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Hypnotherapy FAQ


 Will I fall asleep ? Will i struggle to wake up? 

 You may fall asleep, everyone is different. You will be in a relaxed position on a couch or reclining chair with a blanket over you to feel comfortable. The subconscious doesn’t switch off and does hear sounds voices and we can tap into this whilst asleep. Often people wear headphones to fall asleep with and recall a therapy, story or piece of music the following day, although they insist they were asleep. Most people drift and find it easy for suggestibility to bring them back to a gentle relaxed state. 


Will I be made to do things I am not comfortable with?

 No this is not a talking therapy as such unless you wish to divulge anything which of course will remain confidential. If you are suffering with a trauma and need further assistance in a mental health field or similar I can refer you on to the relevant organisation. Secrets, confidential information, confessions are not what Hypnotherapy is about. This should not be mistaken for the stage hypnotism whereby candidates taking part are completely happy for information to be given as part of the entertainment.




HypnoBirthing  FAQ

Who is suitable for HypnoBirthing?

 Anyone and everyone is suitable. Whether you are a first time parent (known as a primip) or had previous babies (known as a multip/many babies grandmultip) –  homebirths, caesarean sections, vaginal births after caesareans (VBAC), breech pregnancies, multiple pregnancies, parents of previous stillbirth, teenage parents, same sex couples, single parents, parents from the Deaf Community (I am basic sign language trained). High risk/low risk. Absolutely anyone can benefit. Also if your birth preferences do not go to plan (often known as Birth Plan) then HypnoBirthing can still be used and you will benefit tremendously. 

Is HynoBirthing safe?

Yes. Completely safe. HypnoBirthing has five elements to it that involve total Relaxation, Visualisation/Imagery,  guided Self-Hypnosis, Affirmations, and use of Breathing Techniques. The techniques are being offered to you as a powerful positive tool for when you go into labour. There is no magical mystic witchcraft involved. Its completely safe and totally relaxing for you as a family. Many mums and dads report that with subsequent pregnancies they have continued to use these tools and perhaps returned for a refresher course but you never lose those skills previously taught you.

 (Hypnosis has been around for many years particularly for use in Dentistry and surgery Hypnotic Anaesethesia now widely used for pregnancy and labour to subconsciously numb areas of discomfort. Please see testimonial from a client of mine who has received treatment for her dental phobia.


Do I need to have a partner to start Fertility Coaching?

Regardless of your circumstances, whatever your circumstances, Fertility Coaching is for anyone who feels they are not coping with the emotionally journey. This could be anyone regardless of gender, (same sex couples), single parents, marital status, age, etc, and although you may have been struggling with miscarriage/loss, months of unsuccessful IVF, PCOS, varying medical issues, undiagnosed infertility, your journey understanding your mind and body connection is what can support you in your emotional journey to wellbeing for your future.

Emotionally this journey allows your negative mind to alter in its perceptions and reprogramming can allow for a more positive future – although your desired outcome is to conceive – this ‘taking time out’ can so positively change your outlook on what is deemed a priority and what you need to do to take back control.


Will regression therapy be used with this type of Hypnotherapy?

 No – you may find that whilst in what we call ‘Trance’ you may experience a memory that you recall as part of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.  We don’t look into the past, we help you to use visualisation as a tool to relax you and to refocus. For example if talking about a boat it may spark a memory from a holiday or a recent event. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy does not use regression therapy – the opposite in fact – we use tools to assist you focusing on the future. There are elements of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Often if you wish to discuss anything in particular elements of Psychotherapy is used. 

What if I cannot afford sessions but really want to book?

We can tailor a package to suit you. We can arrange a financial agreement so you can pay monthly via cash, BACS or Paypal and we can spread the sessions to when you can afford them. Ideally the fee is to be paid with a 50% deposit non refundable as the preparation and work involved is extensive. However if you are concerned please get in touch.


Cotswold Fertility Coaching FAQ


I’ve tried IVF and i’m having a break. Myself and my partner are struggling with our relationship. Can you help?

Yes i can certainly offer you some Fertility Coaching. This downward spiral of despair when you are having fertility issues, either waiting for results medically or having a break due to finances or emotional turmoil there are certain techniques we can discuss to allow you to be free emotionally as a couple. This can rebuild relationships that are perhaps strained. Finances can put pressures on us when we are so focused on trying to conceive. Talking about your emotions and opening up to how you are feeling really does help. My role is to listen to you and guide you forwards. To listen to your story and assist you to find solutions.


