Hypnosis - How it Works

This guide covers some of the questions you may have. Whether you are just getting started the idea of using hypnosis to help you reach your goals, here's an overview of some of the commonly asked questions about the services here at Boost Hypnosis. 

What's it Like?

Here's an insight into what you can expect once you book onto one of my programmes. 

  • We work on a specific goal that you chose, and if you're not sure yet, I have tools to help you get there.  
  • You will be guided through the process, but you will be expected to be fully active during the process. 
  • You remain in control, so you will only share what you want to share. 
  • 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. Everybody is unique and before we work together, I'd like to meet you. Book a quick chat online below.  

Meet Me


Hi, I'm Oliver M. James. I'm the founder of Boost Hypnosis, and certified and internationally trained hypnotist. I am from the UK originally, and am currently based in Brussels, Belgium, which leads me to work with people just like you all over the world.  

My Background Story:
My journey with hypnosis started over a decade ago, when I learnt how to use hypnosis for entertainment, as a party trick. Whilst that can be fun, I soon discovered that suddenly my volunteers left the experience with less stress, and had some of the best sleep they had ever had following the session. Which made me think, what else is possible?

I soon discovered that beneath this often overlooked modality of change, lies something very powerful. The ability to connect with the unconscious processes within us that seem out of control. Whether it be reaching for a cigarette, anxiety, an irrational fear or a mental block you're facing in your career.  I can help you make the leap, in the quickest and most efficient use of your time. 

It's not just about changing rapidly, although you can often 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. 

Hypnosis has since helped me to improve my own sleep and overcome anxiety.  I look forward to helping you go from stuck to freedom. 

Getting Started


Step 1 - Book a free strategy call

This is a quick chat to learn about you, your goals and what you can expect when we work together.  You may also gain a new perspective on your issue, which can be immensely valuable. 


Step 2 - Booking Online

I make it really easy to arrange your appointments, once you decide to join a programme, you'll be able to pick from the range of times available.  You can arrange and pay in just a couple of clicks, it takes less than 30 seconds. 


Step 3 - The First Session

In the first session, we'll dig a little deeper into the issue and work together as I show you ways in which we can change it. Many people may not want to divulge lots of information about themselves, many of my techniques are designed with this in mind.  The session takes place online via Zoom, meaning there's no travel, parking or time lost.  You pick the place which is best for you. 


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. 

What I help with:

  • 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

How can I possibly help with all those things?
Whilst these issues may appear very different, they all run very similar patterns which can be rewired with the help of hypnosis.  Drop me an email if you have a question about something which is not on this list.

Questions and Answers

How does hypnosis work?

A very 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
The following help article talks in more detail about how hypnosis works and the scientific evidence behind it. 

How much time do I need for a session?

This really depends on the issue you are working on and your specific circumstances. Once inside one of my programmes, you should allow 60-90 minutes per session to begin with.  Often the first session is slightly longer. 

How many hypnosis 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. I work on the basis on providing you a full service, rather than a session by session basis, so I ensure you have all the tools you need. 

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. The techniques I share are designed for busy people with little time, so you'll have no problem fitting them in. 

I'll ask you to keep me updated, it will be your responsibility to do the exercises and stay in touch. 

How much does hypnosis cost?

It varies! For one-to-one programmes, we discuss this during the initial free strategy call and is dependant on the goal you want to achieve. Above all, I want to ensure that for a small investment of your time, finances and energy that you get a result that is worth way more. 

I also offer a small range of hypnosis audio downloads as a budget friendly option, or for those who prefer to work by themselves. 

Will hypnosis work for me?

Everyone can be hypnotised, we spend big chunks of our day in natural states of trance. As we work together, we create the right conditions for you to get the change you want. I do not guarantee any particular result, but when you follow the steps and take an active role in each session and in between sessions, you can look forward to getting great results.

There are some people may find it's not the approach for them, and we tend to know this pretty quickly. In that case there are always alternatives. 

Safety - Is hypnosis safe?

Yes, the work I do is carried out with your safety as the top priority.  Hypnosis itself is generally not dangerous, but like any tool it should be treated with respect and care.   It's a common belief that hypnosis is a form of mind control or brainwashing, this comes from tv and movies mostly, as well as a few dodgy stage shows.  In reality, we know that what we see on a fictional  tv show or in a movie is not a reflection of reality. 

  • You cannot become stuck in hypnosis, even if the internet connection goes offline.
  • You are conscious and aware
  • You are in control, in fact you'll have more control over your own mind than you have ever experienced.

    If you are currently undergoing medical treatment of any form, please talk to your doctor first. I have specific information I can provide for healthcare professionals. 

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, but I may be able to provide some helpful pointers and alternatives to help you steer the conversation in the right direction. 

If they do want to change, I am happy to talk to them. 

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 - How it Works

My programmes do not require a physical presence or touch.  They are specifically designed for online use.  

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.