Frequently asked questions
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What is hypnosis, hypnotherapy, NLP
There are so many questions, common misconceptions and myths out there. Hence I have written a blog post on what hypnosis, clinical hypnotherapy and real NLP really is. Please check it out here..
What's the first session like and why is it longer?
The first session is very much gathering information. So I have a shared understanding with you, of the history of and especially the process behind the problem.
I explain a lot about how the mind works so you have a profound understanding of your mind and your unconscious processes. You'll understand how all that relates back to yourself and the issue you came to see me for, hence you can make it all work for you. Once it all starts to make sense, we can start working with your unconscious processes. I will ask you a lot of questions you may not logically know the answer to.
Remember if you could have solved the problem logically and with the level of thinking you have been employing up till now you would have done so already... You will need to be curious and willing to explore.
I will help you explore what goes on at the level of your unconscious processes in order for you to do the problem... I don't have any answers but you do! Even though you obviously weren't aware of those... All you need to do is to be open, curious, and ready to explore...
Furthermore I assist you in getting very clear and specific about your goal, about what you want out of your sessions with me. I do that by asking you questions, to which there are no right or wrong answers... Some of the questions will help you think differently...
When a client comes in with a list or a variety of different issues (which happens more often than you might think) then I help you work out which of those problems you'd like to solve first, or what is underneath all of that. Please keep in mind you won't be able to do it all in one session ;-)
Throughout your sessions with me, you receive tried and tested tools, mind training exercises that are proven to work and which have helped thousands of people before you. They won't take very long to practice daily and given that you are still reading this, you know you want to make the changes, so it'll be easy for you to use those tools, since they do change your life.
Depending on my client, the problem and a few other things we may either do another NLP process or some probably short introductory hypnosis in the first session.
It's definitely fair to say that there is no magic pill. I have had clients who expected me to do all the work and answered every question with either "I can't" or "I don't know". Imagine going to the doctor asking for help and every question the doctor asks, is answered with "I don't know" or "I can't do that"... Chances are there isn't much the doctor can give you... ;-) Some people seem to expect to just close their eyes while I sprinkle some magic fairy dust and make everything magically disappear... Usually those clients also believe in unicorns which have rainbow powers and are approximately 4 years old... Just kidding....
Honestly if there was a magic pill I would absolutely love to give it to you! I just don't have it and until it is invented, you'll be the one making the changes...
I'm the tour guide, I point out the sights and encourage you to explore certain sights or stay away from others, it's your choice to look at the sights or explore them in more depth... Which is greatly empowering because in the end we both know that you did it, you made the change, I showed you the way, you chose to follow.
How long before I should start to feel some results?
Research shows that depending on the problem somewhere between 3 and 6 sessions get results for about 80% of the problems people come to see a good therapist about.
If there are many different issues that you ned to solve then it will take longer. I also assisted people make the shift they wanted in one (very rarely) or two sessions. Everybody is different and it really depends on how much the person is doing what I ask them to do.
This is not a magic pill! And even though you may have seen people access deep hypnotic trance states able to produce powerful hypnotic phenomena at a Hypnosis Show or on TV that is not what clinical hypnosis is about (read more about it on my blog). Those people on a stage won't be clucking like a chicken for the rest of their lives, only for the next few minutes. And I am sure you want your changes to be long lasting and natural. Hence we need to work differently.
What should I expect?
Firstly see above the answer to question 1. I will assist you to effectively combine a variety of different techniques and tools with in-depth understanding and profound knowledge so you can gain insights and understandings about your unconscious processes.
To help you overcome the problems in the way that works for you I use methods from various backgrounds: modern hypnosis, clinical hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), rational emotive behaviour therapy, positive psychology, coaching, mind training, time line and occasionally some cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
I combine all of these and many more so I can genuinely and compassionately assist you in conquering your problems. You will discover very helpful techniques and tools from NLP and other backgrounds and will most likely also experience the great benefits of soothing, relaxing and energising hypnotherapy. You will also receive some amazing mind training tools and obviously it is up to you, to use these.
How many sessions?
This of course largely depends on the presenting problem and the individual person. Research shows that most people resolve their issue in about three to six sessions. Usually your sessions will be once per week to give you enough time to process and notice what has changed.
Stop Smoking is one up to two hour session plus a 60 minute follow up if there is no emotional aspect with regards to smoking. E.g. a crutch for social anxiety, the only tool a person has for dealing with stress etc.... Most people for whom smoking was just an old habit which they were fed up with, have stopped with ease after that. In case smoking is a crutch for anxiety, social anxiety, feeling uncomfortable in certain situations etc. I highly recommend dealing with that first. You will find more information on the Stop Smoking page. And if you have any questions please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call
Does my private health-fund pay for the treatment?
Since terms and conditions of private health funds keep changing and it very much depends on your level of cover, please check with your private health-fund what your benefits for Hypnotherapy are.
Will I learn any techniques to assist me in my daily life?
Yes. I believe in empowering you as much as possible. Hence to help you in the best way it is necessary for you to not only have but actually be able to use these techniques in your daily life. I share with you deeply insightful knowledge and information. All of these assists you to live the life you want!
Do you provide any medical advice?
No, I do not offer any medical advice nor any medical treatment.
Can you give me a diagnosis?
No, I do not diagnose, I only work with what you present.
Can you give me advice on my medication?
No! This is for you to discuss with your GP.
Do you offer counselling services?
No, I do not offer any counselling services. Also it is important for you to know that I do not offer Psychotherapy, Psychology, Counselling, old style hypnotherapy, CBT, talk therapy nor anything New Age!
Is your treatment safe?
Yes, this treatment is completely safe and has no side effects.
What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?
It is not a magic pill! I do not have a magic wand nor am I a magician who is able to make people do things. If you were looking for magic, for someone else to do the work for you, then I am sorry that this is not for you.
Hypnosis is perfectly safe and is a state of unconscious awareness. In trance or in hypnosis you are able to hear everything that’s going on, you remember everything and you will not become unconscious. It is not at all what TV shows or stage hypnosis tries to make you believe. Hypnosis is much like day dreaming when your mind may wander or when you're driving and after 5 minutes you go 'wow, I'm here already...' or when your playing sports and everything just flows, or you're fishing or surfing and you don't know how much time has passed. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state and you go into it many time during the day...
Can I just come in for my treatment or do I need to book an appointment?
All consultations are by appointment only. Please call (07) 5373 8566 (Sunshine Coast) to book your appointment to start your journey towards the life you want.
What conditions do you not treat?
Anyone with suicidal tendencies, bipolar, schizophrenia, multi personality disorder, anorexia, bulimia and anyone on anti psychotic drugs. Please see your GP, Psychiatrist or call Lifeline on 131114.