How many sessions will i need for Fertility Coaching?

There are usually 6 sessions. An extra one if you wish to have a Keep Calm Companion known as your Enjoyment session. This is usually approximately 6 months after your 6 sessions to ensure the enjoyment in your journey is continuing. Plus there is an IVF session & Loss session if this is appropriate.

How frequent are the sessions for Coaching? Do i need to attend them all?

There are 6 sessions and they are to suit you, however i would advise between sessions 1 & 2 we leave a week. Then from session 2 & 3 leave 2 weeks. From 3-4 leave 3 or 4 weeks. From session 4 – 5 leave 4 weeks and session 6 a month later. However this can be to suit you and your requirements. There is no set arrangement. The reason for a break between sessions is so that emotionally you are giving yourselves time to breathe, to have some relaxation time and financially you can space out the sessions to suit. This can be discussed during your Clarity call. Attending them all is ideal for you to understand the full process however if you need to postpone any this can be arranged.



How many sessions will I need?

You may require 3-6 or more depending on what the situation is and of course depending on your finances. There is no set period in which you need Hypnotherapy.

It is highly  recommended by the wonderful Gastroenterologist/Hypnotherapist Professor Peter Whorrall in IBS patients 12 sessions is about average. This depends upon how you feel and what your circumstances are in terms of perhaps taking time off work to attend, or having an evening consultation. There is no set pattern. This can be discussed. For Phobias and fears 3 sessions will suffice. For smoking cessation an anxiety session is usually carried out within my practice and a longer session is sufficient.

During Hypnotherapy will i be in control?

Yes you will be in complete control/ You can open your eyes at any time. Often people are so relaxed they feel they cannot open their eyes or move a muscle as they are so deeply at peace. The music and my voice will calm you and you can drift off into your own world with a warm blanket on the soft leather couch. You are in control at all times. Just aware of you total tranquility.



I am 36 weeks pregnant? Is it too late for HypnoBirthing?

I recently had a client who happens to also be a friend and a previous midwifery client (I was her 1:1 midwife). At 38 weeks she received an express HypnoBirthing session in one evening at a very reduced cost. She reported 12 days later that she had her baby 10 minutes after admission to hospital. Her previous pregnancy and labour was very different and not a HypnoBirth experience. She is amazed at how different it was and how much more calmer she was. It benefited her and her baby with support from her partner although it was as late as 37 weeks when she initially had HypnoBirthing techniques offered to her. This lovely lady only had 12 days to practice and succeeded.

Do I need a birth companion with me?

Ideally yes, whether it be your partner, mum, best friend, doula, sister it is worth having a birth companion with you to support you please see Benefits of HypnoBirthing page.

Will I be enticed to do embarrassing things and divulge confidential information?

Absolutely not. As mentioned above Hypnosis during pregnancy and childbirth is not used as the Stage Hypnotism is used. That is all for showmanship and entertainment and those candidates that are on the shows that we see on TV and in the Media are offering themselves to be ‘used’ as an entertainment source for our viewing. That type of hypnosis has no medical benefit or emotional benefit. The self hypnosis that we teach you in your sessions and also for home teaching and for the birthing process ensures at all times you are in complete control. You are able to open your eyes whenever you wish, that you are able to hear the voices, sounds of everyday life around you. It is a myth that we put you ‘under’ and ‘your back in the room’.  You will not divulge anything unless you choose to do so. You will not be made to eat onions or run around like a chicken to make a fool of yourself – this is a different thing altogether. This is for your total relaxation, for mind and body.


I am struggling to conceive will reflexology help? I am considering IVF. 

This can certainly help. Particularly in line with hypnotherapy. If we tell our bodies to do something it follows what we tell it. So if we are negative our bodies will follow. If we are positive and there is no medical reason why a pregnancy cannot go ahead then this can certainly be achieved. The mind is very complex and often when we dont think about conception and we just enjoy day to day living often things occur naturally. Pre conception care is vital for a healthy mind and healthy body. I am more than happy to discuss diet, minerals, exercise and healthy lifestyle to improve your chances of conception for you and your partner.  We can look at DNA ideas and how to go about checking for deficiencies in the body or assist with referrals with the medical route if this is what is required. If you are interested in Fertility Coaching this may be something that can rid your mind of negativity. If you have gone down the medical route and you wish to speak to me in more detail relating to coaching please contact me for a Clarity Call. Fertility Coaching allows you and your partner to deal with the spiralling emotions of despair when conception does not happen.