Frequently Asked Questions:
Private Sessions & Personal Intensives
GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT PRIVATE SESSIONS
What types of modalities are used in sessions?
Together with the facilitator, you will do use whatever modality best supports 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 Conscious Body Trauma Work. 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 Skype or telephone. Sessions are also available in-person at Judith Hendin’s office in Easton, Pennsylvania.
How can such sensitive work be done by Skype 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 Skype or the telephone. She has done thousands of sessions in 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, when you’re deciding how often to have sessions, that 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 from that. 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. Judith Hendin always recommends that you consider doing three sessions to see if the work feels right for you. There are many forms of inner work, and some may suit you and some may not. Doing three sessions also gives 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 to commit to overall?
Each person’s process is unique and unfolds at its own pace, so the number of sessions can’t be predicted.
How can I pay?
In person, Judith accepts checks.
When sessions are done by Skype or phone, payment can be made through Judith Hendin’s website, using Paypal. You can use either a credit card or a Paypal account. Judith will provide you with easy-to-follow instructions.
For people in countries where bank transfers are common, payment can be made via bank transfer. If you choose to do bank transfers, Judith will provide you with easy-to-follow instructions. You can discuss with Judith which method of payment—bank transfer or Paypal—will be most suitable for you.
Where are personal intensives held?
There are three options. You can come in-person to Easton, Pennsylvania, which is 1.5 hours from New York City and 1.5 hours from Philadelphia. You can have a personal intensive on Skype. Or you can bring Judith Hendin to conduct a personal intensive in your location.
How long is a personal intensive?
For in-person intensives, the length is usually two days to two weeks.
Personal intensives on Skype general consist of meeting two or three times a week, for approximately two to three hours each time, for several weeks.
Do I need to do any special preparation before doing a personal intensive?
Before embarking on a personal intensive, it is best to have several regular private sessions first, by Skype, by phone, or in person. This will prepare you to receive the greatest benefit from a personal intensive.
What is a Voice Dialogue session like?
In a Voice Dialogue session, a client works directly with a facilitator to explore areas of concern and discover how their different parts, or selves, influence it. This exploration includes dialoguing with the dominant selves within the client (called “primary selves”), as well as dialoguing with the selves that have been buried inside (called “disowned selves”). Through sessions, the facilitator guides the client 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 Skype or by phone?
People often think that Conscious Body is mostly about the physical body, and 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. The energy of inner selves is paramount, and energy can easily be worked with on Skype or phone. Judith often does Conscious Body sessions by Skype or phone, with excellent results.
How long does the overall Conscious Body process take?
Though some people hope that they can do the whole Conscious Body process in a single session, it is best to allow for a series of sessions to fully explore a body symptom. The number of sessions is highly individual and may range from one session to several over the course of months. 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 receive 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 personal background. Facilitator and client discuss and honor any reluctance to venture into this kind of deep inner process. Then the client is guided through a deep relaxation. From this relaxed state, the body symptom begins to send messages, much as a dream sends images. Together, facilitator and client follow these messages, and they lead to the energy and the issue within. Once the part inside that was calling through the symptom is uncovered, facilitator and client dialogue with this part. This discovery and ensuing dialogue allows the energy to shift and move in the body. There is potential for healing, and insights always abound.
Can a person do Conscious Body alone?
Issues that arise from the body often point to ways of being or living that are the opposite of the way a person has behaved in 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 encourage the new energy.
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 discussion 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 will work with the feelings and energies associated with these, aiming always toward thoroughness and empowerment. If you do not have your memories, but you have a strong sense that “something happened,” you can work with the feelings and energies associated with this sense, as well as access particular inner selves that can gain access to these memories, without any retraumatization.
How long does CB Trauma Work take?
Each individual is unique, and the process unfolds in varying amounts of time for each person.
What do you mean when you say that CB Trauma Work is "thorough"?
Every feeling, every question, every dream, and every body symptom is welcomed and is treated as important. We trust that each nuance of your process is significant and, when addressed, will lead to your next step as your trauma work unfolds uniquely for you.