Launceston Counselling & Hypnotherapy Services
Servicing areaLaunceston, Tasmania
Many of my clients have relationship issues with their partner, family members, colleagues or employer. Sometimes clients present with emotional difficulties, addictions, or even physical pain. If you have ever had trauma or loss in your life, then I work with your strengths to explore avenues towards happiness again.
My therapeutic style is to provide a client centred approach that utilises mindfulness and other modalities including clinical hypnotherapy, psychosexual counselling, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).
I like to explore your past and present relationships and undercover patterns, behaviours, and your reactions to situations. My style of therapy is rarely short-term as we explore your past and present to have effective change in your future.
I have 16 years experience and hold the following memberships: Australian Association of Social Workers, Society of Australian Sexologists, The Australian Hypnosis Alliance, Associate Member of the EMDR Association of Australia.
All client details are kept confidential in keeping with the strict rules of the professional associations that Luigi is a member.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is telehealth?
Telehealth is essentially conducting health services (like counselling or clinical hypnotherapy) via video conferencing online.
Is it effective?
Research indicates that receiving counselling services via telehealth is just as effective as face to face support.
How does it work?
It’s extremely simple! You’ll receive an e-mail with a link to our online platform; simply click on the link at the time of your scheduled appointment and Luigi will appear via video and conduct your session just like he would a face to face appointment.
What do I need for a telehealth appointment?
We encourage clients to use a private room at home (advise housemates/family not to disturb you for the duration of your appointment). You can use your smart phone, laptop or tablet (as long as they have a camera and mic function, which most do these days). I also suggest using headphones or airpods etc!
How much do online sessions cost?
Session fees are the same as our regular face to face prices, as you’re paying for our clinician’s time. However, if cost is a barrier for you to access telehealth sessions with me, then please let me know as I may be able to negotiate a different fee, depending on circumstances.
How many sessions do I need?
The number of sessions an individual requires varies. Some people only require a few sessions in order to meet their goals and outcomes, others come longer term to deal with more complex issues. I encourage people to commit to six sessions to give the process of treatment an opportunity to develop.
Is it secure?
YES! The platforms we use are encrypted and you can rest assured the contents of your session will remain confidential.
I feel weird/nervous about doing a video session?
Completely understandable, as it’s a platform many people haven’t tried before. If you’re a current client or a new client wanting to book in, we highly encourage you to give it a try, you’ll likely be surprised very early in the session how comfortable you’ll feel and how very similar it is to a face to face appointment.
What exactly is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness that occurs naturally in every person just before entering into the sleep state. In therapeutic hypnosis, we prolong this brief interlude so that we can work within its bounds. Dr James Braid conceived the word “Hypnosis”. He was born in 1795, studied medicine at Edinburgh, and settled as a surgeon in Manchester, where he died in 1860. Braid utilised the name of the Greek god of Sleep, Hypno, as the basis for the name of the healing modality to which he dedicated his life’s work.
Can everybody be hypnotised?
Yes because it is a normal state that everyone passes through before going to sleep. However, it is possible to resist Hypnosis, as it is possible to resist going asleep. With practice, the resistance to hypnosis can be overcome.
What is the value of Hypnosis?
It is often employed to reduce tension and discomfort that accompany various physical problems, and to aid certain rehabilitative procedures. Hypnosis is also used to address many problems such as anxiety, depression, destructive habits, and other emotional responses to the stress of daily life.
Who can utilise Hypnosis?
Only a qualified professional should decide if one needs hypnosis or would benefit from it. The professional person needs special training in the techniques and uses of hypnosis before being considered qualified and should be a member of a registered therapeutic hypnosis association.
Can’t hypnosis be dangerous?
The hypnotic state is no more dangerous than the sleep state. Hypnosis, as portrayed in the movies, and other media, often strays far from reality. There are no dangers in therapeutic hypnosis when practiced by ethical and qualified therapists. Hypnosis is a safe and highly effective drug-free form of therapy for conditions that affect the body, mind and spirit.
What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
The experience of hypnosis is no different from that of relaxing and going asleep. Because this experience is so familiar, one may expect something startling different in hypnosis and be discouraged when hypnosis is induced.
The mind is active, and thoughts are totally under the control of the client who perceives all stimuli and is able to communicate with the therapist. Occasionally heaviness in the arms and tingling in the hands and fingers may be experienced.
Most have the idea that they will go through something different, new and spectacular in the hypnotic state. Often, they equate being hypnotised with being anaesthetised, being asleep or being unconscious. When in hypnosis they find that their mind is active; that they can hear every sound in the room; that they can resist suggestions if they so desire; that their attention keeps wandering, their thoughts race around; that they have not fallen asleep and they remember everything when they open their eyes and so believe that they are a poor subject and are apt to abandon hypnotic treatments.
How does hypnosis work?
The mind is completely suggestible. It is constantly bombarded with information from outside and suggestive thoughts and ideas from the inside.
A good deal of human suffering is the consequence of “negative” thoughts and impulses invading one’s mind from subconscious recesses. Past experiences, guilt feelings and repudiated impulses and desires are incessantly pushing themselves into awareness, directly or in disguised forms, sabotaging one’s happiness, health and efficiency.
In Hypnosis, we replace these “negative” thoughts and attitudes with “positive” ones. It can take some time to change the old patterns so do not be discouraged if there are no immediate effects.
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- Master Of Social Work
- Diploma Of Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Bachelor Of Arts
- Postgraduate Diploma Of Education
- Australian Association Of Social Workers
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