How to find the Best Hypnotherapist Melbourne has for you
#Choosing a therapist can be tricky. Choosing a Clinical Hypnotherapist in Melbourne can be particularly challenging because as Hypnotherapy is currently not regulated in Victoria it's important to check that the Hypnotherapist has been properly trained and is registered with an approved and nationally accredited association such as the Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA).
Membership in an accredited association provides evidence that the practitioner has been properly trained in Hypnotherapy, so it's a good way of finding the best Australian Hypnotherapists in clinical practice. Often it's the case the practitioners of other disciplines add Hypnotherapy to their lists of services when in fact they haven't undertaken sufficient training to merit membership in an industry association and in some cases haven't undertaken any training at all.
Registration with an accredited association provides peace of mind in that it not only indicates that the Hypnotherapist has been trained to the standard required for acceptance in the Hypnotherapy Association, it also demonstrates that they have agreed to adhere to the Hypnotherapy Associations code of conduct, they they have passed a police check, a working with children check, have trained in first aid, are properly insured and are undertaking continuous professional development training. These are all very important criteria to have in mind before entering a therapeutic relationship, particularly where confidentiality is so critical.
Hypnotherapy is more than simply helping someone relax, it requires counselling and psychotherapy skills, for this reason in addition to the training I received during my years of studying Hypnotherapy I also undertook formal training as a Professional Counsellor; in addition to being a member of the Australian Hypnotherapy Association I'm also a member of the Australian Counselling Association. The Australian Counselling Association has similar criteria to the Hypnotherapy Association.
Another aspect of association membership is that you are required to have professional supervision from a highly experienced, skilled and professionally accredited supervisor. This supervision helps to ensure that as a therapist you are able to workshop cases and review treatment plans while maintaining confidentiality and is an essential part of any therapists professional practice and development. In addition to the aforementioned membership of the Australian Hypnotherapy Association means that I have a provider number for Private Health Insurers so if your policy covers Hypnotherapy you can claim back some of the cost of the sessions.
So in conclusion when seeking a therapist I recommend that you spend a little time doing some research as to their training and ongoing development to ensure that not only did they study Hypnotherapy extensively but are continuing to learn new techniques on the cutting edge of the industry.
As a private practitioner I ensure to keep a register of other reputable therapists that I can refer clients to if I believe their needs will be best served elsewhere.
Once you've established the credentials of the therapist then it's about finding the therapist that resonates most with you, you can do this by reading their blog or website and getting a feel for their style. If still unsure give them a call and talk to them about how they work. Any good therapist will be happy to talk to you by phone because a good therapist wants to ensure the best outcome for you and to help you make the choice that works best for you.
If you'd like further information please don't hesitate to contact me on 0435 923 817 or by using this contact form. Click this link learn more about me.
For the best Hypnotherapy Australia has to offer always check the NHRA (National Hypnotherapist Register). A register of all member hypnotherapists in associations Australia wide.
The Australian Hypnotherapy Association Is A Great Place To Start.
How do you handle the ever present Saboteurs that seem to go into overdrive around holiday time?
You know the kind I mean, the people that know you're trying to lose weight, abstain from alcohol, save money by not going out, catch up on Uni Assignments or work an extra shift for some much needed income and yet they still decide to pressure you to try to break your resolve.
They wave hot cross buns and Easter eggs under your nose when they know you're working hard to avoid them, or ignore your protests and refuse to leave until you comply with their wish to go out with them. They often embarrass you in front of others or use emotional blackmail like telling you they'll be hurt if you don't accept or that you'd be rude not to. The fact is that whether they realise it or not, they are not respecting your choices and boundaries so in fact they are the ones being rude.
This is generally not malicious, in fact it's probably true to say we are all guilty of it at one time or another. It's a throwback to a more austere time when people were taught to politely refuse things offered the first time in case the person offering could not really afford to share and then the ritual of insisting came into play. A lot of cultures still play this ritual of offering food or drinks over and over again in spite of refusals and hence boundaries begin to blur. We need to recognise that it's an outdated social style because we in the west have largely been living in a world excess for decades now. The result is that while in the past being offered a treat was a novelty, these days avoiding them has become the challenge, delaying gratification has never been so challenging. We need to update what we find socially acceptable and politely back off when people around us are trying to eat healthily or achieve any personal goal that's contrary to what's on offer.
So how can you handle these awkward encounters?
- If you accept an invitation to celebrate let the host know in advance if you are restricting your diet or alcohol consumption so that they don't over cater or prepare "your favourite". Frame your requirements in positive language, explain that you really appreciate their support and are looking forward to enjoying their company.
- Let them know politely and firmly that you have seat a goal for yourself and you want to see it through.
- For the particularly persistent, ask them why is it so important to them that you break your resolve? Understand that it is more about how they're feeling about themselves than about you. Remember that you are allowed to maintain your boundaries, there is no rule that says you have to comply with this kind of social pressure.
- In some instances where food is on offer you may find the best tactic is to accept and then discreetly return it or dispose of it. You may be thinking but that's wasteful, but isn't eating to excess thereby generating body fat and blowing your hard work far more wasteful? Sometimes this is the only way with people who are blissfully or determinedly unaware of other peoples boundaries. Some people are completely tone deaf when it comes to hearing others so your protests will be a waste of energy.
