How many sessions
An often asked question is, “How many sessions will it take?” With that in mind, I chose this week’s Ask Roger question from Paul who lives in Tacoma, Washington.
I have some things that I want to work on and it was suggested to me that I should consider hypnosis. My sister went to you and she swears by you.
How many sessions should I plan on? I live in Tacoma and driving to Seattle is challenging. Will it still work if we meet online?
This is what I wrote back to Paul:
“Hi Paul. There is so much that I don’t know about you so I can’t really answer your questions.
Here are some things for you to consider: What are your goals for therapy? How will you know when you have achieved them?
Let’s chat on the phone so that I can learn more about you so that I can answer your questions.
Please give me a call.
My best wishes,
Healthy, whole and filled with joy
Paul did call me. We talked for several minutes and he is scheduled for his first online session. I assured Paul that online hypnosis can be just as effective as being in my office.
Paul shared with me that he wanted to be “healthy, whole and filled with joy.” That is so awesome! We talked about what that meant and agreed to start by focusing on some healthier lifestyle choices and reducing the anxiety that he is experiencing.
Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:
I am healthy, whole and filled with joy.
Your goals of therapy
People frequently ask me how many sessions will they need? I explain that it’s almost impossible to answer that question. Imagine calling a dental office for the first time and asking how many dental appointments will you need.
When the dentist has taken x-rays and given you an exam, she or he will be in a better position to answer that question.
The number of sessions required will depend on your goals of therapy. Yes, I can send you out the door as a non-smoker after only one session. But for most issues, it will take several sessions.
I always tell people that if they just want to learn some basic hypnosis and stress reduction skills that they can apply and use on their own, they should plan on 3 or 4 sessions.
It truly gets down to what you want. I have many clients that I see only a few times. I have a few other clients that I have seen off and on for the past 20 years.
Sometimes, people will go 6 or 7 years with no contact and then something happens in life and they schedule a few sessions with me.
Some regularly come in 2 or 3 times a year for their “mental message”. They consider hypnotherapy part of their routine self-care right along with a body massage.
Skills so that you can live joyfully and healthfully
I’m a big believer in teaching skills so that you can live joyfully and healthfully without being dependent on me, or any other therapist.
What’s most important to me is that your needs are met. With that in mind, I work with you to develop a plan that works for you.
I’m here to support you as you need and want support, but my goal is to empower you.
Are you ready to make lasting changes in your life? If you are, give me a call at 206-903-1232 or email me at Roger@HypnosisHealthInfo.com.
We can meet here in my Seattle Hypnosis office here in the Medical Dental Building, in my office on Bainbridge Island or online from your home or office.
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