ALL ABOUT THERAPY
Everything you have always wanted to know about therapy but were afraid to ask.
HYPNOTHERAPY IS NEW TO ME. I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK . . .
HOW MANY SESSIONS OF THERAPY WILL I NEED?
It all depends. Most issues would require at least 3 to 5 sessions. Some issues may require more. On our first meeting, I will suggest a set number of sessions with you.
HOW LONG IS A SESSION?
An individual session will usually take 50 – 60 minutes. In some cases a session can take slightly longer depending on the circumstances.
WHAT ARE THE INTERVAL BETWEEN THERAPY SESSIONS?
I will establish a timeline in our first meeting. The first two sessions are usually one week apart. Subsequent sessions may stretch between 10 days to a fortnight.
HOW MUCH WILL THERAPY COST?
Please refer to the Terms and Conditions section or click on Fees.
WILL I BE ABLE TO GET INTO A TRANCE STATE?
It all depends on the individual. Some people find it easier to relax than others. In my hypnotherapy practice, I have encountered some people that are able to go into a trance quickly and more deeply than others. Most of my clients were able to go into at least a light trance which is the state you need for hypnotherapy to benefit you. One of the easiest way to relax is to just trust the process and not worry about this as it may make you feel less relaxed.
WHAT IF I DON’T WAKE UP WHEN I AM IN A TRANCE?
You will be in a secure environment and at any point you want to come out of a trance, you could do so entirely by yourself. It would not be possible for you not to come out of a trance as all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
WILL I LOSE CONTROL WHEN I AM IN A TRANCE STATE?
Most people have formed a misconception about hypnosis from watching movies and stage hypnosis where people are manipulated to do “silly” things when in a hypnotic state.
In a therapy session, you are in a safe and secured environment where you remain in full control. You cannot be hypnotised against your will. The essence of my therapy sessions is about working together to empower you to create change in your life.
WILL I DIVULGE SECRETS WHEN I AM IN A TRANCE STATE?
During therapy, you are fully in control the whole time thus you cannot be forced to say or do anything that you don’t want to.
CAN I BRING A FRIEND ALONG?
It is not recommended to have another person sit in on your therapy session as it may impede you from being open and honest when discussing about your issues. You may ask your friend to accompany you to the place of therapy and then meet up with you afterwards.
HOW CAN YOU ASSURE ME THAT THERAPY WILL BE ABLE TO CURE ME?
Under the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis’ Professional Hypnotherapy Code of Conduct, it is stated that “I shall not, under any circumstances, offer or promise cures for any conditions”. Therefore, I cannot promise that I can cure you.
However, I will perform my utmost to the best of my ability to offer you the most ideal solution to your problems.
CAN I STILL BE INVOLVED IN THERAPY IF I AM ON MEDICATION?
In our first meeting, I will ask you about any pre-existing medical conditions that you may have and also if you are taking any prescribed medication. I may need to refer to your doctor if necessary.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INDIVIDUAL ONE-ON-ONE AND A GROUP SESSION?
A group session consist of 4 to 6 people working on a common goal (eg. weight management, stress, self-esteem) and group dynamics will come into play to assist the whole group achieve their common goal. An individual session caters to personal and specific needs and the suggestions used are more personalized.
WHAT ARE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS WHEN ENGAGING IN THERAPY?
The client agrees to provide honest medical and personal information and to the terms of booking and cancellation. The Therapist agrees to explain the process of hypnotherapy, or an alternative therapy, to the client.
Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes. The client must be present at the venue of therapy no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled time of therapy.
STANDARD OF BEHAVIOR
During the course of any therapy sessions, the therapist will treat the client with respect and not abuse the trust that is placed in the therapist.
In return, the client undertakes not to inflict harm on self, or any other person, including the therapist, or any property belonging to either the therapist or any other person. The client agree not to come to sessions under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs, except those medications prescribed by the client’s doctor.
If the client do come to sessions under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs or demonstrate violent/abusive behavior, the therapist reserves the right to cancel the session and refuse any further therapy sessions. Refunds will not be entertained.
