hypnotherapy - Frequently asked questions

What is Hypnosis?
When you are in hypnosis you are very relaxed, your conscious mind switches off and your subconscious mind is in a state of heightened awareness. This is when you are likely to take on positive suggestions. Everyone goes into a trance state several times every day, for example, while watching a film on TV (that's how adverts work) or when you are driving on 'autopilot'. When you choose to, your conscious mind can take over in a split second.

What is hypnotherapy and how does it work?
Hypnotherapy is a very powerful way of helping your mind heal itself naturally without any side effects. The therapy can be used to break habits, improve confidence levels and get rid of negative feelings. Inappropriate feelings of anger and guilt can be corrected. Hypnotherapy can also be used to restore equilibrium to the mind and body and can help with some physical problems too as many physical illnesses are brought on by the mind. How hypnotherapy works.

What about confidentiality?
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and will be maintained at all times and in accordance with the laws of the country. I am a member of the CNHC and abide by strict rules of conduct.

How many sessions will I need?
This will vary depending on your needs, for example stop smoking will normally take just one or two sessions, but this is just dealing with a habit. With other problems we may need to look at changing old unwanted behaviours and creating new more appropriate behaviour patterns. In some cases confidence therapy may be required to gain a more positive outlook on life and improve self worth. Some people are very motivated and only need a few sessions, while others may take a bit longer. We will discuss your progress after each session and what is best for you.

How long is a hypnotherapy session?
Each session will last approximately one and a half hours and you should always allow for this length of time when booking your appointments.

Will I have any exercises to do at home?
Yes you will have some homework to do! You will be given CDs to listen to during the course of your treatment and it is very important that you listen to these every single day between your appointments to reinforce the therapy and to help you to achieve your goal. If you prefer, I can send you an electronic version for download to an MP3 player or smart phone.

I also incorporate CBT exercises into the therapy which helps you start to understand how your thoughts, moods, behaviours and reactions are all interlinked. You can see from the diagram above that small changes in one area can lead to changes in all other areas of life.

Can anyone be hypnotised?
Generally, yes, but only if you co-operate and allow yourself to be hypnotised.

How can I make an appointment?
Please call Sandy on 07779 424018 if you would like to discuss your needs in more detail or book an appointment. Alternatively contact me by using the contact me form.

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Sandy Hector BSc(Hons) Psychology, Certificate in Education (Southampton University), Diploma in Hypnotherapy (HSH), Registered Hypnotherapist (GHR), Certified Master Practitioner of NLP, Certified Master Practitioner of HNLP, Certified Master Practitioner of the Art and Science of Time-Based Techniques, Certified Hypno-gastric Band Therapist, Certified Parts Therapy Facilitator, FRYOG Yoga Teacher Diploma.


"For the past thirty five years, I appear to have been on some fad diet or another. I always put my bad eating habits down to being told I was overweight by the Doctor when I was ten stone (I was six foot tall) and constantly battling from then on, but this was not infact the case.

During my treatment with Sandy for the Hypno Gastric Band, and the associated therapies, I realised that I did infact have many deep seated issues that had given cause to my appalling dieting tendencies.

These issues were raised and dealt with and I have to say, the whole experience has given me a new lease of life.

I completed the Hypno Gastric Band therapy, which through the power of suggestion, really does make you feel as though you have had a Gastic Band fitted and convinces you of the many benefits.

To date I have lost 1 3/4 stone (22 lbs), I feel fuller, eat very little junk food and my health is seriously improving. The weight loss is slow, but constant (and that is by my choice, I'm sure if I actually dieted I would lose far more) but, that is not what this is about for me. I wanted to change my diet, to lower my cholesterol and evade having to use 'statins' and to help my angina problem and this is happening, slowly and gradually, more to the point 'permanently' and healthily I am sure.

I thank Sandy in succeeding, where no-one else has. Not only has she helped cure my bad eating habits, but she's helped cure the inner person that was constantly driving me down the wrong path!
Thank you Sandy x"

JY - Ryde