What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of guided imagination usually associated with deep relaxation. The person undergoing hypnosis is always fully in control of themselves. Most people describe hypnosis as an incredibly positive experience. It is often the most relaxed and calm that they have ever felt. Hypnotherapy uses the power of the mind (in hypnosis) to enable you to find and visualise solutions to the problems that you face (therapy).

What is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy mixes established psychotherapy techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with the power of hypnosis. This will help you find solutions and visualise their success within a safe and controlled environment.

What kind of issues can Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of problems. This includes phobias, anxiety, lack of confidence, preparation for exams and interviews, sleep problems and stopping smoking. It can also help with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), sexual problems (particularly maintaining arousal) as well as chronic pain.

Hypnotherapy is also excellent in helping you learn techniques for your personal stress and resilience management. It is naturally complimented by  Mindfulness practices.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Almost everyone responds to techniques used in hypnosis. You can improve how much you respond by a positive attitude towards helping yourself and engaging with the process. You will also become much better at getting into a hypnosised state with practice.

Are there any reasons that I can’t undergo hypnosis?

if you have a history of mental illness associated with psychosis then hypnosis may not be safe for you.

What should I expect when I book hypnotherapy?

Once you book your Introduction session, we will email you a form to complete. It will encompass basic information, including a request for permission to contact your GP. This is to inform them that your planned therapy and to check that there is no health reason that you shouldn’t. If all is well, we’ll approve your appointment and you will receive a confirmation email.

The first session will last 1.5 hours. This is longer than the following sessions which last 1 hour. This gives us time to develop a good understanding of your problem and develop a plan for your therapy. Lastly it provides time to allow you to have your first experience of hypnosis.

How many sessions will I need?

Usually about 6 sessions are needed to complete the therapy.

Can I have sessions at my own home?

If you wish to have hypnotherapy at your own home then please contact us as it will need further discussion and prior agreement. Charges for travel costs and time are additional.

How much does it cost?

Each session costs £80.


Dr Matt Warner is bound by the rules of the General Medical Council. This means that all sessions are completely confidential. The only times in which confidentiality may be broken are when there is information of ongoing criminal grooming or there is a danger to life.  A breaking of confidence will almost always happen with the prior knowledge and agreement of the client. The only time that this may not happen is if the client’s awareness of breaking of confidence would itself create danger.

Further information

click here for further information on hypnotherpay on the NHS website