Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnosis?
Have you ever been so involved with a task that you have lost track of time? Have you ever driven from one place to another and arrived safely, but not remembered the journey? Have you ever read a book and become so involved with the plot you can see scenery and hear characters speak? Have you ever day-dreamed? These are everyday examples of an altered state of awareness.
Hypnosis is another example of an altered state of awareness-one which can be used for self help. It is a perfectly natural state which occurs between being fully awake and fully asleep. In the clinical setting hypnosis is usually accompanied by a pleasant state of physical relaxation which in itself is beneficial, especially in the symptoms induced by or aggravated by stress. The term Hypnotherapy means the use of hypnosis for the treatment and relief of a variety of somatic and psychological symptoms.
It is important to note that no one can be hypnotised against their will and no one can be forced to do things while under hypnosis that they do not want to do.
Hypnotherapy is completely natural and safe. There are no harmful side-effects. When administered by a professionally trained and skilled Hypnotherapist the benefits are long lasting and often permanent. During hypnosis, you will be aware of what is happening: most people do not "feel hypnotised." You are still in control.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is therapy that utilises hypnosis: as simple as that! Therefore it is important that a hypnotherapist is properly trained, as Shaun and Fiona are, in therapy as well as inducing hypnosis. There are various models of hypnotherapy, and the decision as to which to use will be made jointly by Shaun or Fiona and you. For information about these models click here for Shaun and click here for Fiona
The British Medical Association approved hypnotherapy as a valid medical treatment in 1955 and the American Medical Association followed in 1958.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Generally speaking, all people with an average intelligence and who are not suffering from any mental health issue (eg psychosis) and can concentrate will be able to achieve a hypnotic trance state. As previously stated, no one can be hypnotised against their will and you are always in control when you are in hypnosis.
What is NLP?
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a model of communication that focuses on identifying and using patterns of thought that influence a person's behaviour as a means of improving the quality and effectiveness of their lives. It offers a paradigm of how the brain works (neuro), about how language interacts with the brain (linguistic), and how we use this interaction to get the results we want for ourselves and others (programming). It is an effective, proven vehicle for accelerated human change, radically altering the "old way" of lengthy psychotherapy.
NLP was initially created by linguist Dr. John Grinder and computer scientist and Gestalt therapist Dr. Richard Bandler. Together they produced a linguistic model that identified the language patterns of a few gifted individuals such as hypnotherapist Milton Erickson, MD., Fritz Perls of Gestalt therapy, anthropologist Gregory Bateson and Virginia Satir of family systems therapy. The synthesis of their findings, a blend of cognitive and behavioural science, resulted in the technology known as Neuro Linguistic Programming. In the 20+ years since it was first developed, NLP has grown, changed and expanded, and it continues to do so today
Shaun Brookhouse holds the designation of Master Trainer of NLP. This is currently the highest qualification an NLP Practitioner can achieve. He was awarded this title thanks to his work in the field as a practitioner, trainer and author.Fiona Biddle is a Certified Master Practitioner of NLP.
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is the provision, by qualified practitioners, of a formal and professional relationship within which patient(s)/ client(s) can profitably explore difficult, and often painful, emotions and experiences.
These may include feelings of anxiety, depression, trauma, or perhaps the loss of meaning in one's life. It is a process which seeks to help the person gain an increased capacity for choice, through which the individual becomes more autonomous and self determined. Psychotherapy may be provided for individuals or children, couples, families and groups.
It should be noted that additional training in psychotherapy or counselling should assist a hypnotherapist in helping you to achieve your goals more effectively. Not all hypnotherapists have this additional training, potential clients should always ask this of any hypnotherapist you are considering consulting
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a word that is often misunderstood. There is a difference between having a discussion, giving information and counselling. Counselling is a process whereby the client is encouraged to explore their thoughts, feelings and experience in order to resolve issues and move forward productively.
The counsellor is there to listen, understand and assist with the process. Often the process of simply unburdening oneself to someone who is interested, but not involved, can be very therapeutic! It can make a pleasant change not to be judged. However, this is not all. Counsellors will also work with you to examine reasons for situations and to explore possible avenues for your future.
What is coaching?
Coaching is a formalised means of one person helping another to achieve their hopes and dreams, and to fulfil their potential. Many of us spend too much time existing, and not enough living. We often find it difficult to know how to get where we want to go, and even to know where we want to go. Coaching can help.
Your coach will assist you to gain clarity (if you need it) as to your goals. What do you truly value in life? What and who do you truly want to be? From this point, your coach will guide you, support you and motivate you in your journey towards meeting your goals.
Goals may be on many levels:
*other personal achievements.
Goals may be small or huge, vague or precise. Whatever you bring will be you're your coach will be helping you with: you will not be told what your goals should be!
Shaun Brookhouse and Fiona Biddle are, in addition to their other credentials, Certified Professional Coachs who also train people to become coaches.
Is hypnotherapy safe?
Are you a member of any national or international bodies?
Yes, Shaun Brookhouse and Fiona Biddle are governed by the code of ethics of the Hypnotherapy Association, the National College Student and Alumni Guild, The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapythe British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Fiona) and the National Guild of Hypnotists (the oldest and largest hypnotism society in the world). Further details available upon request.
What qualifications do you have?
