What to expect in a hypnotherapy session

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People may choose to have hypnotherapy for a variety of reasons - they may want to learn to relax deeply; to change an unwanted habit; to conquer a fear such as public speaking or to enhance an aspect of their lives such as sports performance.

Hypnotherapy works with the power of your unconscious mind and can often create positive benefits in a relatively short space of time. Most issues are successfully resolved with 3 to 5 sessions.

Initial Contact

Most clients make initial contact by phone. During your telephone call we will briefly discuss what you want to achieve and how hypnotherapy may be able to help you. I will answer any questions you may have about hypnosis. I will then send you a pre-session questionnaire for you to fill in and bring with you to your first session.

Session 1

The first session focuses on clearly identifying what you want to achieve and putting simple strategies in place to do this. Together we will explore exactly what you want to achieve by answering a series of questions. This will enable me to personalise a strategy for you to enhance your wellbeing.

You will never be asked to do anything to make you feel foolish or uncomfortable. Everything that you discuss will be in the strictest confidence.

We will have plenty of time to answer any questions you may have about hypnosis or NLP. By the end of the session we will have clearly defined your long and short term goals for our work together. You may be asked to some home work, e.g. relaxation exercises or deep breathing or to do something differently until your next session.

Session 2

The second session is where the real fun starts - in this session I will use a combination of hypnosis and NLP to help you take control of your behaviour and make the changes you want.

I will check how you got on with the suggestions made at the last session, find out which strategies worked for you and take this into account in session 2.

You will relax in a comfortable chair as I guide you in to a state of hypnosis. Typically you will be very aware of everything that occurs, but will feel very relaxed and comfortable. While you continue to feel relaxed I will help guide your sub-conscious mind to find the perfect solution for you. I may ask you to imagine certain scenes, make positive suggestions or ask your sub conscious mind to give you a solution that is appropriate for your goals.

When the session is complete, you will remember all that has occurred. Some people like to talk about their experience. We can then discuss any questions you may have and then discuss issues you may wish to address in the future. I often ask my clients to do some home work, e.g. relaxation exercises, deep breathing, practice self-hypnosis, and then the session ends.

Subsequent Sessions

Sessions 3 to 5 are similar to session 2. Having checked what progress you have made since the last session, I will vary my techniques to ensure that you have the best possible chance of success in the shortest time possible. Each session will build on the last, giving you plenty of strategies to achieve your goals.