Individual Sessions – Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy

Q. Can I talk about anything in therapy? I am a little bit afraid.

A. I have worked with people from different cultures and nationalities. They bring a wide range of issues. I myself have had personal therapy for years.

Through my both personal and clinical experiences, I understand that it is anxiety-provoking to bring yourself to therapy. You can tell me your sense of anxiety without mentioning details.

Through my experiences, I also understand that we feel anxious about how much we can share ourselves when our thoughts and feelings appear conflicting to what we think is “right” things.

For example, “I know I should love my kid, but I don’t like him,” or “I shouldn’t be blaming at anyone, but I can’t help but resenting at her.”

What is important in our work is that we start where you are and what you feel comfortable with.

You don’t need to disclose anything if you feel uncomfortable. Your emotional truths will be respected.


Q. I prefer to have one-off session when I want to, rather than committing to a programme or regular therapy. Is that OK?

A. Of course you can. It is up to your desires and aims.

If you want to have someone to talk to about your feelings or want to resolve a particular problem, it takes less time. Even one session can bring benefits.

On the other hand, if you would like to address your issues and ensure fundamental changes in your life, I suggest that regular weekly or fortnightly therapy is ideal.

The six-month intensive programme is suitable for people who really want to grapple with their emotional life and to resolve their issues as quickly as possible.

It is best to arrange sessions based on your aims and desires. If you have any concerns or desires about therapy, I am happy to talk with you.


Q. Can I reschedule a session or cancel it if necessary?

A. You can reschedule or cancel sessions.

No cancelation charge incurs by giving me a three-day notice. Cancellation two days prior to the session will incur 50 % of the session fee.

Cancellation one day prior to the session or on the session day will incur 100% of the session fee.


Q. How can I go “within”?

A. Our mind usually focuses on “external” things. As an example, we stay alert for possible danger, think about things that need to be done, and give consideration to other people.

Going “within” means purposely shifting your focused attention to what is going on inside you.

In order for you to get in touch with your “internal” senses, I suggest that you learn and practice meditation or mindfulness regularly.

You can start with a few minutes per day and gradually make it longer if you would like.

After a while, you will begin to recognise you become more aware of your inner experience.

Meditation is a practice for a lifetime in order to get in touch with your honest feelings and polish your inner qualities.

Everyone can develop a reflective ability with practice and patience over the time.


Q. I am worried that I may not be hypnotised.

A. A hypnotic state is like a deep, relaxed state. It is a similar sensation when your mind becomes quiet and calm through mindfulness practice.

Many people are able to be hypnotised easily the first time they try hypnotherapy.

Some need more experience and practice. Unfortunately there is a percentage of the population (up to 15%) that cannot be hypnotised at all.

Sometimes non-hypnotic techniques such as talking therapy help those people to work through repressed memories.


Q. What if I could not see my past life?

A. Hypnotherapy is a kind of work that we let our subconscious lead us – we trust and follow whatever comes into our minds.

For this reason, sometimes our doubts can prevent us from completely trusting what arises from within.

If you could not see your past life at all in your first session, I offer one session with $150 to give it another try if you wish to.

Psychotherapy also trusts our inner wisdom but is different from hypnotherapy in that we use our cognitive ability more than the subconscious in order to explore our inner realm.

So psychotherapeutic approach may work better for some people.


Six-month Intensive Programme – Dare to be you

Q. What if I cannot attend some of the workshops or individual sessions?

A. Hand-outs for each workshop will be provided for your reference. I will also follow up through one-on-one session. Individual sessions can be rescheduled without charge if you give me a three-day notice.


Q. Is this programme available other than in Auckland, New Zealand?

A. At this stage the intensive programme and half-day workshop are available in Auckland New Zealand. It may be available in other places if there is any request.

I am a bilingual therapist in both English and Japanese, so I would be happy to run the programme in Japanese as well if there is any request. Please let me know if you are interested.


Q. I am afraid how much I have to share about myself in the programme.

A. It is entirely up to you how much you want to bring yourself forward. You can start where you are.

You can still name your sense of discomfort or hesitation without talking about details.

Your voice will be respected in the programme.

During the workshop, the purpose of group work is not for processing like “encounter group” but for sharing.


Q. How is your programme different from other programmes?

A. This intensive programme provides both individual sessions and monthly workshops.

There are very few workshops that offer individual support. I am aware that it is sometimes difficult for people to work through emotional difficulties just by attending workshops.

Some people need more support around putting their learning into perspective based on where they are at and their particular challenges.

I value the depth of individual process. For the above reasons, I believe the combination of workshop and individual session is ideal.


Q. Can you explain more about the style of learning?

A. This programme combines both theoretical and experiential learning.

You will first learn from lecture and then do practical work to learn from your own experience. A lot of learning also comes from sharing and learning from each others’ processes.


Q. What can I do if I do not want to do particular work during the programme?

A. That is fine if you find particular work uncomfortable and decide not to do it. Please let me know if you choose not to do some work.

When we honour what arises from within, even a decision not to do the work, it will lead to the opening into our innate wisdom and compassion.

Every emotional response matters and is valued in this programme.


Q. I do not have any background knowledge about psychology. Am I able to understand the course?

A. I also did not know anything about psychology at the beginning. This programme is designed for people who have no background knowledge.

I am passionate about making knowledge and practice of psychotherapy available for everyone.

I regard a psychotherapeutic approach as “life skills” that we all need in order to grapple with our life challenges and create a joy of life from within our own life.


Q. I am worried about my ability to grow through the course.

A. What makes a difference is your commitment to your own process. A wholehearted commitment does not mean that you do not have any fears or doubts.

There is nothing wrong with anxiety.

As long as you are open to acknowledge and accept your honest feelings as they are, you will be able to experience the benefit of the programme.



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