Carrie Barber Hypnotherapist
Cert Hyp.CS, Dip.CST

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will my therapist respect me as an individual?

All National Hypnotherapy Society hypnotherapists should treat you as a unique individual and I am aware of and respect diversity around issues of age, gender, sexual identity, disability and/or race.

How many sessions of hypnotherapy will I need?

This will depend upon your individual circumstances. This is something that you will discuss with me when we first meet and I will agree a set number of sessions with you which they will review with you. Depending on the issues you want to address hypnotherapy can often be a relatively short process.

How long is a session?

An individual session will take 60 minutes and I will make this clear to you at your first meeting. In some cases a session can take longer but we will discuss this in advance.

How often will I see my therapist?

This is something that you will decide with me. It may be once a week but this is flexible for example we may meet once a week initially and then decide together that you want to meet more or less frequently depending on how you feel.

What happens if I have to miss a booked session?
Your appointment is very important to me & it is reserved especially for you. I understand that sometimes appointments need changing; that unfortunately life can get in the way. Please understand that when you forget or cancel your appointment without giving enough notice, I miss the opportunity to fill that appointment time & clients on my waiting list miss the opportunity to receive my services. I hope you understand that these policies are in place to protect my practice. A minimum of 24 hours notice for all cancellations & rescheduling of appointments is required or the full session fee will be charged. Appointments booked less than 24 hours in advance cannot be cancelled; to do so will incur the full charge.

What happens at the first session?

It is possible that you will feel quite apprehensive about meeting me for the first time – I understand this and will do my best to put you at ease. At the first session I will tell you all about the practical information you need to know and of course you will be able to tell me about your own goals for attending therapy. I will give you the guidelines about:

  • How many sessions you will have
  • What type of therapy they use
  • How much will it cost
  • What happens if you miss a session
  • If you can contact me between sessions

What happens if I can’t relax?

As a Hypnotherapist I am skilled at helping people to relax and there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way for you to behave. Try not to worry about things like this as this may make you feel less relaxed. This is something you will be led into gently – and I will be aware of your apprehensions.

What happens if I fall asleep or don’t wake up?

The state of relaxation that you enter is not the same as sleeping – but some people do fall asleep and this is nothing to worry about. You will be in a secure environment and I will be aware of this possibility. I will also explain about the method that I will use to ensure you are fully aware and ready to get on with your usual activities after the session.

I am worried that I may say or do something stupid

When you meet with me for the first time please do tell me about any concerns that you may have, and I will be able to reassure you. Unfortunately the only thing that many people know about hypnosis is what they have seen of so called ‘stage hypnosis’ where people may indeed be encouraged to do ‘silly’ things for the entertainment of an audience. Hypnotherapy is nothing like this – I am an ethical practitioner and everything that happens during your therapy is completely confidential.

Can I bring a friend with me to the sessions?

You may want to get a friend to accompany you to the place you are meeting with the hypnotherapist and then ask them to meet you afterwards. The reason why it is better not to have another person you know in the room is that it may get in the way of you talking honestly about your issues.

Is there any age limit?

Anyone over the age of 18 years can choose to see a therapist. If you are a minor you may need the permission of a parent or guardian and you should talk to me about this. If you are a parent or guardian seeking a hypnotherapist for a child or young person it is best to talk to the individual therapist. There is no upper age limit.

How do I know if my hypnotherapist is ethical?

By using one of the National Hypnotherapy Society members you have the security of knowing that they have been verified by the Society. This means that we have checked their qualifications and experience, they have insurance, and they are governed by the Society’s Code of Ethics.

Is it confidential?

Yes it is important that you can feel that you can talk about things in complete confidence. I will not talk about you with others – the only time I might breach confidentiality is if by keeping a confidence it could cause significant harm to you, your therapist or another person – for example if your life is at risk. I will explain about this when you first meet.

Hypnotherapists generally have a Supervisor and it is very likely that they will talk about your case (without disclosing your identity). This is to ensure they offer you the best possible service – a similar process to a doctor discussing your medical notes with a specialist.

I am taking prescribed medication – is it ok to have hypnotherapy as well?

When you first meet me I will ask you about any pre-existing medical conditions that you may have and also if you are taking any prescribed medication. 

Is Hypnotherapy guaranteed to make me feel better?

A hypnotherapist will never offer to ‘cure’ you. During your initial consultation you will be able to talk about why you are seeking hypnotherapy and together we will decide on a course of treatment. I will always refer you to your GP first for any medical issues.