Here are some common questions that people have about psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help.
Q: What is psychotherapy?
A: Psychotherapy is a broad term that includes multiple modes of therapy. I use strategic psychotherapy which targets problem behaviour and/or attitude directly. Although it is important to understand how events in our life affect our current situation, you cannot change the past. But you can direct your future. Ultimately, you are the only one that can change your life. My role as a psychotherapist is not to "fix you" (you are not broken), but to guide you to make positive changes.
Q: What is clinical hypnosis?
A: Hypnosis is a tool of therapy, not a therapy itself. It provides a method of detaching an individuals attention away from their immediate environment. We live “in our heads” so much with so much mind chatter. Hypnosis can be described as a waking state of consciousness that allows you to observe inner experiences, feelings and imagery. Hypnosis creates a trance state which may be different for everybody. Common trance states in everyday life for comparison may include being absorbed in a good movie where you start to feel emotion, when driving a familiar road being lost in thought, and meditative states. The benefit of hypnosis over simply talking to a person, is the increased effectiveness of suggestion through access to unconscious processing. Hypnosis is usually a relaxing experience although some people may feel more alert than normal. There is no right or wrong way, just your way.
Q: Will I be out of control of myself or under the control of the hypnotherapist?
A: No. Not at all. Due to stage hypnosis there is a common and damaging misconception that a therapist is able (or willing) to take over control of your mind or body. You can come out of trance at any time without any negative outcome. No one can make you do anything you don't want to do. Many people describe the experience as similar to meditation, not a black out of time.
Q: How long does a therapy session last?
A: A therapy session typically lasts 60 minutes. The initial consultation usually lasts up to 90 minutes to allow for a thorough interview and hypnosis session.
Q: How many sessions will I need?
A: You will need a minimum of 4-6 sessions with daily homework. While there is no quick fix to healing, this approach is designed to be intense, dynamic and create rapid change. You will need to do homework in between sessions.
Q: Do you offer online therapy sessions?
A: Yes, I offer online therapy sessions for clients who are unable to come to my office in person.
Q: How much does a therapy session cost?
A: The cost of a therapy session varies depending on the type of therapy and the length of the session. Please contact me for more information.
Q: What can I expect from a session?
A: You will have a full consultation discussing the reasons for coming to the session, identifying any thought or behavioural processes that are affecting your choices and discovering the best care plan for you. Psycho therapeutic education with a therapist will help you to understand and address any of the issues identified. The hypnosis session will last approximately 20-30 minutes where the themes of the discussion will be embedded.
Q: Do I have to do anything after the session?
A: Yes! There is no magic wand in healing. It is essential you are committed to making change in your life. Neuroplasticity occurs with new concepts and repetition. You will be required to listen to the recording of the session every day in between sessions. This allows the subconscious processing to become fully embedded and for change to occur. You may feel great for a day or even a week after one session, but if you want permanent change, you have to do the work!