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Hypnotherapy Explained

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic setting with a trained clinical hypnotherapist, or psychologist.  Hypnosis is a normal natural phenomenon that is part of the human experience and in therapy it is used to facilitate change, modify unwanted habits and behaviours.  It is used for medical conditions to alleviate anxiety disorders, such as panic, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), specific phobias such as fear of dogs, heights, flying, and more recently, the rise in needle phobia due to the vaccines and inoculation programme for “Covid”. Anxiety such as social interactions are classed as social anxiety disorder which recurs with avoidance and debilitating fear of any social situations. Depression are common with anxiety disorders and affect people in a variety of different ways that may be the result of illness, social situations, poor management skills, traumatic events that initiate PTSD.  Blood pressure can be reduced using hypnosis, as can swelling, and aiding a faster recovery time for any injuries, or medical conditions.  Research has caught up with hypnotherapy, and there are a plethora of studies that range from skin conditions, strokes, asthma, irritable bowel conditions, OCD to name but a few.  My specialist areas are in trauma, childbirth, pain management, habit changes, lifestyle choices and confidence boosting.

            Hypnotherapy is not just for medical conditions, it is used to educate clients in the most effective way to manage pain, such as birth, visiting the dentist, having a medical procedure with medication; furthermore, it is also effective in helping the client develop confidence, manage and maintain weight loss, have a healthier lifestyle, by stop smoking, drinking, gambling and they many poor social habits.  Hypnosis has also been used to  help students to pass exams; access and enhance recall of information, improve skills motor skill such as riding a bicycle and cerebral skills such as  learn languages.

            Who benefits from hypnosis the most?  The group of people who decide that they want to make a change and contact their professional hypnotherapist on their own volition.  Clients who have been referred by a GP, or given an ultimatum by a partner/friend,  tend to expect a miracle result. The results are driven not by the hypnotherapist but by the client’s own resolve, without which very little can be achieved for the longevity. 

            Who does not benefit from hypnosis?  The group of people who are unable to follow or understand simple instructions; people in an authoratative position often find it difficult to allow themselves to be fully immersed in the therapy; and those who are unable to respond to the suggestions thereby making it difficult to measure the therapeutic benefits of treatment. Those who are drunk, high on drugs or medication that impair cognitive function also fall into this category.

Who should you make an appointment with?  Firstly, if you can get a referral from someone you know who has seen a Clinical Hypnotherapist, it is best to call and have a conversation with them.  You will intuitively know whether there is a fit between you.  Secondly, find out about their qualifications and memberships to professional organisation and the number of years they have been in practice, and whether they have insurance that is current.  Do they go to supervision or are they a supervisor in their chapter.  It is normal that the practitioner will give you time to hear your condition and can give you an idea of costings and treatment plans.  Expect a minimum of three treatments as a rule of thumb. Generally, treatment ranges between three and five sessions given weekly.  Maintenance treatment or longer treatment plans can be discussed if required.  Most first sessions are intake and the introduction to hypnosis where the client will learn simple techniques to help themselves go into hypnosis spontaneously. It will also allow the practitioner to identify whether the client is suitable for treatment. Practitioners who have been certified for many years and maintain membership to their professional organisation may have access to rebates under certain healthcare funds through their organisation.  Avoid any therapist who is not associated with a reputable organisation.  The cost of seeing a hypnotherapist varies depending on location. 

If you have any questions that have not been covered here, please feel free to call on 0415493778 between the hours of 10am and 6.00pm Monday – Fridays, or email me on marilyn@thealternativecentre.com.au

Marilyn Colvin Boon

Member of the Australian Hypnotherapists Association

CM0309316. Member since 3.03/2009