive alcohol use, setting unrealistic standards for yourself), your therapist will introduce you to a set of skills and techniques that will require practice on your part, between sessions. The practice that you put in between sessions is as important, if not more, than the actual therapy sessions-think about it: a therapy session is 50 minutes/week, but you have 6 + days between sessions to practice your new skills.

Who can refer for therapy?

We accept referrals from GPs, Consultant Psychiatrists, other Health Professionals, Employers, Occupational Health Departments, Insurance Companies, Solicitors. You can also refer yourself.


Will anyone else have to be involved in my treatment?

No, nobody else has to know that you are seeking therapy, however, in order for me to take you on as a client/patient, you will need to be registered with a GP and you will need to provide me with your GP details. If you are not already registered with a GP, you will need to do so before Hypnotherapy Plus agree to take you on as a client/patient. We do not provide an out of hours emergency service, and if you needed support out of hours, your GP is normally the person to contact. Also, if we are ever concerned about your mental state, and we haven’t heard from you in a while, it is your GP who we would contact to see that you are OK. Ultimately, your GP is responsible for your care.

If, after your assessment with me, we both agree that you would benefit from an antidepressant, we would normally refer you to a consultant psychiatrist who will discuss medication with you. The consultant psychiatrist is also bound by confidentiality. Some patients/clients like their GP’s to be aware that they are seeking treatment; if you would like me to write to your GP informing them that you are seeing me for therapy, we would be happy to do so.


Is everything we discuss confidential?

Yes, we treat all information disclosed to me as confidential. Your confidentiality will be maintained at all times however, as part of our own professional development, we will need to discuss the clients we see our supervisors. Our supervisors are bound by the same ethical guidelines regarding confidentiality as we are. Hypnotherapy Plus never disclose names when discussing clients with the supervisor. We will not disclose your details to a third party without your prior consent, except under the following circumstances: 1) if, in our opinion you are at imminent risk of hurting yourself, 2) if, in our opinion, you present a risk to others. Under these circumstances, we reserve the right to inform appropriate external agencies, normally your GP (as in circumstance 1) or the police (as in circumstance 2). In the event that we need to disclose information to a third party, we will always attempt to discuss this with you beforehand.

Why should I choose CBT over other therapies?

There are a lot of “talking therapies” available, with some offering longer-term therapy (traditionally, psychoanalysis lasts over one year). CBT is a relatively short-term therapy (up to 20 sessions), and is goal-focused.

NICE (The National Institute for Clinical Excellence) issues guidelines for the treatment and care of people with depression and anxiety, and sets National Standards for care for people with depression and anxiety.

NICE recommends CBT as the psychological therapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Clinical trials have been carried out which have demonstrated CBT’s effectiveness, compared to other talking therapies. The updated version on NICE’s guideline for the treatment of depression in adults is available to read.

Over the years, CBT has received a lot of coverage in the media because it is evidence-based and has shown to be effective in treating a number of emotional and behavioural problems. Here is an article supporting the effectiveness of CBT.


Are there problems CBT cannot help?

CBT can help with most emotional and psychological problems, though therapists vary in their experience and skill base. We have listed below the three main problem areas that I do not specialise in.

Will CBT work for me?

This is largely dependent on how much time, effort and hard work you are prepared to put into your treatment. We will review your progress regularly and if you do not think you are making progress, we can discuss the possible reasons why this may be.


CBT is not for everyone; after your initial assessment, if we think you will benefit more from a different therapy approach, we will discuss this with you, and will either provide you with contact details of another therapist or Service, or offer to refer you to another therapist or Service, if we think it’s appropriate.

How can CBT help me with the past?

CBT is a here-and-now therapy. One of the main principles of CBT is that we cannot change the past; we can only change how we think about, and understand the past. The first stage of CBT is the assessment stage, where you and your therapist will develop a good understanding of how your problems developed, and what is maintaining them.


The main focus of your CBT sessions will be on changing current behaviours, that serve to maintain your problems, in order to help you act in ways consistent with your values and goals. In your CBT sessions, you will also learn how to pay more attention to your thoughts, and turn the more negative, unhelpful thoughts into more helpful thoughts. This will enable you to move forward in life, instead of being held back by your past experiences.

How does CBT differ from other forms of therapy?

One of the main differences between the various psychotherapies and counselling is in how active an approach the therapy is, and therefore how active a role you will be expected to play.


In CBT your role is as an active participant, where you and your therapist collaborate and work together to come to a shared understanding of your problems and develop strategies together for overcoming them. CBT is empowering in that you will learn how to help yourself so that if the same problems crop up in future, you will be better prepared to deal with them.


Cancellation Policy:

Standard 48 hours notice of change to appointment time.

50% fee if less than 48 hours notice.

100% fee if cancelled less than 24 hours notice.


Having said that we recognise that challenging situations sometimes occur in life and our priority is always to treat people fairly.


In the case of last minute rearranging please call the office as soon as you can.

What Is The Next Step?...click the link below


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