HOW MANY SESSIONS OF THERAPY WILL I/WE NEED?
Every case is different so it varies with each client but my aim with everyone is to get you a little better or to give you a little bit more insight at every session.
The way I work is: if you think you are getting better and gaining something from therapy, then keep coming and if you feel you’ve reached where you wish to be, then it will be time to stop coming. I will always be honest with you and if I feel I’ve taken you as far as I can, we’ll stop. Or if I feel it is not working for you, we’ll stop. I always have the best interests of my client at heart and it is sometimes necessary to refer clients on to another practitioner. In the event of this being necessary, I will assist you in seeking an alternative therapist and support you through the transition process.
It can vary with each client and each presenting issue and whilst it is wonderful to report that some clients experience profound change in just 1 or 2 sessions, I usually work with clients between 6 and 16 sessions depending upon their goals and progress.
IS HYPNOTHERAPY SAFE
Hypnotherapy is a perfectly normal and safe alternative state of consciousness – a deep state of relaxation where you are more susceptible to suggestion where you can conform to a change in behavioural habits, phobia or anxieties.
People are sometimes concerned that they will lose control during hypnosis. However, regardless of how deeply a person goes into hypnosis and however passive they may appear to be, they actually remain in full control of the situation. Indeed a client is able to converse with me during hypnosis and can terminate the session if they so desire.
Stage Hypnotists (such as people you have seen on the TV) use some of the techniques (eg trance, suggestion and visualisation) that I use but that is where the similarity ends. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis positively, helping people to access their inner resources in a powerful and permanent way – it is not, under any circumstances, used for amusement or entertainment.
WHO CAN BE HYPNOTISED?
Virtually anyone can be hypnotised. Although some people are more readily to be hypnotised than others and that largely depends upon the willingness to be hypnotised at that time. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will, so if you choose not to be hypnotised, you will not be. However, it is said that if you allow the process to occur, then most people are hypnotisable.
WHO MAY BENEFIT FROM HYPNOTHERAPY?
Again, the answer to this question is virtually everyone. Given that hypnotherapy can be utilised to access a person’s inner potential and that probably no-one is performing
to their actual potential, then this answer is literally true. However, it is not just potential which hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also one’s inner resources to effect beneficial change.