Many of the people who come to see me for help tell me they want to reduce stress in their lives. Stress comes in many forms - anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, fears, physical symptoms and many more. I have a saying, "Everything is about something else".
Often the "problem" the patient seeks help for is the "symptom". The real problem is "the something else" and I guide the patient towards resolving this "something else" to resolve the symptom. My aim in therapy is to treat the patient as a whole, not just the symptom - different people require different help for the same symptom. I use a mixture of Sherlock Holmes, empathy, experience, support, hypnotic techniques, practical advice and parts therapy.
I am always asked "How long will it take to stop the problem?". I reply "How long would you like it to take?" and the answer is invaribly "As quickly as possible".
I think therapy is a journey and patients go at their own pace towards resolution. The journey is a great learning process with the patient learning about themselves. Some change quickly, others more slowly. I often use guided imagery (visualisation) to explore the inner world (unconscious) and learn how symptoms are created (and will be resolved).
Consultations last one hour and the number of sessions depend on patient and symptoms.