What to expect…
How I work & why…
Your privacy, confidentiality and comfort is always priority. We’ll meet in therapeutic and relaxing surroundings. You’ll never feel compelled to do or say anything that goes against your core values or beliefs. Be assured that during hypnotherapy you cannot and will not ever say or do anything that you wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing with me outside of hypnosis. You can be assured that I’ll always have your best interests and goals at the focal point of our work together.
You’ll be in a safe, caring and non-judgemental environment. Being open and honest will enhance your therapeutic journey and the efficacy of our work together. Whilst we get to know one another you’ll gain a better understanding of what the process will entail. You really should only work with a therapist that you feel comfortable with. I can help you make significant changes to your life & lifestyle, overcome addiction, change habits, work on stress & anxiety related issues, manage your weight and free yourself of a phobia.
Codes of ethics
You can be reassured that I follow all of the codes of ethics set out by the GHR http://www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com/code-of-ethics/ & General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation Giving you peace of mind that all of your confidential information will remain that way.
The importance of the initial consultation
We’re all so individual and what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. We all think differently so what drives one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. One therapy doesn’t fit all. So, we need to fully explore all the drives, triggers, emotions, cognitions and behaviours of the issue you wish to change. I’m then able to tailor a therapeutic plan just for you. The great thing about solution focused Hypnotherapy is that you don’t get stuck in all of the detail of what you don’t want as this makes you feel bad. The aim is to start changing your thinking right from the initial consultation.
The initial consultation takes 90 minutes. We’ll fully explore your reasons for attending Hypnotherapy. I’ll ask you lots of questions some will seem relevant some not so, all I ask is that you trust in the process. We’ll complete any paperwork. This is one of the most important sessions as from this I’m able to create your therapeutic plan of action, tailored to meet your needs. Whatever the issue we’ll fully investigate it so I’m able to create a Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time specific (SMART) course of action to meet your desired outcome, goal. My aim is that after the initial consultation you’ll leave my office with a clear understanding of our business contract. All the practical things like appointment times, payments and cancellation policy. As well as the therapeutic contact so you’ll feel more relaxed about what we’ll be doing. During this session I’ll be able to dispel any misconceptions about Hypnosis so you’ll leave my office feeling good about us working together.
This isn’t a passive experience, not in the office or at home. Sadly, I’ve not found a magic wand that works yet. However, I’ve discovered some great techniques that will help you make significant changes. My expectations are that you’ll complete tasks set between session. Any tasks set are extremely important and will save you money and time in the long run as they reinforce all of the work we do together whilst speeding up the change process. You’ll learn some great new coping skills that you’ll be able to use time and time again.
Number of sessions
How many sessions will it take? This is a very common question. During the initial consultation I ask all clients to commit to Six sessions with a review at session four. During the review we look at all of your progress and determine how we move forward. Most clients find six sessions are enough but for some we may need to extend this.
Some clients choose to work on something else after reaching their initial goal. For example one client after stopping smoking felt empowered to work on a phobia of flying so he could go on holiday with his family. This is common, often when people achieve things they never thought possible they want to work on other limiting cognitions & behaviours.
This is a short term therapy so we agree six sessions with a progression review at session four. Six sessions tend generally to be enough. However, we look at this during the review at session four. You’ll learn some great new life skills and coping strategies that I’m sure you’ll use time and time again.
Clients often find the process so empowering that they come back to work on other issues.
Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or phone I’ll be happy to help.