The therapy session is structured in sets. A set consists of 5 blocks of 50-minute therapy session.
Commitment is essential to ensure the effectiveness of the therapy. Thus a full payment is required prior to the commencement of the first therapy session. No refund will be offered for cancellations, no-shows and early departures.
There is a 24 hour Cancellation Policy in place. If the client wish to postpone an appointment (or are otherwise unable to attend), a 24 hours notice is required. Failure to do so would result in the forfeiture of the full session as it is nearly impossible to book a new client at very short notice.
Any information collected from the client will be held in the strictest confidence. The details disclosed are used solely for the purpose of providing the client with the highest levels of service. The client’s confidentiality and privacy will be respected at all times.
This therapy the client is about to receive acts a supplement and not a replacement to any prior consultation with the client’s medical doctor. For any doubts or concerns on health or health related matters, the client shall seek advice from a medical doctor.
WHAT ARE THE NECESSARY PREPARATIONS PRIOR TO A THERAPY SESSION?
(If this is the first time you are about to experience therapy, read this)
Entering into something new can be a scary experience for some. Thus, before any therapy session begins, I will conduct a “get to know” session in a casual mode to allow the client to obtain more information before committing to anything more substantial. I will also be doing a fact finding exercise to ensure that both parties are entering into a mutually agreeable therapist-client relationship.
In this session, you will be able to ask any questions you have regarding the therapy. Before you attend a therapy session, there are several things you should be aware of . . .
Once you have booked an appointment, mark it on your calendar and set a reminder on your mobile phone or your personal alarm clock.
Never cancel a therapy session just because you are having a bad day or not in the mood. The sessions are designed to help you feel better about yourself and in some ways, help you to overcome life’s inconveniences and problems that are harassing you.
Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes and shoes. You may experience deep relaxation during therapy and thus, it is quite possible for tears to appear from your eyes and even mucus to drain from your nose. Disgusting as it may sound, it is sometimes a natural occurrence during therapy. As a therapist, I have seen it all and are quite used to it. Sessions are conducted in a private setting, so be assured that you are free from prying eyes.
Do stash away a handkerchief or some tissues in your pocket or handbag. They might come in handy.
Coming in with an open mind will greatly enhance the results of your therapy. It is recommended that you leave whatever pre-conceived notion you have about therapy sessions at home. I will keep you up to speed on what you need to know about therapy.
ALCOHOL, NICOTINE & RECREATIONAL DRUGS
For the purpose of achieving positive therapeutic goals, do refrain from turning up to a therapy session under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs. Smoking in and within the therapy session is strictly prohibited.
In view of the success of your therapy, devices that emit sound or vibration should be kept away before you enter the therapy room. As much as you do not want to be disrupted during your therapy session, other clients would not be too pleased if their session is interrupted by the persistent sound of ringing mobile phones.
Punctuality is essential to the success of your therapy. You may want to turn up at our venue at least 30 minutes early to allow time for you to be ready for therapy. Being absent from therapy sessions without prior 48 hour notice or turning up late for a session does not do justice to your wallet.
In order for a therapy to be effective, it is always recommended to commit to a block of 5 sessions. Each sessions run for approximately 50 minutes and the interval between each session is about seven to ten days apart. Your progress will be monitored by me and if required, I will recommend for you to come back for another 3 to 5 sessions.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A THERAPY SESSION?
During your first session, you will relate relevant information which would help us to help you in therapy. As the first session is a consultation, you may need to discuss about your medical history (if any), and the behavior, problem or condition in which you would like to address. This will help me to formulate a therapeutic strategy to help you overcome your condition.
After the required information is obtained and your queries pertaining to the therapy is addressed, the therapy will commence. The therapy may encompass a series of mental images and suggestions intended to change behaviors and relieve symptoms. For example, someone who is suffering from insomnia may be given the suggestion that he or she will be able to sleep very well whenever they want.
If time permits, we may begin working with therapy usually by guiding you to a basic relaxation technique which you will be able to use at home to reinforce what you have experienced during the session.
