WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
What can I expect during an Initial Consultation for a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy session?
Completion or signing of a consent form, which include terms and conditions of therapy, and how your data will be utilised and protected (you may be asked to complete this prior to the Initial Consultation).
Discussion of the issues for which you are seeking help and how you would like things to be different, including your goals and best hopes for how you would like things to be in the future (this could include a wide variety of things, such as wanting to feel more relaxed or confident, to cope better with things in your life, or to overcome a phobia. Goals may also include wanting to change certain behaviours, such as to sleep better, to create better eating habits or to stop drinking too much – and many other things for which Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be beneficial).
Gathering of general information such as your contact details, any history or conditions that you might feel are relevant, and other details that can help me assess how best I can help you.
Discussion of how the brain works, how we experience emotions in the way that we do and how these can affect us and our habits, and what we can do to change these. Discussions will also include details about what trance is, and how it is a very normal and natural state, and what you can expect from your sessions.
I will give you an indication of the likely number of sessions that may be required, which will differ depending on your circumstances and the reasons for you seeking therapy.
You will also be provided with a relaxation recording to listen to (either as a CD or sent as an online copy), for you to use in between your sessions, which can help you relax and reinforce the benefits of hypnotherapy.
"The initial consultation is a great way for us to get to know each other and to discuss the reasons why you’re seeking support, as well as your goals and best hopes for moving forwards in your life. It is also a good opportunity to ask any questions about the process, so that you can feel comfortable and informed about what will happen and how it will help."
What can I expect during a typical Solution Focused Hypnotherapy session?
During a typical session, I will start off by asking you about your week (or during the time since your last session). This will help you to discuss what positive things have been going on, and whether you have noticed or made any changes in your life that are moving you nearer to your goals. Following this, I will discuss aspects about how the brain works and how it relates to your experiences.
Discussions involving some solution focused questions and other techniques will then help you to consider and refine your solutions that can help you to move forward in your life. Depending on your circumstances, these discussions may also involve other elements of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) as appropriate.
After this, you’ll then be invited to quietly relax on reclining chair, or couch if you prefer, whilst I speak and guide you gently into a relaxed state, where you can enjoy resting in a day-dream-like trance state, where your mind can focus on and further absorb and reflect on the things that will have been discussed during the session.