What to expect from solution based hypnotherapy
Many people find it very reassuring to know what to expect from a hypnotherapy session before they arrive. This page should answer most of your queries, however, you are very welcome to contact me, at any point, for any further information..
The initial consultation is an informal chat, often over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits! This a great opportunity for you to ask me any questions you may have, and to learn a bit more about hypnotherapy itself.
I’d really like to discover more about who you are, what makes you tick and what you would like to achieve through hypnotherapy. This is also an opportunity for you to discover who I am and to check that you are comfortable working with me.
In addition to this, it is important that I explain to you a bit about how the mind works, how the issues you are struggling with have been created by your brain and, most importantly, how we can resolve this problem through working together.
A typical session of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a very uplifting and positive experience. It uses the powerful combination of Brain Based Therapy and light hypnosis or trance to help you achieve whatever change you would like to see in your life. You will be encouraged to focus on the positive aspects of your life, and I will support you in identifying small yet significant goals, completely personal to you, which will begin to create the changes you want to see in your life. Unlike many other talking therapies, Solution focused hypnotherapy does not linger on painful or traumatic events in your past but instead looks to the future. While honouring that these events are an integral part of your history, our focus will be how we can use this present moment to create positive changes and begin to build the future you would like to see.
During a typical hypnotherapy session we work together to help you to identify areas of your life right now where small steps or changes can be made. This will help you move forward towards your desired goal. These tiny changes are very powerful because they are chosen by you, and are realistic and achievable for you.
Following this, you will make yourself comfortable on the couch and I will guiding you into a state of relaxing trance. This a state created by the powerful combination of relaxing guided visualisation and focused attention – which is safe and achievable for everyone. This will help you effortlessly and naturally change the way you think about situations and very quickly you will start noticing the changes you are creating in your life.
Face to face therapy.
These sessions take place in my therapy room at The Observatory Practice on Plymouth Hoe. My therapy room is a safe and professional space where you can relax within a specialist hypnotherapy practice. My therapy room is pleasantly decorated and furnished to a high standard with comfortable arm chairs, coffee tables and soft lighting. It also has a high quality hypnotherapy couch, complete with pillow and soft blanket to ensure you are comfortable throughout your session.
The practice has its own sunny waiting room with comfortable chairs and a pot of fresh coffee ready and waiting. There is also a small kitchen area available for clients to get other hot and cold drinks while they wait.
Online therapy has in many ways become the new normal in recent months. These sessions take place via an encrypted Zoom video call between a client in their own home and the therapist working from their therapy room as usual. This format ensures the same professionalism and confidentiality from the therapist, without the client needing to leave the safety and comfort of their home. Prior to the scheduled session, the client receives an email containing a link and password to access a private zoom meeting, which will start at the arranged appointment time.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a form of ‘brief therapy’, and has many similarities with other evidence based, short-term therapies. How many sessions you see me for will vary, depending on what you are seeking help with and how committed to change you are.
During the initial consultation we will be able to discuss your own personal circumstances and I will be able to give you a much more accurate idea of how long it might take to achieve your personal goal. However, most people notice very real and positive changes in their lives after roughly 6 sessions. It can take a bit of time to alter deeply ingrained thought and behaviour patterns (which have often existed for many years), but once those changes start it is a wonderful feeling which keeps getting better!
We would aim to continue working together for a few more weeks, to make sure you are able to maintain these changes after your sessions have ended. This is often referred to the ‘perfect and maintain ’phase, and is a very important time within the process. During this time we will make sure that you have all the resources and skills to remain calm, confident and steady no matter what life throws at you in the future.