Therapy with Kate
Please share 2-3 anonymized examples of how the work can play out and/or look in the room so that I can form a visual or narrative of what to expect.
Client A came to see me because he was afraid to drive and was accepting a job in a city where driving was a necessity. Public transportation was not an option. He told me a bit about his childhood. For the first few sessions we talked about his life, and we would do some hypnosis to help him relax and put him in a contemplative or meditative mood. I also used this opportunity through hypnosis to have him visualize driving easily and safely. He did know how to drive, there was just a lot of fear around doing so. After a few sessions, he felt comfortable enough to start practicing in reality. It was maybe on the 4th or 5th session after hypnosis, that the client realized that his fear stemmed from the trauma of having been in a bicycle accident as a teen. He was hit by a car and realized the fear he felt was about endangering someone else while he was driving. After he realized this, we worked on his ability to continue to drive with confidence and the problem was solved.
A woman came to see me because she was weepy, sad, a bit depressed and after years of therapy, though she wasn’t in therapy at the moment, she couldn’t figure out what was wrong. She felt she was using Netflix and TV more than usual to escape from her life. She really couldn’t understand this new behavior. Her life wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty good. Nothing on the outside had really changed. After talking about how she spent her time, what interested her, we did a number of sessions that ultimately lead her to realize that she felt “broken hearted.” We identified that this “broken heart” had happened a long time ago. It was a childhood wound, but was appearing now in her life to her surprise. We worked on it for a few more sessions and just realizing the cause, helped to ease her back into feeling better and heal the wound. She reported feeling more present and enjoying herself more and felt a new compassion for her past.
Are there any philosophies or values that inform your work that I should know about?
I think you should know that hypnotherapy is a gentle, respectful way of guiding you to a place within, similar to meditation. Through my words, you will find a landscape that gives you greater access to your own inner thoughts and emotions. This process is a way to examine or identify your defense mechanisms or automatic responses in a given situation. At your own speed, you will be able to adjust the choices you make in your daily life so that how you think/behave is more aligned with your desires.
How much do you share about yourself during our time together and why?
If I think that information about me or my personal life is relevant and helpful, I may share it with you.
How participatory are you during sessions?
Hypnotherapy requires me to be very participatory, as I am guiding you to a place of deep relaxation and suggesting things to you that will hopefully help you resolve the presenting issue. I like feedback, too, and hope that we can share the experience.
Do you assign homework, activities, or readings for me to do between sessions? Why or why not?
There are no assignments, and yet, I may make some hypnotic suggestions that would carry through your waking state and could be of benefit to you. Something in your life might trigger a response that was delivered during hypnosis. Examples of this are: If you came to me to stop smoking, I might suggest during hypnosis a different approach to a “cigarette break.” If you are experiencing anxiety but don’t know the cause, I might “suggest” to you during hypnosis that you can be alert to stressors as they occur so that we can discuss it and use the information in our next session.
How will our relationship be different than relationships I have with friends/loved ones?
This is a caring relationship, but a professional one. The relationship takes place within the boundaries of the office. Rest assured that everything that transpires is confidential (within the limits of the law).
Is there ever a time when you would encourage me to leave or graduate? Or how do I know when it’s time to end or move on, or time to stay and explore more?
Hypnotherapy is a limited process. How many sessions are needed will depend on the issue presented and how effective the work is. I encourage you to talk about how the process is going and this will help determine how many times it is necessary to come. Depending on the issue, it might be more helpful to come twice a week rather than once to reinforce the work. But all of this is discussed, and it is your right to terminate or limit the sessions.
Where did you work before going into private practice?
I have always been in private practice. After graduate school, I worked in museums and arts organizations. After having a family, I stopped working and then some years later decided to switch paths and I trained in various alternative healing modalities.
Have you received any particular training beyond your post-Bachelor’s training?
One of my first trainings was as a CORE Energetic therapist which respects the whole person, body/mind/spirit. I have training as a Kabbalistic healer which uses the Tree of Life paradigm to diagnose imbalance and heal. And, I have a certificate from NYSEPH, the New York Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis.
What led you to become a mental healthcare practitioner?
It was in the process of healing myself that I was drawn to the possibility of helping others. I found therapies that I thought were profound and wanted to share them.
What is the best part of the work for you?
The best part of this is when someone feels relief or success as a result of the work that we’ve done together.
What is unique about the work you do, or how have you found your work to be different than your colleagues’?
While there are definitely practitioners out there who do hypnotherapy, I feel that it suits me. I feel secure in its efficacy. It is like a welcome old friend. I think that the other interests I have in my life and the other trainings that I’ve completed all serve the language of hypnotherapy and create a colorful tapestry that can meet each person where they are and take them on a journey that heals.
How do you approach diversity in the room or working with clients who may come from a different background than you?
I may ask different or more questions, so that I don’t assume anything.
How can you tell if I am benefiting from working with you?
I will ask you directly what you think and hope I get an honest answer, not just one that will please me. We might talk at the end of your session depending on how verbal you feel. Sometimes it is nice to just digest and integrate the experience. Instead, I might ask you to check in with me 24 hours later, leaving me a phone message or email that lets me know how you are doing. At the next session, we will have time to explore the effects of the previous session and possibly build on that experience.
How can you tell if I am feeling stuck, unseen, or unheard?
Again, this is something that I ask for. This information will help with the next session. If I tried something that didn’t work, I want to try a different approach.
How long should I commit to being in therapy, at least in the beginning?
Hypnotherapy is different from traditional talk therapy, I think 6 sessions is a good average.
How should I prepare for my first session with you?
After we have had a phone consultation, I will already have some information, but at the first visit I tend to ask more questions about you and the issue so I can decide on an approach. There really is nothing special to do to prepare.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Do I need to be mindful of anything in particular while commuting to your office?
Just leave yourself enough time so that you arrive at your designated time. This way we can make the most of your session. If you are late, I cannot extend your appointment.
“Katherine and I have been colleagues for over twenty years. I think she is one of the most gifted therapists I have ever known. She has a tremendous depth of knowledge, and possesses a kind and compassionate heart.”