Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnotherapy

What's the difference between hypnotherapy and counselling?

As a professional hypnotherapist with over twenty-two experience, I prefer working with Hypnotherapy. I looked at counselling and did some training in it to become BACP or UKCP qualified. Some of the ways of helping people are brilliant, and others not as effective as hypnotherapy. Therefore I use hypnosis and counselling, to get you where you want to be. Hypnotherapy deals with the unconscious mind, that part within you that you don’t have access to, to find out what the root cause is, or use parts of your mind, or parts within you, to help you be the person you want to be.

Talk therapy, and counselling, often takes much longer. It can be good; teaching you how to resolve some of the psychological issues that have been going on in your life, however almost all of the clients I see have tried Counselling and have failed to get the desired effect and have remained anxious, angry or depressed. In my humble opinion you often need to get deeper.

Piers says "In some cases, I blend therapies together to get you where you want to be as quickly as possible, to make sure that your suffering is as short as possible. When I work with people, whether due to depression, anxiety, changing habits, suicidal thoughts, I change the way they look at the world and their relationship with themselves within four to six weeks. Counselling often takes significantly longer. For example, I have heard of people being in Counselling for years.

Is hypnotherapy safe?

Yes - if you are working with an experienced and well-trained Hypnotherapist, it is totally safe. The therapist will make sure that you are suitable for Hypnotherapy and if you are not, they can refer you on to someone who can safely help.

Piers says “I have been hypnotising and helping people for over twenty years, and in that time, I’m yet to have anybody who has come out worse than when they came in. In fact, I have helped thousands of people in one-to-one sessions and in groups and used my style of therapy to get them better, to remove the things that have gone on in their lives that plague them, and are stopping them from being the people they want to be.

When you are driving a car from A to B, often you don’t really think about the roundabouts you go round, or the traffic lights you pass, or making sure that you go from first, second, third, fourth, fifth gear, etc… You don’t really think about the safety; you talk to passengers, listen to the radio or let your mind wonder a bit. Yet, when the car in front slows down, you automatically slow down. When the traffic light turns red, you automatically stop, and when it turns green, you then carry on driving. Often, you will get somewhere, and you think, "How did I get here? I don’t remember the journey." You were safe and you were driving with your unconscious mind; you were allowing the hypnotic state of driving to get you from A to B and you were perfectly safe. You are safer when working with a well-trained Hypnotherapist.

Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is not a state of 'eyes closed', we can go through so many different things with our eyes open and be in some form of trance for example watching something really gripping on the television, you will actually re-live or live that moment the performer is going through - you are emotionally connected with the scene.

When you’re in your session, you close your eyes and let your mind relax and perhaps start doing visualisations or change work. I ask people to close their eyes because the experience is deeper and makes change easier. I give positive suggestions that sink into the unconscious mind and make changes, and that’s what makes this way of working with people so magical.

Is hypnosis safe? You bet it is. It’s fast and pretty well every single person over the last twenty-two years of working with me has absolutely loved it and has received many benefits from it.

How can hypnotherapy help me?

We all know that throughout our lives, we have challenges and sometimes we need help to overcome them. I have learned many techniques and disciplines to help people get the desired effect and go on to live amazing lives. The way these techniques are put together is imperative. I have trained others in many aspects of my craft and am often shocked by the lack of depth to their knowledge and skills. Over the past 20 plus years, I have rarely come across anything that I do not have the skills to help with.

My professional skills of Hypnotherapy, hypnosis, NLP, and other assorted disciplines get into the unconscious mind, making permanent changes. Whether you are having panic attacks, are depressed, have suicidal thoughts or simply need more confidence, if you would like to stop smoking or if you are overweight, I have the skills to help you.

Your conscious mind is everything that you think, and is about 3% of your mind, and 97% of your mind is your unconscious mind, that’s everything that you learn. Rather like an iceberg, most of it is ‘under the surface’ - this is where I concentrate and deal with the causes of your issues, releasing old pain, old anger and old thoughts.

Once you have learned something you don’t have to think about it, it automatically happens. There is no physical conscious or unconscious. If you dissected a brain, you will not find it, but this is the model that we use and it helps people understand more about how changes are made.

When you think about things you want to change, it’s very difficult to change something that you’ve learned, but using hypnosis and hypnotherapy, you can. If you’ve learnt over your life that "I’m not good enough", "I’m not loveable", "I can’t cope" or "I’m not confident", we can actually use hypnosis to change that to make sure that you can learn; "I am loveable", "I am confident", "I do feel good about myself" or "I am going to have fun" and other positive mindsets like that. We can change the way that you operate, by looking into your unconscious mind and changing what happens there. We change the way you think, the way you feel and the way you behave.

Over the years, I have helped sports people improve their sports, changing their mindset using sports hypnosis and NLP, a fantastic specialist area. Not all Hypnotherapists are trained in this, however it is very rewarding once people realise that the blocks they had about being successful can actually be removed.

If you have any questions about how I can help you, drop me a WhatsApp message, hit the contact Piers button. You will receive a form, I personally will call you and we will have a quick talk about it and see if I can help you - no sales or pressure. If I am able to, I will and if I cannot I will recommend the best course of action for you.

What are the risks of hypnotherapy?

