Hypnotherapy is sadly often misunderstood. Many people are only familiar with stage hypnosis and not the wonderful outcomes that can be achieved when it is used therapeutically. Hypnotherapy is such an exciting resource that is rapidly gaining traction as the science and clinical trials continues to back it up with hard evidence.
We have barely scratched the surface of what hypnotherapy is capable of. The truth is hypnotherapy works! It is being used in an ever-increasing number of clinical areas as a therapy and it is often effective – even where all else fails. Brain scans undertaken during hypnotherapy show the affected areas of the brain light up, similar to how they do with deep meditation.
Many people are concerned that they hand over control when in hypnosis, or that they will be asleep. So, let’s dispel some myths. When in hypnosis you are simply in a trance – kind of like a daydream. You go into this kind of trance multiple times a day without even thinking about it such as when you drive a familiar route and wonder how you got from A to B, or when you are absorbed in a great show on TV and zone out from your surroundings. There is a saying ‘all hypnosis is self-hypnosis’, and it’s true, you are always in control.
For hypnotherapy to be effective, it is important that a relationship of trust is built.
We have the great outcomes we hope for where there is rapport between us and a genuine willingness to work together to achieve a shared goal!
So, how does it work?
You will be assisted to achieve a deeply relaxed state which allows your unconscious mind to achieve a heightened state of awareness. Your unconscious is where the magic happens and if we can stop the everyday busyness of your brain from getting in the way, we can really make some changes here. Your unconscious mind is open to any suggestions I make when you are ultra-relaxed (hypnotised). You do not have to try… you don’t even have to listen. Your unconscious mind is always listening. Hypnosis is a very pleasurable state of consciousness. You will leave the session feeling awake, alert and ready to embrace change.
There are a multitude of conditions and complaints where hypnotherapy can help – often in just one session but sometimes several are needed. It is always a good idea to get the go ahead from your primary care provider before using hypnotherapy. We want to rule out any underlying conditions that may need assistance or referral from your Midwife, GP or specialist first.
Frequently Asked Questions
You won’t be asleep. You will be relaxed and in a daydream-like state which is otherwise known as ‘trance’ or ‘hypnosis’. In this way, we can access your unconscious mind, which is where the magic happens. You enter this state multiple times a day without really thinking about it. Every time you drive your car, and you don’t remember how you got from A to B, or you get absorbed in a good show on TV, you are in a trance.
No, you are always totally in control. I can not make you say or do anything that you don’t want to. Your Hypnotherapists role is simply to guide you towards an inward focus of concentration, rather than our usual outward focus. In this state, you are much more open to suggestion and powerful change.
Everyone experiences hypnosis differently and most people describe it as a very relaxing state. It is similar in some ways to meditation, but with a definite purpose or desired outcome. You will sometimes be aware of my voice and at other times you won’t, however, your unconscious is always aware and taking the information in. You are always in control and can talk or open your eyes whenever you choose.
Absolutely. The evidence base is vast and although hypnosis is not fully understood, there is no doubt that it works. It has proven to be effective for a multitude of different physical and psychological complaints. Click the research tab above if you would like to check out some of the evidence-based journal articles.
Hypnosis itself is not dangerous, however, there is always the chance that it might lead to the recall of previous negative memories. This is something we will discuss further before commencing your session if we are treating an issue that may be linked to a traumatic event.
Hypnotherapy is an effective alternative to medications that often have unwelcome side effects.
There are never any guarantees with any treatment, therapy or medication. If you have made the effort to research hypnotherapy as an option for your issue, then you are clearly already invested in making change and this is the first vital step. Hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective with many conditions. This has been proven by large scientific studies and the literature is available to read by clicking the ‘research’ tab above.
Often only one session is needed but sometimes two or three gently session might be necessary to really cement the changes.
Midwife Balance is a registered and insured Australian business. We are a member of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT), the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists and the Australian Hypnotherapy Association. The Australian Hypnotherapy Association is the largest and oldest independent hypnotherapy association in Australia.
Yes, I am a fully qualified and accredited Hypnotherapist so you may be eligible to claim a rebate through your private health insurance fund. Hypnotherapy is not currently available under the HICAPS system so to make a claim you will be provided with an invoice to present to your health fund provider.
Health funds that cover hypnotherapy include:
- Australian Health Management (AHM)
- Australian Unity
- CBHS Health Fund
- Grand United Health
- Health Partners
- Medibank Private
- Navy Health Fund
- NRMA Health Insurances
- Phoenix Welfare
- Railway and Transport Health Fund Ltd
- Reserve Bank Health Society
- Teachers Federation Health
Contact your private health fund for more details and to ensure your policy covers you.
$110 Online via Skype (75 – 90 minutes)
$140 Mobile – at your home or a place of your choosing (75 – 90 minutes)
$199 Mobile Hypno-massage in your home (120 minutes)
The number of sessions needed depends on the presenting complaint. Often 2-3 sessions are needed for best results, particularly when treating trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and stress.