Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming in Sydney
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. Clinical Hypnotherapy in Sydney, is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance, for therapeutic endpoint. This means that people are not treated by hypnosis but are treated in hypnosis. Everyone can be hypnotised. Relaxation is something we have all experienced before so once you know you have been relaxed, you can bring this state back into the present. In our every day, we shift in hypnotic states all the time as we focus, as time seems to distort and moments feeling shorter or longer. When we read, watch a movie or day dream, we become focused and in this state of focus we become absorbed into a state, feeling or memory associated with the unconscious mind. In this state, we can access our unconscious mind and re-program the unconscious for well being. Think of the unconscious as a software program in a computer. A computer technician can make changes to the software just like a Hypnotherapy practitioner and a client together can make changes to the unconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is always very safe. Hypnotherapy isn’t hocus pocus. It is the process of relaxing the mind in the ‘Theta brain state’ as the unconscious can then be tapped into. Neuroscientists have backed up Hypnotherapy and Meditation as an effective way to alter the brains neuro activity, to bring on relaxation and to strengthen memory, clarity and confidence. This process also re-wires the neuro connections associated with patterns, habits, negative thoughts and states.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is the process of inducing a state of relaxation, where an individual allows themselves to enter a deep state of subconscious awareness. Positive suggestions may be given directly to the part of the mind known as the subconscious. Under hypnosis, the conscious rational, analytical and judgemental part of the brain is temporarily bypassed and asked to step aside to observe allowing the subconscious part, which influences mental and physical functions to take the lead making this part receptive to therapy. During the trance state there is a focusing concentration for the specific purpose of increasing potential for change, changing limiting beliefs and behaviours and gaining insight and wisdom. In the unconscious mind, there are resources and wisdom which can be accessed for changing inner perceptions.
Although Clinical Hypnotherapy may be light, medium or deep, a medium trance is usually very effective where deep breathing is used to slow down the heartbeat. The brain then produces Alpha and Theta waves. Normal states of consciousness i.e. sleeping, dreaming, being awake, can be detected in the wave patterns produced by the brain. The state of hypnosis differs from all three. The brain waves associated with quiet, receptive states are called Alpha and Theta waves. In Theta states, the body gradually relaxes and heals at the cellular and DNA level, just like in Delta sleep.
Self-hypnosis can easily be achieved under the guidance of a Clinical Hypnotherapist. In no time, you will be able to achieve it on your own. We enter hypnosis every day of our lives as anyone can achieve hypnosis. Meditation and Self-hypnosis is very much the same thing. Daily Meditation or Self-hypnosis can really change the way you connect with the true self and the world around you. And beneficial for relaxation; for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well being. When we access this Theta brain wave in a relaxed state, our mind shifts from the overly used limbic (emotional brain) and Cerebellum (flight and flight reaction) brain and shifts the brain to the Cerebrum mind which is associated with higher human mind and higher thinking and problem solving. We are sometimes wanting to solve issues and make change with the wrong parts of our brain. Through habitual patterns and emotional imbalances, we use parts of our brain which can not overcome these patterns of behaviour. When we relax, our higher human brain known as the Neo cortex or Cerebrum mind is then utilised and clarity, problem solving and deeper processing can take place for change. And as a result, the neuro transmitters rewire and new states, behaviours and patterns are created. Through repetitive anchoring of new states, we then replace old neuro connections with new connections, therefore creating new behaviours.
“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer”. William S Burroughs
Analytical Hypnosis (Clinical Hypnotherapy) is more about the exploration on the cause of a particular problem. Ericksonian approaches are more conversational and metaphoric in nature. Time Line therapy is more dealing with life time lines for resolving, desensitising and reframing issues associated with beliefs, emotions and distorted memories. Cognitive approaches tend to be focused on cognitive distortions of the mind using CBT approaches for change. Hypno-Psychotherapy is a therapy that incorporates NLP and Counselling approaches such as Gestalt, Humanist and Mindfulness techniques. These techniques will be carefully selected and used in therapy depending on what your issues are and what you want to achieve. Some people are better with Solution Focused approaches and some people need to resolve past issues for resolution, reframing and letting go.
Here are some modalities of Hypnosis which can be used in your treatment, depending on the issues you’re dealing with:
- Cognitive hypnotherapy
- Ericksonian hypnotherapy
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Past life regression
- Solution-focused hypnotherapy
- Suggestion hypnotherapy
- Time Line Therapy
“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety”. – Abraham Maslow
Cellular memory healing through ‘Theta Brain relaxation’ therapy
In Clinical Hypnotherapy, the client gently rests for a minute and observes his or her feelings and how they came about. We sometimes hold blockages which are based off past times and circumstances with different values and beliefs that are no longer necessary. We can hold these beliefs within our cells and DNA, deep in our genetics from our ancestors, parents, society, childhood and trauma. When we are in the Theta brain state of relaxation, we can actually change the cells and DNA with whatever intention we have. Mainstream science is now supporting that our cells are aware just as we are and can be worked with for well-being. The practitioner then works with the feeling part of the client to come forward, exposing patterns of Meta limiting belief systems across the clients whole lifetime. The client realises that the feelings are not necessary anymore. If there are no benefits that the issues provide, then the client feels safe to let the issues go. The client is then encouraged to find ways to release them, with the encouragement of positive suggestions. The clients beliefs are then re-framed with a clean new perspective and insight realised in the Theta state, allowing the client to change the way he or she feels.