- Be aware that the biggest saboteur usually resides inside your own mind! This part of you may have many reasons for believing sabotage is your best self-defence mechanism. it's most likely trying to protect you from disappointment, failure, unwanted attention or criticism and it's unwittingly being counter productive in its methods and applying an old fear to a current situation (the subconscious is designed to generalise). Recognising that we are all prone to having this aspect to our personality due to our life experiences and that it is just one aspect i.e. it doesn't have to be given authority over all other aspects of your personality is important to helping you break through to achieve your goals successfully. Acknowledge your inner saboteur when it comes to the forefront of your mind and greet it with curiosity. Ask it what it's trying to do for you? If you hear the "you might as well give up you'll never succeed" voice, recognise that this part of you is afraid and needs reassurance not criticism or for that matter indulgence.
Focus on what you want to achieve, what action you need to take to achieve it and what you will gain from achieving it. Remember it's easier to maintain a consistent habit than it is to resume one. Keep your eye on the prize, visualise how it will feel, how it will look, how it will sound, what you will see in your eyes when you look in the mirror when you've reached your target!
If you find that your internal Saboteur is particularly insistent Hypnotherapy can be very helpful in providing the tools and insight to resolve the inner conflict.
If you would like to know more about how Hypnotherapy can help you please give me a call on 0435 923 817 or use this Contact form. Click these links for more information on Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss, Hypnotherapy for Anxiety or Hypnotherapy for Addiction. For the information on the Best Hypnotherapy Melbourne has to offer for a wide variety of issues click here.
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It’s confusing and frustrating isn’t it? You’re so clear about wanting to quit, you’ve been through all the reasons, you’ve made your mind up and you direct all of your willpower at it, and yet…… there you are again doing exactly what you’ve decided you don’t want to do. Breaking a habit can become something of a personal Everest.
Why is this?
Our willpower works in conjunction with our cognition, it’s like a battery with a finite life. In addition to the limited battery life of our willpower, the other problem is that our cognition is operating on a delay several seconds behind our unconscious processing. By the time you have the thought “why am I doing this again!” Your unconscious mind has assessed the situation or circumstance that you’re in, has matched it to previous experiences and has already set what it deems to be an appropriate response in motion. The momentum has already built up considerable steam before your cognition tries to trigger willpower. Your willpower may have enough ‘battery charge’ to interrupt this process a few times, but chances are that its battery will go flat before the unconscious response has been retrained or decommissioned. This is why willpower alone is often insufficient to effect change.
The reason for this is simple. The unconscious will continue meeting what it perceives to be the need until a better alternative is provided to it. Simply trying to stop will not do it, understanding the purpose the habit is fulfilling and addressing that is the key.
The unconscious mind is quite simple in its matching process, for example if you have comforted yourself with chocolate or cigarettes your unconscious may interpret this to mean that avoiding your emotions works for you, so thereafter any fluctuation in emotion may lead to you finding yourself halfway through a block of chocolate or lighting one cigarette from another before you realise it.
Understanding your triggers is a good way of pre-empting this unconscious process, if you are aware of the circumstances that trigger your unwanted behaviour you can observe the point at which your unconscious tries to set the response it determines appropriate in motion. Then you can use the following 4 steps to interrupt it:
- Consciously observe that your unconscious is preparing it’s response.
- Examine with curiosity the situation and determine what it is that your unconscious is trying to achieve for you, is it trying to provide a soothing mechanism to help you handle a feeling that’s arising?
- Consciously create an alternative to meet the need so if you are e.g. trying to avoid the uncomfortable feelings associated with a social situation, negate this need by instead making room for the feeling. Sit with the feeling and allow it to run its course.
- When the feeling has run its course, breathe deeply and slowly through your nose, breathe all the way down to our abdomen if you can, hold the breath for a few seconds and then slowly release, as slowly as you possibly can. Repeat this process a few times and and imagine something that makes you grateful, whether it’s a beautiful sunset, a double rainbow or your team winning a game, take your mind to that positive place for a moment. This process is calming and allows your unconscious to learn that the habit you’re trying to quit is no longer required to handle the feeling that it triggered it.
This process can take a little time to retrain the brain. Hypnotherapy can be used to fast-track the process and to break down the defence mechanisms that the subconscious may have put in place to protect its habituated responses. The unconscious mind is always working in what it believes is your best interest, so once it establishes a habit it won’t let it go until it’s very clear that the habit no longer serves a valid positive purpose for you. Hypnotherapy and EFT can help you process the emotions that may be keeping you stuck in old habituated patterns and unstick the most stubborn habit defences.
If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you Quit Smoking with Hypnotherapy or use Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss or to break any unwanted habit or behaviour that you would like to leave behind you please feel free to call me on 0435 923 817 or use the contact form on this page.
If you have any comments about reprogramming the unconscious mind please feel free to leave it in the comments below.
For the Best Hypnotherapy Melbourne has to offer ensure that the Therapist you choose is a member of an accredited association such as the Australian Hypnotherapy Association. Melbourne’s best Hypnotherapist options ensure that they are members and therefore demonstrate that they are appropriately trained, insured and governed by a code of ethics. Where the Hypnotherapist is an association member Private Health Insurance rebates may apply for participating health funds.
Melbourne Hypnotherapist Georgina Mitchell was born in Ireland, moving to Australia in 1989. Georgina Specialises in helping people with Anxiety Disorders and is an active member of the Melbourne Hypnotherapy Community. In Melbourne Hypnosis is being accepted as effective tool for anyone wanting to achieve a positive change in Mood, Behaviour and Habit.
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