Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
- What is hypnotherapy?
According the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNCH) hypnotherapy is:
‘…a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. In a typical hypnotherapy session, the hypnotherapist and client will discuss the intended alterations or therapeutic goals desired. The hypnotherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle to decide on the best approach for the individual. Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal.’
- Is online hypnotherapy via webcam the same as face to face hypnotherapy?
There are many different ways of delivering hypnotherapy. Online is different because there will be technology to consider as well as the practice of getting to know each other via webcam. Some techniques used in hypnotherapy will also be adapted to online work.
Some people feel that it is more difficult to build rapport online while other people like to be able to explain their problem from the comfort of their own home. Yet for people with mobility problems or those who live in remote areas online help is valued highly.
- Will online hypnotherapy work for me?
- Hypnotherapy is often considered as a self-help therapy because you must want the change. The hypnotist acts as a guide. Providing online hypnotherapy can work for you, but as with any help from a doctor or other therapist this cannot be guaranteed.
- Can I receive hypnotherapy from Linda anywhere in the world?
- No. Some states and countries require a license from their location for a hypnotherapist to practice and connections may not be reliable enough. I am qualified and registered in the UK. When you contact me for the first time tell me where you are based.
- How will I feel when hypnotised via webcam?
Most people say they feel very relaxed. Generally, it’s a very pleasant feeling. It is often referred to as a feeling like daydreaming. Some people just sit quietly and hear every word that is said.
The same as with visiting a hypnotherapist in their offices occasionally your mind will release negative thoughts and emotions and you could feel upset for a few moments. If this happens afterwards many people say that they feel exhilarated because they have let go of that negative emotion.
- Are hypnotic audio recordings going to help me?
- Audio recordings do help many people and they are a valuable way of getting help quickly that can fit into your lifestyle at a reduced price. To get best results you should listen to the recording every day for 21 days to build a habit of relaxing and listening to the positive suggestions given. Face to face delivery of hypnosis is generally considered to be more desirable than audio recordings as you can develop better rapport with the hypnotherapist and techniques can be adjusted to meet individual needs. It’s all about personal choice.
- What is counselling? Is it different to psychotherapy?
According to the UK National Health Service…
‘Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you to find ways to deal with emotional problems.’
There is much debate about the differences and similarities of counselling and psychotherapy. Generally, counsellors deal less with severe mental health issues.
- What types of issues can you help with counselling?
- I help people to talk about stress and anxiety issues and bereavement and loss so that they can find ways to feel better.
- Do you do online couples counselling?
- Do you help children and teenagers online?
- No. My online service is only for adults over 18 years of age.
- Are the services of Awaken the Change available to everyone who asks for help?
No, for two reasons:1) Awaken the Change online service is only available for people with mild to moderate problems who want to find ways that they can change themselves. An assessment is made before sessions start to ensure you are going to get the best service for you.
Linda does not deal with clients who are suffering from psychosis or mental health problems such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, self -harming, suicidal intention etc.
2) Some States or countries require a licence before hypnotherapists and counsellors can provide service to people in those countries. Linda is fully qualified to National UK standards and is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, the National Hypnotherapy Society, the Professional Hypnotherapy Network and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHR) and the National Counselling Society.
Linda will only provide counselling to people in countries that recognise her qualifications and do not require licensing in that country.
- Is online hypnotherapy or counselling less effective than face to face consultations?
- Online help can be very effective for some people especially if this method suits them. Online therapy is just a different way of working. Some people who live in the UK and want to come to Linda’s offices may choose to have a mixture of face to face and online services.
- Do I need to provide Linda with my name and other details?
- Yes. I need to understand your history, have proof of your identity and ensure that the service is right for you. All information that you provide is kept secure and only used by Awaken the Change.
- Do I need to sign an agreement?
- Yes. A free initial consultation gives you information to ensure that you understand what is offered and information about working online together. When you provide your personal information, you will agree to how we will work together and payment. You will also confirm that you do not suffer with psychosis, any mental health problem, that you are not under the care of a psychiatrist or suffer with epilepsy.
- What happens if the technology breaks down?
If you are unable to connect at the beginning of the session, then telephone/ text me and another time can be booked. Sometimes video calls ‘freeze’. I will have instructed you what to do if this happens in the session.
I require the name and contact details of your doctor and someone that I can contact as a back-up.
- Can I record the sessions?
- No. Maintaining confidentiality is important. If you record the sessions without consent the service will be terminated and there will be no refunds.
- Can someone be in the room with me when I am having hypnotherapy?
- No, because the other person might also start to go into hypnosis. You can have a friend or relative in the next room for support if you need it.
- Can my friend/relative ask questions with me when I first contact you for an initial consultation via webcam?
- Yes. Some people find it helpful to have someone with them so that they don’t forget to ask certain questions.
- What happens if I miss a booked session?
- You are required to give 24 hours’ notice if you cannot attend a booked session or the full fee will be required.
- Could I get stuck in hypnosis?
- No. Hypnotherapy feels like daydreaming. You would make yourself alert eventually.
- Is hypnotherapy the same as stage hypnosis?
- No. Stage hypnotists are entertainers who want to use hypnosis for entertainment. Hypnotherapists use hypnosis for therapy to help you.
- Am I asleep during hypnotherapy?
- No, it’s a day dreaming state.
- Do you charge clients if the video call gets cut off or if there are technical difficulties?
- No. Another session is organised and no extra charge is made.