Focusing the client in the present state of wisdom, the unconscious mind then finds these new ways to feel. New Beliefs. What comes out needs to be dissolved or transmuted into something in line with universal truth and beliefs that the client is comfortable with, their own inner voice. When this happens, the practitioner will then anchor or re-establish this new energy, beliefs and insights back into the body of the client as it then re-integrates these new beliefs and feelings into the present now, physiologically as well as psychologically. The client will then retain the wisdom, knowledge and experience from these past experiences without living in the past, rather learning from them. The clients is then re-oriented into the future so he or she can manifest his desires and create them in the present tense.
Here are the brain waves our brain moves through when shifting from relaxation, deep focus and introspection:
Clinical Hypnotherapy can assist with:
• Weight Loss
• Eating Disorders
• Fear and Phobias
• Self Esteem and Confidence
• Self Identity
• Anxiety and Depression
• Stress and Trauma
• Chronic Pain Management
• Illness and Disease Therapy
• Medical Issues
• Loneliness, Grief and Loss
• Sexual Identity
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Learning, Focus and Memory
• Insomnia and Sleeping Disorders
• Pre-operative and Improved Recovery Time
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Performance Enhancement
• Cancer relief
• Public Speaking
• Stress and Trauma
• Anger Issues
• Bad Habits
• Gay Identity and Trauma Therapy
• . LGBT Therapy
Research shows that when people are in a hypnotic state it alters the way the brain processes information. It gives us access to the powerful, personal resources that all of us have in our subconscious. In hypnosis we have the power to replace old habits with new desirable ones that can assist us in achieving those things we couldn’t before. The subconscious stores habitual patterns. We can find new resourceful ways to reframe these old habits with new solutions. The subconscious doesn’t know the difference between a bad habit and a good habit. All it knows is that it needs to honour protecting you. So we have to go deep within the unconscious mind and give it new resources to work with.
In my sessions, I use a range of Clinical processes, all of which work with the power of the subconscious mind as well as shifting emotional blockages in the mind and body. This is a great way to unlock the wonders of the deep inner wisdom of the subconscious and apply it consciously in our everyday lives.
The Unconscious Mind and it’s ability to heal
The unconscious mind is the part of us that controls most of our behaviours. It is the very protective part of our mind that is 90% of our hidden awareness. The unconscious mind is the part of us that makes sure we breath when we sleep and warns us of danger. It is the part of us that holds our deepest beliefs created from conditioning and programming that have shaped the map of our world. Belief’s can be limiting and empowering as well. In my therapy, we will look at those beliefs created in our unconscious mind as we will reframe those beliefs using gentle suggestive therapy and NLP exercises.
We are often harsh on ourselves. Once we begin to be kinder to ourselves and others, we can then start the healing process. One thing that is very important to understand is that you must have a clear intention for this therapy to be effective. Knowing what you are seeking, trusting the process for change and having the courage to pass through the healing process is the key to making change. The last but most important thing is to be creative. Imagination is the tool to manifest what you want by creating it in your mind first. The mind is the casual of all manifested in your reality. The mind is where we seed our physical reality and where our bodies functions, illnesses and limitations stem from. What the mind things about, the body then follows its lead. So what are you mostly thinking about? We are what we think and feel. Hypnosis is about changing our thinking patterns and perspectives so the mind, body and spirit are all working together in harmony.
We are what we think, feel and eat.
A person centred and solution focused approach to healing
This Clinical Hypnotherapy therapy approach is mainly associated with a humanistic and existential therapy model. Your journey of change is all about your inner authentic self which encourages the process of self re-discovery. You are always guided by the present solutions and jolted into the future for answers. The future self is more real than you think. In this future state, you will be able to access all of your solutions. Try to imagine that you have already made the change and all you are doing is listening to your highest self, and finding the answers to how to get there. To the future that is. The practitioner will listen to your needs allowing the client to find their own solutions and empowering the client to resolve issues within their own inner wisdom. Existential therapy approach describes that a person may have an absolute essence that may be their true and unchangeable nature. But the idea in Existentialism is that we can change the way we choice to think, feel and be as a human being. What we stand for, our values, desires and lessons in life can be discovered, reframed and put into action. The idea here is that once we know what our issues are, we then need to realise what we want as a goal so we can then put these changes into action. This is the holy trinity of creation. ‘Causal’ is where we access the reframing of the origins of our issues, as we then give birth to new feelings associated with the reframed ‘Causal’. Once the feelings are changed which are the effects of the casual, our behaviours manifest as change in the world around us. Or behaviours are referred to as our action in the world, projected towards the outside world and other people.’Causal’ is absolute and masculine. Feelings are subjective, internal and feminine. And new behaviours are the re-birthed son of inner feelings as actions.
