Prior to the actual hypnosis session, there will be a discussion of progress, insights, awarenesses,and any thoughts or questions that have come up in between session. During the first session, there will be an explanation as to what hypnosis is and what it is not. Any fears or misconceptions will be dealt with prior to the session. All questions will be answered to ensure that you are relaxed and ready for the first hypnosis session. The hypnosis session itself is approximately 30 minutes. There will then be a brief time after the session for discussion and to schedule the next appointment; thus each total session is approximately 90 minutes in length.
There are several important concepts to cover prior to receiving the first hypnosis session. The first important point is to understand that when you are in a state of hypnosis you are not asleep nor unconscious. You are always in control and aware of your surroundings. You cannot be forced to do anything that’s against your will. Do not worry about outside sounds or distractions because you will soon be able to relax completely and can use the outside sounds to deepen your trance. You are again, always in control and can accept or reject the suggestions as you wish. Allow yourself to absorb the suggestions without evaulating or analyzing. Don’t wory if your mind drifts off because you still gain the benefits from the suggestions. When you find yourself focused on other thoughts, gently remind yourself to focus on the voice and suggestions. Don’t worry about getting it or doing it right, just allow yourself to feel comfortable and relaxed.
A number of benefits are available from participating in hypnotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Hypnotherapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find hypnotherapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from hypnotherapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from hypnotherapy include:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communications skills – learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns – breaking old behaviors and develop new ones ; overcoming longstanding habit issues such as: smoking, nailbiting, hair pulling, phobias, fears, among others.
Discovering new ways to solve problems
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
If you aren’t sure what your goals are for hypnotherapy, our first task is to help you figure that out. It may take several sessions before a direction is clarified. During the course of hypnotherapy your goals may change. However, establishing a direction for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience.
There is a confusing array of insurance arrangements. Insurance companies cannot be billed directly, however, you will be provided with an invoice after each session with the appropriate codes and information for your possible reimbursement through your insurance company. The first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
Do I have mental health benefits?
What is my deductible and has it been met?
How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
How much do you pay for an out-of-net provider?
Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
Is primary care physician approval required?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist or hypnotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.