Hypnotherapy 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.
That’s because 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. For instance, 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 we are depressed, anxious or suffer panic attacks. Some of us struggle with habits, addictions or drinking problems that continue to bother us throughout our lives.
This is where hypnotherapy services can help busy people, to let go of bad habits and limitations. As a result, you can look forward to reaching your goals and maximising your potential.
Most importantly, every single one of us is filled with hopes and dreams and mixed emotions. Yet, each one of us is very different. We are complex on the one hand and beautifully unique on the other.
We are each shaped by our feelings, fears, beliefs and individual life experiences.
What actually happens in Hypnosis?
Essentially, what happens 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 are engrossed in watching TV, or a daydream or in 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. For instance, 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. Simply put, 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. For instance, you arrive at your familiar destination but you don’t recall most of the trip.
Similarly, 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. Essentially, in hypnosis you become more responsive to positive suggestions being made. Gradually, words and sounds become more distant… but the positive suggestions continue to affect you, quietly and almost automatically.
Negative beliefs and habits improve with hypnosis
Negative beliefs, self criticism, stress and anxiety can 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”.
For instance, it’s going to be very difficult to succeed at being confident, if your beliefs are demoralising and you are constantly putting yourself down.
But, it’s good to know that negative beliefs and habits are changeable with the help of hypnosis.
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 anxious, 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
There is a way to turn this mindset around. You don’t have to keep up the struggle. Beneath all the turmoil, you will discover a quiet confidence and reassurance, that’s been there all along, but overshadowed. Even though you can’t see it, you do have a deeper intelligence, I’m sure you’ve sensed there’s more to you than you’ve acknowledged before. Rediscover the wise part of you, remove the mask and start to appreciate yourself for who you truly are.
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 primarily 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. For example; if you are keen to stop smoking, then hypnotherapy can work for you. But it will not force you into becoming a non-smoker against your will. In other words, hypnotherapy really works, if you have a goal and are committed to quit limiting beliefs, bad habits and behaviours.
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. Similarly, 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. Most importantly, 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, weight loss, panic attacks, stress, anxiety and much more.
How many sessions will you need?
It all depends on the issues you want to resolve. It’s important to mention that Hypnotherapy is a brief form of therapy, and on average about three or four sessions are recommended. Although, traumatic or deeper emotional issues will need a more concentrated effort of six to eight sessions, or more. Studies indicate that it takes 28 days to create new habits, above all, repetition is the key to lasting change. For best results, your commitment and follow through with the recommended sessions is going to be paramount.
Will hypnosis 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. Give yourself a chance to recognise that positive behavioural changes and mental health improvements continue, for quite some time, after the sessions are done.
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.
What is the role of a hypnotherapist?
An experienced and registered clinical hypnotherapist, will safely guide you through a process of hypnosis, to gain desired changes in the way you think, feel and respond. Recent research studies have proven that you are not hardwired and stuck in your old behaviours. Similarly, it’s been found that in the state of hypnosis your brain can rewire it’s neural pathways, through a process called neuroplasticity. Therefore, individually structured suggestions in clinical 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. Although, you will need to check with your own Health Fund to find out the level of cover and type of cover provided.
Are Hypnotherapy sessions covered by Medicare?
No, unfortunately not.
Is a referral needed 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.
Scientific research study on hypnosis treatment for anxiety
Hypnotherapy services are successfully used to effectively reduce stress and anxiety.
You might be wondering, is there sufficient enough 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 showed 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)
Neuroscience, Neuroplasticity and Virtual Reality
Using fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging), scientists have verified that the neural pathways in the brain are changeable, particularly during hypnosis. Apparently, neuroplasticity is a term used to describe the way our brain rewires 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 intensely focused, for instance in video games and how the brain makes the video game an extension of itself. Virtual reality anyone!
Studies indicate that using hypnotic suggestions and with repetition we get better at reinforcing new pathways in the brain. In other words, because we know that the brain is changeable, we can use this knowledge to make changes in the way we think, feel and behave.
What is new in Brain and Neuro-hypnotherapy Research
Here is what scientists are discovering with the latest studies into the field of brain research, neuroplasticity and neuro-hypnotherapy.
A serious science
A quote directly from Neuroscience News: “For some people, hypnosis is associated with loss of control or stage tricks. But doctors like Dr. Spiegel know it to be a serious science, revealing the brain’s ability to heal medical and psychiatric conditions.”
“Hypnosis is the oldest Western form of psychotherapy, but it’s been tarred with the brush of dangling watches and purple capes,” said Spiegel. “In fact, hypnosis is a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies.” (Study Identifies Brain Areas Altered During Hypnotic Trances – Neuroscience News)
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.”
Similarly, International Society of Hypnosis symposium (Aug 2015) discussed the state-of-the-art of hypnosis research. As a result, by using neuro-imaging, they were able to validate the existence of neural networks leading to effectiveness of neuro-hypnotherapy. Above all, the study participants reported many positive responses to clinical hypnosis treatments. In summary, it was confirmed that changes in the brain, particularly in hypnosis, create a brain phenomena called neuroplasticity. (Oakley and Halligan 2013).
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.”
The reality about visiting a hypnotherapist is this;
“in hypnosis you tap into the immense intelligence of your subconscious mind – to make changes quickly and easily. There is so much more to you than you realise consciously.”
In summary, many of us struggle with a variety of symptoms and personal issues. On the surface calm people may appear calm and in control, but beneath the surface they are in turmoil. Likewise, calm and anxious people have problems with negative thoughts, habits, beliefs, self criticism, stress and insecurity. Over a time these issues become a bad habit.
But, thankfully, habits are changeable.
Hypnotherapy can help people overcome their bad habits and negativity to stop being their own worst enemy.
As a result, after three of four sessions of hypnotherapy people can expect to experience ongoing, gradual improvements. Although its important to mention that 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.