Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
I follow a structured approach to scope out the presenting problem, to identify the root cause. I use hypnotherapy as part of hybrid approach to address the root causes, altering the meaning and belief system attached to it, to eliminate what holds you back and effect lasting change.
Will I be conscious / awake?
Yes you will be fully conscious, awake and in control throughout the process. Hypnosis is a deep relaxation of the nervous system. It shuts down physical and mental chatter, enabling heightened focus on exploring the subconscious.
Note: a hypnotherapist cannot make you do what you do not want to do. In other words, you are fully in control at all times. A hypnotherapist cannot get you to rob a bank or write out a blank check or commit a crime. That’s only in the movies.
How long are the sessions?
The first session is for 1.5 hours; it involves scoping and identifying root causes.
The follow ups will be 1 / 1.5 hours.
Conclusive results will be evident by the end of a few sessions, according to your pace, without needing years of therapy.
How many sessions will it take?
Sometimes during the scoping session, more than one presenting problem could surface. If they have overlapping root causes, they can be
addressed simultaneously within 2 or 3 subsequent therapy sessions of 1.5 hours each.
In cases of multiple presenting problems with unique root causes, they will be addressed separately for optimal results.
No two clients are alike, and it is important to maintain a pace that works for each client, so we cannot generalise sessions.
When should I seek help?
If you experience persistent stress, anxiety or depression, or if you lack and motivation and have difficulty functioning, going through the motions without fulfilment, purpose or joy, you need a reset which therapy can provide.
Hypnotherapy enables self-mastery through reflection, healing and growth, empowering you to perform at your best.
It is akin to guided meditation, with the therapist serving as an objective sounding-board.
This technique is established, proven in clinical studies, increasingly present in hospitals for pain management/recovery. Hypnosis makes it possible to thwart acquired defense mechanisms which become limiting during the evolution of a person. Hypnosis unblocks subconscious limiting beliefs and helps adaptation to current life situations, to live a full life.
The subconscious mind can fuel your daily life positively and optimize your responses to unavoidable stressors and life events. The key is to stay in control and not let uncontrollable external factors overpower and snatch our sense of balance and peace. The mind is like a rubber band that can stretch and adapt/heal; Hypnotherapy aids in the creative process of the subconscious mind to build resilience.
If you'd like to dig a little deeper, lets take a concrete example like self sabotage. Self sabotage is a way to support our own dysfunctional hypothesis - so if our hypothesis is 'I am a failure', we will automatically find ways to make that a reality through self sabotage. There is a certain satisfaction that comes from proving our hypothesis right, and its an upside down win - its a win that proves that we can control at least a part of our lives. Our limiting beliefs become our identity and that's what feeds self sabotage. We can deconstruct our limiting beliefs through hypnotherapy because these beliefs are created at a sub-conscious level - so that's where we have to meet it and break it.
A deep dive into past traumas (even if they are non catastrophic micro traumas), unconscious conflicts and family history, will reveal the root of current beliefs, feelings and behaviors that may block us in our present day life. When we access our minds through a different door via hypnotherapy, we can get a birds eye view of the patterns we have created on our journey. The different perspective that we will develop through this work, will help us reset ourselves to take on all the present day challenges in a peaceful and enjoyable state.
We don't think twice about going to the spa for an indulgent massage for tired muscles or a nice vacation to break the monotony of routine. There is nothing taboo about therapy. Therapy is a vacation for our overworked brains. Therapy is a tool for continued personal development, to constantly raise the bar for ourselves, to become the best version of ourselves. Self knowledge is always a worthwhile endeavor, aiding balance and joy. Therapy is a smart tool, to look under the hood and catch blind spots, to avoid disappointments from strategies that are not well rounded because of those blind spots. Everyone will benefit from therapy, especially if they want to live their best lives.