Sometimes, when people are thinking of making an appointment with a hypnotherapist, they wonder what the consultation will include, and what they will be expected to do.
Typically, if you make an appointment with me, I ask you to complete a short form in advance of your appointment, and return it by email. Alternatively, I may ask you to complete this when you arrive for your first appointment. It asks for some background details, plus information on what you wish to achieve in the appointment (e.g. managing weight, decreasing anxiety, smoking cessation). This helps me to know what you want to achieve in the consultation.
The important fact to remember is that you are in control of what happens. It is my job to help you achieve your goal as easily as possible.
The first consultation involves discussing what you wish to achieve in more detail, using what you have put on the form as a starting point. We will also discuss any factors which you think may have contributed to the current circumstances. This could include thinking of how you behave in certain situations, and how you would like to behave. Once this part is completed, I will then work together with you to create a very specific description of what you want to change, including statements, and post-hypnotic suggestion.
As part of this process, I will explain how the conscious and subconscious minds can be used to assist in achieving your goals. During this, I may provide some evidence of the power of your subconscious mind by doing some demonstrations.
When you are ready, you are guided into a relaxed state (called hypnosis), and I will present to you the goals which we have agreed plus the statements which we have worked on together. This section also includes a post hypnotic suggestion (which has also been agreed before we start), which will assist you to keep focused on your goals once the session is finished. Most clients find this part (hypnosis) extremely enjoyable and very relaxing. The vast majority of people will be able to hear and remember everything that is said, and the few people who do not remember immediately afterwards will generally find that they remember a short time later.
The last part is to bring you back to full awareness at your own pace (not to ‘wake you up’ as you have not been asleep – just very relaxed!).
I will then check that you are completely back to full awareness, and ensure that you understand any tasks to be done (e.g. I may provide a CD recording for you to listen to before the next appointment, or ask you to monitor how far you progress towards your goal).
I hope this has given you a useful overview of the process, which people generally find very enjoyable, but if you have any other questions, please leave a comment, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.