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What is hypnotherapy?


Hypnotherapy first emerged in the 1700’s. It is a form of therapy that attempts to address the client’s subconscious mind, in order to make positive change. “Hypnosis is: • a natural state of heightened awareness • opens the mind to beneficial suggestions • makes use of the imagination to help make positive changes” (source: The Hypnotherapy Association) https://www.thehypnotherapyassociation.co.uk/home The state of hypnosis is actually a state that you’ve been in many times without realising – perhaps when you’ve driven your car on a familiar journey on auto pilot, or when you find yourself day dreaming in a relaxed state. There is nothing scary about it – in fact it’s usually a lovely and incredibly relaxing feeling.




Can you make me do silly or dangerous things under hypnosis?


No, and I have no desire to! You will only do in hypnotherapy, what you’d do in everyday life. Your moral code doesn’t change. The person in control during hypnotherapy is YOU.




What is Psychotherapy?


Psychotherapy describes a collection of therapies used to listen to and support a client. Psychotherapy is often much deeper work, allowing the client to look beneath the surface and back to the past to work out behavioural patterns and experiences that may be affecting the present. During work with a Psychotherapist a client may engage in a big journey of self exploration , beliefs and identity. Psychotherapeutic work tends to be longer term, although it can be short term as well depending on the needs of the client. Please note I am undertaking further and ongoing training in Integrative Psychotherapy and am a trainee member of UKCP.




What is life coaching?


Life coaching is a process that involves working with someone trained in coaching to help you identify and achieve goals, develop belief in yourself and ultimately help you follow the paths that make you happy and fulfilled, using your full potential. The coach acts as a facilitator and the client leads the process.




How many sessions will I need


It’s a bit like asking “how long is a piece of string?” It also depends what issue we're working with. For example something fairly straight forward like a fear of flying may be dealt with in hypnotherapy in 3-6 sessions. Deeper Psychotherapeutic work could be anything from 6 months to over a year.




How and where do sessions take place?


Most of my work is done ‘virtually’ using an online communication system called Zoom which I send you a link to. I do also offer a very limited number of face to face sessions at my home therapy studio - Covid-19 dependant (please ask for more details)




What qualifications do you have?


I have a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and a Diploma in Life Coaching with NLP, both from the Kent College of Hypnotherapy and accredited by the Hypnotherapy Association. Find my accredited listing here - https://www.ihahypnotherapy.com/united-kingdom/bromley/hypnotherapist/charlie-o-brien I am a certified EFT Practitioner through The EFT Centre, accredited by EFT International Find my accredited listing here - https://eftinternational.org/eft-practitioner/charlieobrien/ I have also undertaken a number of advanced courses and carry out regular CPD. (Continued Professional Development) I am currently a trainee Psychotherapist with NCHP - The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, and a trainee member of the UKCP - The UK Council for Psychotherapy. I am training to be a Hypno-Psychotherapist/Integrative Psychotherapist. Find my trainee listing by searching 'O'Brien' here - https://psychotherapy.force.com/DirectoryApi__Directory?autonumber=SD-00000001&site=a0d24000001VW3nAAG . I am also an associate member of The National Society of Talking Therapies Outside of the therapy world – I have a first class degree in Communications (BSc Communications, Leicester University) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism (City University London).




The idea therapy seems a bit daunting and I’m not sure how I should act in a session?


Just be you. I completely agree – anything new can be daunting. And often taking that first step towards a better life can be an uncomfortable one. This is completely normal but after the first session you'll feel much more relaxed.




Why don't you have testimonials on your website?


I do not publish testimonials in accordance with the ethical code of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) (of whom I am a trainee member) as they consider the use of client testimonials to be unethical. In order to comply with advertising standards in the UK testimonials would need to be verified which would mean client confidentiality would be breached. Testimonials also tend to be used to prove a therapist’s worth, meaning the process becomes about the therapist rather than the client. I work in a person-centred way meaning the client and the client’s confidentiality is the most important thing in my work. It is also worth saying that therapy is individual to you and one size does not fit all.




Do you have a cancellation policy?


24 hours notice is required for cancellation of an appointment, and we can jointly endeavour to reschedule at a convenient time for both parties. If less than 24 hours notice is given the client will be asked to pay for 50% of the cost of the missed session. The session will then be rescheduled. If Charlie O’Brien/Hello Monday Coaching cancels the session with less than 24 hours notice 50% of the cost of the session will be reimbursed to the client.




What about data protection?


I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office - please request my registration listing if you'd like to see it. Upon booking my services you will be sent my Privacy Policy along with Terms and Conditions.




I’ve been told I need to lose weight / quit smoking – can you do that for me?


Hypnotherapy is incredibly powerful and successful for changing habits like overeating or smoking. BUT you need to want to make that change. I don’t have a magic wand. But I do have the tools to work with your willing subconscious to help you make those wonderful changes.




Can you change my life?


I can’t change your life. The only person who can do that is YOU. But I can absolutely work with you and guide you to make those incredible changes. Therapy and coaching can lead to wonderful things.




How much is a session


Prices of packages vary but generally my sessions are £60 per hour (as of summer 2020)





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