Suggestion therapy using Hypnotherapy
Suggestion Hypnotherapy is used to create change using suggestions, metaphors and visualisations to encourage the positive feelings associated with the change. We can use all senses to experience shifts of awareness. Some people may be more visual, so the practitioner may use language that is more visually oriented. And guiding the clients from past tense to the present now allowing a positive future change to manifest. Suggestion is the psychological process by which one person influences the thoughts, feelings, or behaviour of another with mutual consent and respect. We all use one or more than one representational system through the sub-modalities of our five senses.
The five senses used through the implementation of suggestion therapy:
- Visualisation (Eyes)
- Auditory (Hearing)
- Smell (scent)
- Taste (Taste)
- Touch (Feeling and Physical Sensation associated with space as ‘Kinaesthetic’)
Some people are ‘Synthetic’ which means they use all senses. The majority of these people use at least Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic, commonly known as ‘VAK’. The more senses you use, the more powerful the change can take place within the unconscious mind. Metaphoric story telling is powerfully used to reframe the unconscious framework of the deeper mind. Which can activate all the senses and make the experience as powerful as possible for the client to make change.
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970s. Its creators claim a connection between the neurological processes (‘neuro’), language (‘linguistic’) and behavioural patterns learned through experience (‘programming’) and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is also something that I utilise in the sessions, and these techniques are effective for clients to use in order to support and strengthen themselves through their process of change.
Linguistic refers to language; programming refers to how that neural language functions. In other words, learning NLP is like learning the language of your own mind!
The most important communication is not between people but within people.
For more information about NLP, please click here and refer to information about this therapy. Or watch the below video for more info about NLP.
Attending your scheduled appointments is your responsibility. If you need to cancel your appointment, please notify and discuss this with the practitioner, where possible we require 24 hours notice. If you do not attend three appointments in a row, then your appointment will no longer be available. You will then need to contact the practitioner to book another session.
When you are working with a practitioner, it is important to honour the commitment you have made to attend appointments. It is helpful if you:
- spend time between scheduled sessions thinking about what you have discussed with your practitioner;
- follow through on any actions you agreed to take;
- take the initiative to bring up issues or topics to talk about with your practitioner;
- please always be on time to the session. Therapists book clients back to back sometimes so it is thoughtful to respect the therapist’s time.
Commitment to the therapy
Clinical Hypnotherapy is a mutual and collaborative process. You and the practitioner will work together to develop goals on which you want to work on. We cannot change you but act as a facilitator. Only you can change yourself. You are responsible for making the effort to work on the problems or issues that concern you. We are committed to helping you in this process.
Clinical Hypnotherapy works best when you and your practitioner develop a strong working relationship based on mutual trust, honesty and respect. You should demonstrate a strong commitment which in time will bring you great benefits. If you are experiencing any problem relating to the practitioner, we encourage you to discuss these matters honestly and together a resolution can be made. Sometimes you and the practitioner may decide that it is best for you to meet with another practitioner.
No one can guarantee that Clinical Hypnotherapy will produce certain results. There are some risks associated with any therapy. For example, you may discover things about yourself that are uncomfortable or sometimes relationships change. If you are experiencing intense emotions, sometimes the feelings may become overwhelming. We can assure you that the practitioner will use professional skills to the best of their ability to address your concerns and help manage possible risks.
Please refrain from being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when attending Hypnotherapy. This would be grounds for termination of all sessions.
Some Private Health Funds give rebates for Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP
Currently a number of private heath funds provide rebates for Clinical Hypnotherapy. If you belong to a private health fund we recommend that you check with your fund regarding your eligibility to claim on Clinical Hypnotherapy. There are some health funds that do not cover hypnotherapy at all whilst some others only rebate the services of a registered psychologist.
As there are many heath funds with varying levels of cover we cannot be expected to know whether you are able to claim or not so we encourage you to check with your fund. If you find you can claim then we are able to provide you with a health fund receipt at the end of your appointment and you can then make your claim directly to your fund as we do not have Hicaps. Because the practitioner is apart of the ASCH Association which is affiliated with some private health funds, you will then be able to claim a rebate.
Do you suffer from Mental Illness or Depression?
Often these symptoms will be treated with drugs prescribed by a doctor. Anti-depressants, sleep medication, and perhaps a diet or stop smoking program will be prescribed. It’s a good idea to see a doctor first before seeing a Hypnotherapist.
With duty of care for my clients, I need to ask before we proceed with a session. I am not able to facilitate Hypnotherapy if you have a mental illness such Schizophrenia or Bipolar. If you are on Depression medication, you will need to get a doctors referral first before the session and bring the referral to the session.
A reminder before your sessions
- Please wear comfortable clothes.
- Please make sure you leave plenty time available for the session.
- Be clear about what you would like to be assisted with, what you would like to achieve. What is going to be the main focus of your session?
- Eat well, but light before you come in.
- The night before and the day of your session please avoid alcohol, caffeine and other stimulating substances.
Code of Ethics and Practice
As a therapist, we are responsible for offering the highest quality services and following the codes of conduct in line with the law. The client also has rights. The client and the therapist both deserve a space that is safe and conducive to change and healing. For more information, please click on the following link… Code of Ethics and Practice.