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What to expect

What to expect in a hypnotherapy session

I use hypnosis not as a cure but as a means of
establishing a favorable climate in which to learn.

What to expect.

People may choose to have hypnotherapy for a variety of reasons – they may want to learn to relax deeply; to change an unwanted habit; to conquer a fear such as public speaking or to enhance an aspect of their lives such as sports performance.

Hypnotherapy works with the power of your unconscious mind and can often create positive benefits in a relatively short space of time. Most issues are successfully resolved with 3 to 5 sessions.

Initial Contact

Most clients make initial contact by phone. During your telephone call, we will briefly discuss what you want to achieve and how hypnotherapy may be able to help you. I will answer any questions you may have about hypnosis. I will then send you a pre-session questionnaire for you to fill in and bring with you to your first session.

Session 1

The first session focuses on clearly identifying what you want to achieve and putting simple strategies in place to do this. Together we will explore exactly what you want to achieve by answering a series of questions. This will enable me to personalise a strategy for you to enhance your wellbeing.

You will never be asked to do anything to make you feel foolish or uncomfortable. Everything that you discuss will be in the strictest confidence.

We will have plenty of time to answer any questions you may have about hypnosis or NLP. By the end of the session, we will have clearly defined your long and short-term goals for our work together. You may be asked to some homework, e.g. relaxation exercises or deep breathing or to do something different until your next session.

Session 2

The second session is where the real fun starts – in this session I will use a combination of hypnosis and NLP to help you take control of your behaviour and make the changes you want.

I will check how you got on with the suggestions made at the last session, find out which strategies worked for you and take this into account in session 2.

You will relax in a comfortable chair as I guide you into a state of hypnosis. Typically you will be very aware of everything that occurs but will feel very relaxed and comfortable. While you continue to feel relaxed I will help guide your sub-conscious mind to find the perfect solution for you. I may ask you to imagine certain scenes, make positive suggestions or ask your subconscious mind to give you a solution that is appropriate for your goals.

When the session is complete, you will remember all that has occurred. Some people like to talk about their experience. We can then discuss any questions you may have and then discuss issues you may wish to address in the future. I often ask my clients to do some homework, e.g. relaxation exercises, deep breathing, practice self-hypnosis, and then the session ends.

Subsequent Sessions

Sessions 3 to 5 are similar to session 2. Having checked what progress you have made since the last session, I will vary my techniques to ensure that you have the best possible chance of success in the shortest time possible. Each session will build on the last, giving you plenty of strategies to achieve your goals.

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Hypnotherapy appointments are held in either my Lowestoft office or Norwich office; I also offer appointments via Skype.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Emotional Freedom Technique

During hypnosis, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. Like other relaxation techniques, hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and changes certain types of brain wave activity. In this relaxed state, you will feel at ease physically yet fully awake mentally, and you may be highly responsive to suggestion. Your conscious mind becomes less alert and your subconscious mind becomes more focused.

There are several stages of hypnosis:

  • Reframing the problem
  • Becoming relaxed, then absorbed (deeply engaged in the words or images presented by a hypnotherapist)
  • Dissociating (letting go of critical thoughts)
  • Responding (complying with a hypnotherapist’s suggestions)
  • Returning to usual awareness

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I’d never considered Hypnotherapy, but it has proven to be extremely beneficial for me. Under Katina’s tuition and guidance, I now have the tools to make many positive changes to my health and wellbeing. So very grateful, I would recommend Katina 110%.

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