FAQ

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Have a question you’d like to ask? I’m committed to giving clients the best care and experience I can. There’s no such thing as a bad question when it comes to mental health. Check out the answers to the FAQs below, and get in touch if you have any additional questions.

This is the also landing page after you have completed your Client Intake Form, and helps to answers possible questions you may have!

How does it work & how long does each therapy session take?

When you have completed the Client Intake Form, I will call you for a quick FREE, no obligation, 15 min consultation chat,  to determine your needs, wants and goals and to make sure we will have a good therapeutic fit.  We then discuss availability and the best time to schedule your first session.

Your first scheduled session should take around 90 mins.   ( If in those first 30 mins we determine there isn't a good fit, we can end the session there,  no obligation and no cost to you - a risk free way to make sure this is right for you )

All future follow up sessions are 60 minutes.

 

Couples, Groups & Family sessions are charged at an hourly rate.

Coaching Sessions for Individuals: 60 mins sessions

 

Coaching Sessions for Groups are Min 2 hours sessions

 

(Note-  Daily rates for coaching and Training for individuals and groups can be provided - POA)

The number of follow up sessions will depend on you, on your commitment, on how you progress and how you feel.  We often see great results from the very first session, and packages of 3 or more sessions will be available at a discounted rate. 

 

Many clients report the area we worked on is already clear and free from struggle after no more than 3 sessions, other sessions are then used to target and clear other client identified problem areas, issues or obstacles.
 

When results are so good in one area, clients often prioritize other areas of their life where they want the same results, whether it is their work, their relationships or another target, I can then tailor a therapy &/or coaching plan to each clients unique set of needs and circumstances. 

 

I like you, want to focus on, and get the results you desire.  Results are long lasting as you build strategies, processes and patterns that can work across many areas of your life & your relationships 

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Clinical Hypnotherapy is where we integrate what you want, with what you actually do, giving you a process where you may have either not had a successful process to use before, or in fact has no real process before.

Where all Hypnosis is a state of relaxed trance with heightened focus and concentration,  Clinical Hypnotherapy  is where a therapeutic process uses the trance state as the vehicle to deliver the therapy and treat various psychological and physiological problems.


The process of helping you as a client, with your reported issues, is to find those things that don't work for you, those things that hold you back and stuck, and then to discover, reveal and utilise your own skilled healthy patterns that work elsewhere in your own life  - and through the session work, allow you to skill up and literally-  reprogram those poor patterns of behaviour that keep you stuck - with new healthy and successful patterns taken from  your own successful and competent patterns.  You get a better version of you based on what you want and need.

Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, pain management, and phobias, insomnia and sleep disturbances, and even help you Stop Smoking  - and that is just to name a few.

Basically, if you think about it, then we can help to alleviate the suffering right there.

Dr Gérard Sunnen of the New York University School of Medicine reports that hypnosis is...

“the most potent non-pharmacological relaxing agent known to science”. Dr Sunnen advises that he will prescribe hypnosis before prescribing a tranquilliser.
(Source: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hypnosis. P4, Alpha Books 2000)

Trance state, which is what is utilised in hypnotherapy, is a common state for most people on a daily basis.  In fact, believe it or not, you can often experience a trance or hypnotic state at least a couple of times a day without ever realising that you’re doing so.

 

Some most common examples include driving and arriving at a destination without any real conscious memory of the the last few minute of the journey, which many people refer to as being on auto-pilot.  You may also have experience trance when zoning out while binge-watching a movie or  having a fully immersive gaming experience , reading a book, or often when you are working or concentrating on something and find yourself 'in the zone' - in those times, time seems to pass with no real awareness, and that state is where you are 'entranced' - literally in a trance where your attention is fixed for a time.

Trance is truly a human and completely natural state where we can drift in an out of it, without any conscious awareness. The experience of clinical hypnotherapy makes powerful, yet gentle use of this natural trance state to help you make the changes that are important to you. 

 

Much can be achieved rapidly with the use of guided processes during Clinical Hypnotherapy.  Hypnosis with a therapeutic targeted goal,  outcomes we focus on helping you to achieve...

