Frequently Asked Questions

How does Solution Focused Hypnotherapy work?

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis. To find out more read our main page on What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. If you have any further questions feel free to email or phone Hannah. Her contact details are on the home page.

How does Hypnotherapy differ from other types of treatment?

Unlike other forms of Hypnotherapy and talking therapies, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses a specific structure, which takes aspects of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) (which focuses on solutions not problems) and combines these with an understanding of how the brain works, along with using trance/ guided relaxation. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is also different, as it doesn’t require the therapist to ‘dig into’ a person’s past, as this is not seen as necessary to help the person create plans and hopes for how they want to move forward in the future.

Will I be Hypnotised in my Initial Consultation? 

No. During the Initial consultation we chat about how the brain works, how our issues come about and how we can make a positive change for the future. We do not introduce Hypnosis/Trance until the first full session. Hypnosis will be fully explained in the Initial Consultation.  

Can everyone be hypnotised?

Yes,! Whilst not everyone can go into an instant hypnotic trance used for stage hypnosis, everyone can experience trance. The level of trance will depend upon the person, some may experience a lighter trance state whilst others may go deeper. Trance is a very natural, relaxing experience. It is a state we go into on a daily basis for example when we are driving, glued to a really good TV series or engrossed in a good book. You can find my video explaining trance on the What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy tab.

Can you get stuck in Trance?

No you can not get stuck in the trance state. Just as you can't get stuck watching your latest favourite TV series, as your attention will eventually be returned to something else. For some people it may take a little bit longer to come back to full awareness and open their eyes as we finish, but this is simply because they are enjoying the relaxing experience. 

How many sessions will I need?

This will depend on the individual and why they are coming for sessions. For smoking cessation it is generally only 1 session. Phobias/fears are usually 4 sessions. For anxiety and depression, we may see each other for 8-12 sessions, sometimes more depending on the person.

I have tried everything to stop smoking, how is Hypnotherapy different? 

During the session I explain how your brain works and why you smoke, which is important in itself to understand. I then use trance to remove the habit. This is much more powerful than will-power alone. Clients must be willing to stop though as hypnosis can not force anyone to do something against their own will.

Do you do sessions online?

Yes, online sessions are available using Zoom which can be used on a phone, laptop or tablet. Online sessions have been found to be just as effective as Face to Face sessions. Online sessions allow you to access therapy from the comfort of your own home. 

Are you part of a professional body?

Yes I am a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) and the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH). This means I have to meet certain requirements to maintain my memberships by attending regular Supervision sessions and keeping up to date with new research through Continual Professional Development courses (CPDs).

What if I cancel or miss a session will there be a charge?

Yes, I charge my full fee if you miss an appointment or cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice, as this is lost time for me (unless there are mitigating circumstances).

What Payment methods can be accepted?

For face to face sessions I accept card payments through a Sumup Card Reader or Cash. For online sessions payment can be made through PayPal or bank transfer.

HC Hypnotherapy

Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.