Frequently Asked Questions About Therapy

Introduction

My practice is called “”Positive Change Therapies because I believe that your therapeutic journey should enable you “to process or be in a period of changing from one state or condition to another”. In therapy, this is vital because you need to move from one state to another in order to arrive at your preferred future. Other words used to describe your journey are - change, move, conversion, adaption, adjustment, alteration or change-over. The reason I chose the word “positive “ is because this is what I want you to feel at the end of your therapeutic journey , the tools you learn will I believe equip you to sustain a level of happiness and contentment that will be right for you.

Today we receive medical treatment for diseases, physical ailments and injured limbs. We can even replace damaged organs with reconstructive surgery. However, with the exception of mental health professionals, the mind remains a mystery to most people. Events of the mind are invisible and unavailable to science through the normal methods of observation. According to recent advances in neuroscience your brain is constantly evolving throughout your life. Your mind is a beautiful thing it brings you moments of pleasure, joy and inspiration. But it is also fragile, subject to emotional upheaval and mental illness. Sometimes it can be a place of deep unhappiness and pain.

Embedded in the structures of your neural network the functions of the mind go unnoticed. You may only be aware of your mind through your experience of the world via sensory perceptions; by storing memories and making sense of your life’s processes through your thinking. Yet your mind is a region of profound mystery - where you feel intense emotions, and where we understand one another and generate thoughts. It is the place where you make sense of your own identity. Your mind does all of this and yet how well do you look after it?

The most essential benefit of therapy is for you to feel safe in a confidential space so that you can explore your psychological and emotional issues without prejudice. Therapy will provide you with an opportunity to create a professional relationship where you trust and feel supported. My aim is for you gain insight into why you are suffering from problems, such as anxiety or depression, and help you heal the wounds from trauma. I will help you learn how to communicate better in relationships; manage conflict with confidence, or simply discover how to live a more meaningful life. You will find me to be a warm, open and easy person to talk to who is empathic and compassionate. I will aim to balance your sessions with a sense of humour.

Our partnership is based on mutual respect and trust.  You (or your child) must feel supported and safe within the therapeutic relationship, having a rapport is of the upmost importance. You will be understood and accepted. It is important that we are able to collaborate and negotiate, and that you get a sense that you are making progress.  My aim is to encourage you to find your own solutions. I will not give advice or instruction. I believe taking care of your mind is the single most important task of your existence. Your very survival depends on it. You are your brain.

What is a Psychotherapist?

Psychotherapy is a term used to describe a range of talking therapies; it covers the approaches and methods used within each type. It is this broad usage which has led some professionals to use the titles Psychotherapist and Counsellor interchangeably. When we talk about a psychotherapist, we are talking about a professional who works with clients to help them overcome a range of emotional, social and mental health issues by using talking therapy techniques.

What is a Counsellor?

Counsellors use psychotherapy to help clients develop understanding and insight into their behaviours, feelings and thinking styles, with the aim of overcoming difficulties. In some cases the simple act of talking through difficulties with a Counsellor can help you; in other cases a more tailored therapeutic approach is required. This will depend on the nature of your concern and will be assessed by me.

Counselling or Psychotherapy(Hypnotherapy) will provide you with a regular time for you to explore your feelings and provide you with the opportunity talk about making change. I will help you to develop new strategies to cope so that you transition towards the life you deserve.

How can I be assured of a practitioners' professionalism?

In all instances and for future reference you are advised to check your Psychotherapist or Counsellors’ experience as well as their qualifications and training to ensure they are suitably qualified.                              

How many sessions will I need? 

The duration and timing of sessions depends upon your needs and the severity of the issues you present - we will begin with eight sessions. We know from Neuroplasticity that the brain needs time to reformat new neurons and eight weeks of sessions will help format this growth.

We will review your progress throughout your sessions; everyone's circumstances are different so we will work together until you inform me otherwise or until you are confident to manage independently. Please remember that psychological change takes time, effort and commitment.

HYPNOTHERAPY

How does it work?

During trance the primitive emotional mind (which is sometimes referred to as the subconscious mind) becomes intellectually engaged and it CONCENTRATES. Hypnosis is a positive process, when you are in trance, you utilize the positive aspects of hypnosis to generate deep and lasting change, bypassing your emotional critical facility.

Will I reveal personal secrets whilst in Hypnosis?

No. Clinical hypnotherapy is not the same as stage hypnosis, you are in full control.

Will I lose consciousness whilst in Hypnosis?

During Hypnotherapy the client is always fully aware and in control of everything that happens. It is like day-dreaming, so even if I left the room and never returned you would refocus all by yourself within a matter of few minutes.

Are there any dangers? 

'No, not at all'.  You will be in a safe, comfortable environment and you will feel relaxed.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Yes, most people can go easily into a light trance, this is sufficient for most hypnotherapeutic goals. Therefore, the majority of people can benefit from Hypnotherapy. Trance is focused attention, when you enter trance you are able to access your subconscious mind, enabling you to make positive change.

Will I remember what happened during Hypnosis?

Yes, you will remember most things, but this is the way the memory normally works. For example, when you listen to a speech you don't remember everything that has been said, but you will recall the majority of it.  The same applies with hypnosis. The mind never sleeps so it will be continually listening.

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COUNSELLING

How can counselling help you?

Counselling is another medium of talking therapy. I will support you while you transition. We will focus on the issues that are unique to you. It enables you to talk openly about issues with a caring supportive and uninvolved professional.  This is different from talking to family or friends – they may be too close to be neutral and/or they may even be part of your problem. When you talk to an experienced counsellor in a confidential setting, it will be without fear of being judged.

My aim is not to replace any support networks you have with either family or friends. Sessions may involve a certain degree of challenge. This is a necessary part of the process.

So how will it help you?

  • It will provide you with an opportunity to:
  • Make sense of what is happening to you
  • Explore thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour
  • Enable a greater sense of self-awareness and insight
  • Help you look at alternative options and make better choices
  • Help you decide on the best course of action

Finally, you will experience progress as you take small, manageable steps to transition. You will experience the benefit from being committed to change so that you achieve your preferred future.