If you’ve never done hypnosis, therapy or counselling before
Here are answers to some questions people often ask me when they have never done any type of therapy or hypnosis before.
- Help! do I need counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy or CBT? - Deciding what therapy you need is bewildering, with dozens of types of therapy, contradictory claims, and maybe no-one to ask for advice. Here is a helpful guide.
- What happens in the first session? - How does talking change things? What actually happens? This is one of the commonest questions that people ask.
- All about hypnosis - Hypnosis is a wonderful - there's no other word - natural talent of the human mind which is extremely useful in therapy and healing. Basically, it is a combination of imagination and relaxation.
- Frequently asked questions about hypnosis - What does hypnosis feel like? Can I get stuck? Is it dangerous? Will I say things I don't want? Will I be unconscious? I want a quick fix, will hypnosis give it me? And many more things you always wanted to know.
- Solution-oriented therapy - Solution-oriented brief therapy (SOBT) is a less-famous cousin to CBT (cognitive-behavioural therapy), proved by research to be as successful as CBT but in half the time. It has an inspiring and empowering worldview of human nature and I'm a big fan.
- Meditation and mindfulness in therapy - The spirit meditation of meditation ("mindfulness") is basic to how I help people. The Western understanding of meditation is often confused – even by many people who write books about it.
- A self-esteem test - How much do you like yourself? Take this test, the Rosenberg self-esteem scale, and find out.
- Are you depressed? – two helpful tests - Take the two tests on this page and get a good idea if you are or not. My advice is simple, if you’re not one hundred percent happy and zestful about life and its challenges, do something about it!
- A consumer’s guide to types of psychotherapy - Here's an overview of a good many of commonly known types of therapy, evaluated in the light of my own experience of what works and what supports love, life, laughter and learning.