The initial consultation takes up to 100minutes. Prior to that, I am very happy to provide more information if you are undecided whether or not you wish to start treatment with me. This can be by talking over the telephone, via FaceTime or WhatsApp or to set up a short zoom call. I can also use email or text if you prefer.
We can work online or you can see me either at 10 Harley Street in central London or at 99 Stanmore Hill in North West London.
As a Consultant in Pain Medicine, I will take you through an in-depth medical assessment of your pain – it’s possible causes and how it impacts on your life, activities, and sleep, as well as it’s emotional effects and your thought s and beliefs about your pain. We will discuss what treatments you may have had previously and make sure that there are no other medical or mental health issues that may need to be addressed. If that is the case, I may recommend an onward referral.
Through further questions and assessment, we will work out if hypnotherapy is right for you. I will be discussing pain, and how it can lead to avoiding physical and social activities, any unhelpful or incorrect beliefs about what pain means, and the role that hypnotherapy might play in putting you back in control of your life.
I will then introduce you to hypnosis, taking you through a guided hypnosis session.
Everyone is an individual – our thoughts and feelings differ, and so the hypnosis is very much tailored to fit your particular issues. During, before and after the hypnosis session itself we will explore your experience of your pain and your thinking around it. For example, how does your pain make you feel, what do you think the pain is doing to you and what is it meaning? I will introduce you to a range of techniques that will positively change your perception and your relationship to your experience of pain.
You will receive a detailed report of our initial session. (As a doctor I encourage including your GP and other relevant specialists in the correspondence loop, as this is best clinical practice, but I will always ask your permission and I will respect your decision if you do not wish me to do this).
If you wish for someone to accompany you to the session then that is fine as long as you feel completely free to talk in their presence and I also encourage you to record the session for your own use.