Therapy Tourism

A large majority of people I help, have been to their GP to address one or more of a wide variety of physical and emotional symptoms. It’s seldom that hypnotherapy is the first port of call, although that’s changing. Occasionally I help someone who’s seen a therapist in the past to quit smoking, manage weight or diminish stress. Usually, the therapy was effective albeit temporarily.

Very occasionally, I meet someone who’s either tried every therapy under the sun or is currently engaging every therapy under the sun. They present symptoms such as chronic fatigue, chronic depression, ME, IBS and more. Each of these symptoms is serious and needs serious attention, but the impression conveyed by a few people is that despite engaging a wide range of therapies their symptoms aren’t alleviated. Occasionally, I meet people who claimed to have seen therapists every week for years.

I feel a very few people don’t really want to transcend their difficulties but exist in a state of dependance upon therapy and to some extent gain emotional support through sympathy. Yes, this is very irrational. Seeing several therapists, sometimes concurrently, ensures a steady inbound flow of sympathy. Sadly, for some people therapy becomes a crutch and an expensive one.

While I strive to earn a client’s trust, I make it very clear from the onset that they will receive the best therapy I can provide but they will receive as few sessions as they need to make lasting progress. Once they get they get the message, they don’t need to see me. Recovery is about independence not dependence.