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What is clinical hypnosis?

Clinical hypnosis is aimed at overcoming the blockages that are holding us back. Simply speaking, hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. Clinical hypnosis uses the altered state of consciousness, or trance, for a therapeutic endpoint. This means that people are not treated with hypnosis but are treated in hypnosis.

What happens during hypnosis?

Hypnotic states are characterized by a very pleasant state of relaxation, which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given to that part of the mind known as the subconscious. Under hypnosis, the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the subconscious part, which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to therapy.

During the trance state, the brain produces alpha waves, during which there is heightened concentration for the specific purpose of maximizing potential, changing limiting beliefs and behaviours and gaining insight and wisdom. In alpha states, the body gradually relaxes.

Hypnosis, meditation, day dreaming, being absorbed in a book or music or television, driving and arriving at your destination without recalling all the usual landmarks etc. are good examples of alpha states.

What can I expect?

You can expect to feel very relaxed and peaceful; You will hear, and remember everything when you come out of hypnosis; You will be in complete control at all times; and Your mind will only take on suggestions that will benefit you.

What is NLP?

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) has been described as "The art and science of personal excellence". More precisely, it is a way of understanding people's behaviour patterns, and then influencing their behaviour.

Neuro - what is happening in our minds (consciously and unconsciously);

Linguistic - our use of language as descriptions of our thoughts, feelings and sensory abilities;

Programming - patterns of behaviour and what we learn and repeat throughout our life.

NLP assists us to understand what makes us the way we are - feelings, thoughts, behaviours, and how we make sense of our life and the world we live in. It assists us in learning how to think and communicate more effectively with both ourselves and others. Based on the discovery that by changing how we think, we can transform what we think. It helps modify our thought and behavioural patterns to suit our goals. NLP literally helps us develop better thinking styles - for faster learning, better relationships and greater success.

NLP can help improve communication skills, confidence, release unwanted negative emotions and beliefs, develop a positive self-image, give an understanding about behaviours in people, enhance sales abilities, increase motivation and keep a sense of balance and purpose in our life!

What happens in a hypnotherapy session?

The initial session may take up to an hour and a half. During this session, we will discuss your particular requirements or goals. Examples may be management of your weight, or gaining more confidence to carry out an activity or some other reason.

Some medical history may be gathered, depending upon what you are seeking assistance with, and we always take into account any work being done with other health care professionals. We also discuss any questions you may have. It is worth noting that it is often not necessary for you to impart particular personal details –the details are not required for hypnotherapy to be hugely successful. This is particularly important for sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder, for example, who may find it distressing to revisit the experience.

Hypnotherapy commences during the first session, laying the foundations for all future sessions, preparing the ground for overcoming obstacles and embedding new behaviours and goal oriented patterns for positive change. A consulting plan will be developed with you, where mutual agreement is made on the steps, objectives and goals that you wish to achieve moving forward.

This includes an estimate of how many sessions you will require. Subsequent therapy sessions usually take around 50 – 60 minutes, and tend to be more focused on hypnotherapy, during which suggestions are made directly to the subconscious brain, where habits, memories and learnings are stored, overriding even the oldest, most ingrained patterns, replacing them with new ones which align with your goal.

How many sessions will be needed?

Clinical hypnotherapy is solution-focused, and therefore very targeted in its approach. The intention is to effect the necessary change in the most efficient way possible. As everyone is different, we each have different needs.

As such, it is difficult to predict how many sessions any individual person will need without meeting them first.

However, generally most solutions require between 3 and 5 sessions. For some more complex issues such as anxiety/stress/weight loss, it is common to have two initial sessions close together, and then a third session sometime later, with optional “maintenance” sessions, if required once per month for a few months, to ensure progressive and permanent change in behaviour.

What is the cost?

The cost will depend on how many sessions are required. As a general guide, single sessions are $165 per session, inclusive of GST. They can be paid individually on an ‘as you go’ basis, or, if booked as a bundle of 4, a 10% discount applies, reducing the cost to $148.50 per session.