Frequently Asked Questions
No, although some clients who relax deeply may feel as if they drift in and out of sleep momentarily, hypnosis is actually a very mentally active state quite different from sleep. Most people remain fully aware of their surroundings and can recall each session.
Hypnosis is a totally natural brain state that is well recognised as a highly effective tool for safe therapeutic change by psychology, dentistry and the medical profession. Clinical hypnosis isn't magic, although the results may seem like magic!
No, this simply cannot happen. Even if the hypnotherapist was to suddenly disappear, you would naturally bring yourself out of hypnosis safely and comfortably.
Most clients will consciously remember the vast majority of what goes on during hypnosis. There may be times when your unconscious mind, or me as the therapist, may delay your full recall for your benefit and best outcome. You will remember only what you are ready to remember.
‘Hypnosis’ refers to the natural brain state, or phenomenon itself, whereas ‘Hypnotherapy’ is the use of hypnosis within a wider therapeutic experience to help clients make positive changes and resolve difficulties in a lasting and safe way. Just being in hypnosis isn’t enough without the skills of an experienced, interventional therapist who knows how to best use your hypnotic state to effect positive change.
If you are looking to benefit from hypnotherapy for a medical condition, whether this is physical or a mental health issue, its important that you choose a therapist who has the medical or psychological training to understand, diagnose and treat your medical condition safely. Leading authorities in hypnosis both in the UK , US and worldwide will recommend that you only seek hypnosis treatment from a Medical Doctor, Clinical Psychologist or Psychotherapist who is trained to treat you.
Lay hypnotherapists (without medical or psychological training) who advertise services will generally have very little to no medical or mental health training. Its likely they will have very limited understanding of the body structure and function in health and disease, and very limited understand of the patho-physiological processes (ie whats actually going wrong at a cellular level) occurring in your particular health condition. Without out this, it is very difficult to target treatment effectively. They will have a very rudimentary ability to understand your symptoms and signs of disease and elicit a clinical history. They will not be trained to diagnose clinical conditions or spot worrying issues that need urgent further investigation or second opinion.
If you are not clear about anything I have mentioned here, unsure what the difference is between a trained hypnotherapist or lay hypnotherapist or how a medical hypnotherapist can help you, please don't hesitate to contact me; I will be delighted to help.
Because of high demand for services, unfortunately I now only work with children and young people who are referred to me via Consultants at the Department of Paediatrics at the Countess of Chester Hospital as part of our ongoing collaborative research.
Unfortunately, I am no longer able to accept private self referrals from the parents of children and young people under 18 years.
Due to high demand for her clinical services as an experienced, medically-qualified hypnotherapist, Dr Rhead often runs a waiting list for new clients requiring regular therapy. Dr Rhead's practice is now fully booked until September.
If you wish to secure a client place now for September, please contact Dr Rhead now to assess your suitability. Client places are secured on a first come, first served basis.
Standard appointment are available weekdays 10am - 5pm at the hourly fee rate of £190 per hour.
There are a limited number of 8am, 9am, 5pm or 6pm slots which are charged at the fee rate of £250 per hour.
Anyone can be effectively hypnotised if they want to be. After all, it is a natural brain state that human beings have an ‘in built’ ability to enter into, so the vast majority of people are more than able to benefit. All you need to benefit from hypnosis is the desire and curiousity to experience it.
Hypnosis is a very pleasant, relaxed state in which you are more aware of your internal experience than the world around you. It feels similar to that day-dreaming feeling when you get really absorbed in a book, a hobby or a film, except what you are becoming really absorbed in is you!
Yes absolutely, you will be fully in control at all times. In fact, in hypnosis you will experience being in more control than you may have previously experienced. No hypnotherapist can make you do, say, feel or think anything you don't want to.
Hypnotherapy is generally a rapid psychological approach compared to other psychological therapies.
Typically, many issues will be significantly helped in 3-6 sessions, although some highly motivated clients can achieve excellent results in a very short period of time (1-3 sessions). Some more stubborn issues may require longer.
My aim is to help you make genuine, lasting, positive change safely in the shortest time that is possible for you.
I also aim to have you leaving the process with me empowered with self-care skills so that you can positively manage your health and life stresses for the future.
Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon, or state of mind, which allows positive change, recovery and healing processes (mental, emotional and physical) to occur more easily than the normal busy ‘daily life’ brain can often allow.
A bit like the clutch on a car, it allows changing to a better gear to be considerable easier and smoother than trying to change gear without it!
When you are in a state of hypnosis, you will find
• Your conscious ‘thinking’ mind becomes more relaxed and ‘out of the way, allowing your subconscious mind to become more open and receptive to positive changes and suggestions which are designed to help you. These positive suggestions ‘stick’ more easily in hypnosis than in the normal waking state.
• It can be easier to recognise your true feelings, motivations, needs and desires so that you can take the appropriate action.
• You have greater access to the wisest parts of yourself and your inner healing resources, allowing you to find new creative solutions more easily to problems that may have been a struggle in daily life.
• We can often get to the root cause of a problem or a symptom more easily, allowing this to be resolved at a deeper level and more rapidly than therapy without hypnosis might allow.
Hypnosis is not actually a therapy in its own right, but is better thought of as a set of techniques that a skilled therapist can use to help bring about change. Many professionals believe that you should only consult a therapist who has a prior qualification in a medical or psychological specialty before you use hypnosis - just like a surgeon should know how bodies work in health and disease before diving in with a scalpel!