A large portion of the people I speak with ask me how many sessions they’ll need in order to get the change they want. And honestly, I can’t really predict it accurately as it depends largely on a whole system of things: your participation and trust in the process, want to change, what’s holding you back, how much reinforcement you need, etc. etc.
In other words, how many sessions you need depends on the issue at hand, your willingness to explore it, your want to change, the work that needs to be done, the rate at which your unconscious makes changes on its own, and the skill of the hypnotherapist… but as far as hypnotherapists can tell, it’s really the client’s willingness to explore, want to change, and ability to trust the hypnotherapist that makes the largest effect.
And it’s somewhat chaotic: some clients are able to get resolution on their first visit, some need ten or so to really get things going. Truth be told, the best course of action is that it’s important to be gentle on yourself and lax up on the self-judgment. It’ll take however long it needs. The key is that you’re ready and willing to become the person that you’ve always wanted to be. If you’ve got the will, a hypnotherapist can help you find the way.
But to answer what I think the real fear behind this question is, it’s in both of our best interests to find success as fast as possible: you get the changes you want quickly, easily, and effectively (which should make you happy–though, if not, maybe we have more work to do!) and I find myself with another happy client who thinks of me when/if they need more therapeutic work or if a friend does. Therapeutic practices thrive on word-of-mouth advertising and what better advertising than a friend telling you that when you come and see me, you’ll find yourself feeling better and making changes quickly and simply?