FAQ

FAQ - Karen AshleyPlease feel free to ring or email me with any questions. However, you may find the answer to some of your own queries below.

What does Hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation, similar to the feeling just before you fall asleep at night. Some people expect a state of complete oblivion, like being anaesthetised and are then surprised when they simply feel nicely relaxed, hearing the music, the therapists words, able to move and hear noises in or outside the room. You are NOT unconscious or asleep. You will simply feel relaxed. Click here to experience hypnosis.

Will I lose control?

Not at all. If there were an emergency you would immediately respond in a normal way – opening your eyes, standing and being fully alert. You will usually remain silent during hypnosis and you always remain fully in control of your thoughts and actions.

Is Hypnosis safe?

Yes, clinical hypnosis is completely safe. You are awake and aware of everything that is happening. Most clients really enjoy the sessions and feel fully alert, able to drive and get on with their day as planned feeling positive and refreshed! The therapeutic use of Hypnosis is nothing like stage hypnosis, which is purely for entertainment.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

The simple answer is Yes. And research shows that the higher your IQ the more hypnotisable you are! However, if you want to enter hypnosis you will. Click here to experience hypnosis.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply a state of mental and often physical relaxation during which time the subconscious mind, accesses stored data, absorbs suggestions and information and visualises new alternative behaviours which bring about new therapeutic changes and positive thought patterns. By communicating with your subconscious mind – where all emotions, habits and responses are stored change can take place very quickly, unlike many of the more traditional talking therapies which can often take months or years to resolve issues. Have you ever forgotten a name or number and then consciously tried to remember it? The more you try (using will power) the more it evades you. But when you forget about it (or mentally relax from thinking about it) it suddenly pops into your mind! So basically, when your mind is relaxed the more open and receptive it is. Which is why, in hypnosis, powerful changes can be made.

Where will my treatment take place?clinic1s

I see clients in my private clinic on Chapel Lane in Wilmslow. I love my office! Clients say it has a lovely relaxing feel and creates a pleasant and safe environment for treatment to take place. All sessions are completely confidential. There is sufficient parking on Chapel Lane or in the nearby side streets. There is a waiting room should a friend or partner wish to wait whilst you complete your appointment and Wilmslow town centre is just minutes away.

Do you do home visits?

On rare occasions I do home visits depending on the clients circumstances i.e. severe agoraphobia or a debilitating illness. However, my clinic environment is free from the clients personal distractions and is much more conducive to relaxation and successful treatment. There is an extra charge for home visits depending on distance. Please call me for further advice.

What if my problem isn’t on your treatment page? Can hypnosis still help?

Yes, of course. It is impossible to list every issue, problem or concern that people have, so do feel free to ring me for a confidential chat.

Do you offer a free initial consultation?

I am more than happy to discuss any problem at length on the telephone and for most people this is sufficient in setting their minds at rest and getting answers to queries. If you would feel more comfortable discussing your concerns face to face I can arrange a 15-minute consultation at my office. However, the initial appointment includes both consultation and therapy as I like to get clients moving on as quickly as possible and of course clients want to feel that they are already making progress after the first session. A telephone chat is usually sufficient before you book your initial appointment.
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How many sessions will I need?

This depends on the client’s individual circumstances, their problem and treatment. Unfortunately there is no magic wand and even if a client feels massive changes after one session I do like to see them again to ensure that everything has been resolved. Generally clients need between 3 and 6 sessions, sometimes less, sometimes more. I often liken treatment to a course of antibiotics: stop the treatment to early and the problem quickly returns. Packages for treatments and discounts are outlines on the payments page.

How often will I need sessions?

Preferably the first 2 sessions should be a week apart and then ideally once a week. Sometimes work or family commitments, or perhaps finances, mean that this isn’t possible. However, regular appointments ensure that progress is consistent.

Will I be given CD’s or do I have to pay for these?

I have recording facilities on the premises, which allows me to record your individual session if I feel that this will be useful. You will be given this to listen to between sessions to reinforce the work we have done. I may also give you pre recorded CD’s which will have additional benefit. I also have CD’s for sale; these are often displayed in my clinic or bought on request. CD’s personally requested and recorded out of the session will be charged for accordingly. All self-hypnosis and EFT scripts are free.

What payment methods do you accept?

At the moment I do not have a card facility on the premises. However, if you want to pay by credit or debit card you must do this before attending the session via Google checkout. Alternatively you may pay at the end of each session by cash or cheque. See the fees page for further details and for Google checkout.

Do you sell Gift Vouchers?

Yes, gift vouchers are available for individual treatments or packages. These are very popular and can often help someone you care about make that first step towards positive change. See the fees page for further details

I want to buy my husband a gift voucher for a Smoking Cessation session, can I do this?

You can but do speak to me about it first. It is important that THEY want to stop smoking and have perhaps already made some enquiries and steps towards doing this themselves. No matter how much you want them to stop they will only stop when they are ready and pressure from others can often create more resistance to stop. Do call me for further advice.

I have tried hypnosis to stop smoking in the past but it didn’t work. Will this be any different?

Yes, just because it hasn’ been effective previously doesn’t mean you can’t be successful now. Your present circumstances, state of mind and your desire to stop can influence your success. However, I see many people in this situation who stop completely after one session. Your session will be uniquely tailored to your personal circumstances giving the very best chance of quitting. Please see the Stop Smoking page for further details of the Gold Therapy and Gold Plus packages.

Other methods to stop smoking have failed. Will hypnosis be more effective?

Yes, research shows that hypnotherapy is the most effective way to sop smoking as it deals with the ‘habit’ and not just the nicotine, as in patches and inhalers. As all habits and behaviours are stored in the subconscious, and hypnosis accesses the subconscious, then you have a much higher chance of stopping. See the stop smoking page for more information on how hypnosis can help you.

Do you offer any guarantees or backup treatment for smokers?

Life happens! So yes, in the unlikely event that you begin to smoke do ring me as soon as possible. I see clients free of charge up to 3 months after the initial appointment.

Some therapists give ‘life time’ guarantees. Why don’t you?

Paying for your smoking treatment is part of the commitment you make to yourself when you stop smoking. Most people feel even more determined to stop because they are paying for the treatment. If you knew that you could come back at any point, whenever you wanted to, how determined do you think you would be in your commitment to stop? More or less? Why not just have 1 or 2 on a night out or the odd few packets on holiday knowing of course that you could have a ‘top up’ of hypnosis when you got back. Would you still be a ‘non-smoker’ or a smoker with a get-out clause for starting smoking again? You would soon find the hypnosis becoming ineffective and therefore have wasted a very valuable tool to help you quit permanently.

What is your success rate?

As a member of The National Council of Hypnotherapy I am unable to quote success rates. However, a large percentage of my clients are referrals from previous clients.

I can’t see any testimonials on the website?

I am a member of The National Council of Hypnotherapy. It is against their code of ethics to publish testimonials on websites or in marketing tools. Testimonials can often be fabricated.

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