People often ask me what they should expect in a therapy session.
First is the consultation because I need to find out lots of information about you including your medical, mental, family and life history.
All good treatment begins with the clinician gathering good-quality information so I can assess what is actually happening with you.
What you tell me will give a very good picture. And of course, it is all confidential as is required by law and therapeutic codes of ethics.
Then we look at what help you actually want from coming to see me. It is important for me as a clinician to marry up what you want and what I find in your history so solutions accommodate both those pieces of information to maximise your treatment.
Your brain is not detached from your body, so as a naturopath, I may require part of the treatment to involve physical changes you may need you to make. Your brain, mind, behaviours and emotions work best when the body they are in is working optimally.
All the questions I ask you, and there are many, will help guide me to what kind of treatment you need.
People often ask which technique I use as if I only use one technique.
An as experienced clinician, with decades of experience and tens of thousands of patients, I am trained in many different techniques, so I will choose the method according to your specific needs.
There may be changes you may need to make that you did not quite previously understand you needed to change because you were experiencing your life from a place of distress not objectivity. It happens to all of us; sometimes we cannot see the wood for the trees, but part of my job as a therapist is to draw your attention to those things so you can move forward.
Hypnosis is an interactive process, not just what I do to you.
I am engaging your mind to do certain work and elicit certain states within you to create your solutions. You will be relaxed and always be listening to my voice. Some things you will remember consciously later and some things you will not, but your unconscious will remember everything I say to you and suggestions will provoke new thoughts and behaviours in the future.
You need to come into therapy with an open mind and willingness to be guided by an expert who has your best interests at heart.
The more you are willing to fully engage, the quicker and more effective therapy will progress. You also need to remain in therapy until the work is completed.
At times we will work psychotherapeutically to help you analyse and process your thoughts. It is just as important to understand the changes you are making consciously as it is to set up new automatic behaviours and experiences unconsciously.
For me as a therapist I am aiming for you to be having much better life experiences at the end of therapy because that, after all, is why you are coming.