1. What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis can be defined as a condition of profound relaxation which you allow yourself to enter and during which time there is an altered state of conscious awareness.Hypnosis is a very pleasant state and in many ways is similar to meditation or deep relaxation.  It involves nothing magical or mystical.  In hypnosis the therapist and client work together allowing you to be more open to your unconscious mind, more creative, more open to change and better able to draw on your inner (sometimes unknown) resources of strength and problem solving abilities.

2. Do I have to have hypnosis?

All clients are treated as individuals and therapy is planned accordingly.  Sometimes hypnosis is suitable for you and sometimes it isn’t.  Techniques such as mental rehearsal or visualisation are extremely useful and these can be taught either in a relaxed comfortable state as well as in a deeper hypnotic trance.  All therapy is a partnership between client and therapist and therefore all techniques used are discussed in advance.

3. What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a vast field with many different approaches looking at the ways in which people experience psychological distress and how to help them achieve psychological health.  It is a talking therapy like counselling and integrates very well with hypnosis, with the possibility of using hypnosis to back up and enhance the therapy.My training has included a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches and I can draw on these as appropriate depending on the clients’ needs, individual personality and presenting issue(s).

4. How many sessions will I need?

Everyone is different, some people only need one or two sessions and others need more.  The first session is always a consultation during which we can get to know each other and have an opportunity to ask lots of questions to try to get to the root of the issue(s).  At the end of the consultation you will have an idea of how best to move forward.

5. Why do sessions take place off the horse?

I am not a trained riding instructor and therefore do not give technical riding advice.  However, I am happy to work alongside your trainer if appropriate.  Many sports people these days use some form of sport psychology to help with everything from anxiety to mental resilience and psychological strength and this is my area of expertise.