B Psych; Dip. Clin. Hyp;
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What is Hypnosis?
How the mind works
Applications of Hypnotherapy
Emotional Freedom Technique
Gympie, QLD 4570 Australia
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural, altered state of consciousness, where the conscious, analytical, mind is bypassed, and the subconscious, creative, mind is accessed. This allows the hypnotherapist to use the power of visualisation and suggestion to change and improve behaviour patterns. It is a state similar to that experienced just before falling asleep at night; where you know and hear what is going on around you, but you cannot be bothered stirring. The body is relaxed, but the mind is aware and awake. Just as it is your decision to fall asleep or take notice of the environment around you, you are always in total control during any hypnotic session.
Hypnosis, in itself, is just a state of mental and physical relaxation, along with a more focused sense of concentration. Hypnosis is not sleep (as is often popularly assumed), and most people find that they are more aware of smells, sounds, and feelings than usual. This concentrated awareness is what allows the hypnotherapist to plant positive suggestions and images in the mind of the client to bring about lasting changes.
The attention may be focused either internally (on thoughts - internal self-talk, images or both) or externally (on a task, a book, or a movie, for example). The focus of attention is so narrow that other stimuli in the environment are ignored or blocked out of conscious awareness for a time. Examples of trance states are daydreaming, some forms of meditation, and creative visualisation.
How the mind works
The mind has three components: the unconscious mind, the conscious mind, and the subconscious mind (of most interest to the hypnotherapist).
The unconscious mind is our hard copy memory storage. An internal library collecting all our life experiences, including our thoughts and emotions, just as they happened.
The conscious mind is analytical and highly critical of all the information it receives. This reasoning component of the mind makes judgements about all the available information and stores those judgements in the subconscious mind as beliefs. The conscious mind is swayed in its judgements by the information stored in the unconscious mind and the three components identified and named by Sigmund Freud as the Id, the Ego, and the Superego.
The Id comprises our basic instincts for survival, such as our need to eat, reproduce, and the fight or flight reaction - our most primitive need gratification type thoughts.
The Superego represents the conscience, and counteracts the Id with a primitive and unconscious sense of morality. It stands in opposition to many of the desires of the ego. As we develop so does our moral conscience, or Superego.
The Ego stands in between the Id and the Superego to balance our primitive needs and our moral beliefs and taboos. The Ego consists of our conscious sense of self and world, a highly structured set of defenses that are central in defining both individual differences in character or personality. These comprise the symptoms and inhibitions that define the neuroses, and ultimately serving as the executive branch of the mind which leads to action. Relying on experience, a healthy Ego provides the ability to adapt to reality and interact with the outside world in a way that accommodates both the Id and Superego.
The conscious mind's critical analysis of information prevents new beliefs from being readily accepted by the subconscious mind. If this new belief is in any way conflicting with the old beliefs, habits and patterns of behaviour it simply rejects them.
The subconscious mind controls the internal workings of the body. Such as: the breathing; heart rate; blood pressure; digestion; body temperature, all the functions of the body that occur without conscious thought. For instance, when we eat we do not have to think about how we are going to digest that food. We accept that there is a part of us that controls this process automatically.
The subconscious mind is also fed information from the conscious mind and is in no way analytical or judgemental. It stores all the conscious mind's decisions as habits, beliefs and behaviours. It is also the creative and intuitive mind. Creating who we are by drawing from our experiences, emotions, and internal dialogue.
Examples of internal dialogue are: I'm tired; I can't lose weight; I can't give up smoking; I'll never be able to do that; I'm not good enough; I hate that part of my body; I'll never pass that exam; I'm scared of...; I'm sick and tired of; etcetera. What is your internal dialogue programing your subconscious mind with?
Alternately, our creative subconscious mind allows us to daydream and imagine that whatever we can dream of is also possible. This is the mechanism behind positive affirmations, or positive internal dialogue.
Maxwell Maltz, in his book 'Psycho Cybernetics', suggests that it takes the conscious mind twenty-one days to accept a new belief before that belief can be successfully established in the subconscious mind. This is why it is so difficult for us to change many fixed behaviours, even though we know those behaviours might be doing us more harm than good. When we make a conscious decision to alter certain behaviours, the subconscious mind's need to keep the old program running creates within us both psychological and physical changes. For instance, these might manifest as cravings, or headaches. Both of which can be eliminated by retraining the subconscious mind.