If you wish to do any more research perhaps this will help - According to Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, hypnosis (Also known in Australia - as Hypnotherapy) is defined as:
 

“A state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion” (Elkins, Barabasz, Council, & Spiegel, 2015, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis). Many clinicians and researchers in the clinical hypnosis world have embraced this definition:

(https://www.apa.org/about/division/div30) 

What can Hypnotherapy help with?

The list of issues where we can help is always growing, these examples are a good start:

  • Anxiety (Inc GAD - Generalized Anxiety Disorder)

  • Anxiety (Inc.  Performance Anxiety, School Refusal, or other task/event Anxiety)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Addictions & Dependencies ( STOP SMOKING, Binge Drinking, Drinking, Gambling)

  • Phobias & Fears

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Complex PTSD

  • Sleeping Issues / Insomnia

  • Anger / Frustration / Depression

  • Procrastination (being stuck or unable to start)

  • Low Self Esteem  (feelings of not being enough, or imposter syndrome etc) 

  • Pain Management, Nerve Pain/Phantom Pain, Non specific Neuralgia (Nerve sensation issues)

  • Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) &/or Jaw Clenching

  • Behavioural issues

  • Overthinking

  • Depression

  • Panic Attacks

  • Migraine

  • Gastric ( Inc IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome )  related issues

  • Support for clients around Cancer Treatments (Team consolidation &/or Health &  Healing programs)

  • Pre Surgery & Post Surgery & recovery support

  • Injury recovery processes 

  • Weight loss, overeating, comfort eating etc

  • Eliminate 'The Yips"- ( Golfing Yips: Putting Yips, Chipping Yips or Full Swing Yips)

    • Sports performance therapy - enhanced performance &  

    • Eliminating  - Yips - Jerking - Hiccup - Freeze - Trigger Freeze 

      • Yips elimination for all sports inc. Golf, Cricket, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling etc) 

  • Coaching via hypnotherapy: Mental practice & acuity for high performance in sports, business and life in general

  • Family Dynamics Therapy & Coaching

  • Team/Business Dynamics - Therapy & Coaching

  • & so much more...

    Our intent is to be an integral part of your support and recovery team, helping with a collaborative and integrative approaches that work with and for you.

Health Funds?

Clients are encouraged to check their own health funds to see if they are covered.

PCM AACHP  - Professional Clinical Member of AACHP - PCM # 2003441 

Hypnotherapist Council of Australia - (HCA)   Registered Hypnotherapist - HCA Register

Clinical Member of the Australian Hypnotherapy Association (AHA) ID# 2017255

​AHA - recognised - Provider details FYI:

    Medibank Provider # A094212J  (Marrickville) 

    Medibank Provider # A094211Y (Wolli Creek) 

    Aust Unity Provider # 21174306

PCM AACHP (Professional Clinical Member of AACHP) - are recognised Hypnotherapy providers with: 

 

   Medibank Private  /  CBHS  /  Australian Unity    

   Phoenix Health Fund  /  RT Health Fund  /  Westfund Ltd

   Teachers Health  /   Navy Health  /  Healthcare Insurance Ltd

   Grand United Health 

All Self Managed & Plan Managed NDIS Participants Welcome

Privacy - Confidentiality, Informed Consent and Client Records

Privacy & Disclosure
Your therapist is bound by all Privacy related laws and governances.   
Your Sessions are subject to the rules of confidentiality.  Nothing you disclose will leave the session or be relayed to others.              

 

However, there are exceptions to these rules of confidentiality.  Any situation, where you are at risk of harming yourself or others or your involvement  in a serious crime, your therapist, as a Mandatory Reporter is legally obliged to report these incidents is to the relevant authorities.   

Informed consent is a legal procedure used to gain permission and ensure the client is aware of all potential risks and costs involved in a treatment procedure.  Each client, before commencing any form of psychotherapy will be required to sign consent in their client intake form.(If you are concerned please look up Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting and arrive fully informed). You may also ask your therapist to clarify any points prior to proceeding with treatments. 

Client records are kept for the purpose of document and review, and to protect from public liability in the case of legal or ethical proceedings.  Client records contain information (including information stored electronically) used to document the nature, delivery, progress, or results of therapy.    Records include: identification data, referral information, dates, types of services, fees, and anything else documented e.g., treatment plans and consultation notes.  Records may be created and maintained in a variety of media, including electronic systems, so long as their utility, confidentiality and durability are assured.     All records are kept safe and secure, with properly limited access, and where timely retrieval is possible.  With electronic and web-based systems, there are appropriate encryption and security systems in place (as well as password protected).