There is no obligation to begin a course of treatment following the consultation.
After the discussion in the first session, therapy will formally begin on the second session. In these sessions and subsequently, you may also be given “homework” as part of the therapeutic process.
The success of your therapy will be monitored and assessed in the coming sessions and modifications will be made whenever necessary to assist you in making the positive behavioral changes you wish to make.
WILL HYPNOSIS HELP ME TO QUIT SMOKING?
The research data for smoking cessation via hypnotherapy is slightly above 66%. Which is comparatively higher than other methods – trying to quit on your own wallows at around 5% while behaviour therapy and nicotine replacement products have a success rate of 25%.
The most important factor contributing to the success of breaking the smoking habit is that you have made an unequivocal decision to quit smoking altogether. According to Dr. Ken Grossman, a clinical hypnotherapist in Sacramento, “The only quality that makes someone a good candidate for hypnosis is that they want to stop. What makes someone a poor candidate is that they have no desire to stop.”
Once you have made the decision to quit then hypnotherapy can work in tandem by reinforcing your decision in an altered and suggestible state. Positive statements to reinforce your decision to quit will take root and hopefully change your behavior and attitude towards cigarettes.
ABOUT PHOBIAS AND ANXIETY
There are two main categories of fears – anxieties and phobias. Anxiety is state of uneasiness and apprehension. Most of us would have experienced some form of anxiety at some point of our lives when we are faced with a particular stressful event or situation.
Your heart rate may shoot up moments before you are due to deliver a big presentation. On the day of your examination you may get sweaty palms and intense feelings of unease. Anxiety is the natural way your body response to danger. when you are under pressure or facing a stressful situation it is still in the realm of normal if it does ‘not ‘interfere‘ with your daily life, activities and relationships. Once you crossed the border of ordinary anxiety into the territory of phobia, then it is a cause for concern. When an anxiety becomes intense over a period of time, it develops into a phobia.
The word phobia is rooted in a Greek word which means morbid fear. The fear, directed towards certain situations, things, people or animal. It is irrational, Intense and persistent. Phobias are intensiﬁed fear which is beyond one’s control and caused by a stimuli. This stimuli (neutral. conditioned or unconditioned) triggers response (conditioned or unconditioned) and activates the intense fear.
A person who had experienced a near drowning experience (the unconditioned stimulus) as a child would respond with an unconditioned response. This experience may later develop into a fear of water (conditioned response).
Hypnotherapy combined with Neuro-linguistic Programming can effectively remove the trigger which is connected to the conditioned response.
Emotional Freedom Technique is another psychotherapeutic aid to help relief phobic conditions.
If you are among the millions suffering from some form of phobia, try the simple Threshold Pattern Phobia Cure technique outlined below. (This is by no means a substitute for the medication or treatment that you are currently undergoing).
This simple phobia cure exercise is a combination of the fast phobia cure and the threshold pattem created by Richard Bandler, the co-founder of NLP. it is a simple technique that you can use to overcome simple phobias that you currently suffer from.
THRESHOLD PATTERN PHOBIA CURE
- Recall ﬁve occasions in your life where the speciﬁc phobia was intense and overwhelming. Pick the experiences where you feel ridiculously stupid and embarrassed about.
- Re-construct the memory of the ﬁrst time you felt your anxiety or phobia. Then the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.
- String all memories together one after the other as one continuous movie. As you play them back in your mind. Tell yourself in your mind how ridiculous this is.
- Make the picture bigger and brighter as you run the 5 movies in a row. You may add in sound effects as you do 50. Use very outlandish effects such as circus music, laughter and chattering in the voice of your favorite cartoon characters.
- Run the string of movies again — this time a little faster than before. Then run it again at an increased speed.
- At the end of the 3rd playback, run the movie backwards from the 5th to the 4th to the 3rd to the 2nd and then the 1st. Imagine that in the movie everything is in reverse frame – you are running backwards, walking backwards, talking backwards, moving backwards. etc.
- Notice the difference in your emotions when you do this and notice your changed feelings and perceptions towards your phobia now.