How long does therapy last?

Case Studies of common conditions.

How long does therapy last ...Everyone is unique.

Most people want to know how long does therapy last. People want to know how long does therapy last becuase they want to budget both time and money and want to plan if this is the right time to make the commitment necessary for change. We are all unique and so i have included some case studies to help you to recognise how long it took these people to meet their change goals.

How long does therapy last for....Alcohol

Sharon believes her drinking was pretty excessive, but after a death in the family it spiralled out of control. She soon drank alone, and often started the day with a drink, sometimes failing to dress or eat. She isolated more and more and was desperate to never drink again.

What worked for Sharon?

Therapy helped her to manage how she felt, learn to communicate her worries and fears and deal with long ignored issues. Sharon developed a toolkit which allowed her to live life on life's terms using a mix of CBT, talking therapies and specific tools for specific situations. Sharon was taught to deal with triggers, urges and how to mangage during difficult times like anniversaries. Hypnosis and other talking therapies helped consolidate her learning.

Sharon is now working full time and reports she is able to deal with day to day living with ease and although she has hard days they do not phase her at all. She reports that she has real freinds a full life and is more fulfilled than she has ever been

In this case, how long does therapy last for alcohol treatment...12 weeks.

How long does therapy last for ....Anxiety

Darren had experienced anxiety for over 20 years. His anxiety caused him to worry about all aspect of his life. He worried what people thought of him, he worried what people were syaing about him and feared speaking to strangers or asking for help as he was anxious about engaging with strangers, even shop assistants. Darren reported he was unable to look forward to family events because he would worry about what might happen. This affected his sleep, his employment and left him also having general poor physical health. He had been medicated throughout his life and had tried all prescription medications. They tended to work for a while and then their effectiveness wore of and he would try something new or retry a previously used medication.

What worked for Darren?

Hypnosis to break the negative thinking patterns. NLP and reframing to view the world differently. Tools to build self esteem.

Now Darren has radically changed his life, he now works in a high pressure environment and reports to be very fulfilled. He worries less, and this has impacted on how he parents as he now lets his children try things whereas before he stopped them doing many things due to his fear of them being hurt. He reports that he is a lot more relaxed, he is less bothered about what others might think, in fact he does not consider what others think about him or his lifestyle and just does what he enjoys much more. His partner reports that he is a completely different person.

how long does therapy last for anxiety? In this case 8 sessions.

How long does therapy last for ..... Anxiety (Looped Thinking)

Janet had been a key decision maker in her job and ran most things in her home. After her divorce she found it harder and harder to motivate herself to make any decision. She spent more an more time planning and over planning unable to put any plans into place. Janet started to spend less time with her friends and directed her time to either just sitting and thinking about what she felt she should be doing or just obsessively tidying.

What worked for Janet?

Through therapy Janet was able to identify that she was still trying to live her old life and with CBT, NLP, anxiety management training, assertiveness training, a tailor made action plan and deadlines Janet started to try new things again.

Janet reports that her confidence is greater than it has ever been. She feels more in control of her life than ever and is able to be spontaneous and has reconnected with her inner child and has more fun than she imagined and does not care what others might think about her.

How long does therapy last for looped thinking. In this case 10 sessions.

How long does therapy last for ...... Binge Eating

"Sophie” had been binge eating for nearly 5 years. She had been a professional working in a blue chip company and had progressed since leaving university to a middle management post. She felt very confident in her work and enjoyed the positive feedback she received from friends and colleagues. She left her work to look after her family and it was then that she lost a lot of her confidence, had panic attacks and soon felt out of control. As time progressed she became very controlling, and used binge eating more and more to cope.

What worked for Sophie?

A mix of tools to deal with day to day living, learning to trust herself again plus a personalised tookit and techniques to change her mood instantly. NLP and CBT helped to give her news ways of thinking and feeling. Hypnosis supported the use of these tools.

