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FAQs

Psychotherapy is a kind of talking therapy, which is used to treat emotional problems and mental health issues. There are many different psychological models, such as Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Gestalt, Systemic, Existential, etc. Different therapists would use various methods, a few common ones including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Behavioural therapy, Hypnotherapy, Art therapy, Psychoanalysis. Regardless of the model or method, a trained psychotherapist should offer you an environment to express your feelings and help you to gain an insight into the issues you are facing. There is a common misunderstanding that only ‘mad’ people or those with serious mental issues need psychotherapy. In fact, it is not the case, most clients are self-referrals and have various reasons for a therapist, from mental health related issues to athletes want to improve their performance. A commitment to seek help is the first step and sign of good self-care. If you have severe mental health issues, your first port of call should always your GP, who will diagnose and assess if you need any medication or referral. They will advise if talking therapies are suitable at that particular moment.

Hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy which uses hypnosis as a tool or procedure to facilitate the treatment. In hypnosis, you will be guided into a relaxed state called trance, when your subconscious mind is hyper-receptive and voices of self-doubts are suppressed to help agreed messages to be reinforced. Researches have shown that hypnosis is efficient in treating a range of issues and helps to reduce the treatment time. Everyone report different experience in trance, some can feel and hear everything, while some cannot recall a thing and feel like in a deep sleep, albeit most people agree it is a very relaxing and comfortable state. While those in a trance may seem like being put to sleep, it is different state from sleep as the clients are in control at all time and will not do things against their will. There are a lot of misunderstandings relate to hypnotherapy and if you are interested to know what are facts and what are just myths, you can have a look at these links:


https://www.hypnosisdownloads.com/faq/myths


http://www.selfhypnosis.com/myths-and-misconceptions/


https://www.naturalhypnosis.com/blog/can-you-be-hypnotised-against-your-will

It is important to find the right therapist in order to have an efficient therapy. The foremost rule is make sure you choose a qualified, registered and insured therapist for your own safety. Nevertheless, other than that, there is no formula or easy rules in choosing a suitable therapist. Research has shown that the most determining factor for a successful therapy is the quality of therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. In short, it is the rapport and dynamic between you and the therapist in the room that matters most. As it is very intangible and no one can decide other than yourself if one particular therapist works for you, I encourage you to do research and contact several therapists for a chat or book an initial consultation session to feel for yourself. If you are not sure how to choose a therapist or want to know more about psychotherapy or hypnotherapy before committing to booking a session, I offer a free 15min brief introduction over the phone to go through my approach before you commit to book an initial consultation session. Feel free to contact me and discuss.

There is no typical session, every session with every client is different. Depends on the issues that you as a client bring into the room, I will design a treatment plan specifically for you. I provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to explore your issues. You are free to discuss whatever comes into your mind, for example inner conflicts, feelings, past experience, recent events, aspirations and dreams. If you opt for hypnotherapy, most sessions will involve hypnosis as part of the treatment. The content of all hypnosis will be based on what have been discussed in the sessions and I only work with messages or objectives what are agreed with the client.

Yes, in general everything discussed in the session and our communications, including the fact that you are in therapy is confidential, but subject to discussions in clinical supervision and a few exceptions. I abide by the Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct of the UKCP, and the confidentiality will only be broken under extreme circumstances, for example official will be informed if the life of another person is at risk. I will also discuss some details of my sessions with my supervisor but only those parts necessary for clinical supervision and will remove certain information so that the particular clients cannot be identified. The details of the exceptions to confidentiality rule will be explained in the first session.

I hold basic information of the client, brief records of inventions used in each session and communications between us for 7 years before they are removed from the system. All data will be stored either in local hard drives or cloud-based storage database, which can only be accessed by myself and by my supervisor during critical situations where I cannot continue with my practice. While I try to maintain the security of all data, please note that anything we communicate on emails has the potential to be accessed by the administrator of the service provider. I also do not have control over who will access the information involve the use of social medias. My practice is in compliance with the GDPR guidelines and your rights with regards to the data held under the relevant regulations apply. I reserve the right to record sessions where it is deemed appropriate, and the recordings will be managed under the same confidentiality rules of other records about the clients.

Have you got the experience that when you try to tell your friends and family about your problems, they either dismiss it as nothing to worry about or start sharing their similar experience with you, instead of trying to understand how you feel? In personal therapy, you will have my undivided attention, the time and space in the session is all yours. You can decide what to bring to the room and at what pace do we work, and I will only advise you the options and what may be beneficial to you. You make the choice of where we go ultimately and you are responsible for your own outcome. And the fact that I do not know your background, everything is a fresh start in a confidential setting can give you a space to look at your issues and feelings in a completely different way.

Same as any therapy, everyone’s experience and response to therapy is different. However, if you are someone who loves statistic, research shows that around 93% of client resolve their issue after 6 sessions of hypnotherapy, compare to only 72% recovered after 22 sessions of CBT and 38% recovered after 600 sessions of psychoanalysis.

All hypnosis are in essence self-hypnosis. You are still in full control during the hypnosis and you are aware of what is happening in trance. You cannot be stuck in trance as your subconscious mind is wired to protect you and will come out of trance if things do not seem right. This also explains why you will not be hypnotised to do things that contradicts your value or belief.

You may wonder why I do not post testimonials on my websites, and there are good reasons for this. Testimonials are considered by many professional therapy bodies, such as UKCP, as unethical, as they can easily be fabricated and usually hard to be verified or retracted by a client after posted. In addition, I use a various range of methods to suit each client for their particular issues and objectives, so one’s experience may not represent what is going to happen in yours. Therapy is a very personal journey and it can be rough at times, which may mean other people’s experiences can be misleading. Afterall, choosing a therapist is fundamentally different from choosing a hair stylist or a tour guide.