Frequently Asked Questions

Hypnosis is trance-like mental state, in which people have a heightened suggestibility. Some people liken it to being asleep, but this is far from the truth. While in hypnosis, people are fully awake and aware of their surroundings, but in a deep state of relaxation.

I practice the Neo-Ericksonian hypnosis, which is centred around identifying your strengths and resources and helping you get back in touch with these resources in the areas of your life that you want to improve. This form of hypnosis is not based on any scripts (unlike other forms of hypnosis), and is, therefore, more personal, flexible and able to meet your specific personal needs and situation.

A typical session runs for 1 hour (the first session is 1.5 hours). Because I focus on ‘how’ you think, not on ‘what’ you think or ‘why’ you think it, we will not talk at length about your past, and we will not go into why you feel the way you do… I will ask you a few strategic questions that will help reveal to you the way you are processing information. By the end of our session, you will be able to consciously choose a better way – the right way – of processing information, which will then allow you to achieve your intended outcomes.

The hypnosis session will help bring your inner world, your unconscious, on board with the changes that you have made at the conscious level.

The first 30 minutes of our first session are free. During these first 30 minutes, if you decide that hypnotherapy is not the right fit for you, you are welcome to end the session, free of charge. Any payment you have made will be refunded to you in full.

No, clinical hypnosis is not stage hypnosis! Stage hypnosis is designed to entertain, to create a feel of magic around the show and to sensationalise the powers of the hypnotist.

Clinical hypnosis is a tool for helping clients achieve a therapeutic goal. In clinical hypnosis, the client and the therapist are working together, each having their specific role in the process. The focus is on the client and on achieving the client’s therapeutic outcome.

Hypnosis is a therapeutic ‘tool’ of treatment, while hypnotherapy is any form of therapy delivered by using the ‘tool’ of hypnosis.

Strategic psychotherapy:

  • is a process-oriented, or goal-oriented, type of therapy, which is focused more on ‘how’ we think, than ‘why’ we think it. The focus is on helping clients identify their experiential gaps, their way of thinking that results in them ‘feeling stuck’, and identifying better ways of processing information.
  • is a faster form of therapy, which, usually, sees results in 3 to 6 sessions, as opposed to other forms of therapy, which the client may attend for months (and even years).
  • is process driven, not content driven. It focuses on the process by which people create, and maintain, their problems. It asks ‘how’ questions, not ‘why’ questions. It focuses on the process, not on the symptoms.
  • is tailored the Client’s specific needs and situation.

According to UK’s NLP Academy “NLP is the practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do. … A key element of NLP is that we form our unique internal mental maps of the world as a product of the way we filter and perceive information absorbed through our five senses from the world around us.”

 I use NLP as a complementary tool in my practice, to assist you in changing your thoughts and behaviours, in order to achieve your desired outcomes.

Hypnotherapy in Australia is self-regulated, which means that, by law, hypnotherapists are not required to meet any specific training. This may sound alarming, and it should. Trusting your ‘inner world’ with strangers who may have learnt some form of hypnosis from the web may be problematic.

 Fortunately, the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia has been established as a peak-body, to set industry standards for practitioners, such as: minimum training requirements, maintaining membership with a recognised Member Association, adherence to a strict code of ethics, ongoing professional supervision requirements and ongoing professional development.

 I am a member of the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia, the Australian Hypnotherapists Association and of the International Strategic Psychotherapy Association. I am recognised as fully qualified to provide clinical hypnosis and strategic psychotherapy services. For more information about the legal and ethical framework that I operate in, please click on the Legal and Ethical Framework link.

Trance is a natural state, which occurs frequently for all of us, even as we go about our day. It is the state that we find ourselves when we are day dreaming, when we let our thoughts freely wonder. When we are in trance, when we day dream, our conscious mind steps aside and our unconscious thoughts are allowed to do what they want to do. Because of this letting the unconscious mind be, most people find trance deeply relaxing. Trance is the basis by which hypnosis works.

Yes, online sessions are just as effective as face-to-face sessions. This is because the most important components to an effective session are your motivation and the quality of the hypnotherapist. As long as these are present in the on-line session, the session will be as effective as a face-to-face session.

 It is important, however, that you are able to find a quiet place, where you can sit in a comfortable position (ideally with a head rest), and where you will not be disturbed for the duration of the session.

Hypnosis is not a state of sleep but it is a state in which the client is awake and alert. There is some level of awareness of surrounding environment, even in deep hypnosis.

Every person can be hypnotised in theory, but there are degrees of hypnotic responsiveness in people.

During the hypnotic experience, at all time you stay fully in control, fully aware of your self and your surroundings.

Hypnotherapy is not stage hypnosis. During the hypnotic experience, you will not be asked to say or do anything that you do not want to do.

Private health rebates varies between States and health funds. Some funds do not offer rebate for hypnotherapy at all, some will pay for hypnotherapy services under their ‘Extras’ cover, and some will only rebate certain providers. Therefore it is important to check this with your private health insurer.

In some situations, your doctor’s referral will be required, and this will need to be provided before the session can commence.

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