Are there risks associated with hypnotherapy? No.

I’ve been doing this 20+ years and I've yet to come across any risks. Every year, I re-train and I learn making sure that everyone is safe and I am up to date with any potential problems with my work. If there is anything unsafe, it comes up in the questionnaire. If you are on any medications for bipolar disorder and similar issues, I always ask your GP or Psychiatrist to confirm that they are a suitable candidate for the use of hypnotherapy. They know the person well and have been medicating them for a long time and will either say yes or no. Occasionally, I have times when the GP says no, in which case I will not work with the person. Safety first!

We go into a trance many times a day, whether you’re using your game controller or simply gardening - letting your mind wonder and focus elsewhere - you are not at risk then and working with me you will be sitting in a chair and just focussing on the work we do, which helps to clear and release old unwanted thoughts and habits.

If a person relaxed so much that they switch off and sleep, I just gently bring them back into the room. On a zoom call, if this happens, I do the same and if we are cut off on the call, the person simply opens their eyes when they no longer hear my voice. Once again, safety comes first. No one’s ever been stuck in hypnosis to my knowledge. I’ve been doing this twenty plus years and I’ve never had a problem with it, so yes, it’s safe.

What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?

The benefits are a quick and efficient route from you living with the problem to living without it - with permanent results. By working with the unconscious mind, we can make changes that can last a lifetime.

In most cases, Anxiety and Depression can be removed within a very few sessions and with minimal intrusions into the cause by using content free therapy - in most cases, we do not need to regress back to the problem and just change your mind and body responses to future events. My blend of Hypnotherapy, Coaching and other techniques creates a safe place to unlock your might and make sure that the old habits of fear response are updated to a calm response and to increase confidence and well-being.

“What are the key benefits of working with me?" I use hypnosis, I use Coaching, NLP, Tapping and more - I use so many different disciplines, blend them all together, as I have done for over twenty years and I help you get to where you want to be, as quickly as possible. People keep asking me, "how much is it going to cost?" and "how long is it going to take?" The old answer is: "How long is a piece of string?"

Everybody is different, but my job as a professional therapist is to get you in a safe and better mental state as quickly as possible. There are so many other ways out there that take months with sessions; my job is to shift you to a better mindset about life and you will find the benefits are fantastic.

Panic to Calm - able to cope
Anxious to Controlled - peaceful clear thinking.
Scared to Brave - confident and courageous
Binge Eating to Controlled intake
Smoker or Vaper to Non Smoker or Vaper
Angry to Cool and Calm

Frequently Asked Questions about Suffolk Hypnotherapy

Do I need to do anything before my sessions?

Yes, the first session only, you will be sent a questionnaire, the questionnaire is literally filling in the box: name, address, email – that sort of stuff, easy contact box. Then it has some other questions about how I can help you. It has my terms and conditions, and it also has a little section on your medications; please write down any medications that you’re on, whether it’s for depression or whatever it happens to be, whether it’s for high blood pressure, I just need to know what medications you’re on, just to make sure you’re safe. That is all you have to do before a session; this is all to do with your safety, all you have to do is turn up ready, willing and able to be open and accept and work with me as hard as you can, to make sure that we can get you to where you want to be.

What are the typical results of hypnotherapy?

If someone comes to see me as a smoker, they’ll walk in as a smoker or a vaper, and they will leave a non-smoker/a non-vaper. I have wonderful comments from people, the one I really love is, ‘Piers, I don’t know what you did, I didn’t think I was hypnotised, but it is as if I never smoked.’ And that’s a comment I really love, because to me it means that they just went under, they came in as a smoker, they leave as an ex-smoker, bliss, happy. And most of them don’t put on weight because I build in a little bit of weight control. 

If someone comes to see me for weight control, I work with them, and we find out what it is that’s taking them out of control of their eating. So, if they are comfort eating, we don’t really talk about food for the first couple of sessions, we talk about what that need is for comfort. Other people, when they come and see me for weight control, they just got into a bad habit, and they stop off at McDonalds or whatever it is on the way back from work or wherever they happen to be. And for them, I’ll put them off McDonalds, we go into their unconscious mind, and change the habit. The habit of going straight on past a McDonalds rather than pulling into a Maccy D’s, it’s very simple to do. 

If someone is depressed, anxious, panic attacks – we go into the unconscious mind and the typical result of that is they’re no longer in that state. A lady last week, she came in for I think her third session, and I said, ‘now tell me about the depression,’ and she said, ‘oh Piers keep up the depression’s gone!’ She said, ‘what I’m worried about now is how I’m going to climb on that aeroplane on my next holiday.’ So, the depression had gone, and had been replaced by what the unconscious mind wants to deal with – oh, fear of flying. We dealt with that in one session. So simple to deal with, a fear of flying and any phobias. 

So, what is the result of the sessions? A happier life. A more confident life. We all know that we can go through life picking up limiting beliefs that become toxic inside us, and we know that I’ve been travelling the world, learning from some of the top people on the planet, on how to help other people. So, I’m in a very good position to make sure that you go and live a confident life, a happier life, free of the problem that you used to have, so the new, fitter, healthier and excellent you goes into your future feeling really good about themselves. So, what’s the result of working with me? A much happier life, a confident life, a happier life.

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