Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnotherapy is a tool for reaching and dealing with challenges of the mind and body using a state of mental relaxation in which the client is open to suggestions from the therapist. Emotional problems can be addressed and resolved, body functions can be improved to restore normal activity, and mental power can be improved to overcome obstacles, gain higher self-esteem, improved memory. Hypnosis can be described as a normal, natural, healthy state of mind.
What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Clinical Hypnotherapy means the therapist uses advance methods of hypnosis and other techniques to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. Modern Clinical Hypnotherapy uses the best elements of many other forms of therapy this includes behavioural psychology, cognitive psychology.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Virtually anyone can be hypnotised, some more easily than others. The depth that people reach in hypnosis varies between individuals. It is not necessary to achieve a very deep level of hypnosis to bring about change to habits or conditions that are having a negative impact either mentally or physically.
Is Hypnosis the same as meditation?
No it is not, there are many methods of meditation including focusing the mind on an object, such as a flower, a candle, a sound or word, or the breath. This focus on an object brings the mind to the state where other thoughts and feelings are enhanced. Research has shown people in hypnosis show that the brain activation seen in hypnosis is different from that seen in meditation.
Can people be made to do things against their will?
No this is one of the common misunderstandings associated with hypnosis. This is probably tied in with the misconception that the Hypnotherapist has control over the client. This is not the case. People will not do or say anything under hypnosis that they would not do when not in hypnosis. Basically all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, you cannot be hypnotised against your will. This fear probably comes from the TV shows and performances by stage hypnotists. Stage hypnotists as seen on TV select the most hypnotisable of their volunteers for entertainment purposes.
In what areas can hypnotherapy be used?
Any person suffering from any degree of emotional or physical “dis-ease” can benefit from Clinical Hypnotherapy. The problems treatable through hypnosis are equally diversified. Although hypnosis is commonly associated with habit sensation (losing weight, quitting smoking, etc.), almost any area treatable by conventional means can be enhanced through the use of hypnosis. The well-trained clinician, using hypnotherapy can help clients suffering from the following:
Alcoholism, Anger, Anxieties, Breathing Disorders, Confidence, Dentistry, Exam Nerves, Exam performance, Goal Setting, Trauma, Headaches, Insomnia, Memory Enhancement, Mood Swings, Obsessive / Compulsive Behaviours, Over Eating, Pain Control, Panic Attacks, Personal Growth, Phobias, Public Speaking, Relationships, Relaxation, Releasing Resentments, Sleep Disorders, Smoking Cessation, Sports Motivation, Stress relief, Study Recall, Stuttering.
What Happens in the session?
A Clinical Hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to enable the client to achieve a state of mental, physical and emotional relaxation. When in hypnosis, the conscious mind (that busy, critical, analytical part of the mind) takes a rest. Hypnosis allows people to tap into the subconscious mind, sometimes referred to as the unconscious, mind and make positive changes to thought patterns, habits or the effects of traumatic incidents that are having a negative impact either mentally or physically.
How safe is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a normal, naturally occurring, healthy state of mind. There has never been a single documented case of harm resulting from the use of hypnosis.
What does Hypnosis feel like?
The feeling when in hypnosis is of being physically and mentally relaxed. It has been likened to the feelings we experience just before waking completely from sleep or just as we drift off to sleep. Some people say it feels like daydreaming. When in hypnosis, people experience a state of complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation. In itself, this is a very healing state. Dr Milton Erickson, a leading American Hypnotherapist, described the process of clinical hypnosis as "a free period in which individuality can flourish".
What health funds cover Hypnosis?
Hypnotherapy is covered by the following organisations however is constantly changing and each has its own particular conditions that you must take into account. The variables are many and something you must investigate for yourself. Our office cannot tell you with certainity that you will receive a refund, or how much you will receive. Please check your own level of health cover to be certain of your entitlements a few of them listed are:
Australian Unity, CBHS Health fund, Grand United Corporate aka GU health, Health Care Insurance Ltd, MBF Alliances Pty Ltd trading, NRMA Health insurances (East coast/Tasmania), SGIC Health Insurance (SA and NT), SGIO Health Insurance (WA).
What is the cancellation policy?
We allow clients to cancel 36 hours prior to a session. We want you to commit to your sessions, this is why we have placed a cancellation policy. Any appointments cancelled after the 36 hour time limit will be charged at the full fee.
What if after the first 20 minutes I don’t wish to continue?
We are so certain that you will be amazed by what you can achieve with us that we offer the first 20 minute of your appointment obligation free. At the end of 20 minutes you will either be confident enough to stay, or not. If you decide to stay, then we zero in on the issue and tackle it together.