Frequently Asked Questions?
Q. What should I expect from Therapy?
Having realistic expectations avoids confusion and dissapointment.
Q. What happens in an Inside Therapy Session?
The initial session will be one of history and fact finding as well as beginning the process of starting to feel comfortable with your Therapist., psychological education and an introduction to the relevant therapies available to help assist the change you are seeking.
Expect your Therapist to;
- Be supportive, although free to challenge your thoughts when appropriate.
- Provide a comfortable and safe environment.
- Be clearly focused on addressing your symptoms and associated problems.
- Focus on building skills, clear thinking and effective behaviour.
- Give you things to do, read or practice in between sessions (please do them)
- Suggest other resources (support groups, specialists) when necessary.
- Ensure strict confidentiality guidelines.
- Return calls promptly.
- Be able to discuss openly all factors of the therapy, i.e. time, money, scheduling, expectations.
Do Not expect your Therapist to;
- Be your friend or surrogate parent.
- Tell your their life stories.
- Agree with everything you say.
- Have spontaneius sessions over the phone (except in the most urgent of circumstances).
Q. How many sessions will i need ?
Depending on the presenting issues that you are seeking help with, this can be contracted upon enquiry or in the initial session as the information unfolds. Some issues need one session only whilst others are tailored to your needs. A good Therapist will not leave issues unresolved if further sessions are required.
Q. What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation and focus whereby the conscious (critical) mind and the ego are bypassed and the subconscious (non judgemental) mind is addressed to uncover underlying issues and create new neuropathways, patterns of behaviour and emotional states in a more positive light.
Hypnotherapy happens in 4 stages
- Relaxation into a deepened state
- Induction, which is working on the desired change
- Post suggestion which gives reinforcement of your new pathway; and
- Application. Whilst carrying on with normal daily activities in life a 'strength of the suggestion' will be felt during this stage and 'change has occurred'.
Q. What does it feel like to be Hypnotised?
Have you ever driven home and not really remembered or concentrated on the drive home?
Have you ever lost yourself in a good book or a movie and been oblivious to your immediate surroundings?
That time before you drop off to sleep, dozing, and that time just before your fully wake up, where your mind is active but not fully alert.
Others may relate to a deep focused state whilst practising a wide range of pastimes like drawing and music.
All these feelings are a trance state whereby you are so relaxed your subconscious takes over the reins allowing focus, clarity and natural inner guidance. Reprogramming your subconscious will allow new behaviours and emotions to happen automatically too.
Q. Is Hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is a normal, naturally occurring state of mind. It is totally drug free. In spite of scare articles in newspapers and magazine, there has not been one documented case of hypnosis doing harm to a person.
Q. How effective is Hypnosis?
You have to want the change, agree with the change, then hypnosis is an instrument for helping make that change better, faster, and permanent by working through blockages and belief systems that are not working for you anymore. With this mindset anything is possible.
Q. What can't be treated with Hypnosis?
Serious psychiatric or mental health problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are referred to a qualified psychologist or psychiatrist. Medical problems with the physical body must always be treated by a physician first.
Q. Will I loose control?
You are always in control, and you can always hear what's going on. In hypnosis the individual retains their ability to make judgements; therefore, you cannot be made to do something that is against your morals, ethics or will. No secrets will be revealed that are not relevant to therapy.
Q. Can everyone be Hypnotised?
Everyone can go into a state of Hypnosis. The question is are you willing ? By attending a therapy session you are giving yourself permission to accept a state of focused relaxation in a safe comfortable environment.
Q. What about Self Hypnosis?
All Hypnosis is self hypnosis, as the Therapist will teach you skills in the therapy process to be able to instantly return to that same level of relaxation and calm to access the new learnings that you have received The more times this is practiced, the more effective the outcome.
Q. When Therapy ends, what then?
When you and your Therapist decide that your needs have been well addressed, you may decide to end the therapy. The next phase begins of settling back into the regular life, armed with new knowledge, new awareness and new strategies for handling life challenges. But, sometimes life throws us the unexpected.. Before issues snowball, get back to see your Therapist and get some fresh input and resources to help you through this next challenge.
Therapy may end, but going back for additional sessions is not only realistic when times get hard, but is the intelligent thing to do. Mind Maintenance is such a simple way to keep things positive and HAPPY.
Q. What about Confidentiality?
Please understand that I am a Mandatory Reporter. This means that all of the information you give me is strictly confidential unless I believe you are a harm to yourself or others, or are at risk of being harmed by others. If so I would need to inform the most appropriate Authorities.
Q. Can I claim on my fees?
Hypnotherapy is claimable on selected private health funds
- Medibank Private
- Australian Unity
- CBHS Health Fund
- Grand United Corporate
- Health Care Insurance Limited
- Health Partners
- Navy Health Fund
- Railway and Transport Health Fund Ltd
- Reserve Bank Health Society
- Teach Federation Health
- SGIC Health Insurance.
It is best to consult your fund and level of cover for more information.