What exactly is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a process where a qualified hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to guide you into a state of trance. In this state, you feel relaxed, and you shift your focus inward, away from the external world that you experience consciously every day.
Then the hypnotherapist makes suggestions that help you connect to your unconscious mind, to find and utilize natural resources deep within yourself that can help you achieve your goals or remove your problems.
What exactly do you mean by “suggestion”?
A “suggestion” is a statement given in hypnosis that something will happen. For example, a hypnotherapist may suggest that you feel completely relaxed as you think about a peaceful and pleasant scene. In a therapeutic context, a hypnotherapist uses suggestions as a tool to help you reprogramme your mind to respond in a healthier way to something.
You can view your hypnotherapist as being a navigator of your life journey. She is there to make suggestions for the best possible route for your next move. You can choose to accept her suggestions, or reject them if you want; after all, it’s your mind and you are always in control.
What do I need to prepare before a session?
I will provide you with a simple registration form to fill in. This is for me to have an initial understanding of your presenting concerns and also for you to think about and get prepared for sharing what you would like help with.
Any information learned in therapy remains confidential unless it is necessary by law to disclose, or the disclosure is solely for the protection of the client’s safety as well as the therapist’s.
If you opt for online therapy, below are some useful tips prior to our session:
- Choose a comfortable chair to sit on and ensure your back is well supported.
- Ensure you have used the toilet prior to the therapy.
- If possible, switch on your webcam throughout the session, and put on your headphone to ensure the best sound quality.
- Leave your phone or any of your gadgets in silent mode, and make sure your surroundings are quiet and peaceful.
- Inform those staying with you that you would like to be left undisturbed for the next hour or so.
- If you are using a smartphone or tablet, ensure that it is fully charged, switching all the notifications to silent mode, or if you are using a notebook or desktop computer, have it connected to AC power.
- Should the internet connection be interrupted, you can be assured that you will awaken quite naturally (just like when you are asleep, and you sense something needs your attention and you just wake up normally), and you re-establish the connection so that the session can continue.
What to expect in the first session?
First, I will ask questions about the issues that brought you to therapy. If relevant and necessary, we will also talk a bit about your relationships, your history, your interests, your strengths, and what you want from the therapy.
It is important to tell me what is in your mind so that I can better understand your concerns and help you create solutions to your problems. I will then answer any questions that you might have about hypnotherapy, my methods, and what you can expect from the session.
After the consultation, I will guide you into hypnosis using the method I believe works best for you. After a session, you will most likely feel uplifted, lighter, and more relaxed.
How does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis feels like meditation – a gentle, deeply relaxed state. You are awake, you are still aware of your surroundings, you are still in control, and you will likely continue to have thoughts running through your mind (especially early on in your practice).
It’s important to understand that if you continue to have thoughts during hypnotherapy, you are still “doing it correctly”, just as you would be with meditation. There is no blackout state, no amnesia, no getting stuck, no truth serum. That’s all Hollywood and stage-show nonsense.
How soon can I see results?
Generally, it takes 3 to 6 sessions to resolve common medical or psychological problems. Some complicated issues may take a longer time and rarely, a year or so. Having said that, the speed depends on many factors and should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
According to a study published in Psychotherapy, researchers found that hypnotherapy outperformed both psychoanalysis and behavior therapy in terms of number of sessions required to achieve a specific result – with 93% recovery after six sessions for hypnotherapy, 72% recovery after 22 sessions for behavior therapy, and 38% recovery after 600 sessions for psychoanalysis.
How much do you charge per session?
30-minute initial consultation – FREE
*Rates will be given after 1st session
How long does a session last?
The free initial consultation will take about 30 minutes.
Typically, a session will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Each session may be short or long depending on the client’s needs and a number of other factors.
How soon should I book the next session?
It is recommended to set the next appointment for the upcoming week. Some may book sessions twice a month. However, it will also depend on the outcome of the current session which will be addressed together.
How do I tell if hypnotherapy works for me after the first session?
Each person will have a different experience after hypnotherapy sessions. Most, if not all, report feeling relaxed and refreshed immediately after. Some fall into a deep sleep that night, some are rested during the trance and become alert and refreshed right after, especially if the session is close to their sleep time.
Some feel their mind is active while sleeping, probably because the brain is processing after new learning. Regardless, after a few sessions, most people find it easier to go into the trance state, particularly if they also practice self-hypnosis or meditation on their own.
Although hypnotherapy has been shown in research to work faster than other forms of psychotherapy, do not expect miracles just after the first session. It takes time to heal especially if you have long-standing issues.
Will I share things that I do not want to share during hypnosis (e.g. giving out my bank’s pin number)?
No. You’re still aware of what is going on around you, and you will be in control throughout. No hypnotherapist can make you do what you do not want to do, or reveal what you are not comfortable with revealing if you do not want to.
In fact, we have good experience working with clients who do not want to talk about their problems. In this case, we will direct the therapy to focus solely on the solutions.
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