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FAQ Hypnotherapy

The First session

Arriving for your first session

At our premises, on Tettenhall Road, there are separate door bells to each therapy room. When you ring the bell to your therapist's room they will speak to you briefly over the intercom before buzzing you in.

Please be aware that if you ring the bell a little too early you may be disturbing the session immediately before yours, so it's best not to arrive until a few minutes before the session itself begins.

During the first session

During your first session the hypnotherapist will take a full case history, explain what to expect and answer any questions you may have. You will be invited to talk about the your problems, your history, your needs and wishes, your personal life circumstances, the reasons that have led to the development of your difficulties and the way in which your current difficulties affect your life. The hypnotherapist will also ask what you hope to gain from hypnotherapy and you may wish to establish some therapy goals. The first appointment will also include your first hypnosis session. Following this appointment and an agreement that hypnotherapy will be beneficial, an ongoing appointment will be arranged at a time to suit you.

Number and duration of sessions

Many issues can be helped in a relatively short time of up to three sessions and other issues may a little take longer. How many sessions you need depends on the nature, complexity and severity of your individual problems and circumstances.

Hypnotherapy sessions last 60 minutes.

Hypnotherapy at Lewis Psychology, Wolverhampton

Service Standards And Therapeutic Approach

Registered Hypnotherapists

Our hypnotherapy team abide by a strict code of ethics and have the psychological skills to understand and work with a range of problems presented to us by our clients.  We are all registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) which is the main hypnotherapy register in the United Kingdom. We are also registered with The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) as validated hypnotherapy practitioners.

To find out more about our professional registrations please visit: Professional Registrations

To find out what to look for when choosing a hypnotherapist please visit: How To Choose A Hypnotherapist

Therapeutic Approach

At Lewis Psychology you certainly won't be asked to lie on a couch and regress to your childhood or re-visit an early traumatic event. We consider the use of regressive techniques in hypnotherapy to be outdated. Neuroscientists, by contrast, are now documenting how some brain systems of memory and learning are better oriented to exploring future life possibilities rather than maintaining records of the past.

This future orientation of the brain is an important focus for facilitating current problem solving in clinical hypnotherapy. Focus your attention on something new, and you make new neural connections. This has shown to be true through studies of neuro-plasticity, where focused attention plays a critical role in creating physical changes in the brain. This concept also explains the power of having a solution focus over a problem focus approach to hypnotherapy. A brain-based approach explains how focusing on the solutions actually creates solutions, while focusing on the problems can deepen those problems in our thinking.

Our hypnotherapists use a combination of advanced hypnotherapy skills and evidence based psychological approaches, which are informed by the latest neuroscientific research. The approaches used include a combination of Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Positive Psychology. These models are recognised as active, future orientated and solution focussed approaches that promote change and focus on ones inner strengths, potential and resources.

To find out more abut the different types of hypnotherapy please visit: How To Choose A Hypnotherapist

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnotherapy

Is hypnosis dangerous?

Hypnosis is not dangerous, it is a normal state of mind, one which most people go in and out of every day. You may be watching a film that you are engrossed in, driving down a long monotonous road, listening to music that captures a mood or engrosses you, all these are examples of hypnosis. We experience hypnosis every day and don't even know it.

Can the hypnotherapist make me do something I would not ordinarily do?

This is probably the biggest myth regarding hypnotherapy and hypnosis. Stage hypnotists seem to make people do strange things while hypnotised, but the truth is these people feel they have a duty to comply or have a desire to be outrageous.

Can I be hypnotised?

Yes, you can teach your body and mind to go into trance, and get better at it as you practice. Almost everybody can be hypnotised if they want to be, except perhaps those who are unable to focus their attention for prolonged periods of time, such as the very young or very old, or those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Will I know that I have been hypnotised?

You may not even realise that you were hypnotised. Some people know that they were because they feel they have been in a very relaxed trance state for only a few minutes and after they are awakened have found that it is actually 30 or 40 minutes (this is known as time distortion). Once you begin to see positive changes in the way you think and feel, you will know that you have been hypnotised.

Could I get 'stuck' in trance?

