A therapy is any procedure or practice that aims to help you overcome problems or symptoms. Hypnotherapy is the name used for therapy that you undergo whilst in hypnosis.
When you are in hypnosis you remain in control of your own thoughts and actions. In fact, the success of hypnotherapy depends on you being willing to make different choices from those you've made in the past, just as it is with any kind of therapy or counselling.
The goal of the hypnotherapy sessions is to help you identify what those new choices should be, and then find ways in which you can carry them out. You might do this by seeing things from a fresh perspective, by understanding where your problems come from, by using your existing knowledge and skills differently or by learning new coping strategies.
A variety of techniques is likely to be involved, and you may be asked to carry out tasks, practise or planning between sessions.
All information given in a therapy session is treated as confidential.
Most therapy is given on a one to one basis. However, arrangements can be made for small groups wishing to work together on the same issue.
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Quite understandably, this is one of the most commonly asked questions.
Unfortunately, it can also be the most difficult to answer. Every person and every problem is different, and so is every course of hypnotherapy.
Although hypnosis is considered to be a 'rapid' therapy it is rarely instantaneous, especially when dealing with long standing problems. For most people change is a process rather than an event, you undergo therapy over time, and results tend to be gradual. That seems reasonable, given that your problems have probably developed or continued over time too. The exact number of sessions you 'have 'will need depends on you, your circumstances and what you want to achieve.
Hypnotherapy does compare very favourably with other talking therapies - in 'Psychotherapy Magazine' (Volume 7, Number 1) Alfred A. Barrios, PhD compared different approaches and said
'The greatest success in providing lasting change occurred with
- Hypnosis (93% recovery after 6 sessions), followed by
- Behavior therapy (72% recovery after 22 sessions), and then
- Psychotherapy (38% recovery after 600 sessions).'
Most people I see for a single issue are consistent with this and have between three and six sessions. These may be anywhere from one to four weeks apart, depending on the work we've done and the nature of the problems. Because of this variability, payment is made 'on a session by session basis'.
The exceptions are
- my support programme for those wishing to stop smoking, which consists of one or two sessions at a set fee, whichever is most appropriate for the individual concerned.
- my IBS programme which consists of six sessions, based upon the Manchester model of gut directed hypnotherapy
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