What can you expect from your one-to-one hypnotherapy sessions?
Let’s start with a myth buster. No one can hypnotise you against your will!
Contrary to its portrayal in films, books and the media, hypnotherapy does not involve losing control of your mind. It is not something that I do to you. Hypnotherapy is a process that you allow yourself to experience.
Clients often comment on how “ordinary” it feels. Can you recall driving a car on familiar territory, arriving, and realising you can’t remember the last part of the journey? Or have you ever been so engrossed in a film or book that you failed to notice someone enter the room?
Much like daydreaming, you can often hear everything that is being said whilst in a deeply relaxed state. Trance is often perceived as a therapeutic form of daydreaming.
Using the latest technology, I can work with you through remote sessions over the likes of Skype or Facetime just as effectively.
We start with an initial consultation. This gives you the chance to meet me and be given a full explanation of the process. I find out about your expectations and explore your current life and aspirations.
The initial consultation lasts about 45 minutes during which you will learn about how the brain creates a wide variety of unwanted symptoms and behaviours, how we suffer in the way that we do and most importantly, what you can do about it. You do have a choice!
I will endeavour to answer any questions and there is no obligation to book further sessions. You will leave your initial consultation with a FREE clinical relaxation download and CD which you can use to begin to make positive changes before you start any formal hypnotherapy sessions on the couch.
Solution focused hypnotherapy sessions
In your first session, the theory and neuroscience behind solution focused hypnotherapy will be explained to you. You will be asked how you would like your life to be, and we will discuss how we can work together to achieve your goals.
A standard session lasts 50-60 minutes. I practice a ‘Solution Focused’ approach, so whilst we acknowledge the past and learn from it, we are more concerned with helping you move towards your goals and aspirations.
Hypnotherapy session format
Each session begins with me asking, “What’s been good about your week?” or, “What has made you smile today?” to explore the concrete, positive changes you are already making, however big or small.
We will then revisit the workings of the brain and the impact these ‘good things’ have and the importance of the happy chemicals they produce.
Next you relax on the couch, and using metaphor and language patterns we create a positive and relaxing intervention. Trance, hypnosis, internal focus, meditation with a goal or whatever you’d like to call it, is a guided journey to a deeply relaxing place.
It’s important to note here that whilst you are very relaxed, you’re not asleep and you can open your eyes whenever you wish.
You won’t be asked to divulge any secrets or behave like a chicken. I use positive affirmations and give you the space to go over the good things we’ve discussed. I help you to come up with solutions or build that confidence or belief in yourself that you’re looking for.
Sessions finish with a sense of calm and relaxation. Clients often talk about the great night’s sleep they have after a session, and by using the relaxation CD to consolidate the therapeutic sessions, that deep sleep alone can help to boost positivity.