Now she is calm, more aware of her own needs and reports feeling in control of her own life instead of trying to control everything instead. She reports her relationships have improved and her friends report that they have the old Sophie back.

How long does therapy last for binge eating, in this case 5 sessions although this is not the norm.

How long does therapy last for..... Cocaine Bingeing

Toni had a very busy life. She was self employed, a mother and very active in her social life. She would go for long periods where she felt in control of her life but then she would go on extended binges of cocaine, alcohol and on occasions risky impulsive relationships. She felt compelled to do this and felt unable to keep this behaviour in check. She was very fearful that one day she would do something which would ruin her life permanently but she felt unable to make lasting changes.

What worked for Toni?

Using hypnosis to support her to become more efficient and talking therapies to identify the underlying issues. Toni was able to address her fears of the business failing and her guilt around being away from her children and thinking about her business whenever she was in their company. She developed her own anxiety and self esteem tool kit and created healthier outlets to manage her stress.

Now Toni has stopped using cocaine, has reduced her socialising and has settled in to the responsibilities of her life as a businesswoman and parent. She reports that she is far happier, sleeps better and now feels more in control of her life. She was always financially comfortable but now reports that she is actually enjoying her life instead of worrying that it may end tomorrow.

How long does therapy last for cocaine bingeing. In this case 11 sessions.

How long does therapy last for.... Control Issues(anxiety).

Shelley came to me with an overriding fear that something terrible might take place in her life. She could not explain anymore but said because of this she had noticed how controlling she had become. She tried to make all the decisions and would not do anything without everything being meticulously planned. This affected eating, both at home and eating out. Socialising, holidays, travelling anywhere. She would over plan and micro-manage every possible event that she could. She worried constantly and found every aspect of her life was a burden. The more she managed the more she worried and she felt trapped in a cycle of sustained worry, decision making and control.

What worked for Shelley?

Talking therapies and hypnosis to identify some of the origins of the fear that something bad would happen. A toolkit to deal with self esteem, confidence, breathing and  relaxations techniques. CBT and NLP to address fearful thinking patterns and destructive unhelpful language models. Practical homeworks to relinquish control.

Now Shelly reports that she is far more relaxed, easy going and positive. She is able to get on and be spontaneous. She reports that she is much happier and so are her friends and family. She reports that she does not get frustrated at others either.

How long does therapy last for Anxiety and control issues? 12 sessions.

How long does therapy last for ..... Depression

Chris had been diagnosed with depression for over 5 years although he suspected he had had other periods of depression on previous occasions in his life.

Chris threw himself into his work to deal with the end of his relationship but still felt very empty. He reported he had lost his identify, his purpose and his voice. He had no motivation, no interest in anything and went to work to keep him busy.

What worked for Chris?

Talking therapies allowed Chris to fully accept his new life and move forward into a new life. Assertiveness training, communication skills and a toolkit to help him manage his mood swings in his day to day living. .

Now Chris reports that he manages his mental health well and is aware when he needs to be more proactive to sustain this. He reports that he is no longer experiencing depressive symptoms and does not regard himself as depressed nor takes associated medication. Chris reports his life is fuller now and he reports that he is back where he wants to be but since therapy he is even more positive, more focused, more aware of his own life goals and now he is pursuing them.

How long does therapy last for depression, in this case 13 sessions but Chris reported feeling much better after  a couple of sessions.

How long does therapy last for ....Exam Nerves

Danny was a diligent student who worked very hard but near examination time lost all focus and was unable to study effectively due to constantly thinking about the exams and failing. He was unable to study effectively, spent hours appearing to study but getting increasingly distracted by thoughts of how his exam would be too much and that he had too much to do to be ready for the exam.

What worked for Danny?

Hypnosis for exam nerves, general anxiety and confidence. Effective studying techniques including knowing when to study and when to relax. Talking therapies to support Danny to deal with fear of failure and personal acceptance work. Using NLP, CBT and practical tasks away from therapy.

