When you are ready to move forward, the first step is to make an appointment. This first session allows you the opportunity to experience hypnosis and see if the method is a good fit for you. From there, you and your therapist determine the best way to move forward.
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A typical first session lasts 45 minutes and focuses on gaining an in-depth understanding of one specific issue of the client's choosing followed by the induction of a hypnotic trance when it is mutually decided that this is the best course of treatment. The therapist will go over history, gain an in-depth understanding of the issue and attempt to understand why this struggle started. Much of the first session will focus on reasons why certain behaviors, struggles or patterns persist so that the therapist can determine what hypnosis, mindfulness, and therapy techniques should be utilized to best address this issues. Before starting the hypnotic induction, the therapist will discuss how hypnosis will be used in the session and give the client the opportunity to discuss any questions the client may have about the use of hypnosis or the the process.
After the client and therapist have discussed the clients concerns at length, the therapist will start the hypnotic induction. The type of hypnosis practiced at NY Health Hypnosis is Ericksonian Hypnosis, which is considered the art of language and storytelling to speak to the unconscious mind. This includes the use of deep relaxation techniques and metaphors aimed at helping the client tap into their internal resources in order to make the changes that they would like to address.
After the first session, the client and therapist decide together the best way to work together to make sure that the client makes the most progress. Generally, short-term hypnosis is best for singular struggles such as smoking cessation or simple habits, and usually takes one to five sessions. Ongoing integrative therapy combined with hypnosis is best for issues such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, trauma, eating disorders, drug and alcohol addictions, and struggles that involve more than one issue. For this, the client and therapist develop an ongoing therapeutic relationship where appointments can be set up weekly or biweekly at the same time or flexibly according to the client's schedule.
We combine the use of hypnosis and mindfulness with therapy techniques such as psychoanalysis, CBT, DBT and ACT since most people's difficulties are intricate, interconnected, and complex. A person may want to lose weight, but this is complicated by their negative self-image or problems in relationships. They might want to quit smoking, but find themselves compelled to do so because of ongoing anxiety or low self-esteem. Or perhaps a person can't sleep at night, and the relaxation techniques used in hypnosis can address the sleep issue, but the underlying anxiety continues to interfere with his or her work and daily life. Therefore, our therapists attempt to work in a way that is flexible and organic, striking a balance between deep analytic work to get to the root of the problems, while using hypnosis for specific changes along the way.