What to expect in your first Cognitive Hypnotherapy session

The first session takes the form of an in-depth consultation that may or may not include hypnotherapy techniques. The information gained from this session is vital so that I can understand more about you, your current issue and what you want to achieve from the therapy. As Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a collaboration between us it is important for both of us to fully understand your goals and have realistic expectations of what can be achieved.

Occasionally people come for therapy with expectations based on stage and entertainment hypnosis where a subject is ‘put under’ hypnosis and the hypnotherapist removes their problem or takes control of them while they are in trance. The idea that something or someone can take a problem away instantly, without the need for you to participate is not a realistic expectation. Although this can sometimes happen, it is not the norm. Change is a process, it doesn’t have to be a long process but it is rarely instantaneous.

If your current behaviour, pattern of thinking or emotional state is creating a problem for you we will work together to explore what it will be like to have what you want instead. We will then consider what is blocking you from getting what you want and uncover the elements of that pattern that need to change to resolve the issue. I will always aim to resolve the underlying cause of your issue not just the symptoms of it.

It’s very important to trust the therapeutic process because sometimes it is necessary to take an seemingly indirect route. A person that comes to stop smoking for example, may find themselves exploring a memory from childhood in order to let go of an emotional connection to smoking such as ‘it made me part of the gang’. Subsequent sessions will depend upon the feedback you give me on the changes you have been noticing between sessions. Although it is difficult to predict how many sessions you may need because it depends on your particular issue, generally changes can be noticed within 2 to 4 sessions.

The decision to get therapy can require considerable courage and is only often considered when a problem has become compelling so if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

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