Frequently Asked Questions
about Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy
- When and why should I seek psychotherapy?
- How do I find the right therapist for me?
- What makes therapy successful?
- What is holistic therapy?
- How long do I need to be in counseling?
- What is hypnotherapy and how does it work?
- How much does therapy cost?
~ When and why should I seek psychotherapy?
Most people tend to seek counseling during a crisis to seek support and stabilization. Some such crisis’ are a break-up or a death of a loved one, loss of a job, deep depression and suicidal thoughts, intense panic and anxiety attacks as the result of some abuse or trauma. Others seek therapy for help with problems such as insomnia, procrastination, low self esteem, or even feeling general sadness. Simply feeling unable to deal with your problem or feeling unhappy makes you a good therapy candidate.
(Read more here: What to Expect in Psychotherapy)
Here’s a short video about the reasons why it’s normal and healthy to go to therapy.
~ How do I find the right therapist for me?
I encourage you to ask questions to find the therapist who is the best match for you. Tell them what you want to work on and ask if they can help you with that. Ask them what kind of therapy they suggest, how long they would want to do therapy, and how much it costs, up front. Compare this with your preferences and needs.
The right therapist is the one who you feel safe and comfortable with. I believe it’s important for you to like your therapist. Many studies show that the most effective aspect of therapy is the relationship, despite the way a therapist may work with you. It’s also important that you trust your therapist based on your own needs. Do your research and don’t be afraid to talk to them on the phone or ask for a brief in person meeting. Most people have a gut feeling by the end of the first meeting.
~ What makes therapy successful?
Your commitment to your own personal growth and healing is what makes therapy successful. You get as much out as you put in. It’s important to take time between sessions to think about the work that you’re doing there, because it is hard work and it takes courage. It can also be helpful to talk to friends and family about what your working on in therapy, so they can support the changes you want to make in your life.
(Read more here: Is Therapy Really Worth It?)
~ What is holistic therapy?
Holistic therapy addresses the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional person as a whole. As a form of healing, holistic psychotherapy strives to address the symptoms of psychological and emotional distress that result from anxiety, depression, and other emotional issues. Holistic therapy focuses on the relationship people have with their world and how it is expressed through their sense of feeling, thinking, and being.
~ How long do I need to be in counseling?
The amount of time someone is in therapy varies from person to person – it all depends on the effort the person puts into therapy and what particular goals they have. Some people start to feel better after a few sessions, while others may need more time. Some people enjoy doing deeper, longer term work to fully explore their inner world. In general I see people once a week.
~ What is hypnotherapy and how does it work?
Hypnotherapy addresses an individual’s subconscious mind through either Suggestion Hypnosis or Regression Hypnosis. The client is guided into a relaxed, meditative state – they are conscious of what is happening and have complete control at all times. Suggestion Hypnosis is used to give relevant, positive, beneficial suggestions to help an individual bring about the changes they desire. Regression Hypnosis is used to consciously bring a new understanding to past experiences which may be presently effecting a person.
In my work I use Depth Hypnosis, which uses both of these practices. “Depth Hypnosis is a highly effective model for self-transformation that combines elements of Buddhism, hypnotherapy, shamanism, and transpersonal psychology to accelerate and support the individual’s growth and healing process.” – SacredStream.org
~ How much does therapy cost?
The cost of therapy is different from one practitioner to another. It can depend on their training and experience, as well as how long they’ve been in practice or their location. There are also very affordable options for people to seek therapy at community and training clinics. Therapy may also be covered by your insurance, so it’s important to check with your carrier and see if you have any coverage. It can also be paid for with a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account. You can read more about my fees here.