Danny no longer fears exams and is much more effective around his studying. He reports that he is relaxed before, during and after exams and even enjoys the process. He describes it as just feeling “calm and in the zone .” Danny reports that he performs better and feels much more at ease generally. He has passed on some of the study tools and anxiety management techniques to his fellow students.

How long does therapy last for exam nerves and perfomance anxiety? In this case 4 sessions.

How long does therapy last for..... Fear of death of family member (Anxiety)

Mary has been fearful of family members dying for some time. This fear has been all consuming when she is with key family members but also makes her very sad and teary when she is away from them. She has elderly grandparents and has been unable to enjoy her time with them as she would only think about how much she will miss them when they are gone and so does not enjoy any time she spends with them. She then would feel guilty because she believed her behaviour must be upsetting for her grandparents.

What worked for Mary?

NLP, CBT to develop new thinking patterns and behaviours. Tools to develop self acceptance and tools to help her to be kinder to herself. Supportive discussions and hypnosis to examine the purpose of this behaviour and confidence and self esteem boosting exercise and tools to support Mary to accept that life is not fixed and it changes. This gave Mary the skills to accept life changes and to live for today instead of fearing the future.

Now Mary has more positive contact with family, accepts change and is able to worry far less. She is living more in the moment and does not dwell on the negative aspects of the future. She appreciates her life and is much calmer, content and able to make the most of her life with her loved ones.

 How long does therapy last? In this case 7 sessions.

How long does therapy last.... Gambling

Steve would use the pub to meet friends and watch the match. Gradually he became a regular user of the gambling machines in pubs. He would not gamble other than when he went to pubs but would obsess about using them when he was not gambling. His evenings would start of with his friends but would spend most of his time gambling and moving from machine to machine.

What worked for Steve?

Hypnosis broke the cycle. Practical skills around maintaining conversations, and tools such as limiting funds carried and setting short times he would be in a pub. NLP, CBT, addiction management tools and managing the amount of money he carried also helped.

Now Steve does not gamble nor obsesses about gambling on machines. He is a lot happier and is more alert to the risks of complacency.

How long does therapy last? In this case 12 sessions.

How long does therapy last for.... Morning Sickness

Lisa came into treatment to reduce the symptoms of morning sickness.Her morning sickness was painful, sustained and causing her to feel resentful of her pregnancy. It was massively impacting on her experience of pregnancy and she was not enjoying her first trimester.

What worked for Lisa?

Hypnosis, breathing techniques and visualisation techniques.

For Lisa, the symptoms abated and reduced significantly over the next couple of weeks and Lisa reported that she enjoyed much better sleep, was far less anxious and had a very enjoyable pregnancy.

 How long does therapy last? In this case 4 sessions.

How long dos therapy last for .... Phobias

How long does therapy last for...... Fear of Heights

Mike was aware of his fear of heights and managed it well for over thirty years. The thought of being at height caused him to feel dizzy and fearful. He was redeployed within in his role and only then made aware of a requirement that he would be working in a building which had a metal trellised gangway and he would need to use it to inspect parts of the site. Mike was fearful that his phobia would stop him doing his job.

What worked for Mike?

Hypnosis for fear of height, confidence and calmness plus regression hypnosis to address the origins of this condition.

Mike opted for double weekend sessions of therapy and was able to address his issue in a two weeks. His phobia was cured before he was transferred to the new site.

How long will therapy last? In this case 4 sessions.

Flying Phobia

John had a fear of flying. He only took holidays in the UK or drove to Europe. The thought of flying would cause John to feel anxious, panicky and annoyed because he could not  see a logical reason for his extreme response. John was aware that he wanted to travel more and wanted to do this before his age made this hard.

What worked for John?

Hypnosis for flying. Desensitisation work where he went to airports as part of the homework away form therapy. Support using CBT and NLP to manage his feelings, and be calmer in a range of situations. Dedicated Phobia treatment tools.

