Frequently Asked Questions:
GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT PRIVATE SESSIONS
What types of modalities are used in sessions?
Together with the facilitator, you will use whatever modalities best support your needs. You may use Voice Dialogue to talk with your inner selves, or you may use Conscious Body to address a physical ailment. If trauma arises, you may use Trauma Work based on the Energies of Selves. When working with any of these approaches, you can work with dreams, and you may also use supportive modalities, such as drawing, movement, and journaling.
Where are sessions with Judith Hendin available?
Sessions are available via Zoom or phone.
How can such sensitive work be done by Zoom or phone?
The essence of Judith Hendin’s work is energy—the energy of inner selves. Energy can be sensed and worked with very effectively on Zoom or the phone. She has done thousands of sessions this way.
How often should I have sessions?
Judith Hendin generally leaves this up to you, though she will help you reach a decision. She suggests that when you’re deciding how often to have sessions, you take into consideration three factors: the inner work you want to do, your schedule (how busy you are), and your finances. When you take all of these into account, you can find the frequency of sessions that feels right to you.
Your sessions will follow the rhythm of your inner process, so even once you decide how often you want to have sessions, there is still flexibility. If you decide you want to meet more frequently for a while, that is fine. Or if you want to space sessions out at greater intervals, or even take a break for a while, that is fine as well.
How long are sessions?
Sessions are usually one hour; that is a full, 60-minute hour. However some people find that their rhythm is different. They may prefer 1¼ hours, or 1½ hours, or 2 hours, or even 3-hour sessions. We will do whatever you wish.
Can I test the waters and see if I like this work?
Absolutely. There are many forms of inner work, and some may suit you and some may not. Judith Hendin always recommends that you consider doing three sessions to see if the work feels right for you. These sessions also give Judith a chance to see if what she offers seems to be a good fit for you. Of course, you may make a decision after only one or two sessions; you are not committed to all three. Or you may need more time than three sessions to make your decision. Whatever works for you is fine.
How many sessions can I expect overall?
Each person’s process is unique and unfolds at its own pace, so the number of sessions cannot be predicted.
How can I pay?
Within the United States, payment can be made by Zelle, Venmo, or check.
Internationally, payment can be made by bank transfer. These transfers incur no fees. You will receive easy-to-follow instructions.
What is a Voice Dialogue session like?
In a Voice Dialogue session, you work directly with a facilitator to explore areas of concern and discover how different inner parts, or selves, influence this. You will dialogue with the dominant selves within you (called “primary selves”), as well as with the selves that have been buried inside (called “disowned selves”). Through sessions, the facilitator guides you to hear all the selves without judgement.
Can I do this process alone?
Usually not. You see, if you try to do this on your own, who, in fact, is facilitating the session? It is your primary selves. These primary selves do not like the disowned selves, so they cannot welcome disowned selves that need to exist. Since one of the main gifts of Voice Dialogue is to disengage from our primary selves and gain access to our disowned selves, it is highly recommended to do Voice Dialogue with a trained facilitator.
Does a Conscious Body session need to be in person, or can a session be done by Zoom or phone?
People often think that Conscious Body is mostly about the physical body, so they think that sessions need to be done in person. But Conscious Body is more about the bodypsyche, the connection of the physical body with the psyche. So we are working with the energy of the psyche, in which the energy of inner selves is paramount. Energy can easily be worked with on Zoom or by phone. Judith often does Conscious Body sessions this way, with excellent results.
How long does the overall Conscious Body process take?
Occasionally we can do the whole Conscious Body process in a single session. But it is best to allow for a series of sessions to fully explore a body symptom or illness. The number of sessions is highly individual and may range from one session to several. Speed is not the priority in this process. Rather, individual needs are emphasized and supported.
Do I need to know about inner selves and Voice Dialogue to be able to do a Conscious Body session?
Not at all. During the Conscious Body process, you will learn a little about selves, with complete guidance and support from the facilitator.
What are Conscious Body sessions like?
A Conscious Body session begins with a conversation about the history of the condition, treatment received, and results.
Then you discuss and honor any reluctance to venture into this kind of deep inner process.
Following this, you are guided through a deep relaxation.
From this relaxed state, the body symptom begins to send messages, much as a dream sends images.
Together, you and the facilitator follow these messages, and they lead to the energy of the issue within.
Once you uncover the part inside that was calling through the symptom, the facilitator dialogues with this part.
This allows the energy to shift and move in the body.
There is potential for healing. Insights always abound.
Can a person do Conscious Body on their own?
Issues that arise from the body often point to ways of being or living that are the opposite of the way we behave in regular daily life. It is challenging to access this new way of being on one’s own without the support of an experienced facilitator who can welcome and support the new energy. That said, people have reported doing Conscious Body on their own with healing results.
Is touch involved?
Touch is an optional component. While touch can sometimes aid the process, it is not a necessary component. When touch is used, it is done only with the client’s permission.
If a person is currently in therapy, how does Conscious Body relate?
Conscious Body is compatible with any system of psychotherapy, bodywork or other approach to consciousness. Clients who are currently in therapy can do Conscious Body sessions to discover the inner issue behind the symptom, and can then take that information back to their therapist for further work.
What if I have trauma memories? What if I don't?
If you already know your trauma memories, you can work through the feelings and energies associated with these, aiming always toward empowerment. If you do not have your memories, but you have a strong sense that “something happened,” you can access inner selves that can gain access to these memories, without any re-traumatization.
How long does this Trauma Work take?
Each individual is unique. The process unfolds in varying amounts of time for each person.
What do you mean when you say that this form of Trauma Work is "thorough"?
Every nuance of your process is significant. Every feeling, every question, every dream, is welcomed. We deal with every energy as it arises. In this way, this Trauma Work is thorough.