+ What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy uses a state of hypnosis alongside psychotherapeutic techniques.

It can help by changing how we react to situations and enable us to cope better with whatever life brings our way. By building on your strengths we can create a positive future where you are back in control!

+ What Hypnosis is...

Hypnosis is a natural state of trance which we all experience many times each day.

Have you ever been driving and suddenly realised you have missed your turning? Or reading a book, and had to re-read the page as you had not taken any of the words in?

In both of these situations you may well have been in a natural trance state. Scientists tell us that during this state, despite feeling like we have "switched off", our brains are working hard, using more energy than when taking a maths exam!

During this time the brain is processing information and finding solutions to problems.

As part of each session, I will use special questioning techniques to ensure your brain is focusing on the issues you wish to resolve, and guide you into the trance state to make maximum use of this natural brain state.

Many people are often surprised at how "ordinary" hypnosis feels, but during this state, the skilled hypnotherapist has access to the subconscious mind, and it is therefore incredibly powerful for changing seemingly "unchangeable" behaviours and habits.

+ What Hypnosis Isn't...

It is important to understand that the hypnosis used in hypnotherapy isn't something which is "done to you" to make you do something you don't want to. On the contrary, although it is an incredibly powerful tool, it is used as a collaborative process, and will only work when it is used to make changes which you wish to make.

+ What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?

Solution focused therapy is a modern therapeutic technique which, when combined with hypnosis, creates effective and lasting change.

This kind of therapy is particularly effective in relieving the many symptoms that have their roots in anxiety and stress. As the therapy focuses on solutions, we do not dwell on the problems of the past. Instead we assess where you are currently, help you identify where you wish to be, and then assist you to achieve your goals.

Solution focused therapy is a proven, effective and safe therapy, whose effects are enhanced by the use of hypnosis, which enables the subconscious mind to adopt those changes you wish to make.

+ Other Techniques I Use.

I use a variety of other techniques, drawn from the very best of modern psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, which means I can tailor my approach according to your needs.

+ How Long Does Each Session Take?

Usually a session will last 50 - 60 minutes, with the exception of quitting smoking therapy, which consists of a single session, lasting 90 - 120 minutes.

+ How Many Sessions Will I Need?

It really does depend on your specific situation because solution focused therapy is tailored to your individual needs.

For this reason, I offer all clients (except for those booking a stop smoking consultation) an initial assessment which is covered by my guarantee "If the assessment session hasn't been useful then you just need to let me know, and I'll give you my time for free (no charge)." The purpose of the assessment session is to assess your specific requirements, to explain fully how I will help you, and your proposed treatment plan, including the number of sessions you will need.

You will have ample opportunity to ask any questions to help you to decide if Leah Bevan Hypnotherapy is right for you.

If you decide to go ahead, we will arrange a time and date for your first therapy session, usually the following week.

+ Do I need an assessment session before I book a stop smoking consultation?

No, the elements of the assessment consultation which are relevant to stopping smoking have been incorporated into the stop smoking session. The stop smoking session is a single 2 hour session.

+ what can i expect during a session?

Each subsequent session will involve much more than hypnosis. Using specially designed questioning techniques, we will talk about the progress you have already made, and discuss the changes you still wish to make. I will then guide you into a relaxed state of hypnosis, which will consolidate those changes, and allow the subconscious mind to accept them.