When people are new to hypnotherapy they aren't always sure what to expect - not just with the experience of hypnotherapy, but the results too. Yesterday I got this email update from 'Karen':
"I felt the session went really well. I was surprised how awake I actually felt. I went out that evening for dinner with my husband and some friends. I drank lime and soda and felt completely at ease when everyone else had beer and wine. I actually had a lovely evening which is something I never thought I could do without a drink.
I have not felt like drinking since our session, which, although I know it is only a few days is fantastic, I think! I'm really pleased with the results. However, in one of the testimonials on your website a lady said she "shuddered" at the thought of a drink, I don't feel like that, I just feel, well, I'm not really bothered about having a drink. I'm therefore a little worried I may start the habit up again. Should I be worried? Should I have stronger negative feelings towards alcohol? Please don't take this the wrong way, I'm absolutely delighted with not drinking. I feel fitter, more alert, and I am sure it will result in a bit of weight loss! I would welcome your comments if you could spare the time?"
So I reassured Karen that the other client's response was a bit out of the ordinary, most of my clients simply aren't bothered about alcohol after a Stop Drinking session, so there was no need to worry. It depends upon how the individual feels about the issue and Mary's shudders were really about how much alcohol had embarrassed her and made her feel terrible on particular occasions, so after her session she was associating the thought of alcohol with those occasions, and that's what made her shudder. Even then, that reaction didn't go on for long - Mary soon settled into simply not wanting to drink alcohol. She's still going strong! That little reassurance was all Karen needed to hear:
"Phew! I feel much better now! Thought I should feel repulsed by the demon drink lol! I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome! I will just roll with it as you say. I finally feel I have gained control of my life again and I am absolutely delighted with it. My mind is clearer and I'm sleeping much better. My only regret is that I didn't come to you sooner! I am more than happy for you to put any feedback on your website, but would not like my real name to be used please. I will keep you in touch with my progress!
Best wishes, Karen"
As you may have guessed, Karen is not her real name. Her real name is... just kidding! Confidentiality is absolute here. Angela wanted me to use her real name, and that's okay too - it's a matter of personal choice.
Another matter of personal choice is whether a person wants to stop drinking entirely or just cut down. If you consult Alcoholics Anonymous, they will always insist that anyone with a drink problem is an "alcoholic" and must quit forever, and they'll need the constant support of other "alcoholics". I say they know nothing about hypnotherapy and compulsive habits. Do my clients sound like they're struggling to you?
If you would like to adjust your drinking pattern or quit, just call us: 0161-474-8120 or call/text Chris directly on 07748 838 644 any day, any time.
Central Hypnotherapy has been providing effective and confidential hypnosis and hypnotherapy services for Stockport, Manchester, Tameside and Cheshire since August 2000.