Responsible Hypnotherapy in Melbourne helps you get the life you want
Start Changing your life by looking inwards. Change your behaviour through the power of the subconscious mind...
It’s easy to underestimate the power of the subconscious mind. After all, if every last ounce of your willpower wasn’t enough to bring you back to a positive place, how could the subconscious mind stand a chance?
But the subconscious 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 subconscious mind, so it can join forces with your conscious mind, to get everything back on track.
Did you know? *At Bayside Psychotherapy we've worked with over 1,100 patients to regain control of their lives across more than 60 different conditions, phobias, obsessions, addictions, compulsions and other problems - in Melbourne.
Got questions about hypnotic therapy? Then read on...or call us today on 9557 9113 (Melbourne) to get the right kind of help, and start living the life you really want.
Before you start on the road to recovery, choose your therapist carefully! Get the right kind of hypnotherapy from the right, responsible therapist!
Our therapists meet a rigorous level of professional clinical skills including:
- Quality clinical hypnotherapy certification training.
- A university degree in a relevant field (such as Counselling or Social Science).
- Current membership with an appropriate professional association.
- Adherence to a strict code of professional ethics.
- The years of experience to know how to produce results that stick - no gimmicks!
Hypnotherapy is not about a swinging fob watch!
The number of practitioners in Australia has increased dramatically (ABS 2008 [accessed January 22nd, 2015]). According to an article in The Australian, questions regarding training proliferation and funding by tax payers are being raised. Hypnotherapy is currently self regulated. While this may have some advantages, unfortunately you can do a hypnotherapy course and legally call yourself a hypnotherapist without any background education in counselling and mental health! There are many operators around, some making outrageous claims. Be careful who you choose. Primary warning signs are:
- Outcome guarantees (especially without having even assessed you in person).
- Inadequate qualifications beyond hypnosis.
- Massively inflated fees.
- Performing a hypnotic trance induction in the first session, before a comprehensive assessment and unique treatment plan has been formulated. This is not only reckless at worst, but at best such effects are likely to be tantamount to a placebo. It pays to be thorough, for both your safety and likelihood of gaining a successful outcome.
Our hypnotherapists have at least a University degree in a related field as well as specific clinical hypnotherapy training.
Ok, so what are hypnotherapy and NLP therapy?
Hypnotherapy is a way of tapping into your subconscious 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, hypnotic therapy and NLP 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.
Like meditation, there are different types of hypnotherapy. Everyone’s seen ‘stage hypnosis’ — with a swinging fob watch and a hypnotic trance you don’t remember. But while this is entertaining, it’s not a therapeutic method, and certainly not one our hypnotherapists would ever use.
We don’t even rely on the close cousin of ‘stage hypnosis’: traditional hypnosis. 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.
We prefer a much more refined and effective method, called Ericksonian hypnotherapy, which adopts a more inclusive framework, and 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 hypnotherapy helps you find more inner space to change in your own unique way, engaging both conscious and subconscious resources.
In other words, Ericksonian therapy isn’t about the 'depth of hypnosis', it’s about the potential trusting relationship you can have with your subconscious mind, to gain outcomes that stick.
What happens during a hypnotherapy session at our clinic?
Hypnotherapy (also known as progressive relaxation) and NLP is a unique 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 but with a key difference. 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 treatment take?
Our experienced hypnotherapists will help you gain results in the shortest possible time without compromising thoroughness. For treatment 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. We confidently believe you can gain greater success if you are changing your behaviour with our help, as compared with willpower alone (willpower is often a disguised form of denial anyway).
Our therapists are dedicated and thorough. When we work with committed people, they usually achieve results. We generally combine other therapies, such as counselling and mindfulness therapy where appropriate (in fact it could be counterproductive just doing hypnosis without any counselling, for instance) - we will help you to plan the most effective treatment possible, based on your unique needs, of course.
You've done the hard part already
Deciding you want to change is the real battle, because you have to do that alone. From here on, you can get people to help you. That's what we're here for. To help you make changes that give you back control, bringing back the joy in your life. Changes that stick. That’s why we use hypnotherapy to not only tap into the underlying causes behind your difficulties, but also to identify the best path to positive life change. Once we’ve identified this path together, we combine tailored hypnotherapy and neurolinguistic programming (NLP) to start changing your behaviour.
Enjoy life how you used to
You can enjoy life how you used to. In fact, you've taken the first step already - just by reading this page! 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 us on 9557 9113, or use our contact form to find out if we can help you harness the power of your subconscious mind, to get everything back on track. Your call is completely confidential, and there's absolutely no obligation.
*Published patient figures are informative only and include other services provided as well as hypnotherapy. It shouldn't be construed as any kind of guarantee of performance. In fact, no past outcome is indicative of future performance either, since every person is unique. Only by engaging in an assessment process can your individual circumstances be considered for how probable a positive outcome will be for you.