Hypnotherapy will help you tap into the immense intelligence of your mind, to make lasting changes to bad habits and limiting beliefs.
Your mind is powerful, intelligent and very capable.
Improve the way you think, feel and behave.
Hypnosis for Mental and Emotional health
I wonder if you’ve ever given any thought to the fact that every person you meet has a vibrant inner life? As rich and vibrant as your own!
Every single person is similar to you and me, filled with hopes and dreams and mixed emotions. Yet, every one of us is different, complex and beautifully unique.
We are each shaped by our feelings, fears, beliefs and individual life experiences.
Clients seeking hypnotherapy treatments are just like you and me. We are successful, busy people and we function well in most areas of our lives.
But, some of us need help with relationships, we are depressed, anxious or stressed. Some of us have habits, addictions or drinking problems that continue to bother us throughout our lives.
This is where hypnotherapy can help busy people like you to let go of limitations. As a result reach your goals and maximise your potential.
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.
“My biggest fear is that I’m not good enough. So I put on a mask to hide behind ~ R.D”
Are you wearing a mask of false confidence? Are you criticising yourself? Calling yourself names and putting yourself down?
Negative beliefs, 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.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. ~ Aristotle
Definition of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy, defined as a hypnotic trance used to create new responses, attitudes or behaviours.
What is a trance?
The experience of a hypnotic trance is a state that you naturally go in and out of daily. Trance is a deeper kind of inner absorption, mindfulness and concentration.
During a hypnosis trance in 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.
How does Hypnosis work?
In hypnosis you are guided to experience a deeper internal focus and concentration. You are aware of everything that is said to you and are 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 drift off into a daydream or sink into a deep meditation.
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.
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.
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.
You can 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, 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 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 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 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, panic attacks, negativity, depression, driving phobias and fears.”
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 are also highly recommended, because they are therapeutic and particularly effective in eliminating symptoms of emotional stress and anxiety. Learn more about Hypnosis CDs benefits.
Neuroscience and Hypnotherapy Research
Its good to learn what scientists are saying about the latest research in the field of Hypnotherapy.
International Society of Hypnosis held a meeting in Aug 2015, the goal was to discuss the state-of-the-art hypnosis research. As a result, they found that using neuro-imaging helped validate the effectiveness of hypnosis. Study participants reported many positive responses to hypnosis treatments (Oakley and Halligan 2013).
In summary, your mind and body are interconnected and play a vital role in your overall mental and emotional wellbeing.
The old view that you are a victim of bad habits or emotions such as; depression, stress, anxiety, panic attacks or trauma is being replaced. Studies show that in hypnosis the communication between your mind and body can be used to make lasting changes. So as a result you play an active role in your healing process.
Accumulated negative emotions can be dealt with in hypnosis, without the need to consciously recall past traumatic memories.
All of us as children had limited reasoning abilities and, fearing shadows as imaginary monsters was an anxiety producing emotion at the age of four. But, we know that fearful emotions rattling around in our mind and carried into adulthood are illogical.
Given the opportunity to use hypnosis to review old insecurities, fears or traumas in a more mature way, we would gladly let go of emotions which are outdated or inappropriate.
“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 is 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)
How many sessions will I need?
Hypnotherapy is a brief form of therapy that usually only requires two or three sessions. Although, some traumatic emotional issues will 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 mental health improvements can continue for quite some time thereafter.
As an experienced and registered hypnotherapist, I look forward to guiding you through the process of hypnosis to initiate your desired changes and bring about positive results.
How much does a treatment cost?
The cost of a hypnotherapy session is $210.00 and a typical session lasts about an hour.
Is hypnotherapy covered by Private Health Funds?
Yes, some Private Health Funds do cover hypnotherapy.
I have a Provider Number with Private Health Funds that offer a rebate for hypnotherapy services by a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist.
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.
Confidentiality of personal information
Information you provide during your session is kept strictly private and confidential.
Do you need a referral?
You don’t need to bring a referral from your doctor.
Although, that depends on what your presenting symptoms are. It is advisable in some instances, to see your doctor first. Just to rule out any underlying cause of your physical or emotional health issues.
People struggle with a variety of symptoms and personal issues. As a result each person will inevitably experience a different outcome.
Understandably, hypnotherapy treatments and subsequent results will be different from one person to the next.
Some people will experience improvements quite quickly, others more slowly.
Occasionally further follow up sessions may be required.
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.