Frequently asked questions
Compared to your long term happiness & health? - peanuts! In monetary terms I make it affordable for anyone. If you're on benefits you will be under more stress than someone who can afford full fees, and since EVERYONE needs access to help within their means when they need it, I'm asking for NO payment until you're happy that you've got the result you're looking for, so it's NO RISK, expenditure.
No, hypnosis is not sleep. We use that word sometimes for convenience. Your conscious mind can still listen in on what's being said and you can still accept or reject anything you want.
Hypnosis works by quietening the part of the mind called the 'Critical factor'. This allows the installation of the clients own desired behaviour changes.
Hypnotherapy is becoming widely recognised as a very effective treatment for breaking or changing habits, for stress busting & for a range of long-term conditions. In recent years it's been gaining endorsements by the medical world after a recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), recognised it useful for alleviating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The uses though are almost unlimited, from simple nailbiting to pain relief and even anaesthesia for dentistry etc.
Hypnosis isn't such a big deal, even if you only go into a light trance then serious changework can still happen because it deepens as the session goes on. I use parts therapy & language patterns that are derived from NLP to focus attention which is trance-forming in itself. It happens sometimes without even noticing, until you realise later that your thinking has changed in some way.
Currently there is no regulation by law but reputable hypnotists will always have completed a recognised training course and be members of one of the associations that check members for continuing professional development and for evidence that they've attended supervision on a regular basis. Dave Carrick trained with the Innervisions school in Huddersfield, and is a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (link opens in new tab), along with several other organisations.
That depends on the issue & how deep-rooted it is. For some things such as phobias (irrational fears, usually of something harmless) then it can be just one session using something called the rewind technique. This process is fascinating for the client who is always amazed when they can't find the original fear at the end of the session. Smoking cessation can be done in one visit as well. For most other issues the first session will consist of history taking so I know exactly what you want to happen, and the initial induction with the beginning of the change work. Many different techniques are availble to see what is the best fit for you.