Clinical Hypnotherapy – Evidence Based
Hypnosis is another form of professional intervention. The theory behind this approach is to provide a reinforcement of the patient’s motivation and determination to succeed and to provide psychological help in reducing physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, nervousness or obsessive thoughts about smoking and impulsivity and control issues around weight loss.
If you are interested in hypnosis for smoking cessation, therapy would start with an interview focused upon the goal of identifying the most important reasons someone wants to stop smoking. These motivational factors vary greatly from one person to another, depending upon their life situation, their system of beliefs and the presence of specific health risks.
Our psychologists then identify and evaluate the problems an individual encounters when they try to stop in order to determine the kind of help they will need. Because hypnosis works through reinforcement of individual motivation, the hypnotic procedure must be designed to fit the specific motivation, needs and personality of the individual patient.
NRT Nicotine Replacement Therapy: is aimed at supporting individuals through slow weaning off from Nicotine. In this instance hypnosis may still be appropriate however this is judged on a case by case basis. Back to Top
There are three reasons that people want to lose weight: for better health, for enhanced personal appearance and to feel better physically and psychologically. In spite of these important motivational factors, intelligent people who are successful in most areas of their life may be unsuccessful in controlling their weight. Back to Top
Anger is considered a natural emotion. It should be noted from the start that “feeling anger” and “acting angry” are two different things.
Sometimes we get the “feeling” of anger. This can be for good reason, or inappropriate. An example of a good reason might be when you are in danger of violence, you cannot avoid it and the “fight and flight” response kicks in. The problem with “feeling” angry is it does not always kick in when we want it to. This is because we inappropriately respond to something with the “feeling” of danger or anger. There are two main reasons for this: because we have learnt a lesson somewhere in life that causes us to associate the current situation we are in with an angry feeling or we are in a physical or mental state that causes inappropriate response. Hypnotherapy and behavioural therapies help to change responses to triggers and give back freedom of choice. Back to Top
Often a person feels distressed or upset but is not considered to be “depressed” or suffering from any diagnosed complaint. Often this is as a result of distress from grief, bereavement, separation, divorce, changes in environment and other varied factors. If left untreated these problems can worsen and may result in more serious and diagnosable conditions. If tackled in the early stages however, not only can the problem be dealt with more swiftly, but also the more serious conditions can be avoided. Hypnotherapy can be extremely useful as part of the treatment process. Back to Top
Depression, Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are common place in the Australian culture. If the depression is caused by life events, and is emotional in causation, we can address that cause, thus helping you take away the source of the depression. This can provide substantial or total relief in many cases as the clients themselves may then recover from the resultant condition. If you are suffering from any type of depression, or mood swings, counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy may be extremely useful in managing your condition. Back to Top
Exams and Public Speaking, examinations, presentations, public speaking, court appearances, driving tests and related events often really scare people into a state of panic. People tend to have a perceptual idea of negative judgement, conflict, condemnation, ridicule, failure or simple panic. It should be noted that some people also seek support because they are average at performances, and want to become better, not because of any actual panic. Hypnotherapy or other visualisation methods are good for changing behaviours as well as perception. Therefore rather than panicking when confronted with the situation, the client acts in a new confident way, with new positive behaviours and outcomes. Back to Top
Stress is naturally occurring. Without stress there would be no motivation. In emotional terms stress is the pressure that creates momentum. Problems occur when too much stress, or the wrong sort of stress affects us. Stress costs businesses millions of dollars in sick days and lost productivity. It costs individuals relationships, health, well-being and quality of life. Reduce stress level and prepare the client with positive affirmation work or visualisation using hypnotherapy or similar methods. Back to Top
There are a number of effective methods for tackling addictive behaviours. Hypnotherapy, which is a mainstay behavioural change technique, can help you feel more natural, motivated and happy about change. Other addictions tend to be more complex. Most behavioural addictions like sex addiction, Internet porn addiction, gambling etc tend to be deep rooted and therefore take quite a substantial number of sessions to address in any depth. Usually such addictions require a combination of behavioural change techniques (such as hypnotherapy or NLP) and combined techniques (such as CBT or life coaching). Physical addictions such as drugs and alcohol addiction are more problematic again, and although they too respond well to treatment with hypnosis and behavioural and cognitive therapies, you should take care to get proper medical supervision an attention. If you have an addiction to drugs (legal or illegal) or alcohol, you should seek medical advice as a matter of urgency. We have had enormous success in treating chocolate and sugar addiction as well. Back to Top
Fears and phobias are not the same thing. Fear is actually a completely natural reaction to danger, which causes us to react. Usually this means having a “flight or fight” reaction. A Phobia is where the fear kicks in at a time we really do not need it to. This is why it is often referred to as an “irrational” fear. Because of a perceptual error, your subconscious believes you are in danger when actually you are not. Sometimes there is some mild danger and this is “blown out of proportion” into panic, and sometimes there is no real danger at all.
