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Hypnotherapy Services

Hypnotherapy services for emotional healthHypnotherapy services are designed to help you tap into the immense intelligence of your mind. As a result, you can make lasting changes to bad habits and limiting beliefs.

Your mind is powerful, intelligent and very capable.

Hypnosis can improve the way you think, feel and behave.

Hypnotherapy Services for Mental and Emotional health

Clients seeking hypnotherapy services are just like you and me. We are successful, busy people and we function well in most areas of our lives.

But, we just need help with issues, such as work stress or family and relationship issues. Or perhaps some of us are depressed, anxious or suffer panic attacks. And, have habits, addictions or drinking problems that continue to bother us throughout your lives.

This is where hypnotherapy services can help busy people like you, to let go of bad habits and limitations. As a result, you can reach your goals and maximise your potential.

Every single person is filled with hopes and dreams and mixed emotions. Yet, each one of us is very different. We are complex and beautifully unique.

We are each shaped by our feelings, fears, beliefs and individual life experiences.

What happens during a Hypnosis Session?

In hypnosis you are guided to safely experience a deeper internal focus and concentration. During the session you are relaxed and aware of everything that is said to you. And, you become more responsive to positive suggestions being made.

Essentially, what happens while you are in hypnosis is a mental shift in awareness. It is not a state of sleep. You will actually find hypnosis to be a familiar experience, like when you watch TV, or drift off into a daydream or sink into a deep meditation.

While you are in a hypnotic state your mind is more open to visualising and creating a rich sensory experience. The more real this experience becomes, the more effect it has on your waking behaviour.

A good Hypnotherapist knows how to guide you into hypnosis to help you gently release blocks and fears. I can help you create inner beliefs, that will set the wheels in motion, to make positive changes in the way you think, feel and behave.

What to expect when you visit a hypnotherapist?

Are you wondering, what to expect when you visit a hypnotherapist? Hopefully, it can be reassuring for you to realise that being guided into hypnosis is not mind control.

You will not be put under, or put to sleep. You will remain aware of your surroundings and fully in control. Being in hypnosis will be a familiar experience because you already use hypnosis in your daily life. Hypnosis is a natural phenomena of the mind. You come in and out of hypnosis daily without knowing that its happening.

A perfect example of hypnosis is when you are driving a car. You arrive at your familiar destination and you don’t recall most of the trip.

During your 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.

Hypnotherapy Faqs

Here are some interesting questions and answers about hypnotherapy services:

Do I swing a watch to put someone in a trance?

Funnily enough, no. I don’t swing a watch to put someone in a trance or make them do weird things. Forget about what you’ve seen on stage shows or Hollywood movies.

Definition of Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy, defined as a hypnotic trance used to create new responses, attitudes or behaviours.

Is Hypnosis Mind Control?

Being in hypnosis is not mind control. Rest assured, being hypnotised is not being put under. That’s because hypnosis is a natural mind phenomena which connects you to your inner intelligence.

The experience of a hypnotic trance is a safe state of mind. One that you naturally go in and out of daily. Trance is a deeper kind of inner absorption, mindfulness and concentration.

How will you know if you were hypnotised?

Simply put, when you are hypnotised you are aware of what’s being said to you. You are not asleep. When you are hypnotised you are relaxed and aware, yet more responsive to suggestions that are made.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis trance feels like a very familiar experience for a majority of people. That’s because we experience different states of hypnosis daily, but we don’t even realise it. While you are in hypnosis your attention is so focused (think of driving a car) that distractions are temporarily blocked out or ignored.

Does hypnotherapy really work?

Hypnotherapy only works when you have a strong desire to make changes to limiting beliefs, bad habits and behaviours. For example; if you are keen to stop gambling then hypnotherapy can work for you, but it will not force you into becoming a non gambler against your will.

When does hypnotherapy NOT work?

Hypnotherapy will not work against your will. You can’t be forced into hypnosis, or forced into doing anything you don’t want to do. This is why hypnosis is not an ideal choice for people who are “not committed” to it. For example; being talked into quitting smoking by friends, family or GP, will not produce desired results, if the patient is not wanting to stop.

When is hypnotherapy NOT recommended?

