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What is it like to be in hypnosis?

Many clients ask me “What is hypnosis like?” There are so many myths and misconceptions about what hypnosis and ‘trance’ are, that people sometimes are a little scared of what they will experience. It is easy to put your mind at ease.  The world experts simply describe hypnosis as a type of ‘relaxed focus’.  That’s it.  It is an all natural approach to tapping into skills and resources, simply by …Read More

Learning about natural treatment for anxiety and depression

This week, I have had the pleasure of spending four days working with Dr. Michael Yapko, perhaps the world’s top expert in the treatment and anxiety and depression. Dr Yapko brings the very best in both the science and the artistry in the natural treatment of anxiety and depression.  In fact, Dr Yapko was emphatic that the medical model of depression, in particular, has been overstated, if not disproved.  The …Read More

Self-image : how do you measure up?

Recently, a study was published related to the penis length in 15000 men.  It was felt that providing such information would allow men who suffered severe anxiety about their penis length some ‘reality’ to compare themselves to. It is a shame that this is needed – however, with the abundance of pornographic images, men have an immediate ‘yardstick’ to compare themselves to, even if it is not representative of ‘normal’ …Read More

Experiencing Anxiety

It is natural for those who suffer anxiety to have a different view of it than those who have never suffered from it. An interesting survey from BeyondBlue, reported in The Age today looked at perceptions to anxiety in the community.  These included: 40% of respondents thought anxiety was just stress 50% thought anxiety was just part of someone’s personality For people who suffer from anxiety in its many forms, …Read More

How far can you go?

When working with someone in clinic, it is important to respect their view of the world. For someone with anxiety, it is natural for them to worry about if they are doing hypnosis ‘right’.  This fear can stop them engaging in the session unless we respect this and make it completely OK for them to have whatever experience occurs. (And in truth, there is no right or wrong way to …Read More

Helping people deal with global crisis

Today I rang the mother of a young client (14 yrs) who recently attended clinic with severe anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Apart from ‘checking in’, I wanted to share an important message with his mum based upon current world events. After our session, he has been doing really well.  His parents were so grateful for the change in their son, his reconnection with the world and his new resilience.  …Read More

The gift of self appreciation

The shift from being stuck in a problem to creating lasting solutions often means acknowledging, and then accepting, certain things about ourselves. As we begin such a process is  often  the first time that we give names or even identities to those darker parts of ourselves which have been driving our unwanted behaviours at an almost sub-conscious level.  We sometimes become aware of some uncomfortable truths. Awareness and even understanding …Read More

The power of small

How much change are you capable of?  Often, we seek a complete ‘revolution’ in our problem.  We approach getting better with an ‘all or nothing’ philosophy.  “I will either be completely fixed or completely broken”.  Imagine the pressure this puts upon someone to succeed?  When getting past the problem seems like an insurmountable object, can you see how all or nothing thinking can lead to feeling helpless, and hopeless? Consider …Read More

Learning to blow a new tune…

My 13 year old son wanted to try the saxophone. He has been playing the guitar for a while, and he wanted to ‘branch out’ – I think he reckons it looks and sounds pretty cool. The new saxophone arrived, and playing it involves a whole series of skills he has never even considered before.  One of the biggest ones is how to get a ‘sound’ out of it by …Read More

The science of hypnotic memory review

Often, people see a situation in their past as a ‘root cause’ of the problems they are experiencing today.  In this case, regardless how much work we do on creating new and more valuable patterns of thinking and behaviour, they keep holding on to this one event (or, in many cases, a ‘sense’ of an event without it having any true form) which continues to interfere with their ability to move …Read More