 

Can’t find the answer to your question? Contact me today and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

How does a Video App / Tele-health Sessions work?

Much like any face to face session, a video based session is very private and tailored to you and your needs. 

We just use technology to bring the session into the same close therapeutic collaborative arena.


In effect,  we follow a similar process and engage in the same therapeutic processes we would do in a face to face session.

Once we have your completed Client Intake Form, and you have had that quick 15 minute,  FREE, no obligation,  consultative phone chat, we determine your needs, wants and goals and to make sure we will have a good therapeutic fit.

Then if you decide to go ahead, we arrange a session time that suits us both best.

Your first scheduled session should take around 90 mins.

( If in those first 30 mins we determine there isn't a good fit, we can end the session there,  no obligation and no cost to you - a risk free way to make sure this is right for you )

All future follow up sessions are 60 minutes.

Clients report they enjoy the video based session as much as face to face sessions, and in fact many enjoy the fact that these sessions are very powerful, focused and personal and they find themselves making great progress.

Added to this is the simplified or removed concerns such as extra time and effort required for all the logistics of travel and traffic, public transport &/or parking, weather and walking, that often comes with getting to and from appointments - with video based sessions there aren't those issues.


Also, as an added benefit as after our sessions most clients enjoy the sustained feeling of the relaxation and comfort and also of getting continuation of enhanced clarity on their processes which being able to continue with this refreshed uninterrupted focus can help bring.  As being in their own preferred office &/or home environment allows them to continue with those processes for even more pronounced affect post session.

 

When you arrange for a session time, you decide where you are going to do that session.  Some clients chose their office, their home office, their bedroom, some have even done sessions from their parked car, in their own driveway, as that is their selected quiet space.  So long as you are safe, comfortable and have arranged to not be disturbed during your session,  it can be the right environment for you.

(Tele-health is also known as - Distance Professional Services,  and also known as Telehealth, Teletherapy, E-Counselling, E-Therapy, Online Counselling, and Online Therapy, and Online Conferencing).

What Video Based Tele-health options can be used?

What Video Based Telehealth options can be used?

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The list of video applications that can be used is still growing - however this is what we currently do use:

  • doxy.me

    • This is a specific telehealth platform - very confidential and highly regarded as health professional to be the best for ​ease of access - clients log into my waiting room for their session to begin.

    • my session clinic room is entered via going into

      • doxy.me/sydneyhypno​

  • Zoom

    • I will send a meeting invitation via eithr text or email for the agreed session (time)

      • you will go into the 'Client meeting room' -  access into the session occurs once I engage your session time

  • Facetime 

    • Suitable for Apple dvices only - iPhone, iMac & iPads that support Facetime​

      • I will call you via Facetime Video at the number you provide ​for the device

  • WhatsApp

    • Suitable for most Android devices (also Apple devices)​ 

      • I will call you via WhatsApp Video at the number you provide ​for the device

  • We currently can use, other APPS such as Google Teams, Skype, Viber etc - but haven't yet set them up - so would need to work out a process & or a combination that will best work for you. 

    • If you really need something other than what we currently prefer - i.e. Doxy.me / ZOOM / Facetime / WhatsApp -- just let us know - we can try to be as helpful ans flexible as technology will allow

    • (Caveat - not all applications can be used by health professionals due to concerns about compatibility, , security and confidentially so prefered apps may change over time and the type of Apps we used may become limited in their use)

Telehealth / Video App Sessions Avail: FaceTime, WhatsApp, ZOOM, doxy.me & more (Ask)


Our intent is to be an integral part of your support and recovery team, helping with a collaborative and integrative approaches that work with and for you including video based media apps.

Strategic Psychotherapy - How is this combined with Hypnotherapy?

  • Strategic psychotherapy is a form of brief therapy which directs clients to have a quick and effective resolution to their problem. It is both goal oriented and outcome based.

  • This therapy is directly focusing on assisting clients to identify the distinctions about ‘how’ they run certain behaviours. 