Hypnotherapy is not recommended for patients who are suffering with hallucinations or psychotic symptoms and delusions. Hypnotherapy sessions are not suitable for people who are under the influence of narcotics, drugs or alcohol.

What is hypnotherapy used for?

Hypnotherapy is frequently used for pain management, IBS gut problems, unexplained infertility, emotional trauma and for overcoming bad habits. Suggestions made in hypnosis are specifically designed to initiate changes in emotions, habits and behaviours. Therefore, hypnosis is used for stopping smoking, gambling, nail biting, binge drinking, comfort eating, panic attacks, stress, anxiety and much more.

How many sessions will you need?

It all depends on the issues you need to resolve. Hypnotherapy is a brief form of therapy, that on average usually requires about three sessions. Although, some traumatic or deeper emotional issues will need a more concentrated effort of four to five sessions, or more. Studies indicate that it takes 28 days to create new habits, repetition is the key to lasting change. For best results, your commitment to follow through with the recommended sessions is going to be paramount.

How long do improvements last?

Its important to emphasise that hypnotherapy is the start and not the finish of an inner process. Keep in mind that hypnosis is not a magic wand and results don’t always happen overnight. Positive behavioural changes and mental health improvements continue for quite some time after the sessions are done.

How will a hypnotherapist help?

As an experienced and registered clinical hypnotherapist, I look forward to guiding you through the process of clinical hypnosis. Research studies have found that we are not hardwired and stuck, that in fact the brain can rewire its neural pathways, through a process called neuroplasticity. Therefore, individually structured suggestions in hypnosis initiate desired changes and, bring about positive results.

How much does it cost to see a hypnotherapist?

The cost of a hypnotherapy session is $210.00 and a typical session lasts about an hour.

Do Health Funds cover Hypnotherapy?

Yes, some Private Health Funds do cover hypnotherapy. You will need to check with your own Health Fund to find out your level of cover and type of cover provided.

Is Hypnotherapy covered by Medicare?

No, unfortunately not.

Do you need a referral from your doctor?

No. You don’t need to bring a referral from your doctor. However, its advisable to see your doctor first. Just to rule out any underlying cause of your physical or emotional health issues.

Confidentiality of personal information

Information you provide during your session is kept strictly private and confidential.

Is self-hypnosis easy to learn?

Its 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.

Watch the below 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 pain management, stress management and natural childbirth.

A trained clinical hypnotherapist can help you learn effective methods of visualisation and imagery. Hypnotherapy services are intended to help you feel calm 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 Services for childbirth

Hypnobirthing techniques are the ideal choice for women hoping to have a fear-free, natural birth. Attending Hypnobirthing Classes, a method of childbirth education and self-hypnosis, is ideal for pregnant women who are fearful of giving birth.

Hypnotherapy can easily help a pregnant woman stop smoking during pregnancy without any adverse side effects.

Morning sickness and anxiety in pregnancy can also be more easily managed with hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy services for IVF and infertility

Hypnosis for infertility sessions provide support and positive outcome for couples suffering with unexplained infertility and 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 create emotional turmoil. This leads to stresss that can have a negative impact on your fertility or IVF procedure.

As a qualified Hypnofertility therapist my focus is on helping you to resolve turmoil and to release outdated emotions interfering with fertility and conception.

“Hypnotism is indicated to be of help with making positive changes to many areas of your life. Including increased confidence in public speaking, overcoming panic attacks, negativity, depression, driving phobias and fears.”

Client Reviews

Every day, I am aware of incredible changes in my life: emotional, financial, and social! I understood that there could be a cumulative effect, with your hypnosis Self Confidence CD I am still amazed at the way my personal growth is accelerating. It all started when I had the original Hypnotherapy sessions with you. So, thank you again for all your wonderful help during this period of my life. Andre – Sydney

I had some hypnotherapy sessions with you last year to release anger towards my husband, as well as grief following the death of my parents. I’m happy to report that the hypnosis sessions have helped me immensely, especially the visualisations. B. Sydney

I have remained smoke-free since our stop smoking hypnotherapy sessions last November. Had a couple of hiccups over Christmas, but they were short lived. I am very pleased and enormously relieved to finally be free of it. I am grateful every single day.  A.J Sydney NSW – Happy Non-smoker

Hypnotherapy sessions helped me overcome my fear of driving. Yesterday I had a great driving lesson! I’m looking forward to the next one!  B.V InnerWest Sydney

The hypnosis skills worked; not only for birthing but they also helped me to go from terrified of birth to feeling calm and happy in the lead up to meeting my baby.  Nina

Hypnosis Cds

Hypnosis CDs are highly recommended, because they are therapeutic and particularly effective in eliminating symptoms of emotional stress and anxiety. Learn more about Hypnosis CDs benefits.

