Hypnosis Cairns

Hypnosis CairnsThere are many misconceptions about hypnosis. Due to the prevalence of stage shows in which people are seen to behave like chickens, the perception is that those under hypnosis are in the control of the hypnotist and can be made to do things that they do not want to. This is simply untrue.

Hypnotherapy is an important therapeutic tool

Clinical hypnotherapy is a therapeutic learning process designed to produce a relaxed state of consciousness, enabling the mind to become more receptive and allowing the creative parts of the brain to utilise the suggested images and ideas to stimulate the desired change. Hypnosis is a widely accepted method for helping people to make change. Deciding to make changes in behaviour or attitudes at a conscious level is not successful. Lasting change can only be made at the subconscious level.

What is the hypnotic state like?

The hypnotic state of trance is on essence no different to that of guided imagery, visualisation, autogenic training or deep mediation. The hypnotic or trance state is simply a brain wave state akin to the ‘Alpha’ brainwave (7 to 13 Hertz) state of rapid eye movement sleep which occurs when we dream. Dreaming is in fact the deepest type of hypnotic trance. Deeper levels of trance, such as when the brain produces ‘Delta’ waves (1.5 to 4 Hertz) can be attained such that surgery can be done with hypnosis as the only anesthetic. Hypnosis is frequently used in dentistry, medicine and psychotherapy. It can be used as a part of the treatment of psychological problems such as the effects of incest, rape and physical abuse, allergies, phobias, habits, anxiety and stress management to name only a few.

Your hypnosis questions answered

Q: I will be under the hypnotist’s control?
A: When you are hypnotised you do not lose your self-control. Hypnosis is an acutely heightened state of focused attention and concentration. The hypnotherapist serves only as a guide who knows how to get you to relax into an ‘Alpha’ brainwave state. You are able to bring yourself out of the trance any time you like.

Q: How do I know if I can be hypnotised?
A: Any person of normal intelligence, who can follow instructions and allow their eyes to close, can be hypnotised. All hypnosis is essentially self-hypnosis, so if you are scared and cannot relax, or do not want to go into a trance, then you won’t.

Q: Is hypnosis like sleep?
A: Hypnotised subjects are relaxed, but are fully aware and awake.

Q: Will I remember what was said to me?
A: Some people who allow themselves to go into a very deep hypnotic state, experience spontaneous amnesia. That is called post hypnotic amnesia. Most people remember everything that occurs under hypnosis.

Q: What if I say something I don’t want to say?
A: People don’t say anything they do not want to say and do not do anything they do not want to do.

Q: What if I do something I don’t want to do?
A: You cannot be ‘made’ or induced to do anything that is against your usual moral and ethical value system.

Hypnosis services in Cairns and North Queensland

Crispian Jones from Seachange Psychology is a certified and highly qualified hypnotherapist. He is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the National Guild of Hypnotherapists (NGH), USA and American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE). By employing a wide range of therapeutic methods, which can be applied separately or combined in various ways, Cris can help you to make the changes in your life that you want to make.

Contact Cris at Seachange Psychology today to find out how hypnotherapy can assist you. Call 07 4041 4147.

Cairns Psychologist Rebates

Health fund rebates may apply and you don’t need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment. If you do see your doctor and he writes you a Mental Health Care Plan to see a psychologist, you are entitled to 12 sessions in a calendar year and you will receive a rebate from Medicare of approximately $84.80 as at 2015.