How long is a session?
A typical session lasts from 50 minutes to an hour.
How many sessions will be necessary?
The number of sessions necessary to complete a treatment can vary greatly. Whilst progress is often very fast, it is to some extent dependent on the commitment of the client and can be affected by ups and downs of life from week to week. Some changes can be made very quickly. For example, the treatment for a phobia would usually take no more than three sessions and require no reinforcement. Treatment for weight management would normally consist of occasional sessions stretched over a number of months, as progress in weight management becomes evident more slowly than many other treatments and positive changes need reinforcement until they are firmly established.
Based on previous experience, having taken details of your situation in the initial consultation, your hypnotherapist is usually able to give an indication of how fast she expects the improvement to be, hence how many sessions she expects will be required.
Will I be asked questions or prompted to speak whilst under hypnosis?
There is only one situation in which you would be prompted to make a response whilst under hypnosis, which is when using one of several techniques that involve completing a mental exercise. Whilst in trance, your hypnotherapist talks you through the mental exercise step by step. You will be asked to indicate when you have completed each step by saying ‘yes’. These techniques are mainly used in treating phobias or traumatic/upsetting memories and are only used in a minority of cases. There are no other situations in which you would be prompted to respond whilst under hypnosis.
What is required from me to make the treatment successful?
The role of your hypnotherapist is to help you remove subconscious barriers or resistance to making the changes that you want; to induce a positive state of mind in which it is easier to make desired changes; to give suggestions to the subconscious mind to reinforce the changes that are being made. Essentially, your hypnotherapist helps you to make the changes you want. Therefore, your intention is crucial to the success of the treatment, since your subconscious mind will only act on suggestions that match your intentions.
Your hypnotherapist will often explain to you what you can do outside the sessions to make the treatment as successful as possible. This usually involves regularly listening to a hypnotherapy CD until the desired changes are firmly established, and may include mental exercises to do outside the session. Without your full participation, progress of the treatment is likely to be slower and may stall before all your stated aims are achieved.
If you have any mixed feelings or sense of resistance to making the changes you have decided on (as can often be the case when making changes in habits, for example), tell this to your hypnotherapist, who can then work on removing such obstacles and increasing your motivation and enthusiasm for making beneficial changes.
Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to arrange a treatment.