FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
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• Who needs Counselling?
Almost everyone at some point in their life can benefit from a conversation with a supportive and understanding counsellor who can guide and assist in the realisation of personal solutions in troublesome matters.
• What is Counselling?
Counselling is a process designed to help an individual overcome problems, adjust to change and deal with situations or states like stress, grief, anger, anxiety or interpersonal conflict.
• Will a Counsellor tell me what I should do?
In most cases a counsellor will assist the client to discover for themselves the most appropriate course of action by asking insightful questions and by guiding the client to review their issues from a different perspective.
Solution Oriented Counselling is my preferred modality. Sometimes referred to as "Brief Therapy", SOC is a successful counselling approach that is respectful, non intrusive, conversational and a forward looking process focusing on the client's strengths and inner resources to facilitate solutions.
*Solution Oriented Counselling may be used as a process in itself or it can be used very successfully in conjunction with Hypnosis.
• What is Hypnosis?
A natural, drug free state of intense, deep relaxation and concentration, similar to the relaxed state that we experience between waking and sleeping. The person is not asleep or unconscious, but fully aware of sensations and surroundings. They are however much more receptive to therapeutic suggestions than they would be normally.
• What can Hypnosis help overcome?
• Do I lose control?
You are in control at all times and are able to break a hypnotic trance at anytime (just as you can stop day dreaming instantly). You cannot be made to do or say anything that you do not wish to do or say. Hypnosis is achieved and maintained by mutual cooperation.
• Can I be Hypnotised?
Virtually anyone can be hypnotised, some more easily than others. Cooperation, a desire to enter hypnosis and an ability to concentrate is all that is required. All hypnosis is "self hypnosis" and requires the subject to allow themselves to drift into a trance or "altered state". Everyone has experienced some form of hypnotic trance whether as a daydream or watching TV. You cannot be hypnotised against your will or if your ability to concentrate is impaired.
• Is Hypnosis safe?
Being drug free, non contact and because you are in control, it is perhaps one of the safest forms of therapy. There is no documented evidence of anyone ever being harmed by hypnosis.
• Is Hypnotherapy effective?
Dr. Alfred A. Barrios reported in the psychotherapy journal of American Psychiatric Association (Vol. 7-1),the following success rates:
Psychotherapy 38% recovery after 600 sessions (about 11.5 months)
Behavior Therapy 72% recovery after 22 sessions (about 6 months)
Hypnotherapy 93% recovery after 6 sessions (about 1.5 months)
• How does it work?
In the deeply relaxed hypnotic trance state the subconscious part of the mind is best able to respond to positive suggestion and imagery. You can focus on the things you want to change and on the ways you can best do so, free from anxious or sabotaging thoughts. In certain cases, age regressive techniques may be used to access memories and uncover root causes of conditions or the deep underlying beliefs that may be preventing the desired change. If required other techniques can assist in "letting go" and clearing emotional blockages that allow the person to move on.
• What happens in a session?
Each session is different of course, depending on the presenting issue, but after a personal history is taken the process begins with a conversation about the clients presenting issue. The conversation is aimed at opening up the issue, viewing it from a different perspective and discovering the clients strengths. It is usual for half the session to be devoted to counselling. Then some strategies are outlined and the client will be guided into a state of deep relaxation where suggestions and strategies are reinforced hypnotically. Depending on the nature of the problem, various techniques may be used to explore the root cause of the problem and to resolve the issue in a positive way (Age Regression, Ego State or Parts Therapy etc.). At the end of the session the client will return to full awareness, and feels completely rested and relaxed. The first session is one and one half hours duration and any subsequent followup sessions are one hour long.
(Current from July 1st 2017)
Initial consultation (one and a half hours duration) the fee is $170. After hours appointments (at 7 pm) incur a surcharge of an extra $20.
Subsequent sessions are of one hour duration and the fee is $150 per session. After hours appointments (at 7 pm) are $170
◦ Most issues require very few consultations. On average I would see clients for 2 to 4 sessions (usually weekly). In some cases one session is all that is necessary. It would be unusual for me to see anyone for any more than 6 sessions for any one issue.
◦ Payment is due at the conclusion of each consultation. Cash, cheque, credit card (Visa and MasterCard only) and eftpos transactions will be accepted.
Hypnosis for Childbirth $170 per private 2 hour session (4 x 2 hour sessions) = $680 total A surcharge of $25 per session applies for after hour sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (4 x 2 hour} A/H sessions = $780.
Price includes handout notes and mp3 files on a USB stick for private practice.
Quit Smoking Program $180 due at the end of the 90 minute session. After Hours appointments ( 7pm) are charged an additional $20 ( total a/h fee $200) Price includes mp3 file or CD for reinforcement.
Why do others charge more?
• Fees will vary from practitioner to practitioner just as doctor's fees vary. There is no standard fee structure for hypnotherapy. Some hypnotherapists charge much more than I do. Does this make me any less of a hypnotherapist or them any better? I don't think so, but make up your own mind. Some hypnotherapists charge more because they have large overheads to cover like expensive office suites and receptionist's wages. Some believe that charging a higher price will indicate to prospective clients that they must be better than others. Sadly some people think that a higher price equals quality! I keep my fees as low as possible to be accesible to as many as I can. As a result I have a busy practice and therefore much more clinical experience.