Therapy is a strange animal. There are so many different approaches, each emphasizing something different. Which one to choose? Some emphasize the conscious mind, some the unconscious mind, some the body, some the spirit. And that’s just one way they differ!
So Why Work With Me?
Of course, there are many fine therapists out there. Why work with me? Some advantages to seeing me for hypnotherapy are:
- I do most of the talking. This can be helpful to people who find it difficult to talk about their problems, for people who use nonstop talking as a basic defense, and for people in between.
- Hypnosis is comfortable. My clients use up about one box of Kleenex per year.
- Hypnosis is a brief therapy. You know there’s an upper limit to how long it will last. My policy is to limit clients to ten sessions. Why? Because I noticed a few years ago that we plateaued after ten sessions, and I want you to get full value from every session.
- You can get to know me pretty well from my posts and videos. One of the best indicators of whether you’ll get good results is whether you feel like you can work with the therapist. My blog posts and videos help you figure out whether I’m a good match for you. If so, great!
Sadly, most therapists don’t have the kind of Web presence that lets you really get to know them and their work, but some do.
Brief Therapy: Keeping it Affordable
If you’re one of the lucky ones with a zero-deductible insurance policy, then you can do long-term therapy with no out-of-pocket expenses. It just comes down to your time and trouble. But more and more of us have super-high deductibles or no applicable coverage at all. The result is that we’ll pay for all our therapy out of our own pockets.
Brief therapy (also called brief psychotherapy, brief counseling, or planned short-term therapy) is designed to get to work right away, using the fastest, most reliable techniques available. One goal of brief therapy was to be affordable by ordinary people.
Hypnotherapy is the original brief therapy! (The concept of brief therapy was popularized by psychiatrist and hypnotherapist Milton Erickson.) Others include Somatic Experiencing, NLP, brief cognitive-behavioral therapy, and some skills-based methods like progressive relaxation, and so on.
Is there a limit to how much can be resolved in ten sessions? Of course there is. But you’d be surprised how many issues can be resolved in that time.
Comfort: Just Close Your Eyes and Relax
Face it: you don’t want to freak out in therapy, or walk out of sessions so jangled that you can’t go back to work. Of course, maybe you’re just coming in for a tune-up, and this won’t be a problem. On the other hand, maybe you have stuff that is pretty overwhelming. How do you stay comfortable with that?
Different therapeutic approaches use different methods for build-in comfort (and safety). As a hypnotherapist, I make full use of the advantages of the hypnotic state itself:
- Hypnosis is comfortable and relaxing in its own right, both during the session and afterwards. This gets things off to a good start.
- Hypnotherapy is a broad-brushstroke kind of process: totally different from other kinds of problem-solving. It’s not about the details. My intake form fits on one side of a single sheet of paper!
- Things that are difficult in the waking state become manageable, even easy, in the hypnotic state.
Convenience: Making it Easy
Also, I make it easy to schedule and pay for sessions. You can do it all right here on my Web site. Just look at my online calendar and sign up for times that work for you. I accept all major credit and debit cards, plus cash and checks.
Need to reschedule? You can do that online, too. And you’ll get an email and a text message reminding you about every upcoming session: one 24 hours in advance and another 4 hours in advance.
To help you keep you coming back until the job is done, I offer discounted six-session packages (20% discount) and three-session packages (10% discount).
Nervous? Bring a friend in with you for your first session at no extra charge! And go ahead and record your sessions on your smartphone or other device if you like.
My office is spacious, on the quiet, comfortable 2nd floor of 260 SW Madison Avenue, Corvallis. The office is handicap-accessible (there’s an elevator), and handicap-accessible bathrooms are available.
Ready to sign up? Click the “Contact Me” button at the bottom of the page.