Negative beliefs and habits

Negative beliefs, self criticism, stress and anxiety become a habit.

If you dwell on them long enough, you will develop a set of habits that will get you results you “don’t want”.

But, it’s good to know that habits are changeable.

Overcome your negativity and stop being your own worst enemy.

Take advantage of hypnosis and the power within your mind. Make positive changes in your life. There is no better time than today.

You are what you repeatedly do.

Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. ~ Aristotle

The masks we wear

On the surface you appear calm and in control. But its a mask. Beneath the surface you are in turmoil. You feel vulnerable and insecure, so you try to hide your true feelings and emotions.

Are you wearing a mask of false confidence? Are you criticising yourself? Calling yourself names and putting yourself down?

My biggest fear is that I’m not good enough.

So I put on a mask to hide behind ~ R.D


What scientific changes take place in a hypnotic trance?

Using fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging), scientists have verified that the neural pathways in the brain are changeable, particularly during hypnosis. Neuroplasticity is a term used to describe how the brain can rewire itself in response to new information, behaviours or suggestions. 

Simply put, new information pathways can be formed in the brain, so that new circuits are made or strengthened.
American Journal of Hypnosis article on Neuroplasticity and the book “The brain that changes itself” (Doidge, 2007) interestingly explores what happens when the brain is addicted, for instance to video games and how the brain makes the video game an extension of itself.

Studies I’ve read indicate that with hypnotic suggestions and, through repetition we get better at making desired changes by reinforcing new pathways in the brain. Because the brain is changeable, we can use this valuable knowledge to make changes in the way we think, feel and behave.

Neuroscience and Neuroplasticity and Neuro hypnotherapy Research

Here is what scientists are saying about the latest research into the field of brain research, neuroplasticity and neurohypnotherapy.

By scanning the brains of subjects while they were hypnotised, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine were able to see the neurological changes associated with hypnosis.

“In patients who were hypnotised, studies showed hypnosis sessions to be effective in reducing chronic pain, the pain in childbirth and other medical procedures; also treating smoking and gambling addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder; and easing anxiety or phobias.”

International Society of Hypnosis (Aug 2015) discussed the state-of-the-art of hypnosis research. As a result, they found that using neuro-imaging helped validate the neural networks leading to effectiveness of neuro-hypnotherapy. Study participants reported many positive responses to clinical hypnosis treatments. Changes in the brain, particularly in hypnosis, create a brain phenomena called neuroplasticity. (Oakley and Halligan 2013).

The reality about visiting a hypnotherapist is this;

“in hypnosis you tap into the immense intelligence within your subconscious mind – to make changes quickly and easily. There is so much more to you than you realise consciously.”

Research study for hypnosis treatment of anxiety

Hypnotherapy services are used effectively to reduce stress and anxiety.

But, is there sufficient enough research and evidence to back that up?

According to a Senior Lecturer of Counselling, there are quite a number of hypnosis research studies in existence. She reviewed ten of them, for two common conditions: chronic pain and anxiety.

The review proved there is strong evidence of positive effectiveness of hypnotherapy as treatment in reduction of pain and anxiety. (Davis, E., (2015), Literature review of the evidence-base for the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. (Melbourne: PACFA)


Clients struggle with a variety of symptoms and personal issues. On the surface they may appear calm and in control. But beneath the surface they are in turmoil. Many people have problems with negative thoughts, habits, beliefs, self criticism, stress and anxiety. Over a time these issues become a habit.

But, habits are changeable.

Hypnotherapy can help people overcome their bad habits and negativity and stop being their own worst enemy.

As a result of three of four sessions of hypnotherapy people can expect to experience ongoing, gradual improvements, but for some people changes happen quite quickly. 

For more information call today. My name is Katherine Ferris, your local registered Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist based in Sydney CBD and, Annandale Inner West Sydney since 1998.