Now John has no fear of flying and treats it as a normal event without anxiety, fear or reservations. He travels easily and has been on long haul and many short haul flights.

How long does therapy last? In this case 4 sessions.

Dog Phobia

Andrew had a fear of all dogs since he was bitten as a young boy. Even the most obedient, calm and considerate dog would cause him to fill with panic and he would seek shelter or stop walking until the dog was securely away.

What worked for Andrew?

Regression therapy using hypnosis to speak to the younger Andrew when the attack happened. De-sensitisation work, slowly getting closer and staying for longer near dogs. Encouraged to interact with dogs and even pet them.

Now Andrew is far less fearful of dogs and is able to interact with them with no greater issue than anyone else. He has not got a pet dog. Yet!

 How long does therapy last? In this case 5 sessions.

Public Speaking

Claire had been transferred to a new role and this involved public speaking once a month to a room full of potential clients each month. Claire found the whole idea daunting. She reported panicking about it, losing sleep and feared embarrassment.

What worked for Claire?

Hypnosis and NLP techniques to help to manage the unhelpful feelings. Tools to deal with public speaking and homeworks to practise the tasks.

Claire is now comfortable speaking and takes speaking engagement in her stride.

How long does therapy last? In this case 4 sessions.

Self Esteem (Confidence)

Sally had a successful legal career but “always felt like a fraud.” I used to dread going to work as I expected to be told I was not doing a great job. I feared that I had made a huge mistake all the time and I would find out about it tomorrow. I would over deliver compared to my colleagues and get very resentful that they were happy and yet I put in more hours, I earned more for the company and still felt like I was going to be told off. I used to reject any compliments and even solicit personal insults by getting people to agree with negative things I would say about myself. I did not think I was worthy of many of the kind things people said to me and I felt uncomfortable hearing them."

The feelings of low self worth and professional dread eventually spun out until Sally was no longer able to sleep, was medicated for anxiety and had skin complaints. She had also had a long standing eating issue and low self image.

What worked for Sally?

A package of hypnosis for anxiety, confidence, sleep and personal acceptance. Also NLP, CBT and solution focused therapies to help Sally to manage her self doubt. Sally had some help with anger, communication, assertiveness and language modification work so that she was able to speak positively about herself and also accept herself. This was sustained by practical homework tasks to deal with her thinking patterns and communication with colleagues, friends and family.

Sally is now much more self aware, assertive and reports that she is kinder to herself and feels like a different person. Sally continues to succeed in her career but now has much less uncertainty about her work. Her sleep is far less disturbed, she eats better, she lives more in the moment and is able to be less controlling, her skin is much better and she reports that she is able to stop thinking about work when she is not in the office.

How long does therapy last? In this case 6 sessions.

Self Harming

Mark works in fashion and has been self harming since his early teens. He would alternate his self harming with alcohol use. Mark reported that he has very low self esteem and has had moments in his life where it all felt too much.

What worked for Mark?

He used the time in therapy to get to know the real Mark. Before that he reported that he was always fearful of who he really was. Mark learned to value himself and accept many of the regrettable choices that he has made in his life. Mark learned tools to support him to speak positively and to reflect more on his thoughts and actions. CBT, NLP and solution focused approaches helped Mark and Hypnosis helped him to identify some of his hidden fears alongside new thinking tools using trigger management and tools to build personal motivations, self confidence leading to increasing support networks and opportunities for fulfilment.

Now he is confident and able to communicate his own feelings but also able to assert himself so that he does not allow people to be unkind to him. He reports that he no longer feels the desire to self harm and continues to grow.

How long does therapy last? In this case 11 sessions.


Kim used shopping as a way of getting away with her daily pressures. She would spend time in store but also online. She would shop with no idea what she wanted but would always find a bag, some shoes or some makeup to buy each time she shopped. Her shopping habit had resulted in debts. She used shopping to manage how she felt about herself but with growing debt she had even lower self esteem but could not take control of her shopping habit. Kim reported that she was addicted to shopping.

