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Natalie Everson Counselling, Hypnotherapy & Wellbeing for Women
Bognor Regis

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

Appointments are available at My Sisters House CIC- Women's Centre. Therapy sessions are provided in a safe and comfortable room. The centre is within easy access of local buses, trains and pay and display car park, also located on London Road. Alternatively on street parking is available outside the centre, which is free for 2 hours. See Map for directions.

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How do I know you are the right therapist for me?

This is possibly the most important aspect of Counselling and Hypnotherapy as treatment is greatly enhanced when you have confidence in your practitioner. You should feel comfortable and at ease with your therapist. My aim is to build a trusting and accepting relationship with you so that you feel safe and confident discussing your worries. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable talking about your problems with me it is perfectly acceptable to look for another therapist.

How regular are the sessions?

After the initial assessment and agreeing to work together, our weekly sessions will be held at the same time and day each week. As the real strength of therapy is gained through continuity, I would ask you to commit to weekly sessions so you get the maximum benefit out of them.

How many counselling sessions will I need?

Every person coming to therapy is unique and the length of therapy will depend on the individual client, the therapeutic goals and types of issues being addressed. This will be discussed at the beginning and reviewed at regular intervals. I offer both short-term (6 -12 sessions) and open-ended therapy depending on what you need. You will be in complete control and sessions will cease whenever you feel ready to move forwards without them. There is also no obligation to continue after the initial session.

How long are the sessions ?

Counselling and hypnotherapy sessions with me are 60 minutes in length.

What hours are you available?

  • Thursdays 9am-2pm
  • Thursday Evening 5pm-8pm
  • Fridays 9am-2pm
  • Saturday Morning 10am-12pm

    Alternatively, if these times are not suitable for you, I also offer appointments from home. Please contact me to enquire about availability.

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  • What are your fees and How do I pay?

    My fee is £30 per hour session, this includes the initial assessment.
    I ask clients to pay cash on the day or bank transfer prior to the session (details given on request).

    Do you offer a free initial consultation?

    I offer a free initial half hour telephone consultation before booking a full one-hour session.

    Do I have to continue after the free consultation?

    No, there's absolutely no obligation to continue after the free telephone consultation. Its important that you find the right therapist for you.

    What is your Cancellation Policy?

    My cancellation policy, for both the initial assessment and ongoing sessions, is 24 hours notice as I have allocated this time to you. This means that should you need to cancel within that 24 hours I will need to charge the full fee for the missed session.

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    What happens at the Initial Assessment?

    The initial assessment is a chance for us to find out whether we will work well together. Research shows that the therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor is one of the most important factors in achieving a positive outcome in therapy. I believe both parties have an equal input into this process: I bring the knowledge, skills and experience as your therapist and you bring the knowledge, expertise and experience of being you. The initial assessment also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about me and the process of counselling. At the same time, this gives me the opportunity to find out more about you and what difficulties you are having.

    In your first session, I will also ask you some questions in order to gain an understanding of what's troubling you. For example:
  • Why you are seeking counselling - in other words what has brought you here. This also helps us establish what you hope to gain from counselling.
  • What your current situation is and personal history - it is important that I know your current situation, this includes any day-to-day issues you are facing and how these are impacting you and your life. Discussing your personal history will give me a chance to understand more about you as a person and why these issues may have occurred.
  • What symptoms you are experiencing - an important area to discuss as I work holistically addressing mind, body and spirit.
  • Any questions that you may have - in order for you to decide if working together is right for you.

    It is advised that you are as open and honest as possible in order to get the most out of your counselling sessions. My aim is to build a trusting and accepting relationship with you so that you feel safe and confident discussing your worries. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable talking about your problems with me it is perfectly acceptable to look for another counsellor.

  • During the initial assessment we will also set some clear boundaries that cover the following:
  • dates and times of the counselling sessions
  • confidentiality and information sharing agreement
  • clarification of the professional nature of the counsellor/client relationship
  • how and when I can be contacted outside of sessions

    Counselling is not an emergency service. If you are in crisis, please contact either the Samaritans, your GP for an emergency appointment or attend your A&E department.

