If you choose to go beyond the first session, historically, it has been established that the average number of sessions lays somewhere between 5 and 7 sessions. The objective of multiple sessions is to get you to a point where you can start to better manage your emotions. However, some very severe/traumatic emotional, mental and psychological conditions will require more attention.
When it comes to the efficacy across the many therapy types, the most effective therapy to bring about a workable resolution of challenging life issues, hypnotherapy stands out above most. It was during the developing stages of my practice that I put together my own unique way of delivering hypnotherapeutic interventions, a style I call Trans4mational Therapy! Generally speaking, hypnotherapy would be better described as Hypnosis - Therapy because it is a two-part process. One part being hypnosis and the other psychotherapy, i.e. the introduction of a psychotherapeutic intervention through the medium of hypnosis.
Both emprically and scientifically, I believe the phenomena we call hypnosis occurs when the brain is in specific states of neural oscillation (brainwaves), i.e. theta and delta states. It is noteworthy to mention, that while hypnosis is similar to sleep states, there are subtle differences (and you can read more about that here). Because theta waves eminate from the hippocampus (the brains's memory processor) sleep states play a crucial role in consolidating (making memories) and reconsolidating memory systems (updating memories). Because human difficulty or trauma is a consequence of some form of memory activation, emotional or otherwise, it would appear that we are somewhat powerless to intervene! To be clear, memory isn't the cause of a problem, merely the place where the instructions for it are stored. In that sense, brain regions (iner/intra cellular processing) and the various communications (neurotransmission) within and across them, are the cause of problems. Memory or the expression of a specific response to novel stimuli is usually based on a subconscious evaluation of past memories. While we seemingly learn to be more adaptable, through exposure and experience, I believe this often creates the illusion of a novel response to a external novel stimulus. The reality seems to suggest that somehow our memory database, still plays some role, even if it's only a small one.
A number of people, including some hypnotherapists, seem to believe that if you merely close your eyes and think or visualise something, that you are in hypnosis. I disagree with that view and if you are interested, I go into that in much more detail in the above link.
So, to recap, therapy can be seen as any method of therapeutic intervention that brings about a change in brain function. This can be something observed personally through introspection, externally or experientially by observation, be it through self-awareness or a third party. Because of its ability to communicate with the subconscious brain (thru auditory systems), hypnotherapy is quicker and as effective, if not more so, than more widely used disciplines, e.g. CBT! Thus hypnotherapy creates a change in feeling, thought and behaviour. Ultimately this leads to the awareness of feelings that life is now infinitely more peaceful, pleasant and purposeful!
So, if you wish to discuss any issue you, a friend or a loved one has, please take advantage of my free consultation. After all, the only thing you have to lose is the problem!