Hypno Counsellor - in person and on-line
Griffith ACT 2603
Retrain your brain using Hypnotherapy
Canberra Hypno Counsellor - Hypnotherapy
Although many people are intrigued by hypnotherapy some people are a bit afraid of it. Hypnotherapy is a form of deep relaxation that allows a skilled hypnotherapist to help people to relax the conscious mind and access their subconscious mind. By doing this we often discover new insights about how to solve a problem and can be guided towards healing past hurts that have often been buried in our subconscious mind. Even problems that we are well aware of can be healed or solved through hypnotherapy.
Do I have to be hypnotized?
No! If hypnosis is not for you there are other equally effective therapies that will assist.
Exactly what is hypnotherapy?
The term "hypnosis" comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning "sleep." Hypnotherapists help to bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of awareness, also known as a trance. In a deeply focused state we are more responsive to an idea or image, but it is the client who is always in control. Hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness so that, with practice, they can control their own bodily functions and psychological responses.
Can one session of hypnotherapy make my problems go away?
Whilst there are many exceptional stories of just one session helping, for example, with greater confidence in public speaking, for long standing concerns or problems it is likely to take a little longer. Hypnotherapy is not about your therapist being able to wave a magic wand and make your problem disappear while you are unconscious! You are always conscious and in control so it is does require some energy on your part to change. However I will give you 100% of my skills and care to ensure that together we can work quickly and successfully on your issues. Remember, since you are in control of your mind at all time I can guide you as to effective ways to solve your problems but YOU are the one who will allow the changes or not.
Is hypnosis a new or untested therapy?
Trance states have always been used by shamans and ancient peoples in rituals and religious ceremonies. Hypnosis as we know it today was first associated with the work of an Austrian physician named Franz Anton Mesmer. In the 1700s, Mesmer believed that illnesses were caused by magnetic fluids in the body getting out of balance. He used magnets and other hypnotic techniques to treat people. But the medical community was not convinced. Mesmer was accused of fraud, and his techniques were called unscientific.You may have heard of the word 'mesmerised' to mean that you are in a trance or completely focused on something. This word is derived from Mesmer's name.
Hypnotherapy regained credibility in the mid-1900s due to Milton H. Erickson (1901 - 1980), a psychiatrist who used hypnosis in his practice. In 1958, both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association recognized hypnotherapy as a valid medical procedure. Since 1995, the American National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.
Conditions for which hypnotherapy is frequently used include anxiety and addiction, stress management and elimination, quitting smoking, weight reduction and relationship difficulties; both at work and at home.
How does hypnosis work?
When something happens to us, we remember it and learn a particular behavior in response to what happened. Each time something similar happens, our physical and emotional reactions attached to the memory are repeated. In some cases these reactions are not very helpful to our everyday lives. A trained hypnotherapist guides you to remember the event that led to the first reaction, separate the memory from the learned behavior, and replace unhelpful behaviors with new ones that serve us better.
During hypnosis, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. Like other relaxation techniques, hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and changes certain types of brain wave activity. In this relaxed state, you feel at ease physically yet fully awake mentally and may be highly responsive to suggestion. If you are trying to quit smoking, for example, a therapist's suggestion may help convince you that you will not like the taste of cigarettes in the future.
There are several stages of hypnosis:
- Reframing the problem
- Becoming relaxed, then absorbed (deeply engaged in the words or images presented by a hypnotherapist)
- Dissociating (letting go of critical thoughts)
- Responding or agreeing with a hypnotherapist's suggestions
- Returning to usual awareness
- Reflecting on the experience
What happens during a visit to a hypnotherapist?
During your first visit, you will be asked about what brought you in - what concern you would like to address. I will explain to you what hypnosis is and how it works. You will then be directed through relaxation techniques, using a series of mental images and suggestions intended to change behaviors and relieve symptoms. For example, people who have panic attacks will be given the suggestion that, in the future, they will be able to relax whenever they want along with a process that will look at the first time the client experienced this panic. From there we can release the stress of that first occasion and build a more appropriate reaction for the future. I will also teach you the basics of self-hypnosis and give you exercises you can do at home in between visits to enhance the learning.
How does hypnosis work?
Each session lasts about an hour to an hour and half, and most people start to see initial relief from their issue from the first session. 3 - 10 sessions are recommended depending on the problem and how long you have had it. You and your hypnotherapist will monitor and evaluate your progress over time.
What conditions respond well to hypnosis?
Hypnosis is used in a variety of settings as varied as your imagination. Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis may improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress, and ease pain and feelings of anxiety.
Hypnotherapy can reduce the fear and anxiety that some people feel before medical or dental procedures. For example, hypnosis may improve recovery time and reduce anxiety as well as pain following surgery. Clinical trials on burn patients suggest that hypnosis decreases pain (enough to replace pain medication) and speeds healing. Generally, studies show that using hypnosis may reduce your need for medication, improve your mental and physical condition before an operation, and reduce the time it takes to recover. Dentists also use hypnotherapy to control gagging and bleeding.
A hypnotherapist can teach you self-regulation skills. For instance, someone with arthritis may learn to turn down pain like the volume on a radio. Hypnotherapy can also be used to help manage chronic illness. Self-hypnosis can enhance a sense of control, which is often lacking when someone has a chronic illness.
Clinical studies on children show that hypnotherapy reduces fear, anxiety, and discomfort.
Other problems or conditions that may respond to hypnotherapy include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Tension headaches
- Labor and delivery
- Skin disorders [such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Cancer-related pain
- Weight loss
- Eating disorders
- Indigestion (dyspepsia)
What non- medical conditions can be addressed with hypnotherapy?
Anxiety or stress related conditions respond very well to hypnotherapy along with weight management, quit smoking and self harm behaviours. Any condition you would like to change can be helped by hypnosis. If you have the will I have the way.
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HOW LONG? HOW MUCH?
For counselling, hypnotherapy and EFT I work on a package basis of a minimum of three sessions as this seems to work for most people. Each session takes an hour to an hour and a half and ensures a thorough understanding of your issues before we proceed with any therapy.
My fees are $140 for the first session and a discount applies for 3 sessions.
For fears and phobias, smoking, and weight loss most people need three sessions.
For long term stresses which date back many years some people enjoy longer term therapy to give them the confidence to deal more effectively with their concerns
Please note that if you are cancelling; a minimum of 24 hours notice is requested so that others may have the opportunity to take your session. Failure to do so can result in cancellation charges of up to 50% of the full appointment cost. In any event please ensure that I know in advance if you are unable to make your appointment.
PAYMENT & METHODS OF PAYMENT
Appointments are paid for after the first session.
11/16 Barker Street, Griffith Shops, Griffith, ACT 2603.