Hypnotherapy Melbourne — Engage your unconscious mind & return to normal
It’s easy to underestimate the power of the unconscious mind. After all, if every last ounce of your willpower wasn’t enough to bring you back to a positive place, how could the unconscious mind stand a chance?
But the unconscious mind doesn’t work like the conscious mind. It’s not blinded by fear of what people think, it never rests, and it can do things the conscious mind can only dream about.
Clinical hypnotherapy at Bayside Psychotherapy can give you the ability to harness the power of your unconscious mind, so it can join forces with your conscious mind, to get everything back on track (and it's not simply a placebo).
What are hypnotherapy and NLP therapy?
Hypnotherapy is a way of tapping into your unconscious mind, to find the answers you need to positively influence your life. Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) explores the relationship between how you think, communicate and behave.
Although the two methods are very different, Autohypnosis and NLP therapy work together exceptionally well to identify the underlying causes of the barriers you face. They can help you manage painful feelings and develop strategies to regain a sense of control, so you can positively influence your life.
Hypnotherapy is NOT about a swinging fob watch!
In response to public demand for Hypnotherapy (not just in Melbourne, but Nationally too), the number of practitioners has increased (ABS 2008 [accessed April 10, 2013]). But please don't just see anyone. There are many scams around, some making outrageous claims. Avoid anyone marketing outcome guarantees, quick fixes, and those without formal qualifications. Our hypnotherapists have at least a University degree in a relevant field and specific hypnotherapy training, too.
Like meditation, there are different types of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Everyone’s seen ‘stage hypnosis’ — with a swinging fob watch and a hypnotic trance you don’t remember. But while this is funny, it’s not a serious hypnosis method, and certainly not one our hypnotherapists would ever use.
We don’t even use the close cousin of ‘stage hypnosis’: traditional hypnotherapy. This simplistic method involves entering a relaxed state of trance and receiving new suggestions targeting emotional or behavioural change. It sometimes results in what seem like quite remarkable changes, but they're usually short-lived.
At our Melbourne clinic, we use a much more refined and effective hypnotherapy method, called Ericksonian hypnosis. Ericksonian hypnosis adopts a more inclusive framework, which doesn't try to 'fight' resistance to change. (Fighting resistance to change is like resorting to pure will power alone — it never works!). Instead, Ericksonian hypnosis helps you find more inner space to change in your own way, engaging both conscious and unconscious levels.
In other words, Ericksonian hypnosis isn’t about the 'depth' of hypnosis, it’s about the potential trusting relationship you can have with your unconscious.
What happens during a hypnosis and NLP session at our Melbourne clinic?
Hypnotherapy (also known as progressive relaxation) and NLP can be a different experience for everyone. Our hypnotherapists apply different approaches, based on your particular needs. (No matter how we approach it, though, you can rest assured, there won’t be a fob-watch in sight!)
At first we’ll discuss your issues confidentially and go through some questions. This step is as much about you being comfortable as identifying what we can do together.
Then we’ll transition you to a relaxed and focussed state of mind, using a process very much like meditation. Once in this state of mind, we start to look inwards, to access your own internal resources, identify what’s really important to your progress, and find the answers you need to move forward.
How long will hypnosis treatment take?
It’s important to remember that hypnotherapy is NOT a magic solution. For progressive relaxation to really be successful, it needs to be a collaborative process. It’s about developing strategies for positive change together, and then incorporating those strategies into your daily life together. You must have your own script to guide you out of your trouble-spots and back to a positive place. Our Melbourne hypnotherapists know you’ll enjoy greater success if you are changing your behaviour, rather than having someone else impose change from outside.
That’s why we use hypnotherapy to not only tap into the underlying causes behind your issues, but also to identify the best path to positive life change. Once we’ve identified this path together, we combine tailored hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming (NLP) to start changing your behaviour, and to help you gain a deeper understanding of your true self.
The results from progressive relaxation and NLP can vary from person to person. Your progress can be helped or hindered by your personal attitude towards resolving your issues, your participation in the sessions and the underlying causes involved. What’s more, some people are particularly well suited to other therapies such as psychotherapy and mindfulness therapy, which can sometimes be combined with hypnotherapy and NLP to accelerate results.
Make an appointment today
Hypnotherapy and NLP help you develop strategies to manage how you feel about yourself and others, making you better equipped to deal with situations as they arise, and strengthening the relationships in your life.
Call Bayside Psychotherapy on 9530 6353 (Melbourne) or use our contact form to find out if we can help you harness the power of your unconscious mind, to get everything back on track. Your call is completely confidential, and there's absolutely no obligation.