Change your life by looking within. 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.

At Bayside Psychotherapy our hypnotherapists can work with you to harness the power of your subconscious mind, so it can join forces with your conscious mind, to get everything back on track.

Clinical hypnotherapy: Whether you experience phobias, obsessions, addictions, compulsions or other problems, hypnotherapy may be an effective complement to more traditional therapies. However, always seek professional advice as to whether hypnosis is indicated for your personal circumstances, as this page is generic in nature.

Got questions about hypnotic therapy? Then read on… or call us today on 03 9557 9113 to find out more. We offer either online therapy or face-to-face sessions at our Highett clinic.

Before you start on the road to recovery, choose your therapist carefully:

Our hypnotherapists 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.
  • Years of experience and the knowledge of how to obtain genuine results — no gimmicks!

Hypnotherapy is not about a swinging fob watch!

The number of hypnotherapy practitioners in Australia has increased dramatically (ABS 2008 [accessed March 13rd, 2020]). Hypnotherapy is currently self regulated. While this may have advantages, unfortunately it also means that an individual can do a hypnotherapy course and legally call themselves a hypnotherapist without any background in counselling or mental health. There are many operators around, and some are making outrageous claims. Be careful who you choose.

Some of the warning signs are:

  • Outcome guarantees (especially without an in-person assessment).
  • 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. At worst, this is reckless; at best, any effects are likely to be tantamount to a placebo.

It pays do your research thoroughly to make sure you’re engaging a reputable therapist — both for your safety and for your chances of success.

All 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 may 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, hypnotherapy and NLP work together exceptionally well to identify the underlying causes of the barriers you’re facing in life. In combination, they can help you manage painful feelings more easily, and develop strategies to regain a sense of control, so you can positively influence your life.

As with meditation, there are different types of hypnosis methodologies. Everyone’s seen ‘stage hypnosis,’ with a swinging fob watch and a hypnotic trance you don’t remember after you wake up. But while this is entertaining, it’s not a valid therapeutic technique — 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 putting the client into a relaxed trance state and implanting suggestions targeting emotional or behavioural change. It sometimes results in what seem like quite remarkable changes, but they’re usually short-lived.

At Bayside Psychotherapy, we prefer a much more refined and effective method, called Ericksonian hypnotherapy, which employs a more inclusive framework, and doesn’t try to ‘fight’ resistance to change. (Fighting resistance to change is like resorting to pure willpower alone — it never works!). Instead, Ericksonian hypnotherapy aims to help 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 create with your subconscious mind, to achieve outcomes that stick.

What you can expect from your online Hypnotherapy sessions

Hypnotherapy (also known as progressive relaxation) and NLP can be a powerful experience. 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 focused state of mind, using a process very much like meditation but with a key difference. Once you’re in this state of deep relaxation, we start looking inwards, to tease out your own internal resources, and work to identify what’s really important to your progress. We can conduct sessions either in person at our Highett clinic, or via a secure online connection.

How long will treatment take?

Our experienced hypnotherapists will do their best to 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 learning how to incorporate those strategies into your daily life. We have confidence that you will be able to make more progress making the changes you want with the help of our targeted hypnotherapy, thank if you were relying on willpower alone. (Willpower is often a disguised form of denial, anyway).

Our therapists are dedicated and thorough, with a solid grounding in mental health. We generally combine hypnotherapy with other methodologies, such as psychotherapy and mindfulness therapy, where appropriate. In fact, undertaking hypnotherapy without any other counselling could even be counterproductive, depending on the individual. Together, we can put together a program of treatment customised to your needs.

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, and bring back the joy into your life.

That’s why we use hypnotherapy — not only to tap into the underlying causes behind your difficulties, but to help identify the best path to positive life change. Once we’ve identified this path together, we combine tailored hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to help you start changing your behaviour.

Enjoy life the way you used to

You can work to overcome your issues and enjoy a simpler, happier life. In fact, you’ve taken the first step already — just by reading this page! Hypnotherapy and NLP may be the tools you need to access your inner resources to start improving how you feel about yourself and others, equipping you to handle the challenges life throws at you.

Call us on 03 9557 9113, or use our contact form to find out if we can help you harness the power of your subconscious mind. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

If you know you’re ready to try hypnotherapy our way, you can book your initial assessment session here.

*Published patient figures are de-identified to protect privacy and intended to be informative only and include other services provided as well as hypnotherapy (one method rarely works in isolation). This information shouldn’t be construed as any kind of guarantee of performance. In fact, no past outcome can be indicative of future performance, since every person is unique. Client motivation and commitment is always crucial, and everyone responds differently to treatment. Hypnotherapy is an unregulated service in Australia and our registered professional psychologists and social workers do not provide hypnotherapy. Only qualified hypnotherapists will administer hypnotherapy services to clients following an initial assessment. In certain circumstances it may become apparent during initial consultations that hypnotherapy is contraindicated. In such situations, a different therapeutic approach or a referral will be discussed.

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