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  • What happens during a Hypnotherapy session

    In the first session we will discuss what is going on for you and the issues you are facing and together we will complete the consultation paperwork. I will explain to you how the mind works, including our thought processes, why we do what we do and how hypnotherapy will be used to help. We will discuss what happens during the relaxed hypnotic state and I’ll make sure to answer any questions you may have. The sessions will last an hour and we will begin each session by talking together to identify a way forward and review your progress and goals, giving the session a clear solution focus. You will then be invited to relax in a comfortable chair and I’ll talk to you and gently guide you into a relaxed state of focused attention to help you in the process of making beneficial changes to achieve your preferred future.

    Are the sessions confidential?

    All personal information and what we talk about is strictly confidential as the sessions are your opportunity to speak freely about your life. Confidentiality will be discussed in more depth during the initial assessment.
    I am deeply committed to practice and abide by the National Counselling Society's Code of Ethics (click for more detailed information). No information will be disclosed to another person without your consent, unless in exceptional circumstances, where I am required to do so by a Court of Law. As with all counsellors, the other exception is, if you disclose that you or someone else, particularly a child, is at risk of serious harm, or has been harmed. I take anonymised details of some of my sessions to my supervisor to support me in my work, and to ensure ethical practice. This is a requirement of the NCS my registering body.

    Do I need to consult my GP before having therapy?

    If you have a serious medical condition (physical or mental), I recommend you speak to your GP prior to booking a session. There may be times when I might need to obtain GP consent prior to therapy, however this would be discussed with you first.

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    How many sessions of Hypnotherapy will I need?

    This will be discussed in the first session. If the problem is more complex then we would jointly monitor progress using frequent reviews. Sometimes a problem may be overcome in a single session whilst other issues may take somewhat longer.

    What does Hypnosis feel like

    This is a hard question to answer as different people may feel different things, each having their own unique experience. There is no one specific feeling or set of feelings, however, there are some more common ones that are recognised as belonging to a state of hypnosis. Most report becoming very relaxed in their bodies, either a feeling of heaviness or lightness. Breathing rate tends to lower, becoming slower and steadier. This is because as the body relaxes it needs less oxygen. Some feel a tingling sensation perhaps in their hands or feet and many report feeling the need to swallow, due to an increased salivary response as we relax deeper. Quite often it can feel as though time has passed very quickly. It may feel like you have been in hypnosis for a few minutes when its been more like half an hour. Emotional arousal of both positive and negative emotions are also common. Again, there is no right or wrong feelings to have, you may feel these sensations or you may not, it just means that the way you are experiencing hypnosis is normal and right for you.

    Will I lose control?

    No, you will remain in complete control throughout the process. There are many myths and misconceptions about hypnosis and if for any reason you felt uncomfortable and wanted to stop, you would be perfectly capable of doing so.

    How will I come round?

    You will always be returned to full waking awareness and functioning. Many clients feel relaxed but positive and energised. At the end of the session we will discuss any experiences or sensations you may have had.

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    What does being registered mean?

    As counselling and hypnotherapy involves talking about sensitive issues and revealing personal thoughts and feelings, your therapist should be experienced and professionally qualified. Reputable therapists will be registered with a professional organisation that's been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). This means they have met the required professional standards to practise.

  • I am a registered member of the NCS and work ethically under their guidelines. My data records are compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I am fully insured and have an up to date Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.

  • I am committed to furthering and updating my knowledge and skills with Continuing Professional Development.

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  • Other Useful Links

    There are a variety of other agencies providing a complete range of services. Some offer very specialised support and helplines so please contact any of the organisations directly for more information.

  • Citizens Advice

  • Shelter

  • Victim Support

  • Mind

  • Sycamore Holistics - offers services in yoga, aromatherapy, deep tissue massage and reiki.

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  • "We think we listen with real understanding and true empathy. Yet listening of this very special kind is one of the most potent forces for change that I know." - Carl Rogers, Founder of Person-Centred Therapy.

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