Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a dream-like state of deep relaxation. It has been practised in various forms for thousands of years by many cultures. Today, hypnosis is recognised by the scientific community as an effective healing tool, used by doctors and psychotherapists as part of their treatment process.

Will hypnotherapy work for me?

Hypnotherapy has the capacity to work for anyone, but some are more hypnotisable than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must keep an open mind, be fully committed to the process, and feel that you can fully trust me as your hypnotherapist.

Is hypnotherapy safe?

I am a fully qualified and experienced hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy is completely safe. You cannot be hypnotised into doing things against your will, and you cannot be forced into a hypnotic state. Instead, you allow yourself to be hypnotised. You are always in control.

Is hypnotherapy safe for children?

Hypnotherapy for children and young people is considered highly effective and is completely safe. Children tend to respond very well to hypnosis as they are naturally quite imaginative and use their subconscious minds a great deal.

Will I lose control of my body?

No, you will have full control of your body and thoughts. You cannot be made to do or say things you don't want to.

How long does a session last?

Session times can vary depending on the type of therapy you choose. As a rough guide, allow up to an hour and a half for form filling and therapy time.

How many sessions will I need?

Most people require at least three sessions to receive the full benefits of hypnotherapy. However, even one session can invoke powerful changes in your life.

Will I remember what happened during the session?

You will remember everything you need to remember. Any portions not remembered will be where your mind has drifted off to some distant thought or memory.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Everyone has experienced hypnosis before. Examples of common hypnotic experiences include: daydreaming, being focused on a pleasant task and losing track of time, and being engrossed in your favourite television show.

Will I fall asleep?

Hypnosis is very relaxing but differs from sleep in that you never lose awareness during hypnosis. When you are hypnotised, you continue to be aware of your surroundings. In fact, your senses can actually become heightened and more acute than normal.

How will I feel once the session is over?

You will be alert and fully able to continue with your day, and your subconscious mind will already be starting to make the changes that we worked on in your therapy.

What will happen if I cancel an appointment?

Please give at least 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend your appointment. Cancellations made after this time will be subject to full payment of the session price.

Cathy B.


“I feel so much more positive and have not had a single anxiety attack since my last session. I am so much more confident, less afraid, and more self aware than I have ever been before.”

Karen M.


“For the first time in my life I have beautiful long finger nails, I no longer bite my nails. I am more motivated and have made big positive changes in my life. I now have the confidence to be myself and make my own choices. I am motivated 100%, a big change from not wanting to get out of bed in the morning.”

Maria W.

Mt Martha

“Thomas (12 years old) now goes to school without any fuss. He has had a great report this term after many poor ones. The anger is gone, he is like a different child. The whole family and his teachers can't believe the change in him.”

Helen R.


“Since seeing Nicola I have left the past behind me. It no longer haunts me, and the childhood trauma has been released. I have tried so many therapies and finally I feel free to live my life again. Thank you so much, you are an angel. Your therapy has changed my life.”

Olivia C.


“Your therapy gave me the strength to leave my abusive partner. You helped me to trust and believe in myself again. I have had three sessions and my family can't believe the change in me. I can't wait for my next three sessions. I can't believe how fantastic I feel.”

Frank L.


“I walked in to your room a heavy smoker and came out a non-smoker after just one hour. I have smoked for 35 years, 30 cigarettes a day. I still can't believe it, amazing!”

Sue R.

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“I had not been able to fly for many years due to anxiety and panic at even thinking of flying. I had already booked a flight to the UK for the next week when I went to see Nicola. After just one single session my fear of flying had completely gone, in fact, I actually enjoyed my flight to the UK. We had severe turbulence and I was so calm I even helped my partner relax. Great result!”

Sarah S.


“I was so surprised at how relaxing my session was. My hay fever and honey allergy have completely gone and I FEEL GREAT. I have reconnected with my body again, lost weight, and have so much energy.”

Adam T.


“My life has improved dramatically since my sessions with Nicola. My anxiety is almost non-existent. I am standing in my own power, and my relationship has gone from strength to strength. I feel so good. My work life is so much easier as I am able to deal with stress and no longer take it home. I am happier than I have been for a very very long time.”

Frank J.


“I had just one session. I thought I could not be hypnotised. I didn't think it would work. I WAS hypnotised, and it DID work. I no longer gamble, in fact, I can't gamble. I wasted years and years on my gambling addiction and thousands of dollars. I now have more time with my grandchildren and am free from gambling. Great stuff.”