The following are a selected list of our qualifications, for a full CV click here for Shaun and here for Fiona
GCGI, Counselling and Hypnotherapy, Graduateship Diploma of the City and Guilds of London Institute is an equivalent qualification to a European First Degree. City and Guilds is a national awarding body granted this right by Royal Charter. Thesis: Counselling Skills in the Hypnotherapeutic Profession
MA, Education Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool John Moores University is a UK degree granting institution granted this right by an Act of Parliament Dissertation: Hypnotherapy Trainining in the UK: An investigation into the development of Clinical Hypnosis training post 1971
CertEd, Post-compulsory: Further, Adult and Higher, University of Manchester University of Manchester is a UK degree granting institution granted this right by Royal Charter Work assignments based in part on hypnotherapy training course written by Shaun Brookhouse
ACoT, Associateship Diploma, College of Teachers, The College of Teachers is a national awarding body granted this right by Royal Charter. Thesis The Importance of Counselling Skills in the Training of Hypnotherapists
DHyp, Diploma in Hypnotherapy, American College of Clinical Hypnotherapy (1989)
DCH, Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (1994)
DHP, Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, Centre Training School of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (1995)
PGDHP, Post Graduate Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, Centre Training School of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, UK (1997)
HPD, Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, National Council for Hypnotherapy/NCFE National Awarding Body (2002)
Diploma/Certification in Clinical Hypnotism, National Guild of Hypnotists (2004)
DipProfCouns, Diploma of Professional Counselling, Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (2002)
Diploma in Advanced Hypnotherapy, Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles (Personal Tuition) (2003)
CertSup, Certificate in Supervision, Centre Training International School of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, UK (2002)
Certified Hypnotherapist CH, National Guild of Hypnotists (1993)
Master Practitioner of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, International Hypnosis Institute USA (2001)
Certified Analytical Hypnotherapist AH, National Association of Transpersonal Psychology, USA (2001)
Certified Practitioner/Master Practitioner of NLP, NLP Associates UK (1996)
Certified Trainer of NLP, Advanced Neuro Dynamics, USA (1998)
Certified Master Trainer of NLP, National Federation of NLP, USA (2000)
Certified Instructor of Hypnotherapy CI, National Guild of Hypnotists USA (2000)
Board Certified Hypnotherapist BCH, National Guild of Hypnotists, USA (2000)
Senior Clinician, National Council for Hypnotherapy, UK (2001)
Accredited Hypnotherapy Supervisor, National Council for Hypnotherapy, UK (2000)
Certified Professional Coach, International Institute of Coaching, US (2002)
Certificate in Hypnotherapeutic Supervision, National Council for Hypnotherapy/NCFE National Awarding Body (2003)
Certified Practicing Counsellor, Australian Counselling Association, (2003)
Certified Five Phase Abreactive Therapeutic Hypnosis Practitioner, Banyan Center of Hypnosis, US (2004)
Board Certified Hypnotist, Omni Hypnosis Training Center/NBHEC (2004)
Certified Master Instructor, National Guild of Hypnotists, USA (2005)
Certified HypnoCoach, National Guild of Hypnotists, USA (2005)
Diplomate, National Guild of Hypnotists, USA (2006)
Certified Master Coaching Consultant, Intenational Guild of Professional Consultants and Coaches, USA (2006)
DHP(NC) Diploma in Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (Distinction) National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, UK (2007)
ADHP(NC) Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy, National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, UK (2007)
DEHP(NC) Diploma in Ericksonian Hypno-Psychotherapy, National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, UK (2007)
CEHP(NC) Certificate in Ericksonian Hypno-Psychotherapy (Distinction), National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, UK (2007)
European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP), European Association for Psychotherapy Vienna (2007)
European Certificate of Clinical Hypnosis European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy Netherlands (2007)
Especialista en Psicoterapia e Hypnosis Ericksoniana, Instituto Erickson Madrid, (2009)
Diploma in Hypnotherapy, Hypnosis Motivation Institute, USA (2010)
Diploma in Handwriting Analysis, Hypnosis Motivation Institute, USA (2010)
Shaun has also received the following awards for his work in the profession:
Rexford L North Memorial Trophy, The National Guild of Hypnotists, USA (2004)
The Hartland Memorial Award, The National Council for Hypnotherapy, UK (2005)
International Visionary Award, The National Guild of Hypnotists (2005)
Order of Braid, National Guild of Hypnotists (2005)
President's Award, The National Guild of Hypnotists, USA (2002)
Hypnosis Journalism Award, The National Guild of Hypnotists, USA (2003)
Hypnotherapist Sealah Award, Induction into the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame (2001)
Pioneer Award, American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (2003)
Honorary Service Award, International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association, USA (1995)
Hypnosis Research Award, American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (1997)
Special Commendation Award, Centre Association of Psychotherapists (1998)
BSc (Hons), Computing, Loughborough University
Diploma in Counselling, Exeter College
DHP(NC) Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy, The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy
ADHP(NC) Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy, National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
DipCAH, Diploma in Clinical and Advanced Hypnosis, The Washington School of Clinical and Advanced Hypnosis
HPD, Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, National Council for Hypnotherapy & NCFE National Awarding Body
CertHypSup, Certificate in Hypnotherapeutic Supervision, National Council for Hypnotherapy
CPC, Certified Professional Coach, International Institute of Coaching (US)
BCH, Board Certified Hypnotherapist, National Guild of Hypnotists (US)
CI, Certified Instructor of Hypnotherapy, National Guild of Hypnotists (US)
FNCSAG, Fellow National College Student and Almuni Guild
Fiona has received the following awards for her work in the profession:
The NGH President's Award
The NCH Chairman's Award
What about your success rates?
Ethically we do not speak in terms of success rates, it is fashionable for some to claim an X% success rate for this or that treatment. These figures should be treated very cautiously, in that figures like this are almost impossible to prove in any meaningful way. You can rest assured that with nearly 30 years of combined experience, we will do our utmost to help you to achieve your goals in a timely and ethical way.
What are your hours?
We are available to see clients when we are in London, which is generally 6-8 days per month due to our other practice and teaching committments. You may contact us by email or phone us on +44 (0)845 0763724
How do I book an appointment?
You may contact us by email or phone us on +44 (0)845 0763724 to arrange an appointment.