Questions & Info
Yes in the majority of cases people can overcome phobias. In the case of a simple phobia we’ve seen many people overcome the fear in just one or two appointments. We have a very high success rate with people of all ages no matter how long they have had their problem.
An important thing to bear in mind is the commonly perceived meaning of the word “cure”. People often think of being cured in the context of a doctor that prescribes a tablet or medicine that does all the work while the patient waits for it to happen to them.
In almost every case rather than being a medical condition like a bug or a virus, instead phobias are learnt behavioural responses. So rather than thinking of being cured in the medical sense we’re looking at it from the perspective of changing the learnt behavioural response.
Technically speaking it’s the behavioural response change that actually stops the fear. However after your fear or problem is gone your more than welcome to say you feel cured if that’s how you want to look at it.
We believe that it is possible for anyone to change as long as they want to change and are prepared to do what it takes to make life better. This isn’t through waving a magic wand but by helping you change the aspects of behavior that cause the fear. Because your fears and phobias are a learnt behavior they can be stopped and something better put in its place.
Like anything else once you learn how to stop your fears it becomes easier to feel calmer and more relaxed.
A hypnotic state is where typically the person becomes very focused on something. You may have seen someone watching something on TV or a sporting event where they were so engrossed in what they are watching or doing they loose track of time or are unaware of someone calling their name. While in this focused state the brain finds it easier to learn and so we utilise this natural state to help your brain learn new behaviours.
Typically treatment is done as an initial 2 hour appointment with a 1 hour follow up appointment. The follow up appointment is an important part of the process used to check the progress that you are making and to make any further changes or do any additional work if required.
Because everyone is different some people will overcome the fear quicker than others and some may require additional appointments / treatment in order to help them overcome their fear. In some cases it may take more than two appointments to make improvements. Where we think a patient may require further treatment we will advise the patient of this and it is always the patients choice as to whether they chose to continue treatment.
If we believe that a different form of therapy or treatment may be better suited or more effective we will let you know your options so you can make an informed choice.
Because everyone is different the specific results and number of appointments required may vary. To get an idea of what results can be expected and how many appointments needed please contact us via the contact form or call us on 0203 086 8444 to have a free chat.
Please note results may vary from patient to patient.
Typically anyone that is prepared to listen and take on board the easy work that we do can overcome fear. Change is much easier than you think and first thing you have to do to change is start doing something different to what you have done before.
The reason some people have their problems is because either they keep looking at things in the same way or they’ve continued thinking about things in the same way. The time when people change is when they start to do things differently. Its is not enough to just want to change you have to do something about it. That’s when change becomes easy and natural.
Because everyone is different the specific results and number of appointments required may vary.
When conducted by a trained therapist or health care professional evidence-based Hypnotherapy is proved to be a safe, complementary treatment.
Adverse reactions to hypnosis are rare, but may include:
- Anxiety or distress
- Creation of false memories
However, these usually fade shortly after the hypnotherapy session.
On the day of your appointment it’s adisable to drink plenty or water. Avoid stimilants such as drinking too much coffee.
Hypnotherapy may not be appropriate in people with severe mental illness. Patients with severe mental illness should consult their GP or doctor first before embarking on a course of treatment.
I’ve had a patient ask why I couldn’t give a guarantee the same as John Lewis did with his washing machine repair. I had to point out to him the simple fact is that we’re not dealing with machines we’re working with human beings. And because everyone is different as with any form of treatment some people will respond sooner, quicker or better than others.
There is no magic bullet or one size fits all treatment. However what I want for you is something better. Rather than being dependant on a therapist to make you feel better I want to put you back in control of your feelings and behaviours giving you freedom.
Please bear in mind that while in many cases phobias can be successfully treated some patients may need additional appointments. In some cases it may be necessary to review and alter the treatment. Also results may vary from patient to patient. Legally and professionally every therapist is required to make you aware of this.
You may find some practitioners promising all sorts of miracle cures. Please be wary of that as some practitioners use it as a marketing ploy and will promise anything to get you into their clinic.
While it’s reasonable to discuss what results may be typically expected no doctor or therapist can guarantee results.