Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely not. The fact that you have taken the decision to seek therapy means that you are taking control of your life and want to make changes in order for you to live the life you want. It is a positive decision.
Therapy is less effective if there are breaks or long periods between sessions. Once we have agreed to meet on set days and times, this needs to be adhered to in order for you to get the best from your therapy, to maintain continuity and make changes more quickly.
The short answer is 'No' but I would ask that you give at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel an appointment and I will endeavour to offer you an alternative appointment the same week. If this is not possible then you will not be charged but going forward, if a client attempts to cancel on multiple occasions then we will need to discuss this as part of the therapeutic relationship. Whilst emergencies occur in life, regular cancellations can often be an indication that the therapy is bringing up difficult feelings and you are retreating from working through these feelings. If cancellations or 'no shows' happen on more that 2 occasions then we will need to discuss whether therapy can continue.
The relationship between client and therapist is one built on mutual respect. I value your time and responsibilities and ask that you do the same for me. I will not cancel your appointment unless absolutely necessary due to illness or an absolute emergency.
If I am going on holiday, I will give you at least 2 weeks' notice and ask that you do the same.
This is known as a therapist's hour and is standard practice. It can be hard for clients to understand why they do not receive a full 60 minutes but this is why:
By law we must keep notes relating to our clients-these are completely confidential. The ten minutes following a session are still the client's time where I will make notes and reflect on the session. I will also spend time thinking about clients, outside their face to face time, reading, researching and engaging in further professional development to help with their issues. This is all part of the fees.
Yes, however, I may discuss you with my clinical supervisor as is required by my governing body, but you and your information will be anonymised and you will not be identified. All information, including notes are kept strictly in line with GDPR.
There are exceptional circumstances where I may need to break this confidence: If I believe you are about to harm yourself or another person/persons. If I believe you are threatening an act of terrorism or have harmed a vulnerable person. In these instances I am compelled to inform your GP and or the police.
No. Although in a deeply relaxed state, you will remain aware of yourself and your surroundings and will not be out of control nor 'under my control.' You can choose to stop at any time.
No. You won't behave in any way that you wouldn't when completely conscious and you will be aware of what you are saying or doing (if anything at all). It is more usual that I will be the one talking and you won't say or do anything other than enjoy being relaxed.
Generally between 60-90 minutes. They are longer than counselling sessions because we will talk before entering into hypnotherapy and also following in order that you are feeling fully present and ready to leave the room. It is extremely important that you do not feel rushed or unsettled at the end of the hypnosis.
1-6 sessions is usual but this very much depends on the individual, the issue being worked with and personal, client choice. Some clients find their issue dealt with after only one session. This can be decided as we go along, there is no pressure to continue or not.
If your questions have not been addressed here then please call me to have a chat or we can discuss any queries and concerns in your free initial consultation.