Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state we readily go into countless times during the course of the day. That day dream state – whether it is while watching TV, the commute to work, watching our favourite sporting event or perhaps tuning out when someone is talking to us – these are all moments of hypnosis.
What's the difference between hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?
As the name suggests Hypnotherapy is hypnosis conducted in a therapeutic setting. Here the therapist assists the client enter hypnosis and while in this state speaks directly to the person’s subconscious mind to bring about positive changes. The client already knows what they want to change in their life, it is the therapists role to guide them through hypnotic suggestion to achieve this goal.
Who can be hypnotised?
If a person has the ability to imagine and can daydream easily then they are an ideal candidate for hypnosis and therefore Hypnotherapy.
What can be treated with Hypnotherapy?
Conditions that would benefit from Hypnotherapy include:
- Weight management
- Stress and anxiety management
- Grief and loss
- Sleep disorders
- Study and exam anxiety
- Quit smoking
- Self-esteem issues
What can't be treated with Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy would not be suitable for individuals with chronic mental health conditions or with serious drug addictions – such people would be referred to the appropriate health professional.
How effective can Hypnotherapy be?
A 2007 comparison study (Psychotherapy Magazine, Vol 7, Number1, Alfred A Barrios. Phd), reported the following:
• Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
• Behaviour Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
• Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions
It needs to be noted that individual results will vary, but this study still highlights the relative benefits of Hypnotherapy to other forms of treatment.
What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
Although experiences will differ from person to person, many clients report feeling deeply relaxed. Many may experience the sensation of floating or of feeling their body become heavy, others have stated they feel disjointed from their body and seem to exist just inside their head. As mentioned, the experience is unique to the individual but ultimately should be pleasurable and relaxing.
When hypnotised can I be made to do something I don't want to do?
Contrary to what many people may have been lead to believe after watching stage hypnosis, once a person has been hypnotised they will not act in a way which is counter to their values and beliefs. Although in a relaxed state, if a suggestion is made under hypnosis which goes against a person’s values and belief system this will be rejected.
What is Resource Therapy?
Resource Therapy was developed by Professor Gordon Emmerson.
Resource Therapy is based on the belief that an individual is composed of separate parts or resources rather than being one entire whole.
The aim of Resource Therapy, is through therapeutic intervention, to deal directly with resource state that may have experienced some trauma or is engaging in a coping strategy which is unhelpful to the individual and returning it to a state of normality.
What can be treated with Resource Therapy?
Conditions that would benefit from Resource Therapy include:
- Weight issues
- Relationships issues – confusion, guilt, shame
- Panic Attacks
- Grief and loss
- Sleep disorders
- Addictions – drug, shopping, perfectionist behaviour
How many sessions will it take?
As each person is an individual and each issue unique to that person it is difficult to say exactly how many sessions a person will need to address a problem. Generally, most people will usually require between 3 – 10 sessions for an issue to be fully explored and addressed.
But wait a minute, I heard some people only need one session why do I need more?
Yes, indeed this does happen, however as individuals our problems are unique to ourselves so it is extremely difficult to say ALL clients will respond to treatment in the same manner. While one person may only require one session to address a particular issue (eg. lack of confidence) another person may require several sessions for this problem to be resolved.
It is indeed true that after the first session many clients will feel better, and their thought pattern begin to show signs of improvement, but from our experience for this to be sustained into the future several sessions are still required.
If we consider a problem may have existed for many years it is reasonable to expect some sessions will be required to adequately address these issues more fully. One session may indeed prove to be beneficial but in all reality the surface is only being scratched and further investigation and treatment required so any change becomes long lasting.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes, I require at least 24 hours notice if an appointment is to rescheduled or cancelled. If changes to an appointment is required or if cancellation occurs and less than 24 hours notice is given full payment is required for the session missed.
What methods of payment do you accept?
I accept cash and credit cards processed through Square’s mobile card reader. Unfortunately, Square at this present moment does not process debit cards. When purchasing a Hypnotherapy package full payment will be required at the first session. If receipts are required they can be sent to a client via text or email.
Services offered by TranceFormative Hypnotherapy are not eligible for refunds. The success of a therapy depends on a variety of factors most notably a client’s motivation and desire to seek change as well as their commitment to the process. As a therapist it is my task to facilitate an environment where change is possible but in the end change is dictated by the client. Before purchasing any service it is worthwhile taking this into consideration.
Are you a member of any professional associations?
Yes. I have Professional Membership from the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association.
(Accreditation Number: PM2015542)
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Do you have a current police check or Working With Children Check?
Police check conducted by National Crime Check Pty Ltd, 17/06/2019.
Working With Children Check (1258269A-01), expires 16/02/2023.
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