What Does a Cognitive Hypnotherapy Session Looks Like
You are Unique and so is your problem. As such, no two sessions are the same.
This is a very important session that gives you and me the opportunity to get to know one another. This helps me to create a treatment plan going forward. Just an important is that you can get a feel for me and how I work. Research has shown that a positive therapeutic relationship is integral to successful therapy. During our time together you will have the opportunity to explain what exactly brings you to therapy. We will explore your problem(s) in depth, looking at your thoughts, behaviours and feelings, creating a therapeutic goal that we can work towards. Time permitting, I will guide you through a brief hypnosis so that you can experience it and know what to expect in the following sessions.
FOLLOW UP SESSIONS
During a typical session there will be space for you to talk honestly and openly about what has been troubling you during the week. This allows me to design a session in line with where you are on your journey and how you are ‘coping’ at the moment. I will draw upon various techniques during these sessions including Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and traditional coaching styles.
Everyone responds to Hypnotherapy in their own way and as such there is no set number of sessions we will work together. On average, I see people for 4-8 sessions. Some highly receptive clients only need 2 whilst others with deep held beliefs may require longer.
Our final session allows for us to tie together everything that we have explored. By now you will be an expert in recognising your early warning signs and cues to cope. You will be armed with a toolbox of techniques that you can use as you see best. This session gives you the opportunity to test out all that you have learned and prepare for any future lapses with prevention training. Some of the people I work with like to book in for follow up or check in sessions at regular intervals, like quarterly or annually.
What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?
It wouldn’t be uncommon if you, like so many others, thought that hypnosis was something unusual or out the ordinary. But the truth is, hypnosis is something we do many times during our day. A hypnotic state is a combination of two very simple steps: relaxation and focus. You know that feeling you get when you find yourself absorbed in a good book, a gripping film or profound daydreaming? Well that’s like hypnosis. If you have ever meditated, then it is very similar to that experience. Or the focus your mind and body fall into whilst you play sport could be likened to the hypnotic state.
Hypnosis is a gentle process. Although everyone’s experience will differ, most of my clients report feeling deeply relaxed and focused. You are in control and can open your eyes whenever you wanted to do so, but because your mind and body experience is so pleasantly comfortable, you simply choose not to.
If we come to a therapy session with the anticipation to reach some ‘altered’ state we will only be hindering the process. Let go of preconceived notions and expectations; come with an open mind and heart and let me guide you on this journey.
Perhaps you think that it won’t work for you or that you can’t be hypnotised. If you believe that, then it will be true. Everyone who wants to be hypnotised, can be hypnotised. It is this attitude that you will need to bring with you to every session.