Where are you based?
I have therapy rooms in Great Barr, Birmingham and in Sutton Coldfield. The addresses are –
- Therapy point, 37 Newton Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, B43 6AD – This is very close to the Scott Arms crossroads, easily accessible from Birmingham, West Bromwich and Walsall and you can park on the front drive. Click here to go to Google Maps.
- Westwood Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6UH – This close Banners Gate and there’s ample parking – Click here to go to Google Maps.
Areas covered – Great Barr, Perry Barr, Central Birmingham, Erdington, Walmley, Kingstanding, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield, New Oscott, Streetly, Boldmere, Aston, Edgbaston – generally most of Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
What are the fees and how long does it last?
Counselling fees are £50.00 per session for individuals and Couple Counselling is £60.00. Each session lasts 50 minutes. For email or telephone counselling, please contact me for fees.
For Hypnotherapy, the first session normally lasts an hour and subsequent sessions are 50 minutes witht he fee being £60.00.
The Stopping Smoking Package costs £150.00.
Are the sessions confidential?
All sessions are confidential except where material is disclosed that indicates involvement in a terrorist act, involvement with child abuse or if I feel you are at the immediate risk of harming yourself or others. When applicable and where possible, this will be discussed with you. In such instances, I would firstly speak to my supervisor for guidance. All information recorded is stored securely in line with the Data Protection Act.
Do you work to an organisational code of ethics?
Yes, I am an Accreditted member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. This can be viewed at http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/. I belive that having a thorough code of ethics to work by is very important for both therapists and clients.
What will happen during the session?
Initially there will be detailed consultation in which we can discuss any issues or problems in complete confidence which is often therapeutic in itself. A course of treatment will be suggested with a suggested number of sessions based upon factors such as the type of problem, its depth and severity. Click here for an article about what to expect in the first session.
If you are interested in Hypnotherapy, we may then talk about how it works, your understanding and I will answer any questions you may have. Provided you are comfortable, I will then ask you to relax as you’re gently guided into hypnosis.
If you are interested in Counselling, we would then discuss your understanding, expectations and goals, talk about counseling and how it can works and if required we could agree a specific focus of the sessions within a timeframe or we can agree for it to be less directed.
How do you book an appointment?
You can book a session over the telephone or by email. When you call or email, I will let you know when I’m available and we can agree a mutually convenient time. I offer flexible appointment times and can normally offer an appointment within 2 to 14 days. Finding a time and day that fits for both of us is rarely a problem. Click here view my contact details.
Does therapy involve Hypnotherapy and Counselling?
Your therapy is for you and although I offer a range of therapies, I work to your agenda whether this means providing Hypnotherapy, NLP< LIfe Coaching, CBT or Counselling separately or they can be integrated.
Will I be judged and analysed?
Hopefully you will feel that you are not. I work in a very non-judgemental manner and seek to allow you to gain your own understanding of your world as only you truly know how you feel. I facilitate your self learning, awareness, assessment of options and if required, your changes. Your therapy sessions are for you, therefore, if you are feeling uncomfortable, have any questions or are not happy in anyway then I aim to create the right atmosphere to allow you to talk about these concerns. At anytime, you are free to stop our sessions without any comebacks.
How does hypnosis work?
Our minds work on two levels – the conscious and the subconscious. We make decisions, think and act with our conscious mind. Our subconscious mind controls our habits and our emotions. In hypnosis we can communicate directly with the subconscious mind which means it can be very quick and easy to change habits of a lifetime.
In Hypnosis, will I be under the therapist’s control at any time?
No – quite the opposite. This is the biggest and most widespread myth about hypnosis. Powerful changes are made but only ones that YOU want and in fact, you will enjoy a definite feeling of increased control. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will. There is a myth that weak willed or suggestible people respond more easily – Statistics show that your ability to be hypnotised usually increases with intelligence.
Will I remember anything afterwards?
Yes, almost certainly. Even people who have been able to have operations under hypnosis, and have felt no pain, will often chat about the experience afterwards (and during!). Occasionally people recall very little or nothing, rather like occasions when you cannot recall much or anything of a dream.
Why is Hypnotherapy so effective?
The human mind is very powerful and should not be under-estimated. It is this power that can create our problems in the first place – it is this same power which is utilised by hypnosis to work for us rather than against us. The subconscious mind is a very real part of us and anything that the brain is doing right now without consulting you is being done subconsciously. For example, it adjusts your blood pressure and makes little changes to your body temperature all day long. These physical things are done autonomously but it also has a considerable say over our feelings, habits and emotions. Like a computer, the subconscious mind decides the degree of fear we may feel when confronted like when seeing a ferocious looking dog, our reaction is influenced by the input of your past experiences. If you are a smoker, it’s your subconscious mind that decides to make you crave nicotine regardless of what you (‘the conscious mind’) may think about smoking.
Unfortunately the conscious mind normally has little control over this deeper part of the mind. This is an essential survival function rather than nature’s flaw as it intervenes in ways to stop us consciously controlling our heart beating or appetite for example. As far as your inner subconscious mind is concerned, it sees that all of our anxieties, cravings or habits are in our best interests. When it gets things wrong, it is unaware that this is the case and like a real computer it cannot reason things out – it is programmed in a certain way. This is where hypnotherapy can help as it is the most direct way of communicating with and ‘re-programming’ the inner (subconscious) mind.
Will I tell you something I don’t want to while I’m in trance?
No. Most of the time you’ll remain silent but even if you do speak, you won’t say anything you didn’t want anyone to know as you will remain in control of your thoughts, actions and behaviour.
Can anybody be hypnotised?
The vast majority of the population can be guided into a hypnotic state, but only if they want to be. Hypnotherapy is not a complicated process and by using relaxation suggestions and visualization, anyone can enter into a hypnotic state.
Can I be made to do anything against my will?
Definitely not. Your subconscious will naturally reject any suggestions that are not appropriate and beneficial to you. If any suggestions were made that challenged your personal morals, values or beliefs you would reject the suggestion or spontaneously come out of hypnosis.