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FAQ's..Frequently Asked Questions.

Maybe you want to change but aren't yet convinced or perhaps there are still a few questions that you have that need answering. Below we have listed most of the questions we have been asked over the years, whatever questions you may have are sure to be answered below but if not please contact us we are here to help either e-mail us or phone 020 8540 3366.


What is hypnosis?

  • Hypnosis has long been associated with the strange and mysterious, with side shows and faith healers; yet hypnosis isnít mysterious or supernatural and we have all been in a hypnotic states literally thousands of times. You didnít notice because it is such a natural state of mind.

  • Have you ever had a day dream you are in a trance.

  • Have you have ever looked for something and not been able to see it but then found it in a place you had already looked (negative hallucination) you were in a trance.

  • Have you ever imagined what a room or garden would look like once redecorated (positive hallucination) you were in a trance.

  • Hypnosis is not sleep - it is really a half-way state between awake and asleep and in it the mind is more receptive to suggestion. Hypnosis is a safe state of mind and was recognized as long ago as the 1890s by the British Medical Association

What is NLP?

  • NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming and is a set of techniques that enable us to eliminate old habits and create new behaviours quickly and easily.
  • Some people describe NLP as being the operating manual of the mind it enables us to re-programme and re-condition our thinking. When Hypnosis and NLP are combined they are particularly effective.

What does being hypnotised feel like?

  • Many people say that becoming hypnotised feels at first like falling drifting off into a light sleep, the difference being that they hear our voices as a background to whatever experience they have. Being totally aware and yet very comfortable and relaxed. Hypnosis is an individual experience and will not be the same for everyone. The more you practice it the easier it becomes.

Is hypnosis safe?

  • Hypnosis is a natural and effective way of making contact with your inner (unconscious) self with no harmful side effects, only benefits."
  • The side effect that is most common is a feeling of release and relaxation after the session. It will be fine for you to work or travel after your having stopped smoking with hypnosis.

I'm not sure about hypnosis what if I cant be hypnotised?

  • This is a common concern however studies show that everyone can be hypnotised the only difference is how long it takes. The time taken to enter a trance state has nothing to do with intelligence it is more to do with how much you allow yourself to go with the experience.

I would like to come along with some friends what do I do?

  • if you feel more relaxed by coming along with a friend that is ok, they may or may not be allowed into the session depending on why you are visiting us. If you are booking with a junior (under 14 years) then we may ask you or another adult to sit in the session so you are aware of the techniques they would have learnt. We encourage you to come along with some friends or in a group for stopping smoking or weight loss that way you will use the group to encourage each other to practice the techniques you will learn.

How can I prepare before my appointment?

  • After booking in you will receive a pre-appointment pack and a simple to complete questionnaire, read the pack and complete the questionnaire BEFORE your appointment.
  • With the pack you will receive a FREE hypnosis CD entitled "Preparing your mind for success". Listen to this at least once but as many times as possible before your appointment. It will prepare your mind for the session. Sit back relax and enjoy the experience.
  • If you are attending for Stopping Smoking or Weight Loss there are a few extra instructions that will be contained within your pre-appointment pack.

I run a business and want to help my staff what can I do?

  • As of 1st July 2007 the law will have changed regarding smoking placing a lot of responsibility not only only smokers but on employers. You may book your staff in we suggest you get each member of staff to check their commitment before you book them in. Please contact us for a quote to arrange an in-house stop smoking seminar for your employees.
  • In 2005 the laws changed regarding Stress in the Work place, we offer comprehensive services for Stress at home and at work.
  • A lot of our work is for corporate clients as well as providing personal "one 2 one" coaching services for your staff we can design and develop bespoke training courses in a wide range of subjects. Please call Steve on 020 8540 3366 to discuss your training requirements.

What happens after my appointment ?

  • After your appointment you must listen to the audio hypnosis CD you received with your pack this will reinforce the work done during your appointments, if you have any queries we offer a free e-mail follow up service "Sarah Says" to answer any queries you may have after your appointment.

How do I book?

  • Complete the enquiry form and we will get back to you ASAP or alternatively call us on 020 8540 3366.
  • When you call please have a diary and your credit card available to confirm appointment times and secure the times. We will hold a provisional booking for 24 hours. Once a booking is confirmed we will require credit card details to secure the appointment.
  • A pre-appointment pack will then be sent out to you within 48 hours.
  • If you need to re-arrange the times please ensure you tell us with more than 48 hours notice (working days excluding bank holidays).
  • Terms and conditions apply.

What is the difference between Empowering Solutions and my local hypnotherapist or someone who has done an NLP practitioner course?

  • If you were ill would you chose to go to a local village GP with little experience in a health problem you may have or would you rather go to an International specialist who has worked with 1000's of clients with your problem and has clients referred to them by other GP's. Who would you trust with your good health?.
  • There are some people out there who are good however it takes more than one or two course to make a good therapist / coach. Don't ask us read what our clients and other therapists say, see the referral section of this site.
  • The difference with good therapists and great ones is what they do if a technique doesn't work, iit is then that experience shows. We teach many therapists and coaches throughout the year, our rates offer excellent value for money.

Why can't I get Empowering Solutions through the NHS?

  • Regrettably the NHS service is slow and painful for therapists, we have chosen not to register with them. To help with costs we always aim to keep our rates affordable.

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