Throughout my years as a successful hypnotherapist, I very often get asked all sorts of questions about the services I offer. First and foremost, it’s important for you to understand, that my therapy is not only about what I can do for you, it’s also about how you can achieve great things all by yourself…allow to explain how this works:
The therapy I provide could best be described as Solutions Focused because it is designed to change your life for the better, by revealing long-term solutions to your problems. I can help you to “see” yourself living happily without the problems you face right now. And together, we can work to make it a reality.
Below, I have compiled a list of the top 10 most frequently asked questions, to help you decide whether it’s time for you to take that first life-changing step on the road to better health, more wealth and happiness.
Q1: How much does it cost?
A: In the past, whenever I get asked that question, I would typically reply with “how long is a piece of string?”
Of course, I was half-joking but the response holds value — I would need to know what the issue is to better understand your needs, assess your suitability and make my recommendation accordingly.
Yes, I’m well aware that price is always a factor in just about anything you buy in life — but how can you put a price on your health and well-being? What’s your health worth to you? What is it worth to those around you?
In reality, I cannot give you a fixed price on the costs involved in getting you into a mind-set that will make you want to change your habits, because there are many considerations I have to take into account. With weight loss for example, I need to know about the underlying factors that have been responsible for your weight gain, which is very often psychological.
So, I can’t give a fixed price for something if I don’t have all the information about the issue or the problem. I need to first carry out an analysis of your particular problem, then decide on an effective treatment, tailored just for you. However, with quitting smoking I have provided some cost options based on your level of dependency.
In general, my rates are offered on solution finding and problem solving. And this is achieved by a range of sessions. Typically, it’s between 3 to 5 sessions. However, it could be more in some cases. Sometimes, it’s less.
Well, not all personal problems are the same. Every one of us is different in the way we think and act and live our lives.
We might share some attributes but fundamentally, we are unique individuals with defined needs and desires that have been shaped over many years. That’s why it’s important we have a personalised phone or Skype consultation at the start (free strategy call), so I can determine your exact wishes and expectations.
I have earned the trust of my clients because my candid approach does provide honest, reasonable and realistic expectations. So, I will be frank with you and I’ll tell you if your problem is one that I can assist with resolving. I don’t want to simply offer you false hope. I do however, want you to realise that you have it within you to overcome virtually any problem.
I believe, together we can do this, and I’ll be with you every step of the way, but it will require a little effort and acceptance on your part. As a heads up…
I only work with a selective number of clients in any given week. More specifically, I limit my practice to just 4 clients per day.
Why is this?
Truthfully, it’s because I want to be able to focus my time on your issues and help you get the best results possible. I might not be able to do that effectively if I had too many clients. I also have to fully prepare before each session, by reviewing previous session notes, so that I can understand the scope and nature of the underlying problem.
I prefer to work with individuals who are motivated enough to actively participate in accomplishing their goals. Can you visualise your own success in quitting smoking or losing weight? That’s the only motivation you will need to help uncover the solution to your problem. It does takes time, and that’s why I limit my client intake. And my strategy has paid off.
With over 140+ Google reviews, 70+ Facebook reviews (including more than 300 written positive comments!), suggests that what I do is highly effective. It’s proof that I am able to produce consistent and proven results.
On your part, all it takes is an open mind and a willingness to explore whether this therapy will be right for you.
An initial consultation can usually determine relatively quickly, whether my method (and my services) will work for you. To be honest, the question of fees very rarely comes into the equation. However, I believe they are both reasonable, respectable and fair. Remember, my hypnotherapy services are results driven.
After we have met and you agree to begin on a program, I will ensure your therapy is customised to suit your specific needs. Should you need more sessions then we can move you onto the next level, but only if you feel you need to. There’s no pressure and no obligation.
I should also mention that any of my 3-5 session programs do include up to FOUR of my mind-meditation mp3s (at $25 each that’s $100 value!) & ANY of my mind-manuals ($20 value) making a total value of $120 FREE to you. These are taken directly from my highly-praised ‘Secret to a Successful Life Skype Hypnosis Coaching Program’. (SEE TESTIMONIALS HERE)
* Side note: Depending on circumstances, I may include 5 Mp3s (any 4-5 session program) if the client prefers to unconsciously absorb the insights between sessions, through audio rather than reading.
