10 questions clients always ask

Everyone’s an individual. You’ve got your own individual problems, needs and experiences. So it’s likely that you’ve got your own individual questions too. That said, there are a few that crop up quite often, so I thought it’s be useful to answer some of them here for you.  Here are answers to the 10 questions clients always ask.

It just might help – a sort of FAQ if you like.

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1. Does Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Mind-Coaching work

Yes it does. Not only is this an evidence based therapy, the work we do together is designed entirely around you, to suit your situation and your needs. We’ll work within your model of the world rather than trying to fit you into ‘public speaking anxiety’ or ‘social anxiety’ or ‘ generalised anxiety disorder’ or whatever other label you may have come across to describe you. Instead of putting you through a course designed around your label, we’ll create therapy specifically for you, uncovering what’s right for you and finding your way to a better life. Your better life.

2. What if I can’t be hypnotised

This is an interesting question. With most other models of hypnotherapy, the client is ‘induced’ into a deeply relaxed state by the therapist to access your suggestible subconscious. Obviously not everybody can be or is willing to be deeply hypnotised.

I don’t do this.

Working with your natural human talent for ‘trance states’ (see Q3) and I coach you and your unconscious mind. For many people, this is like having a conversation where you and I do active therapy work. Many clients don’t reach a deeply relaxed state at all. After all we’re here to make a difference. If you just want to relax, a massage is probably better.

3. What’s it like?

In the last question, I mentioned natural ‘trance states’. What on earth are these? Well, ‘trance’ is something you’re doing whenever your mind’s not in the present moment, wandering off somewhere in thought or imagination. This might help:

  • Ever arrived at work and not remembered the journey?
  • Sat in a meeting thinking about that looming deadline instead of what’s going on?
  • Worried about what you’ve forgotten for the holiday you’re going on tomorrow?
  • Thinking about tomorrow’s important meeting & missing what your spouse is saying?

Recognise some of these? Don’t worry, everyone does it. It’s how we humans get through the day.

It’s this ability we use to help you get in touch with your unconscious mind and create solutions to your problems

4. How many sessions will I need?

This depends on how deeply your issues are ingrained into other areas of your life and what issues drive your difficulties.

It’s also affected by how readily you and your unconscious mind take the learning back into your world.

That said, most clients notice significant and permanent change in around 6 therapy appointments. Some need more, some fewer. Some want to progress even further keep coming for deeper coaching.

5. Can I be fixed?

Almost certainly, yes depending on what counts as ‘fixed’ for you. Fixed has different meaning for different people and mostly clients just want to be able to live their lives without going into their own version of a meltdown.

Almost all clients end up in a far better place, with changes percolating through to other areas of life and career too.

6. Do you see other people like me?

As we’ve not met yet, this is hard to say. However, even though everyone’s different, I rarely find someone with a problem that hasn’t turned up in some way before. That said, you could be the exception and come along with a brand new challenge for us to address!

7. How quickly will I notice the difference?

Our first meeting would be a Consultation where we discuss you and your difficulties, uncovering what we need to work on and the best route forwards for you. This forms the basis of the design of your bespoke therapy.

Even though ‘therapy’ doesn’t officially begin until later, most clients notice a difference after the consultation. (There’s a lot of subtle work going on ‘behind the scenes’ so to speak).

Some clients don’t really notice the effects of the changes until they are almost fully embedded. They need to try the changes out for real before they believe it’s really happened.

8. What will it cost?

Everyone has different needs and different timescales. Some clients feel more in control if there is a set program to follow, others prefer a more intuitive and creative approach. Each program is put together from scratch for each client, so costs vary.

We’ll need to talk together and work out the best route for you to take. Don’t worry, you’re not committed to anything until we’ve agreed what you want to do.

Oh and there’s no fee for talking it through with me first (see below).

9. Is hypnotherapy effective for everyone?

Whilst I am a firm believer in what I do, there just isn’t one therapy that will work for everyone in every situation. However, because what I do is so adaptable, it is rare that I find someone it doesn’t work for.

There are some medical conditions which mean that hypnosis is not advisable, such as Bipolar disorder, epilepsy, schizophrenia, personality disorders, psychosis

10. I’ve felt like this for so long, it’s going to take a long time to get over it, right?

Not really. In my experience when change comes, it comes rapidly, so it’s quite common for something that’s plagued people for years to be overcome in a few short weeks.


What’s Next?

I hope you’ve found this ’10 questions clients always ask’ useful. If you’re interested in finding out more, it’s easy to get in touch here.

If you’re not sure, do take your time. There’s no rush… (unless you’ve got a public speaking deadline looming, of course!). There are plenty of articles here that talk you through many different issues & how you can tackle them.

You never know, you might find you can manage by yourself after all… or maybe realise that some professional help can make all the difference.

Whatever route you choose, feel free to get in touch and ask whatever questions you might still have.


Comments 2

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    Hi Marina,
    Thanks for getting in touch. I’d be happy to help – fears & phobias can create a lot of stress & anxiety.
    Fortunately, they can be dealt with.
    We can chat via this comments feed (which can be read by anyone who looks at this blog) or privately by email: tony@tonyburkinshaw.co.uk.
    I’m looking forward to hearing back from you.
    All the best

  2. Hi Tony.
    I’m sorry to bother you.
    Can you help someone who is petrified of teeth?
    I no it sounds stupid.
    I struggle so much I cry get worked up can’t eat stress over it making me worse can’t breath properly.


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