Frequently asked questions

Helpful answers to questions I’m often asked. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for just get in touch.

What is solution focused hypnotherapy?

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a modern combination of psychotherapy, (a talking therapy) and hypnosis. It’s based on the latest research from neuroscience and incorporates the very best elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). The psychotherapy itself is extremely beneficial and we enhance the effects through the application of hypnosis.

Hypnosis or ‘trance’ is a very natural, relaxing state, where you remain in complete control. Encouraged using guided relaxation this allows your mind to relax and focus on thoughts and suggestions that may be useful to bring about your desired changes. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses practical, structured, and well-researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time. We look at what you want to achieve, the solution, rather than dwelling on problems of the past that caused the issue.

What can Hypnotherapy help with?

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help improve many conditions and symptoms that are often related to anxiety and depression. It is also a fantastic therapy for treating sleep problems, chronic pain, IBS, motivation, confidence, phobias and quit smoking. The solution focused approach is also effective in helping in other areas such as sports performance and business, helping clients to maximise their performance to achieve their goals. If your particular issue is not mentioned here, please contact me to find out if I can help.

What is hypnosis like?

Hypnosis or trance is simply a state of focused attention. In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestion. In a therapeutic setting, the suggestions are designed to be beneficial to help you change unhelpful thought patterns. During the trance state you are fully in control, you’ll process the suggestions and decide whether the information shared is useful, if not you will simply not accept it. When hypnotherapy takes place, you will be asked to relax in a comfortable reclining chair or therapy couch. I’ll then talk and guide you into further relaxation. Everything I suggest will be designed to bring about positive changes by helping you change your thought patterns. You won’t need to talk or reveal any secrets. Clients often comment about how ‘ordinary’ hypnosis feels – it’s not unlike daydreaming – you can often hear everything that’s being said whilst being in a deeply relaxed state.

Can everyone be hypnotised?

Everyone’s experience of trance differs. For the purposes of this therapy a simple light trance state is very effective for most issues and can be achieved easily using guided relaxation techniques. You’ll find it easier to achieve a hypnotic state with continued practice by using my relaxation self-hypnosis track at home and as our weekly sessions progress.

Will it be safe to drive afterwards?

Yes, you remain in complete control before, during and after the session.

What is your confidentiality policy?

I adhere to a code of professional conduct as documented with the following professional associations that I am registered with: Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) and The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and they ensure I uphold high standards of confidentiality. All information discussed or recorded during our sessions is fully confidential and treated with care. Your information is not shared unless you provide express permission for me to do so. I have professional supervisors with whom I may discuss your sessions with, in all cases client anonymity will be respected.  This ensures that you receive a high quality of care.

How do I know you are qualified?

I trained at the prestigious Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training School (CPHT), which is a recognised, accredited Centre of Excellence in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. I have been awarded the Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH).

The letters AfSFH (Reg) and CNHC after my name demonstrate that I have received a high standard of training and have had my credentials checked, approved and validated by the professional organisations that I have voluntarily registered with. I also have to provide evidence of ongoing training and professional development as well as supervision to these organisations. The CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners and is sponsored by the Department of Health. Its key function is to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration. You can view my details with these professional organisations by checking their websites:



Can you guarantee success?

Therapists should never guarantee 100% success, no such claims should ever be made. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process and success is dependent on your desire and commitment to the therapy and for making changes in your life. I have received a high level of training and have experience of working with a broad range of clients with many differing conditions. We’ll review your progress each week and you are in control of how many sessions you feel you need to reach your desired outcome.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions differs for everyone depending on the issues being addressed. Sometimes change happens fairly quickly for clients, for others it can take longer. Some clients return after a successful treatment programme on a monthly basis to maintain their focus, which some call ‘mind management’. At your initial consultation we’ll discuss your specific needs and tailor a plan accordingly. As a rough guide the average number of weekly sessions after the initial consultation are as follows:

Anxiety and depression conditions 8 to 12 sessions

Specific phobia or fear 3 sessions

Quit Smoking a single session of 90 to 120 minutes

The initial consultation lasts up to 45 minutes, subsequent weekly hypnotherapy sessions are approximately 50 minutes.

How much will my sessions cost?

  • Your initial consultation is £50 and includes a free relaxation hypnotherapy CD or mp3 to use at home which supports the process in between sessions
  • Subsequent hypnotherapy weekly sessions are £80 each
  • A block booking of 6 Hypnotherapy sessions are discounted to £432
  • Quit Smoking is a single session at £180

How do I make an appointment?

Please contact me either by using the contact form here or by email or phone

Phone: 07464 682 389


Do you hold evening and weekend appointments?

Evening appointments are available but tend to get booked up quickly appointment are available:

Monday – Friday 10:00 – 20:00

Weekends: Closed

How can I pay?

You can make payment by cash, card, bank transfer or cheque before or after each session.

Online sessions are payable via bank transfer 24 hours prior to the appointment.

What is the cancellation policy?

Please provide 48 hours’ notice if you need to cancel or reschedule a session. I hold a waiting list, and this allows me to offer your appointment to others. To cancel or change your appointment, please call me to discuss, I reserve the right to charge late cancellations, forgotten or missed appointments at the full rate.

Where can I park?

Clients attending appointments at the Integral LIFE Centre in Bagshot, can find a convenient car park nearby behind the Co-Op Supermarket. Parking is free for 2 hours with a valid ticket.