You’ve done it! You’ve signed up for your intake consultation and introductory hypnotherapy session and are eager for the next chapter of your story to begin. The intake consultation is a necessary part of the process to ensure efficiency and understanding between the practitioner and client.
The intake involves filling out some necessary paperwork, and covering the basics of confidentiality. During this consultation, the hypnotherapist, Carla Chalah, will gather a detailed background history and take notes in order to better understand language patterning, vocabulary, learning style, body language, suggestibility and interpreting your goals. Collaboratively, you will form a goal statement.
Carla provides a broad overview of the process and how it will be tailored to your needs specifically. This explanation involves reviewing the pertinent links between cutting-edge neuroscientific research and hypnosis, in order to better understand how change happens at a fundamental level, and what can be expected moving forward. This also gives an opportunity to ask any questions related to the process.
The magical trance-formation begins!
Carla will guide you into a relaxed state of focused hypnosis to begin creating the changes you desire at a subconscious level!
At the conclusion of this part of the process, Carla will make an assessment and recommendation in terms of number of sessions and cost moving forward. Continued sessions pricing is typically quoted on a case by case basis. Generally sessions are quoted in packages with 3 sessions being the minimum requirement.
Your life is driven by the two parts of your mind: your conscious mind and subconscious mind. Generally speaking, our emotions “live” in our subconscious mind and are protected and rationalized by our conscious mind. The conscious mind is the “thinking” mind and the subconscious mind is the “feeling” mind. Willpower requires thinking and is sourced from the conscious mind. The problem with this, is that true, lasting change can only take place at the feeling, subconscious level.
When change happens at the subconscious level, it happens easily and naturally, eliminating the frustration and focus required when “trying” and “struggling” with conscious focused energy.
Hypnosis enables us to “rewrite” underlying “scripts” – ideas, illusions and beliefs that we have about ourselves in order to affect the programming within us in a positive way and achieve our goals.
Hypnosis works by tapping into the power of your subconscious mind, and directing that energy towards achieving your goals. Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxed focus that allows you to access that deep, inner part of you – your subconscious mind.
Think of your subconscious mind as a powerful, go-getter within you that will achieve the goals you set for yourself, if given the appropriate directions and motivation. Imagine your subconscious as a GPS, which when given the appropriate “destination,” will help you get there step by step. Collaborating with the subconscious mind allows us to maximize our true potential and perform at a higher level than engaging the conscious mind alone.
Hypnotherapy is right for anyone and EVERYONE pursuing their own personal exploration and growth. It is for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change.The most valuable knowledge a person can have, is knowledge of self. Working in collaboration with a hypnotherapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Many studies have shown that the best means of achieving sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being is with an integrative approach to wellness. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, hypnotherapy addresses the cause of distress and the behavior patterns that curb progress. Hypnotherapy can help address many types of issues including bad habits such as smoking, overeating, nail biting, and the list continues. Other common treatments include stress management, body-image issues, life transitions, anxiety, pain management and weight loss. For a more extensive list of issues hypnotherapy can help with, click here.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, hypnotherapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation. In essence, you are “beyong survival.” Hypnotherapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you access to the resources within you to overcome triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and move beyond whatever challenges you face.
Hypnotherapy provides a number of benefits. Some of theses benefits include, but are not limited to:
Every hypnotherapy session is unique and caters to the individual’s specific needs and goals. It is important to understand that at no point does the hypnotherapist have control over a client’s mind. Both entering and staying within the hypnotic state are completely under the control of the client. Hypnotherapy is a collaborative effort and the hypnotherapist acts only as a guide to the client. To achieve the trance state, a client must first consent to allowing the conscious portion of his/her mind to be guided into a relaxed, secondary position as a passive observer so that the hypnotherapist can communicate more directly with the subconscious mind. Consequently, the conscious mind is still present and maintains the capacity to reject any suggestions that are being offered by the hypnotherapist. A hypnotized person maintains free will and can readily exit the trance state at any time during the session.
It is standard for the hypnotherapist to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life prior to hypnosis. It is common to schedule a series of sessions, where each session lasts around sixty to ninety minutes. Hypnotherapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the sessions, such as practicing daily self-hypnosis, utilizing hypnotic techniques in daily life, or reading a relevant book. For hypnotherapy to be most effective you must be an active, motivated participant, both during and between sessions. People seeking hypnotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of hypnotherapy:
The short answer to this is: hypnotherapy is not yet covered by insurance companies in the state of MA. However, it is covered in most cases by flexible spending or health savings accounts.
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and hypnotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include: