Before meeting, I seek to have a brief telephone conversation with the client to understand the nature of the issue. There are certain that hypnotherapy is not the best approach for, and in these cases I can often suggest other avenues better suited to the problem at hand.
At the first session, we will take an hour and a half to conduct evaluations with you to help me fully understand your specific situation and the factors in play, so that I can put together a treatment plan. We will also discuss my role as therapist and yours as a client in the therapeutic relationship, discuss practical details, and most importantly, set the specific goals for our work together. If time allows, I conduct a first brief hypnosis training session.
Hypnotherapy, although it is one of the briefest forms of psychotherapy, usually requires more than one session – often four to five, although with more complex issues this can go to more. I will tell you from the start how many sessions I believe will be necessary, and then we will see as we proceed if more or fewer will be needed for your particular case.
Please note that the success of your treatment will be in direct proportion to what you put into it; contrary to popular belief, hypnotherapy is not something that is “done” to the client. Your active participation, and especially your real efforts at the exercises and assignments I will be likely to give you to work on between sessions, will all contribute to making the treatment plan work faster and more lastingly.
When the agreed-upon goals for your treatment have been met, we will have a final session to evaluate your progress and otherwise conclude.