  • This ability to determine what may be ineffective or inappropriate patterned responses that people often tend to do - automatically, without thought or choice default to, allows distinctions to change those patterns rapidly and with long lasting results.

  • Clients are able to discover, identify and interrupt and then change  ineffective processes which lead to and maintain their problem patterns/behaviours.

  • Strategic Psychotherapy allows for the learning of new skills and more effective processes, creating better strategies and building a resilience to arm the mind with agility aligned with better processes that lead to better outcomes and more success in all aspects of life.

When Strategic Psychotherapy is used in combination with Clinical Hypnotherapy - the power of the clients own newly rediscovered resources and strength and distinctions (developed via psychoeducational processes used on Psychotherapy)  can enable a client to focus on their strength based processes.

So that when hypnotherapy is then part of the therapy process - the client is able to use this relaxed and focused (Trance) state known as hypnosis to further explore and develop skills that can be utilised, experimented with and practiced in that safe, uncluttered mindful trance state.

Clients report that their ability to have more clarity, greater calmness and focus on their strengths when guided via a trained hypnotherapist gives and enhanced ability to process and utilise these aspects of their underlying skillsets providing a rapid and long-lasting therapeutic outcome . 



 

NLP  -  Neuro Linguistic Programming - How is this combined with Hypnotherapy?

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  • NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming - is a powerful way of changing someone’s thoughts and behaviors to help achieve desired outcomes for them.

  • It is in essence a form of brief therapy which directs clients to have a quick and effective resolution to their problem. It is also both goal oriented and outcome based.

  • NLP uses perceptual, behavioural, and communication techniques to make it easier for people to change their thoughts and actions.

  • Whilst NLP relies on language processing it should not be confused with natural language processing, which shares the same acronym. 

  • NLP is founded on the idea that people operate by internal “maps” of the world that they learn through sensory experiences.  NLP seeks to detect and modify unconscious biases or limitations of an individual’s map of the world.

  • NLP is not hypnotherapy. (although insights discovered can be enhanced when combined with hypnotherapy) , as NLP operates through the conscious use of language to bring about changes in someone’s thoughts and behaviour.

  • For example, a central feature of NLP is the idea that a person is biased towards one sensory system, known as the preferred representational system or PRS.     Therapists can detect this preference through language. Phrases such as “I see your point” may signal a visual PRS. Or “I hear your point” may signal an auditory PRS.  An NLP coach / Trainer / Therapist will identify a person’s PRS and base their therapeutic framework around it. The framework could involve rapport-building, information-gathering, and goal-setting with the client. 

  • NLP is a broad field of practice. As such, NLP practitioners use many different techniques that include the following:

    • Anchoring: Turning sensory experiences into triggers for certain emotional states.

    • Rapport: The practitioner tunes into the person by matching their physical behaviours to improve communication and response through empathy.

    • Swish pattern: Changing patterns of behaviour or thought to come to a desired instead of an undesired outcome.

    • Visual/kinaesthetic dissociation (VKD): Trying to remove negative thoughts and feelings associated with a past event.

  • NLP is used as a method of personal development through promoting skills, such as self-reflection, confidence, and communication. 

  • NLP can assist people to achieve work-orientated goals, such as improved productivity or job progression.

  • More widely, it has been applied as a therapy for psychological disorders, including phobias, depression, generalized anxiety disorders or GAD, and post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

  • NLP combined with Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy allows for the learning of new skills and more effective processes, creating better strategies and building a resilience to arm the mind with agility aligned with better processes that lead to better outcomes and more success in all aspects of life.

When NLP is used in combination with Clinical Hypnotherapy - the power of the clients own newly rediscovered resources and strength and distinctions (developed via psychoeducational processes used on Psychotherapy)  can enable a client to focus on their strength based processes.

So that when hypnotherapy is then part of the therapy process - the client is able to use this relaxed and focused (Trance) state known as hypnosis to further explore and develop skills that can be utilised, experimented with and practiced in that safe, uncluttered mindful trance state.

Clients report that their ability to have more clarity, greater calmness and focus on their strengths when guided via a trained hypnotherapist gives and enhanced ability to process and utilise these aspects of their underlying skillsets providing a rapid and long-lasting therapeutic outcome . 



 

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