Working out the relative value of each therapy:
The value of Therapy, or the therapist for that matter, cannot easily be judged from the outside. Therefore, what a therapist charges may have no direct correlation to how effective, or ineffective, they are, and there is a very practical reason for that! Therapy is a subjective experience and each client experiences it in their own way. Of course, as a therapist, my own particular style and methodology often positively influence the client's experience! Also, where the practice is located makes no specific difference either. Whether they work from home, an office or a medical centre makes no appreciable difference; other than your perception and, of course, the fees they charge! The essence of choosing the right hypnotherapist is about their qualification's, experience and how comfortable you feel in their presence. Also, equally important, how much confidence the therapist transfers to you and how confident you feel in their ability to assist you can be of tremendous value! Now with over 20 years and 20,000 hours of client experience; you are in very safe and experienced hands!
An empirical start to therap\ leads to an enduring experience of life:
It is because I came into therapy, through therapy, as in, my own personal experience of it, that makes me work the way I do. It is also why I offer a Free Consultation, it's free of any obligation too! My service differs widely from other therapists I know of too and because of that, I am confident to publish my fees on this website _ right here. And if you have any questions about my fees I will be pleased to explain them. So, that being the case, I have no need to discuss fees during the Consultation, at least not until required to by you. That means the Consultation is literally; all about YOU!
Having done my own therapy is an important factor as it helps if there are any complications due to similarities in presenting issues or perceptions. This is referred to as Transference and/or Countertransference. Having had some similar life experiences to that of many clients also helps with empathy and compassion. My life and clinical experience allow me to be impartial and nonjudgmental too. Clients often have enough problems being judged by themselves and others, so the last thing they need is to feel judged by their therapist! I guarantee this will not happen in my therapy practice. During my therapeutic journey, I worked with therapist’s who did and did not judge me; so I am aware of what it can feel like to be judged!
The way I work is consensual throughout and I believe this is the right way to work. This is because I want each client to make what they feel, is the right choice, for them! And I feel the best way you can do that is by meeting me and having a free and open discussion about your concerns. At the end of the consultation, you are free to make some real choices. This is because there is absolutely no obligation to do anything other than saying yes please or no thank you! If you choose not to go any further, that is a good choice. Because there should not be any unnecessary doubt about the decision to enter therapy! I say unnecessary doubt, because it may be difficult to not have some doubt. However, if you choose to go to the next stage, the first appointment, that is also a good choice. At the end of the first session, you can freely make the choice to move forward to a series of sessions. It is quite usual to have a number of sessions to effect a lasting solution. Making the choice to continue has two options: 1. to proceed on a session by session basis. 2. to book and pay for a package of 4 sessions and receive a 5th session free of charge. This equals a 20% discount and therefore lightens the financial burden. It also helps you make a commitment towards your own future!
Why 4 (5) sessions when most other therapists seem to be recommending 8 or 10? Of course, you can always add sessions but it may be difficult, depending on the therapist, to reduce the package. Obviously session by session gives you more flexibility but that is usually more expensive if you exceed a certain number of sessions.
Experientially I found that 5 sessions are most often the right amount for the majority of clients I have worked with. However, some clients need more and others less. So, whichever route you choose, you really have nothing to lose . . . except for the problem?
Occasionally some clients have multiple issues and in this circumstance, I recommend working on these one at a time. However, I always discuss this with the Client, asking, which they feel most appropriate to start with? Although, as a general rule, I usually suggest dealing with any stress or anxiety-related issues first. For the most part, this will help to get the client into a better place; physically and emotionally. And sometimes some of the other peripheral issues can dissipate or even disappear when stress or anxiety is greatly lessened. It is also not uncommon, having dealt with the anxiety and stress matters, that one therapeutic intervention, can have a cascading effect on other issues! C'est la Vie!
It also has the effect of making life seem less of a struggle; which is always a good thing! So, I hope this has helped you understand more about how I work and why My Therapy; is All About YOU?