Creature Courage FAQ

Location: Creature Courage is currently located in South West London with the closest public transport being Cheam Rail Station. We will travel to you for custom sessions if desired for an extra fee. We do cater to many events in surrounding areas such as Surrey and in Kent.   

When: Our therapy can be booked at a date that is convenient with you, just get in touch to find a time that works. The session will take place between 10 and 6pm. Book well in advance as spaces often fill up very quickly.

How will you help me overcome my fear or phobia? We use education to build compassion and fascination, cognitive behavioural therapy, NLP, hypnotherapy, art therapy and immersive therapy in private one on one sessions. These are very effective and safe methods that have been used for many years and have been proved to be the quickest and most effective ways for people to overcome fears and phobias.

Will the Creature Courage Experiences work for anyone? Yes, our workshops can work for anyone who is serious about change and take on board the things we teach. The techniques we use have proven and powerful results with people with phobias for years. Most people can get rid of most if not all of their fears in one session. We also teach self calming techniques that you can use to continue the work we do on your own. Occasionally some people might need a little more time to feel 100% over the fear and our second sessions are very affordable only £100 for 3 hours.  

Keeping your phobia away for good is up to you. We will assure by the end of our work together that you are calm around your trigger animal and happy with your results. We will also train you and give you all the tools you need to keep your phobia away for good. But ultimately human behaviour is unpredictable and we can’t control your choices, how you think or your actions, so the long term success of the therapy is based on the effort you are willing to put into following the advise given, use the techniques we teach and to continue to  practice exposure and face your fears to completely desensitise yourself. There is no reason why you should not have every success after the therapy if the advice and training we teach is followed.

It is essential that you disclose any known medical conditions and medication (both professionally prescribed or self medicated) and any other reasons that may prevent you from being a suitable candidate for hypnotherapy. You MUST also disclose any mental health issues or any history of being sectioned (voluntary or via doctor / police) under the mental health act. Though this might not disqualify you from our therapy as many of our clients have mental health conditions, some mental health conditions can be made worse by hypnotherapy so we NEED to know.  We reserve the right to refuse to treat or discontinue treatment in any case where we have not been fully made aware of any medical or mental health condition or reason that could be counterproductive for the use of hypnotherapy or associated treatments and we will not be held liable if this information has been withheld.

Do you treat children? Yes. Due to high demand and a great need, Creature Courage is now doing phobia workshops for children between the ages of 9 and 14. We have adapted our animal phobia workshop for a younger mind. A parent must accompany any child attending our workshop.  The price is £347 per child.

For children ages 5 to 8 we cannot treat with our full therapy module however, we have a special educational creative and exposure session to help children learn and appreciate spiders. They will find out about spiders, be able to touch a tarantula and house spider and do a special spider art activity. The aim is to help children at this age to get over any fears they might have and learn to appreciate spiders in a new way. A parent but be present at all time. The price is £90 per child for an hour and half session. A max of three children can book at the same time.

Do I have to see or touch the animal I am afraid of during the therapy? Absolutely not. The therapy is completely in your control.  However, the therapy will not really work in a lasting way unless you are willing to fully face your fears.  If you want our phobia free guarantee you must be willing to not put any barriers to your success. However, we can assure that exposure will be done in a gentle way and taken at your pace.  No animals or photographs are used until the end part of the therapy.   We are so confident that the therapy we provide will be so effective that you will be able to do the immersive therapy option at the end. Imagine how proud you will be when you say you have faced your fears and have conquered them!

Will I go unconscious or lose control while in hypnosis? No, you will always be IN CONTROL. A hypnotic state is a place of deep relaxation and though very peaceful the person is always aware and in control of what is going on. It is simply a state where the mind is able to think more clearly and come to positive solutions easier. Hypnosis is about giving you back control and learning how to calm yourself.

What is NLP?  NLP stands for Neuro -linguistic Programming. NLP techniques are simple but powerful as they quickly help change the way we think about our problems and help us generate new patterns of behaviour. Neuro Linguistic programming is how the relationship between mind, language and behaviour work together and empowers people with tools of how to be in control and get these three components working together with awareness and positive purpose.

Does this replace medical treatment? Though this is a very successful form of therapy, this does not replace medical treatment. We advise that you seek advice from your GP or other relevant medical professionals for a variety of different options and to assess your needs for what is right for you. We are offering therapy that is educational about being in control of your emotions for a better quality of life. Our therapy can complement other methods of help and is one of many ways to assist you on your journey.

What about the treatment of animals used for the therapy? Every effort is put into assuring that any animals used for therapy is done in the least stressful manner possible. We have multiple therapy animals so no animal is in constant use. All of our therapy animals are well taken care of and are used in a way that is gentle and considerate of their nature. They are kept in fantastic conditions when not being used for therapy as beloved pets. We are fully insured and licensed to use our animals in therapy.

Are there any restrictions of people who can’t do the therapy? You need to be at least 16 years of age to do the therapy alone. If you are under 16 you must book with an adult. We can do special children’s sessions but please get in touch before booking this to discuss to see if your child is a good candidate.  Though rare, a few mental health conditions are not suitable for hypnotherapy and could make it worse, so please consult your doctor if you are unsure. However, we can still do other parts of the therapy if you can’t do the hypnotherapy part.

What if I can’t make my session, will I get a refund? All sales are final but we can reschedule your appointment with the next available space if you give us at least 24 hours notice by text or email of not being able to make it. In the unlikely event that something happens on our end where we have to cancel your session we will refund you in full or move your session to another date.