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 don’t need to tell me anything that you don’t feel comfortable with. You can start from what you feel comfortable with.
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.