Q2: What happens during my free strategy call (consultation)?
A: I recommend having an initial consultation because it allows for a meaningful conversation around your current situation, and what you are ideally looking to achieve. It’s where I can provide a lot more in-depth information for you and explain the therapy process.
However, that being said, we may end up concluding that my services are not right for you at the time of our conversation. And maybe they never will be. That’s okay, but at least you will know.
I’m confident that my strategic advice (in the initial phone call), will make the call itself extremely valuable and insightful for you. It’s designed to provide clarity and insight into how you can reach your personal goals in the most expedient, low-cost and low-risk manner. I’m happy to advise you.
Then, should you decide to embark on a special journey with me, you’ll experience something profoundly transformative, even from just a single session. Once you are assured about my integrity and you are happy with my recommendations, we’ll schedule your first session. At that point, you will need to pay a $100 deposit to secure your hypnotherapy session.
It’s important to also remember that any life-changing decision, which this surely is, won’t bring about change from just making a decision alone. It’s about demonstrating commitment to the decision and then following through with it.
A deposit is designed to prevent ‘no shows”. If you don’t keep your scheduled appointment, or give insufficient notice of cancellation, then you could be depriving someone else of the opportunity to benefit from a valuable therapy session. Remember, I can only take 4 clients a day (at the most!).
* Please also note: If you are worried that the session will ‘fail’, keep in mind the number #1 reason why any of my session fails, is because clients don’t show up. Placing a deposit greatly lowers the risk of this happening. It also demonstrates that you are capable of investing into your future.
Q3: How much is your quit smoking session?
A: This is the most popular question I get asked. My quit smoking program is structured in a way that offers several options, in terms of support. So the fees are dependent on which program support you decide to take. In order to work out exactly which one is best suited for you, I’ll ask you a few questions then advise you of the options.
I would use this strategy call as an opportunity to ask you questions about yourself and your smoking habit. I’ll ask what you’ve tried in the past to quit, what has worked and what hasn’t. I’ll also ask why you think your past efforts to quit didn’t work and what’s making it hard for you to quit. I’ll want to know why it’s important for you to quit smoking, so I can begin to see the whole picture.
The telephone call will also provide us with an opportunity to get to know each other. Most importantly, it will help me to determine whether you have what it takes to quit and build a better, healthier life for yourself. You could be my next quit smoking success story.
Q4: Do Skype hypnotherapy or tele-sessions actually work?
Almost all of my Google reviews and most of my Facebook reviews are from people just like you, who have undergone therapy sessions on Skype or over the phone. Consider this…
In all the years I have been offering hypnotherapy, Skype hypnosis sessions or tele-sessions, have proved equally effective, if not more than, traditional face-to-face sessions. If you’re still unsure then think about this… It’s highly likely you’re contacting me because you read some reviews from those who have experienced positive results from a simple Skype or phone session.
I can categorically state that it makes absolutely no difference whether you’re in another room (across town or in a different country). The moment you close your eyes, you’ll experience the same high-quality hypnosis session as if you were in the same room with me.
Why? Because we will share that room together, from the safety and comfort, which will be created inside your mind. All you need is a private space, and a bit of quiet time, free from interruptions.
The beneficial experience received from individual and personalised Skype or phone sessions, can vary from person to person. I classify them as the 3E’s of Skype.
Hypnosis: Extraordinary Emotional Experience. Many of my clients have actually left the session in a state of “hypno-high” or “body-bliss”. However, your personal response, will depend on a variety of factors, such as rapport, attention, environment, the level of belief in yourself and trusting in the process.
If you’re a sceptic, then I will simply say there is nothing wrong with skepticism. A true skeptic shows that they don’t just necessarily accept any bit of new information along their way. Information should be analysed and assessed, evaluating how it can work for you. As long as you have a willingness to learn, an open mind to explore it’s hidden potential and possibilities, you’re truly in safe territory.
