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Working Together - How it Works

If you are considering hypnosis or hypnotherapy (they are the same thing) with me, this guide is here to help you understand what is involved. 

Most people I work with are very skeptical about hypnosis, and I absolutely do not blame them. I know I was, many years ago. So this guide to here to help. 

What's It Like?

I want to help as many people as possible get freedom from unwanted behaviours and habits, such as stress, anxiety and smoking.  Here's an insight into what you can expect once you book onto one of my programmes. 

  • This is not a counselling session, so you will not be expected to talk in great detail about your past or what you think the cause of an issue is.  
  • You will take an active role, which means that you take the credit for all the work. I am simply a guide through the process.
  • You remain in control, so you will only share what you want to share. Telling your life story is not the purpose of the work we do together. 
  • I believe in helping you get the result you are looking for in the fastest and most efficient use of your time, so you are not reliant on sessions spanning years or months. 

I don't believe in cookie-cutter experiences, everything I do is customised to your specific situation which makes it more effective.  
If you'd like to know more, arrange a Zoom call with me online by clicking the button below. 

Meet Me

Hi, I'm Oliver M. James. I'm the founder of Boost Hypnosis, as well as being a certified and internationally trained hypnotist. 

I believe everyone deserves not to be held back by irrational fears and old habits.

It's not just about changing rapidly, although you can expect rapid results, instead it's a process of showing you how to take control and move forward, irrespective of past events, so you get results which last. 

To qualify to work with me, you'll need to be willing to really want that change for your own reasons. 

Getting Started

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Step 1 - Book a free strategy call

This is a quick chat, where we will talk about what you would like to work on, and ask your all important questions.  You’ll you’ll get an idea of what you can expect for your investment of time and money. 

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Step 2 - Pick a time for your first hypnosis session

Once you are ready to begin, you pick a time and make payment securely for your sessions online in just a couple of clicks.  I have a mix of evening and daytime appointments available to fit around your personal and professional life. 


We typically start with 2-3 sessions, about 1 week apart, in the majority of cases this is all we need. I expect you to notice a progress from the first session. 

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Step 3 - Attending your first session

During the sessions everything is personalised to your specific situation. I'll ask you a few questions and we'll agree the goal. I'll explain how I see the nature of your issue and how it can be changed, and then we get to work. 


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Step 4 - Follow-up and subsequent sessions

I'll check in to see how well things are going. In between sessions there may be certain short exercises to do, to really get the most out of the programme. 


My Areas of Expertise

  • Quitting smoking (cigarettes, cannabis, e-cigarettes, vaping)
  • Removing irrational anxiety, fears and phobias. Both common ones and rare ones. 
  • Overcoming homesickness, adapting to life in a new country
  • Business confidence - idea for job interview anxiety, public speaking, 
  • Exam related stress

Whilst these issues may appear very different, they all run similar patterns which can be interrupted and rewired.  Drop me an email if you have something that is not on this list.


Questions and Answers

How does hypnosis work?

A simple way of looking at it, is imagine your brain like a computer running software, after a while it can get bogged down with old stuff that doesn't work that well anymore. Hypnosis is one way of updating it.  The video below explains more. 

Evidence Based Research


Our help article talks about how hypnosis works and the scientific evidence behind it. 

How much time do I need?

Allow up to between 50-90 minutes for each session. The first session tends to be longer. Quit smoking sessions tend to be 90 minutes to 2 hours. 

There is a mix of discussion, hypnosis and testing throughout. 


How many sessions will I need?

This varies depending on the issue, I aim to help you in the fastest and most efficient use of your time. We will typically begin with 2-3 sessions, in many cases this is all that is required. Sometimes, after just the first session, we are done. 

As everything is personalised to you, book a free strategy call to learn more about how I can help you. 


What does hypnosis feel like?

There is no specific feeling.  Many people will notice profound relaxation, but not everyone. It varies from person to person, and can the feeling itself change throughout the session. There will be moments where you can feel incredibly relaxed, and others more alert.


What happens during a session?

There’ll be a mix of discussion, hypnosis and directly testing the work, so that you know its working and feel immediately better from the first session.


Do I need to do anything in between sessions?

I may provide techniques to use on yourself between sessions to further enhance the work done. I'll ask you to keep me updated, it will be your responsibility to do the exercises and stay in touch. 


Are you a medical doctor or psychologist?

No. I am first and foremost a teacher of hypnosis. I do not prescribe, diagnose or offer any cures for medical conditions.

Certain conditions and medications can inhibit the work we do. 

If you are undergoing medical or psychiatric treatment, I am happy to work and talk with your doctor and to see if this is the appropriate method for you. 


I am looking for help on behalf of somebody else, can you help?

Family members and friends:

I can only work with people who want to change, if they have no desire in changing at all, unfortunately there is not much I can do.  Many people are unwilling to change or even unaware that there is an issue. 

There is no value in forcing somebody to do a session. You can help by talking to them first and asking a question such as "What will happen if you continue like this 1 year from now, 5 years from now and 10 years from now?". 

Many people are skeptical of hypnosis, due to its portrayal on tv, on stage and in films. I address these common misconceptions during the initial free strategy call

Children and Teens:

Parents or legal guardians must provide consent before any work can begin on anyone under 18. They will be expected to be present during the session and initial consultation. 

Children and Teens can benefit immensely from hypnosis because of their active imaginations. I keep things fun, light hearted and interactive. 

Your child or teen, must be part of the process and their needs must come first. 

I encourage parents to contact me first, sometimes parents and other members of the household can benefit from some sessions too. Especially to reduce anger and stress. 


Online/Virtual Hypnosis

My programmes does not require a physical presence or touch and are specifically designed for online use. I have been using hypnosis online for more than a decade and today it's never been easier to benefit from it. 

All programmes are carried out online, through video conferencing (Zoom), giving you more flexibility and freedom to arrange the session at a time and place that suits you. 

  • All you need is a camera, microphone and somewhere comfortable to sit
  • It’s easy to connect, click the link in your confirmation email to connect. We use Zoom which can be used from a smartphone, tablet or computer. 
  • Experience hypnosis in any suitable environment, anywhere in the world,  whether it be at home, office or in your car (parked of course!)
  • Hypnosis works in exactly the same way as in person, and is even more effective online because you’ll be able to feel and apply what you have learnt directly in your own environment, rather than a clinic.

How to Book

Learn more about how we can work together to help you change by booking a free strategy call now.

This can be done in a couple of clicks.


The call will take place via Zoom, just like a regular session.