Some of the most frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy and my practice.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of consciousness characterised by increased mental awareness, concentration and general relaxation. We experience the state of hypnosis regularly in our day to day lives: while reading a book, watching a movie, driving down the highway or listening to music.
Hypnotherapy is an effective, safe, gentle and drug-free form of therapy which can be used to treat a variety of psychological and physiological conditions. Hypnotherapy, when practiced by a professionally qualified hypnotherapist is an ideal way to bring about positive, lasting changes in behaviour, mindset, performance and health.
While we can make a conscious decision to change our behaviour, our thinking, our performance or our state of health, lasting change is effectively made at the subconscious level. In a relaxed, comfortable state of hypnosis, with the assistance of a qualified hypnotherapist you are able to access and communicate with the subconscious part of your mind to work through issues, and make the changes necessary to live a more satisfying and rewarding life.
The state of hypnosis feels different for everyone, however, you can expect to feel comfortably relaxed, aware and totally in control of your mind and body at all times. The state of hypnosis can be described as feeling similar to that of meditation. Your hypnotherapist will work with you in a safe, cooperative interaction to assist you in achieving your desired outcomes. You cannot be made to do anything that you are not comfortable with or change anything you do not want to change.
Yes, absolutely. Contrary to what stage hypnotists would have us believe, while in hypnosis, you are in complete control of your mind and body at all times. Hypnosis is done with you not to you. You are an active participant throughout the entire process.
Again, what we feel after being hypnotised will be different for each of us. People often report feeling refreshed, alert, vitalised and relaxed for a long time following the experience of hypnosis.
The Initial Hypnotherapy consultation is 1.5 hours. The first 30 minutes of the initial consultation is obligation free.*
Each subsequent consultation is 1 hour.
*No fee is applicable for the first 30 minutes of the initial consultation. The client or the hypnotherapist may choose to end the consultation during this time for any reason.
The full fee is applicable if both parties choose to proceed with the consultation beyond the first 30 minutes. (No hypnosis will take place in the first 30 minutes).
Yes, hypnotherapy is covered by some private health funds. Please check with your provider to find out if you are covered.
Your hypnotherapist will make you feel welcome and will discuss the outcomes you wish to achieve from therapy. Some counselling techniques will be used so that you and your hypnotherapist can get clarity and insight on any relevant issues. With the assistance of your hypnotherapist you will be gently guided into hypnosis. A variety of hypnosis techniques may be used to assist you in achieving your desired outcomes.
The initial consultation is longer to allow plenty of time for your hypnotherapist to get to know you and assess your individual requirements. This time will also allow your hypnotherapist to answer any questions you may have.
Please contact us at least 24 hours prior to your consultation if you need to cancel. This gives us ample time to fill your time slot.
In order to provide you the best possible treatment, it may be necessary for your hypnotherapist to contact your healthcare professional to ensure that hypnotherapy can appropriately be used together with any other treatments you may be undertaking.
My son, who is in High School and suffers from anxiety, saw Philip at the end of last year. Before that we had been to two other health care professionals with no progress. Philip spoke to him kindly, helped him achieve insight into why he reacted the way he did, and helped him change his internal conversation when approaching a situation that may make him anxious. This has reduced the occurrance of his panic attacks and given us a more peaceful home. I can't thank him enough. Deborah, Lilyfield 2016
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