What worked for Kim.

Talking therapies including CBT and NLP, assertiveness training and an individualised toolkit to manage her feelings instantly, motivational tools and an action plan that helped her deal with triggers, urges and tools to break the entrenched spending behaviours. Hypnosis was used to support these new tools.

Kim now reports that she is much more confident, more relaxed and recognises that her shopping was centred around her stress and her self esteem. She has more in her life now and is no longer motivated to shop all the time and has now got a strategy which manages her consumption and she spends more time with friends and reports that she is much more calm now.

 How long does therapy last? In this case 6 sessions.


Ben had developed a severe insomnia issue. His would often find it hard to get to sleep and spent many frustrating hours trying to fall asleep. This lack of sleep had a huge impact on his life. He felt exhausted a lot of the time. He was often late for work and when desperate had used alcohol to knock himself out. Even when he fell asleep he was easily awoken and then unable to return to sleep. His sleep deprivation was affecting his relationship too, as he was very irritable and becoming increasingly anxious about his ability to get quality sleep.

What worked for Ben?

Hypnosis and training in self hypnosis, soothing visualisations which helped calm his very active mind. Talking therapies to identify and address many unresolved daily thoughts which he would keep mulling over. Diet modification to eradicate stimulants and mood disrupting foodstuffs, sleep hygiene training and homeworks to sustain that training. Assertiveness training to reduce the amount of unresolved issues in his work and relationship and NLP and CBT to develop a positive thinking patterns and positive expectations around his sleep which reduced his anxiety.

Ben is now in a regular sleep pattern, he reports he feels generally calmer and has much greater understanding of how his lifestyle was directly impacting on his sleep. Ben rarely has disrupted sleep but has a toolkit to remain calm and relaxed and restore his sleep naturally. Ben reports he is far less irritable, calmer and more confident. Ben also reports that he enjoys his work life more and feels more in control of his life generally.

How long does therapy last? In this case 4 sessions.

Social Phobia

Katie had always found it hard to mix with people. She kept herself to herself, even when raising a family. Now her kids had left home she had become even more isolated and was struggling to leave the house. She felt anxious when speaking with anyone new and avoided social situations. She no longer travelled on buses nor shopped in large supermarkets. She came to me as she believed her condition was getting more severe and did not want to be housebound.

What worked for Katie.

Use of CBT, NLP, communication and confidence building techniques. Alongside this she completed homeworks and we developed a unique toolkit to support her to deal with unfamiliar people and to instigate and maintain conversations and use those tools to manage her anxiety until it was gone.

Katie soon joined local group in her community and within a couple of months had set up her own in a disused community building. Within a year she was managing her own project and helping others with a range of anxiety issues.

How long does therapy last? In this case 6 sessions.

How long does therapy last for....Stress

Luke reported feeling worn down with stress. He reported that he was close to being burnt out with stress. He reported that he had a breakdown some years before and felt the way he felt now was very close to that. He reported feeling overwhelmed by his work at times and that he was always ‘just managing’ but never making any progress. He reported his work caused him to wake through the night and he found it increasingly hard to switch off. He found life exhausting, his weight had increased, his libido declined and his motivation was near rock bottom.


What worked for Luke?

Using a combination of CBT and NLP he was able to feel more positive about his ability to cope. I trained Luke in assertiveness skills and he was able to manage the workload more effectively. Time management and developing realistic expectations supported him to stay calm and develop an work routine that suited his work style.

Now Luke switches off from work easily, he is aware of his workload and is able to separate and enjoy his non work time. Luke reports he enjoys his work much more and feels calmer, safer and less pressured because of adopting new work systems, using assertiveness to reduce work when he is overwhelmed but also by directing colleagues to not distract him when his workload is high.

 How long does therapy last? In this case 6 sessions.