Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, with very few exceptions. Very young children may have difficulty, and also people with severe brain damage. People may not be hypnotised against their will. Other than that, we find the ‘trick’ to hypnotising someone is spending time with them to find the best approach to working with them. We won’t do the same thing with everyone.
What can I use Hypnosis for?
Clinical Hypnosis is used for medical, psychological and dental purposes. Hypnosis can be used for just about anything because the program can be tailored to your individual needs.
Stress, anxiety, panic or depression
Smoking, alcohol, drugs, gambling
nail biting, grinding teeth
Sleep difficulties or insomnia
Fears and phobias
Self-esteem and self-confidence
Obstetrics preparation and training
Changing unwanted behavioural patterns
Memory improvement & concentration
Expressing, releasing and managing emotions
Healing physical, mental or sexual abuse
Grieving and loss
Healing past traumas or hurts
Improving physical health
Pre / Post surgical and dental procedures
I am strong minded and strong willed, can I be hypnotised?
Only if you want to be, but not because of your relative “strength” of mind. We understand that there are parts of us that want to change, and parts of us that are happy with the way things are. While we accept that this is often the situation, we assume that if you’ve booked a session then you want our help. It would be a waste of your time and money if you were to resist that help. We’ll always tell you if we don’t think hypnosis is right for you.
Will I forget what has been said in a session?
Very occasionally, spontaneous hypnotic amnesia does occur after a session, however this is uncommon, and most people will remember what is said to them during a session.
How long does each session take?
The first consultation is usually 1.5 hours. The second and subsequent consultations are usually an hour each.
How many sessions will I need?
This is best answered at the first consultation because it depends entirely on each individual case. However, as a guide most clients need between 3 and 8 sessions, depending on the complexity and intensity of their condition.
How will I know that the hypnosis is working?
The results will be apparent after the very first session. You will definitely feel better and in case you are doing the Stop Smoking Program then you will no longer crave cigarettes or even have withdrawal symptoms.
Will I be in control throughout the session?
Yes, you will remain fully aware and in control. You will be able to terminate the session at any time if you wish. Please understand that you can’t be made to do anything against your will.
What is a Trance?
In a hypnotherapy session you experience a hypnotic or trance state. A trance is simply a state of internal focus and concentration. This is a very natural and commonly occurring state, one that we have all experienced many times, for example when we daydream, or when we drive on ‘auto pilot’, or when we do physical exercise and feel in the ‘zone’ or ‘flow’ from the rhythm of the activity. When we do something we enjoy like knitting or gardening, we often go into a trance state where time passes unnoticed as our activity carries us ‘away’ happily. The mythology about mind control and trance is a fantasy that popular media has generated in order to sensationalise the theme for television and movie audiences to enjoy.
Is Hypnotherapy safe?
Yes, hypnotherapy is safe and you will naturally only take in helpful, positive suggestions that work to support your desired outcomes. You can easily reject anything that doesn’t fit with that.
Hypnotherapy is not mind control. In hypnosis you cannot be made to do anything against your will or do something that is against your own standard of morality or ethics. It is a collaborative process between you and the therapist, and only suggestions that support your wellbeing and desired outcomes will be offered, for your subconscious mind to choose to take up, or not.
Will I get stuck in Hypnosis?
You cannot get stuck in hypnosis, and you can easily come out of the relaxed state at any time of your choosing. Hypnosis is not sleep. During hypnosis you are awake and aware of what is happening throughout. It is just like being at the movies, where you are engrossed in the story and engaged emotionally with the characters and drama unfolding, but at the same time you are fully aware that you are sitting in a movie theatre surrounded by people, and that you can get up and leave any time you want.
In the same way, in hypnotherapy your conscious mind is aware of everything that is going on, and at the same time your deeper levels of consciousness are doing some very important work for you, tapping into the wisdom that is within.
How long has Hypnotherapy been used?
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been around for hundreds of years. Hypnosis was used as pain control for medical operations in the 19th century, prior to the use of chemical anaesthesia. In the present time, clinical evidence supports the efficacy of hypnosis for physical and mental health. It suggests that hypnotherapy increases the effectiveness of other medical or psychological therapy that a person undertakes.
Currently hypnosis is used for pain control, childbirth, dentistry, stress reduction, elite sports training, and many other areas of application. In Australia it is increasingly common to find general practitioners, psychologists, dentists and allied health care professionals who either use or recommend hypnotherapy in their treatment protocols.
Is a referral necessary?
No, a referral from a doctor is not necessary. However it is advisable to consult a doctor in order to establish or rule out any medical causes or conditions involved in the issues presenting. In some cases your hypnotherapist can consult with your doctor (with your consent) to discuss your treatment plan. If you are currently receiving any medical or psychological treatment please bring to your session any information you feel might be pertinent.
Is my session confidential?
Yes, your session is completely confidential, and my Duty of Care as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist requires that I maintain your records confidentially as set out by Professional Body guidelines.
Are Private Health rebates applicable?
Yes, there are a number of Private Health funds that cover Hypnotherapy, when carried out by a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. You can check with your individual fund to determine the details of your cover.