All hypnotic states are characterised by a deep state of relaxation, which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the subconscious mind. Under hypnosis, the analytical conscious mind is temporarily bypassed, allowing suggestions to be given directly to the receptive subconscious mind. During this deep state of relaxation there is heightened concentration for the specific purpose of maximising potential, changing limiting beliefs and behaviours, and gaining insight and wisdom.
Although hypnosis may be light, medium, or deep, a medium trance is usually used. In this state the metabolism, breathing and heartbeat slow down. Normal states of consciousness i.e. being awake, sleeping, dreaming, can be detected in the beta, delta and theta 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 waves. In alpha states, the body gradually relaxes. Hypnosis, meditation, day dreaming, being absorbed in a book or music or television, driving and arriving at your destination without recalling all the usual landmarks etc. are good examples of alpha states.
During hypnosis the subconscious mind, being the creative and intuitive mind, is very responsive to creative suggestions without the interference of the judgemental conscious mind.
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Hypnosis has many applications in therapeutic settings. Among them are:
Relaxation During Childbirth
Treating Phobias, and Fears
Sleep Disorders and Disturbances
Post Trauma Relief
Help with Life Transitions
Preparation for Medical/Dental Procedures
Blocks to Motivation and Creativity
Treatment of Grief and Loss
Psychotherapy is a set of techniques intended to improve mental health, emotional or behavioural issues in individuals. Hypnosis looks at their situation from a different perspective, thereby gaining new insights that enable them to solve problems naturally.
This can be achieved by helping people rearrange their thought patterns towards being comfortable with who they are. Many people think of psychotherapy as lasting many years and being very intrusive, but with Brief Integrative Psychotherapy people notice significant changes within a few sessions.
The way we think has a powerful influence on our bodies, because the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind are all interconnected. Therefore, patterns of thinking affect both the body and behaviours. This is why hypnosis is so effective in changing negative thinking and negative behaviours into positive outcomes.
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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has enabled the psychotherapy profession to reduce therapy time from months or years to minutes or hours. The problem in the past has been not knowing how to effectively deal with the emotional attachment we have to our behaviours and self-beliefs.
As all our thoughts and emotions are simply electrical currents of energy, when we are continually reminding ourselves of negative memories these electrical currents cause disruptions in the body's energy system. Once we understand that we do have these attachments EFT is a rapid means of releasing them from where we store them in the body.
Once these emotions are released through simply tapping on the body's energy meridians, the hypnosis session is greatly empowered to bring lasting change.
I began nursing at Prince Henry's Hospital in Melbourne. I later spent many years nursing at the Kerang & District Hospital in Northern Victoria. Over the years I became very interested in how people's attitude helped, or hindered, their healing process. Of the many books I read on the topic a current theme was the use of hypnosis to assist in changing attitudes as an aid to faster recovery.
As soon as the opportunity arose I began training as a Clinical Hypnotherapist with the Australian Academy of Hypnotic Science (now the Academy of Hypnotic Science.) The course was conducted part time over two years, 1995 - 1996. On completion I had gained:
Certificate of Health - Clinical Hypnosis
Diploma of Health - Clinical Hypnosis
Post Graduate Diploma of Psychotherapy
I began my own business in Northern Victoria, but after a few years decided to attend university to study psychology. I began my studies at the old Northern Territory University (now the Charles Darwin University) and completed my final years at James Cook University in Townsville. Graduating in April 2005 with a:
All sessions are conducted on an individual basis, except groups sessions for Stop Smoking.
During the initial consultation, a colour test is administered and a full case history taken to properly plan the direction of hypnotherapy.
Subsequent sessions comprise a review of progress since the last treatment and a discussion of expectaions of further hypnotherapy.
The number of sessions required will depend on the nature of the problem, but the most successful results are expected with 3 consecutive consultations to achieve the changes you desire.
1 1/2 to 2 hours are allocated to the initial consultation and one to one an a half hours for subsequent sessions.
|Second and subsequent sessions:||$ 90 to $135|
EFTPOS available. Refund available with some health funds.
B Psych; Dip. Clin. Hyp;
For appointment telephone Kay: (07) 5486 6085
Gympie, QLD 4570
Mobile: 0407 028 050
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