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How effective is Hypnotherapy?

When used in a therapeutic setting, hypnosis has a very high success rate with many presenting issues; from helping with addictions to anxiety and depression. Hypnotherapy, as in the case with most forms of psychotherapy, is a collaborative effort where the client and therapist work together to understand and achieve the best outcome for the client. So long as the client is open, ready and willing to welcome change, then fantastic results can be achieved.

How long has Hypnosis been used for?

Whilst there is evidence that the techniques of hypnosis may have been known to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, hypnosis has really became more widely studied and practiced from the late 18th century onwards. The Oxford English dictionary first recorded the use of the term ‘hypnotism’ in 1842, and there has been growing interest in the field and the associated therapeutic benefits to be gained ever since.

What will a session of Hypnotherapy be like?

A session of hypnotherapy from one client to the next will be as individual as people are individual. This is because we all have such different needs and motivations for doing the things we do. Approximately half of the session will be spent in counselling. This is where the therapist and the client will discuss the presenting issue and explore the reasons the problem exists, the pay-offs for keeping the problem and the motivations to change.

With this information and a better idea of what makes the client tick, the therapist will tailor the hypnosis and the suggestions used, in order to achieve the best outcome for the client.

Will I remain in control?

  • Yes. At no point in time can a hypnotherapist ask you to do something that you don’t want to do and at no point does the hypnotic state involve being asleep or unconscious.

Will I remember what happens in the session?

Most likely. Whilst a small percentage of people report remembering none of the session, most people remember most, if not all of what was said during the session.

What does Hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis feels great! It is a relaxed and natural state to experience. Some people may experience a feeling of weightlessness, whilst others may experience a feel of heaviness or loss of sensation all together; everyone’s experience is different.

You are neither asleep, nor unconscious; you are experiencing a ‘guided daydream’ of a sort. This is a relaxed and natural state to be in and one that we enter in and out of many times throughout the day in fact. Just think, how many times have you driven from one place to the next and not recalled much of the trip? Or watching TV, you suddenly realise that you have ‘zoned out’? Hypnotherapy is not dissimilar to these experiences, except that this altered state of consciousness is used to implement positive change.

Many people, who have experienced hypnosis for therapeutic benefit, actually remember all of what was said during their session and report feeling relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards.

Is Hypnosis safe?

Yes. During the hypnotic state, the therapist will use positive suggestion to implement change in the client’s life and adjust negative beliefs. These suggestions will naturally be filtered through the subconscious mind, so if at any point there were to be a negative or harmful suggestion that contradicted the client’s core values, this suggestion would be rejected by the client’s internal belief system. In other words, a therapist cannot make a person do something that they do not want to do.

Can anyone be Hypnotised?

Yes. Hypnosis is a natural state that we can all achieve, albeit to varying degrees; some people experience a deeper level of trance than others. The key to achieving this altered state is simply the client’s willingness to do so. A therapist cannot put a person into a state of hypnosis if they are unwilling to experience it.

How much does it cost and how many sessions will I need?

For individual sessions, the prices are as follows:

  • Hypnotherapy Session – 90 minutes – $220
  • Counselling Session – 60 minutes – $120

Programs of 3, 5 or 10 sessions are also available. All programs include a work book or weekly exercises and activities as well as hypnosis recordings which are sent by email to conveniently download.

The number of sessions required varies from person to person. For some presenting issues just a few sessions may be enough to create effective and lasting change. Other issues such as addictions, weight loss, eating disorders or anxiety and depression may require the structure of a uniquely designed program.

Can I receive rebates for treatment?

There are no rebates available through Medicare, however many of the most popular private health insurers will offer a rebate. Each healthcare provider has different policies when it comes to claiming a rebate on hypnotherapy; limits of cover may vary. If you are unsure if your private health fund offers a rebate for hypnotherapy, you are advised to contact them directly.


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