No. It simply doesn't happen. You are able to come out of the session at any time - all you have to do is tell yourself to do so.

Does hypnotherapy really work?

There have been many research studies done showing how effective hypnotherapy can be for many types of problems and conditions, for example, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), hypnotherapy has proven to have one of the highest success rates over other treatment methods even in very severe cases. 

Who should not receive hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is contraindicated for individuals who are paranoid, psychotic, delusional, or hallucinatory.  If in any doubt, please consult your doctor.

How do I find a hypnotherapist?

For further information about what to look for when choosing a hypnotherapist please visit How to choose a hypnotherapist.

 

Record Keeping and Confidentiality

Confidentiality

The content of your hypnotherapy sessions are confidential, however in order to enhance the quality of therapy being offered to you, your hypnotherapist may discuss your case on a confidential basis with their clinical supervisor. Regular clinical supervision is a professional and ethical requirement of all hypnotherapists that are registered with the GHR. This process maximises the therapist's therapeutic effectiveness and ensures that professional and ethical standards are adhered to. If your hypnotherapist considers that you are at imminent risk of causing serious harm to yourself or others, they may seek additional assistance on your behalf or on the behalf of vulnerable others. Your therapist will talk to you about their concerns and endeavour to gain your consent before doing this. In the case of a disclosure concerning acts of terrorism or drug trafficking your hypnotherapist is legally obliged to break confidentiality and pass such disclosures onto the relevant authority.

Record Keeping

Your hypnotherapist will make brief notes after each session, the notes will be securely stored and you cannot be identified from them as your name will be omitted. Notes of sessions are kept separately from personal details in order to protect your anonymity and maintain confidentiality. Lewis Psychology CIC is a registered data controller with the Information Commissioner's Office and all personal information is kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998).

Access to Records

An £80 administrative fee will be charged to all clients requesting access to their records. All records belong to Lewis Psychology CIC and not the client or hypnotherapist.

 

Cancellations, Punctuality And Fees

Cancellation procedure

Much preparation occurs before the arrival of each client and, within a period of two working days, the session becomes non-transferable.  When you make an appointment we reserve the whole session for you. We will need at least two working days notice (excluding Sundays and Bank Holidays) if you wish to cancel or reschedule an appointment otherwise you will be liable to pay the full session fee.

If you are unable to attend a session for any reason, it will usually not be possible for your hypnotherapist to make use of 'your time' by filling your session with a different client. Thus a missed session represents a lost opportunity for another client and a lot of wasted preparation for the hypnotherapist.

More than two late notice cancellations may prompt your therapist to consider withdrawing our service altogether, in order that your time-slot may be offered to someone else.

Punctuality

Punctuality is advised as session times cannot be extended to accommodate late arrivals.

Session fees

For more information regarding our pricing structure for self funding customers please click: Fees

If you are a business, social worker or other third party referral agent please contact us on 01902 827808 for more information regarding our corporate pricing structure. Alternatively fill out our online contact form

 

Age limitations, Language and Childcare

Age limit

Hypnotherapy services are available to everyone aged 16 and above. There is no upper age limit.

Childcare

We do not have the facilities to provide childcare.

Languages

Hypnotherapy is provided in English and Punjabi.

Home visits

We do not offer home visits

 

Visitors with Disabilities

Lewis Psychology can appreciate and respond to the needs of customers impacted by disabilities issues since the company itself reflects a myriad of skills, experiences, backgrounds and styles — all of which promote an environment of inclusion and respect for the many different people and cultures.

Lewis Psychology employs people impacted by disabilities as part of our dedication to meet our social objectives as a registered Community Interest Company (CIC).

Visitors with disabilities are advised to notify us of any special assistance you would like us to provide. Please inform us of any special requirements at the time of booking an appointment. 

If you would like to view our disability strategy please contact us. 

Accessibility

  • For our customers with a physical disability please use the rear car park as disabled access is at the rear of the building.  
  • If you use a wheelchair or any special equipment please let us know before your visit. This is so that we can arrange for everything to be ready on your arrival. 
  • We offer a warm welcome for assistance dog

 

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