Common phobias include fear of :
– Spiders (Arachnophobia)
– Enclosed spaces (claustrophobia)
– Groups and social settings
All of these fears can be treated with hypnotherapy.
Sometimes there is a real fear or a fear with an element of truth. For example if someone is being harassed or subjected to violence. When this occurs it is important to seek support and assistance to remove the threat. Then it is useful to have support to get over the fear and trauma of the threat. In such cases life coaching and support can help you find the resources, support and responses you need to remove the threat, recover and get your life back on track. Back to Top
Many people have sexual difficulties at some stage in their life, simply because life brings with it pressures, stresses and anxieties that can interfere with this aspect of life. One of the most common sexual problems for women is vaginismus (vaginism), and for men, impotence, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Inhibitions, erection difficulties and many more sexual health issues can all be the result of stress, anxiety or even hidden shame or guilt. A fear of intimacy, or even commitment phobia, could be a considerable factor, too. As with all client problems, matters of this nature are always treated with the utmost care, sensitivity and confidentiality, and always with the understanding that many people find it difficult to talk about private matters. Hypnotherapy can help with many forms of sexual problems / sexual dysfunction. Back to Top
Insomnia is usually either a difficulty in getting to sleep, staying asleep, or waking from sleep too early. There can be many different caused of insomnia and sleep difficulties. Back to Top
Stimulants (such as caffeine) Stress Financial Difficulty Hormones Jet lag Physical problems of the brain or other medical conditions Environmental conditions (cold, heat, loud sounds etc) Overactive mind Hypnotherapy generally is considered to be a very effective at helping with insomnia, whether it is a difficulty in getting to sleep, staying asleep or waking too early. Back to Top
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition whose symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, abdominal discomfort, constipation, or an otherwise unexplained change in bowel movements. These days, many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are helped with Hypnoanalysis. Back to Top
Paruresis is a condition where the person cannot urinate in front of other people, or where they think there may be other people present. It is quite common for anyone to experience this at some point in his or her life, but where paruresis is concerned, the person will find that it happens regularly enough to be a real hindrance in day-to-day life. Paruresis is often felt to be a performance anxiety, and is often a symptom of social anxiety. Sometimes it can be related to physical issues and medical advice must be taken. Where the paruresis is caused by anxiety, stress, or an unresolved psychological conflict for example, it’s much better to use hypnotherapy. Back to Top
Anxiety, Shyness, Self Confidence, Low Self-Esteem, Phobias, Blushing, Difficulty Making Friends, Stuttering, Stammering, Aggression, Fear, Insomnia, Sleep Problems, Hyperactivity, ADHD, Reclusiveness, Bed Wetting, Nightmares, Eating / Food Issues, Social Awareness, Bullying. Back to Top
Fear of flying (or aerophobia / aviophobia / aviaphobia / aviatophobia) affects roughly 1 in 5 people, and can be a real nuisance.The effect that fear of flying will have on a person can vary greatly.At one end of the scale, it might simply be anxiety during certain parts of a flight. At the other end, it might manifest itself as a full-blown panic attack, which might even preclude them from just picking someone up from an airport. Hypnotherapy can help manage and alleviate these fears. Back to Top