Life coaching and hypnotherapy can help with any number of issues but in a nutshell, I help people get unstuck and get their lives back on track.
It might be about dealing with stress and anxiety, finding the motivation or courage to do something you really want to do. It might be about developing more confidence;or around weight management or getting an addiction such as cigarettes, sugar or alcohol under control. Or it might be about finding out what you DO want - your 'true north' and how to get there! More about what hypnotherapy and coaching are below - or check out my blog articles for more details. For costs and appointments, find out more here.
How it works
Initially I find out what it is you want to achieve and what is going on for you. This may be during an initial appointment, or, if you prefer, we can have a chat on the phone first. Your choice. From here
we agree on a course of therapy - this may be coaching, hypnosis or a
combination. Therapy can be in person if you are in the Canterbury area
or it can be via Zoom/Skype. Each therapy session lasts an hour and
you receive a recording of any hypnosis done - or the whole session if you
wish. The therapy I do is not counseling, although I do listen and ask questions to help me understand what is going on for you. I teach techniques, dispel myths and provide you the tools to get the best from life. It is a partnership. Usually it takes 2-3 sessions to get you back on track but I can also provide on-going coaching to help keep you focused, bed-in new habits and be an objective sounding-board.
What is hypnosis?
Clinical hypnosis is a process where I help you achieve that relaxed state that allows your subconscious mind to become more receptive. As a therapist, I am like your guide, getting you on the right path that much faster. However, you are still very much in control. If I were to make a suggestion that you were not happy about, you would instantly snap out of the relaxed state - just like when you are driving and someone pulls out in front of you.
How does hypnosis work?
It is calculated that 95% of why we think and behave as we do, is driven by the subconscious mind. We don't consciously think about breathing do we? It just happens. How about yawning? Why is it that we tend to yawn when we see someone else yawn? It is similar to many of our thoughts and actions - they become hard wired in. Something triggers a reaction - an emotional feeling and then a behaviour. Sometimes we are not even aware of the trigger but we change our emotional state for no apparent reason - maybe happy to stressed.
Also, the more we focus on something, they more likely it is to become our reality. Don't think of a purple, flying elephant. Your focus is now on exactly that. So, hypnosis helps you focus on what you DO want. To be smoke-free, to eat a healthy diet, to be calm and relaxed, to feel confident and in control, to get the book written....or whatever it is that you want. Beating yourself up every time you have a cigarette or eat the chocolate just keeps you stuck.
What is coaching?
I firmly believe everyone has the resources they need to achieve and
succeed in whatever they want. However, these resources are often inaccessible
due to unconscious fears, beliefs and habits. Trying new things can be
challenging, leaving your comfort zone can trigger all kinds of inner
alarm bells. Coaching can be targeted to career, business or specific aspects or stages of your life.
Coaching can also help you focus on what is important and to overcome challenges and self doubt. The process helps you find your 'true north'. It is about setting priorities, goals and actions and reflecting on what works and what doesn't.
Coaching is about helping people access their own resources. Developing self awareness - values, beliefs, strengths, motivators. It is about asking challenging questions to help you gain clarity, and it is about setting and achieving personal and career goals. It is also about providing a sounding board and objective feedback.
Please contact me if you want to explore coaching/hypnotherapy further and set up a complimentary consultation by phone or Skype.
The cost, after the complimentary consultation, is $110 per session. How many sessions you will need will be jointly agreed. It will depend on what you what you want to achieve and what needs changing. If you want to see me as a couple the cost is $180 per session - but any hypnosis is likely to need individual sessions.