Speaking of which:
You can work these sessions right into your personal schedule, which means you will benefit from various times in the evening and whilst having the peace of mind you’re in a safe environment, not needing to travel at night.
Also, you’re a busy person!
You don’t need to find time to travel through the hustle and bustle of the city. Or feel worried about entering an unfamiliar room and sharing your deepest darkest secrets in person. Or concern yourself about traffic and weather conditions. In most cases, virtual sessions will help you more quickly simply because you feel more comfortable in your own space.
It will truly be easier for you to access and deepen the hypnotic state that’s needed to experience positive long-lasting change.
Q5: What is the conscious mind?
A: The conscious mind is your “waking” mind and it is what gives awareness to the things around you, what you focus on, and it’s what helps you make rational decisions.
The conscious mind was thought to be able to deal with between 5-9 bits of information at a time. However, recent research has shown it may be much more limited than this, and only able to handle 1 or 2 bits of information depending on their complexity. The conscious mind is the “here and now” part of your thinking process. It helps you make decisions, make plans, and helps you to decide on the best course of action or whatever it might take to keep you safe.
Q6: What is hypnosis?
A: Hypnosis is simply communication with the sub-conscious mind, rather than the conscious mind. Whenever there is something new to learn, an emotion to be felt, a habitual behavior to be performed, or more data to process than the conscious mind is capable of handling then the sub-conscious mind takes over.
This mind-state change, from conscious to unconscious and back again, happens to everyone naturally all the time but you’re usually unaware of it. A hypnotist simply uses this natural mind-state changes for a specific purpose, which is generally to help someone create a positive change in their life.
When a subject is intentionally put into a state of hypnosis, they become highly responsive to the hypnotist’s suggestions. This is because hypnosis is able to bypass the critical part of the conscious mind and work directly with the sub-conscious mind, which is where deeply ingrained behaviors and beliefs are stored. This is why hypnosis is very effective at treating negative beliefs, fears and phobias, as well as healing and improving performance.
Q7: How does hypnotherapy work?
A: Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic setting to help a subject overcome trauma, negative behaviors and emotions, bad habits, phobias and fears. It can also be used for healing and to enhance performance skills, self-esteem and confidence, and many more personal benefits.
During hypnotherapy, the trained and certified hypnotherapist will use trance inductions to help a subject enter into a hypnotic trance allowing access to their subconscious mind. It is here (before the subject returns to a normal waking state) that change actually takes place.
Q8: How do suggestions work?
A: During hypnosis, a suggestion is a directive given to a subject to carry out before, during or after trance. For example, during hypnosis, the suggestion may be to focus only on the hypnotist’s voice and allow it to take them deeper and deeper into trance.
An example of a suggestion after trance, may be the directive that when a subject has the urge to smoke again, they recall the disgusting taste it leaves in their mouth. This then makes them not want to have another cigarette.
Q9: What is trance?
A: A trance is the term that’s used to describe the state you enter when your subconscious mind is active, and your normal waking consciousness is bypassed, such as when you go into hypnosis.
Trance is a completely natural state, and is something you’ve most probably already experienced while doing something routine or mundane like washing the dishes and allowing your mind to wander. Except when you’re hypnotised, this trance state is induced on purpose. Trance is simply another state of consciousness that lies somewhere between being awake and being asleep.
Q10: What is the subconscious mind? (Sometimes also known as the unconscious mind.)
A: The subconscious mind is the aspect of your mind that can process billions of bits of information simultaneously, much like a computer. It is the part of your mind that a hypnotist connects with during hypnosis. It is also responsible for controlling all of your normal bodily functions, such as keeping your heart beating, brain function, metabolism etc., as well as controlling all of your habitual programs, beliefs and emotions.
It is an untapped reservoir of potentials, ideas and abilities you have yet to experience and is the part of your mind that is capable of making dramatic changes in your life. It holds the power to change and completely transform old, no longer useful programs and concepts you may hold, and allows you to have different perspectives on people and situations in your life.
The subconscious mind is where your creativity comes from. Tapping into it allows you to make your future much brighter than your past, by showing you the possibility of adapting to an alternative healthier lifestyle.
If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please let me know and I will add it to the list.
Marco – MCH
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