The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis says that hypnosis is “a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention”. Hypnosis enables us to talk to our unconscious mind by utilizing our mind/body connection. Simply said, hypnosis allows you to be in charge of your mind and therefore in control and direct your destiny.
Can I be made to do something I don’t want to do?
No you won’t. Some people may be fearful of hypnosis, thinking they will do something they don’t want to or get stuck. This is not correct. A person can only be hypnotised if they choose to and they will only do what they want to. You will only accept suggestions consistent with your values and beliefs. Every moment during hypnosis you are in control of your mind.
What does it feel like?
Many people when hypnotised for the first time are surprised to discover that being hypnotised feels normal and natural.
The altered state of consciousness that hypnosis creates is a natural, relaxed, normal and useful state that most people experience regularly. In many ways it feels like that relaxed state you experience just before you fall asleep.
What’s the difference between hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis?
Stage hypnosis is an interesting and fun phenomenon that utilises hypnotic principles. While it is fun to watch and even to participate in one must remember that the people ‘performing’ are not doing anything against their moral code or anything they don’t ‘want’ to do. The expert stage hypnotist will only select those people who have exhibitionist tendencies. Hypnotherapy utilises some of the same principles of stage hypnosis but is different in many important aspects.
How long has hypnotherapy been used?
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy has been around for hundreds of years and was even used for pain control prior to the use of chemical anaesthesia. In the 1950’s hypnotherapy was properly recognised by the American Medical Association as well as various psychological associations. In Australia hypnotherapy is now regularly studied by General Practitioners, Dentists and allied health care professionals. Currently hypnosis is used for surgical operations, childbirth, pain control, dentistry and many other applications.
Is a referral necessary?
No, a referral from a doctor is not necessary however some issues such as sleep disorders and sexual disorders for example can have an organic component so it would be advisable to also consult a medical practitioner. In some cases your therapist will consult with your GP (with your consent) to discuss your treatment. It is also important to rule out any organic cause for your issue if there is doubt as to the root cause of your problem. In fact it is often most helpful to treat both physiological issues AND any psychological issues simultaneously. If you are currently receiving any medical,psychiatric or psychological care it would be useful to bring any information you think might be pertinent along to your appointment.
Is my session confidential?
Your records will be kept secure at all times. Electronic information will be stored in a secure manner and files will be kept locked away. Your details will never be given to third parties (unless required so by law). You will be free to discuss anything free of judgement. Some exceptions to this are where laws are in place that require reporting of certain matters for instance matters concerning the welfare of children.