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What to expect at your first hypnotherapy session

first hypnotherapy session

It can be a bit daunting to book in with a hypnotherapist as you don’t know what to expect. So, I thought I’d create this post to put you at ease and explain exactly what is going to happen before and during your first hypnotherapy session.

Before your first session

Once we have set a date for your first session, I will send you a few documents for you to prepare in advance. If form filling makes you feel overwhelmed, there is also the option that we go through the details together if you prefer. The documents are a client record, a goal sheet, a mood and food diary, and a life path (short version of your life events). These help me to put together your case history, so I can better understand and help you.

At the beginning of your first session

When the session starts, we go through the documents and fill in any blanks. On the life path sheet for example, we note down significant life events that may have impacted you in some way. We look at your goals – what feelings do you want to achieve? It is important to focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. Focussing on the negative will keep you stuck.

Together we will come up with a bespoke programme. I have a variety of tools in my toolbox and we choose which options are best for you. We will choose what we both feel will work for you.

The first half hour is of an introductory session is always free of charge. If you decide at this point that you’re not happy to proceed, you’re free to leave and I will refund your fee for the first session. If you’re happy that I am the right therapist to help you, we then start the hypnotherapy session.

During your actual hypnotherapy session

There’s no 3-2-1- snap the fingers and you’re under from me.  I am also a mindfulness coach, so I show you ways to give yourself a bit more space in your life.  There are also no black cloaks or pocket watches, and it’s definitely not scary. Putting you in a state of deep relaxation is a calm process that takes several minutes. You take part in the process as you follow my guidance to relax further and further. You also have the choice of sitting in a chair or lying on a comfy couch (a soft blanket and even an electric blanket are also provided).

We often start with a visualisation where you can find your motivation for change.

I will then guide you through the session that is appropriate for your situation, whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking or overcome anxiety. It’s very much tailored to your particular situation and your circumstances.

If there is time, we will also create a physical anchor to make it easy for you to call up your desired feeling whenever you need. This blog post explains more about anchors.

When we’re finished, I’ll gently bring you back to full alertness and you’ll feel very relaxed.

After every hypnotherapy session

I will send you back home with homework so you can continue the process. You’ll receive a Breathing Space MP3 to listen to anytime during the day. It’s only 3 minutes long. You will also go away with another MP3 that is appropriate to your session, that I’ll ask you to listen to regularly. I strongly advise my clients to do this as it will strengthen the work we have done in the session.

If you don’t do the homework, your chances of success are much slimmer. You have come to a professional for help, so it is important to listen to their advice if you want to gain the benefit.

How many sessions you need will depend on your situation, personality type, and where you are in your journey.

Are you ready to make that change for the better?

To book one of my programmes, have a look at the top of the page or get in touch by email sam@livewellpractice.co.uk or by phone 075 222 777 22.

Alternatively, you can download my complimentary self-hypnosis tool (after clicking the link, scroll down the page and enter your details).


Disclaimer: As with most practices, mindfulness may not be suitable for everyone. If you have any existing mental health conditions or past trauma, you should discuss these with your GP or mental health professional and these should also be disclosed prior to enrolling in a class.

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