Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, also described as a state of focused attention. This focus is induced by allowing a trained hypnotherapist to guide you into trance with the use of their words and voice. Hypnosis is usually accompanied by deep relaxation and is generally a very pleasant, calming and empowering experience.
When hypnotised, a person will be more likely to absorb and respond to ideas and suggestions made by a therapist. These suggestions assist the person to develop new thoughts and behaviours that underlie their goals. Hypnosis can be experienced
as motivating and affirming.
In this relaxed state, the client is always aware of what is happening and remains in control. They do not enter a state of unconsciousness or sleep. The process requires free-will and can be terminated at any time if the client wants. Should any negative feeling or concern arise during the experience, the trained practitioner will work through the issue and restore feelings of calm and relaxation.
There are many examples of everyday, spontaneous 'trance states'. one common one is, after having driven for some time, 'suddenly' finding themselves at their destination or turn-off without consciously recalling the journey. Hypnosis is simply using this natural process of the mind to enhance wellness and quality of life.
Who will I see?
In our clinic, hypnosis is practiced by highly trained practitioners who engage in regular peer supervision and training. They are registered psychologists or qualified clinical hypnotherapists and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner 's Regulation Agency OR the Australian Hypnotherapist's Association.
What to expect?
Hypnosis is considered an adjunct to therapy and is combined with other psychological strategies to achieve the desired outcome. Hypnosis is not a 'quick fix' for problems but will certainly strengthen and speed up recovery if the client is receptive and motivated by the practice. Clinical hypnotherapy is never conducted for entertainment or laughs. The client will never be guided to 'act like a chicken' or do anything else morally reprehensible to them. It is always conducted to assist in managing and coping with personal issues and problems that are within the competence of the psychologist.
How can it help?
"Hypnosis has proven effectiveness in helping patients and clients change their thoughts, attitudes and behaviours. Trance can be used to work directly with the subconscious mind, to modify perceptions and cognitions promoting rapid thought and behaviour change. Hypnosis is one of the most powerful methods for mental and physical relaxation, anxiety and stress control, and the treatment of all anxiety disorders" (Australian Society Hypnosis, 2013).
Hypnosis can assist in the management of Anxiety and Stress. Anxiety and stress can manifest as negative self-talk, irrational fear, physical tension, agitation, anger, sleep difficulties, tension headaches, fatigue, excessive worry, self-doubt, fidgeting and appetite changes.
Do you need to change certain aspects of your lifestyle or improve your health? Whether you want to increase your intake of nourishing food, exercise more, drink less alcohol or reduce your internet use, hypnosis can assist to increase motivation. Sometimes we all need a little extra help to begin and maintain healthy behaviours!
Rebecca Pearce is a psychologist, mother, wife, friend, sister and daughter. She is a lover of nature and always finding ways to challenge herself, learn, expand and grow. She is partial to a music festival, a dance, good food and sunny days. Rebecca works in private practice, helping overwhelmed and confused humans to find peace and calm in their otherwise perfectly normal lives.