First, we have a 20 minute video call, just to say hello and briefly discuss the problem.
The first session is for fact finding followed by a short science explanation as to how the brain works, and how we behave as we do. Don’t worry, it’s very simplified, but can be completely illuminating to clients when thinking about their own situation. It forms the bedrock for future sessions.
The importance of sleep quality is explained and the role of trance in the therapy. Before the next session a relaxation recording is sent, for the client to listen to every night before sleep.
The following appointments consist of talking therapy, which takes up about half the time, followed by a trance session. Because we want you as the client to keep looking forward towards the solution, there will be much positive talking about good things going on in your life, and what if they got even better. However, there is always space too for other things which are not so great, if necessary.
The best bit for most people is the trance. The client will lie back in a comfortable chair, or even better on a couch or bed, to become completely relaxed. The therapist talks in gentle tones, describing images and metaphors, and suggestions relevant to the client’s aims.
You don’t have to worry whether you can be hypnotised or not. However deeply you relax is just fine.
Where do sessions take place?
Currently all sessions take place on Zoom. This works really well for hypnotherapy, as clients usually manage to relax deeply in their familiar surroundings. The only requirement is good WiFi and a private place to lie down (a bedroom is ideal).
Can I be sure what I say will be confidential?
The relationship between the therapist and the client is absolutely confidential, even when treating members of the same family. It is of paramount importance that the client feels completely safe and relaxed. That, and the will to achieve the desired goal, will ensure the best chance of success.
How many sessions?
The number of sessions needed depends on the nature and depth of the problem and how far the client wants to go in improving it.
As an average, anything with general anxiety and lack of self-confidence at its heart, might take between 6 and 12 sessions, but some clients make enormous progress in 4. A targeted phobia is usually successful after 4 sessions, while only 1 x 2 hour session is enough to turn a smoker into a non-smoker.