Like all mental health practitioners, I have a duty of care toward clients and
need to be properly informed in order to be able to work with your condition.
Anything you tell me will be treated in compete confidence. You can feel entirely
safe to tell me if you are using medication, particularly for any psychiatric conditions,
or have had any traumatic episodes in your life or if you are presently in or vulnerable
to a physically or mentally precarious state. This is essential for success.
There may also be feelings or episodes in your life of which you feel ashamed -
and which may be an important part of your difficulty. You need to know that after
35 yrs professional experience - I have a broad sympathy and understanding for the
difficulties people experience in life. I have probably encountered more challenging
things than you have heard or imagine. You will be perfectly safe to tell me about
your own - in your own time.
I am professionally and ethically bound to respect your confidences. Nothing like
this will affect how I see or deal with you as a person.
I assess a condition on the basis of how it expresses and not how it is labelled
or has been diagnosed or treated previously. My assessment of your case will always
be based on what I observe and learn from you in our exchanges. These other factors
will affect my judgement about the kind of treatment strategies it is wise to use
or avoid in the circumstances. I have not yet encountered a condition so hedged
about with difficulties that beneficial work could not be done.
The unconscious is very powerfully protective of us. Useful hypnotic states and
lasting results only develop when an unconscious assessment has been made of the
reliability and integrity of the therapist. Uncomfortable intuitions about the therapist
concerned should be heeded since this is the way the unconscious communicates with
our conscious awareness.
The unconscious only allows acceptable material to be integrated into the deep level
automatic process. Any unnatural suggestions are destined to be rejected or to
fail shortly after installation.
The careless, poorly trained or inexpert practitioner may indeed generate uncomfortable
experiences - but should this occur the suggestions made will not 'take'.
Some people worry, quite needlessly, that they might not be able to be roused from
a deep state. At worst, even if your therapist should die at their post - a very
rare occurrence - you might fall into a brief sleep before waking. If you happen
to have paid in advance I would definitely recommend you request a refund !
People also ask sometimes whether there could be any danger of their mind being disturbed
or their personality being somehow altered.
Although individuals may change considerably - finding themselves thinking, experiencing
and acting more freely and competently - fundamental identity change is not really
feasible with hypnotherapy. You will definitely still be the same person.
It is claimed that basic personality change can be achieved through coercive mind-altering
and re-programming strategies employed in military or intelligence circles - but
these results are generally unstable and are only possible with the assistance of
powerful drugs which only specialised psychiatrists are licensed or competent to
use. They make entertaining films - but don’t exist in normal life !