Some people need help with relationships, some are depressed, anxious or stressed or have weight issues that have continued to bother them throughout their lives.
This is where hypnotherapy can help busy people like you, reach your goals and maximise your potential.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” Buddha
Can hypnotherapy eliminate bad habits?
Clinical hypnotherapy can help you overcome bad habits. Did you know, all habits ‘good or bad’ are created in exactly the same way – ‘through repetition’? Common examples of bad habits are smoking or gambling.
Sometimes, we can be our worst enemy when we criticise ourselves, call ourselves names or put ourselves down. Negativity, anxiety, stress and worry can get to be a habit and if we do it long enough, we will develop a set of beliefs or habits that will get results we ‘don’t want’.
But, it is also good to know that habits are changeable. With hypnosis therapy you can tap into the immense intelligence of your subconscious mind to make lasting changes to bad habits or limiting beliefs. There is more to you than you’ve ever realised consciously.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” ~Aristotle
Hypnotherapy study for treatment of anxiety
Hypnotherapy is used effectively to reduce stress and anxiety, but is there research and evidence to back that up, and will it be of help to you.
According to Eileen Davis, Senior Lecturer – School of Counselling, ACAP, ten hypnotherapy research studies have been reviewed for two common conditions: chronic pain and anxiety.
This review concluded that studies provide strong evidence for the effectiveness of hypnotherapy as a treatment to assist in the reduction of pain and anxiety. (Davis, E., (2015), Literature review of the evidence-base for the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. Melbourne: PACFA).
Neuroscience and Hypnotherapy research
In August of 2015, International Society of Hypnosis held a meeting, just prior to International Congress of Hypnosis in Paris, France.
One of the goals of the meeting was to discuss the state-of-the-science of hypnosis research (from the point of view of cognitive neuroscience).
Traditionally, psychologists and neuroscientists have been skeptical of hypnosis (distrustful of participants’ subjective reports of profound changes in perception following specific hypnotic suggestions).
- A major new development of using neuro-imaging has validated participants’ responses to hypnosis (Oakley and Halligan 2013).
- Although the neurophysiological mechanisms of hypnosis are yet to be thoroughly understood, neuro-imaging research has consistently demonstrated changes in brain regions in response to hypnotic suggestion.
Hypnotism is indicated to be of help with making positive changes to many areas of your life, including increased confidence in public speaking, panic attacks, negativity, depression, phobias and fears.
Stop Smoking hypnotherapy sessions are specifically designed to offer you a quick and effective method to quit smoking permanently. Stop Gambling hypnosis to help you stop betting and losing money on gambling.
In the same way sessions for Weight Loss help you to stop comfort eating or to stop chocolate and sugar addiction.
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept responsibility for changing them”. Denis Waitley
Definition of Hypnotherapy?
- Hypnotherapy is defined as a form of psychotherapy, used to create new responses, attitudes or behaviours.
- It is a relaxed state of mind with a deeper kind of inner absorption and concentration.
- American Psychological Association defines Hypnosis as a therapeutic technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals who have undergone a procedure designed to relax them and focus their minds.
- Although hypnosis has been controversial, most clinicians now agree it can be a powerful, effective therapeutic technique for a wide range of conditions, including pain, anxiety and mood disorders.
- The state of hypnosis is frequently called a trance.
- The experience of trance is a normal state of mind, one that most people go in and out of every day.
- During hypnosis therapy the mind is open to visualising and creating a rich sensory experience. The more real this experience becomes, the more effect it has on your waking behaviour.
This is where Hypnosis CDs are also highly recommended, they are therapeutic and particularly effective in eliminating many bad habits and symptoms of emotional stress and anxiety.
What really happens in Hypnosis?
As I mentioned earlier, hypnosis is a deeper kind of internal focus and concentration. Essentially, what happens while you are under hypnosis is a shift in focus, it is not a state of sleep. You will be aware of everything that is being said when you are experiencing a session of hypnotherapy.
You will actually find hypnosis to be a familiar experience, like when you drift off into a daydream or sink into a deep meditation.
A good Hypnotherapist knows how to help you gently release blocks and fears, to create inner beliefs that will set the wheels in motion to make positive changes in the way you think, feel and behave.
During our session you sit in a comfortable chair listening to my voice guiding you. Your body steadily relaxes and your mind drifts off as you lose track of time. Words and sounds gradually become more distant… but the positive suggestions continue to affect you, quietly and almost automatically.
Is self-hypnosis easy to learn?
It is easy to learn self-hypnosis under the guidance of a skilled hypnotherapist. Once you have mastered it you can achieve it on your own, anytime.
You might like to watch this self-hypnosis video to learn how to do it.
In fact, self-hypnosis is the goal in many therapeutic applications of clinical hypnotherapy, such as for pain management, stress management and natural childbirth. A trained clinical hypnotherapist can help you learn effective methods of visualisation and imagery, to help you feel calmer and in control in any situation.
“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer”. William S Burroughs
Hypnotherapy for childbirth
Hypnobirthing techniques provide the ideal choice for women hoping to have a drug-free, comfortable childbirth. Attending Hypnobirthing Classes, a method of childbirth education and self-hypnosis, is ideal for pregnant women who are fearful of giving birth.
Hypnotherapy can help a pregnant mum stop smoking during pregnancy without any adverse side effects. Morning sickness and anxiety can be more easily managed with hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy for infertility
Hypnofertility sessions can produce positive outcome for couples suffering with unexplained infertility and can be of help to women undergoing IVF.
There is a wealth of data indicating that your mind and body are involved in constant two-way communication. Blocked emotions or unexpressed feelings can create emotional turmoil that can have a negative impact on your fertility.
As a qualified Hypnofertility therapist my focus is on helping you to resolve turmoil and to release outdated emotions interfering with fertility and conception.
In conclusion, your mind and body are interconnected and play a vital role in your overall emotional wellbeing.
The old view that we are victims of bad habits, depression, trauma or chronic illness is being replaced by a new awareness that the conversation between our mind and body can be harnessed, and that we can take an active role in the healing process. Accumulated or unexpressed emotions can now be dealt with entirely within the subconscious mind, without the need to consciously recall or analyse memories.
All of us as children had limited reasoning abilities and, fearing an imaginary monster was an anxiety producing emotion at the age of four. However, we know those emotions carried forward into adulthood are illogical.
Given the opportunity to review old fears or traumas in a mature way, within the inner mind, we would gladly let go of a lot of emotions, which are outdated or inappropriate.
How many sessions of hypnotherapy will you need?
Hypnotherapy is a brief form of therapy that usually only requires two or three sessions. Although, some traumatic emotional issues may need a more concentrated effort of three to five sessions, depending on the issues you need to resolve.
It is important to emphasise, that hypnotherapy is the start and not the finish of an inner process. Positive inner changes and health improvements can continue for quite some time thereafter.
How much does a hypnotherapy session cost?
The cost is $210.00 for each session of hypnotherapy.
As an experienced and registered hypnotherapist, I will guide you through the process of hypnosis to initiate your desired changes and bring about positive results.
Appointments can be booked directly online.
For more information on clinical hypnotherapy call Katherine Ferris, a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist in Sydney CBD and Annandale, Inner West Sydney on 02 9568 6801, complete my contact form.