Q1) What are the practical things I need for online therapy?
You need safety and privacy i.e. peaceful room where you won't be interrupted/overheard during the session. Headphones/ear buds are ideal.
A comfortable chair + notepad + pen +/- glass of water +/- anything you need for comfort.
A stable internet connection for video calls over Zoom + connected laptop/tablet set up opposite your chair so that I can see the upper half of your body. We will agree arrangements in case of internet disruption.
Q2) How will I feel afterwards?
If we have practised relaxation, I usually recommend that you avoid driving/operating heavy machinery for 30 minutes or so afterwards, both for you to obtain maximum benefit and be fully alert to road conditions.
Q3) Does it work?
There is nothing magical about cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy. I teach you evidence-based techniques to achieve your goal. There is no 'it'; you do the work.
Q4) How long does the benefit last?
For as long as you continue to use the skills and techniques you have learnt.
Q5) How do I learn self-hypnosis?
I will teach you. Self-hypnosis is a skill like learning to drive/write/play a sport- it takes regular practice.
Q6) Will I be 'under your power' during hypnosis?
Hypnosis can be used to reinforce CBT.
Hypnosis is a state of focussed attention, like being engrossed in a film or a good book.
There is no mystical ‘trance’ state.
You can't be made to do silly or embarrassing things like you may have seen in stage hypnosis entertainment!
Self-hypnosis is a skill which almost any client can learn.
The client is actively “doing” self-hypnosis and can choose to stop whenever she wants.
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