FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) THERAPY SERVICES
What is psychological therapy?
Psychological therapy, also known as talk therapy or psychotherapy, is a form of treatment that involves talking with a trained mental health professional to explore and address personal, emotional and behavioural issues.
How can therapy help me?
Therapy can help you learn life-long coping skills to help you through difficult times, or deal with disappointment. I am educated and trained to help you foster natural coping skills. You don't need to be facing a mental health issue to seek therapy. Therapy can help you take steps toward any of your goals, and make your life healthier and happier.
Over the years, I have helped clients with
reducing stress and creating more inner calmness
increasing self-esteem to be more confident in the decisions they make
minimising their degree of pain allowing them a more positive outlook
clearing their mind of its negative thinking and limiting beliefs and make room for positive thoughts and feelings
strengthening their coping strategies to be proactive in the course of their life
improving social and community functioning to bring more colour to their life
How long will I need to participate in therapy before I feel better?
Our research shows that most individuals experience relief from symptoms after an average of six sessions, often noticing a positive change in their lives. Some clients report feeling better after just one session, as they now experience being on their pathway towards greater self-awareness, freedom and empowerment.
Sessions typically occur weekly and last between 50 to 80 minutes. The duration of therapy can vary, ranging from short term solutions (around six sessions) for immediate issues to long term approaches (up to 24 sessions) tailored for more complex challenges. Your unique pathway will be determined by your specific circumstances, ensuring a personalised and effective therapeutic experience.
What can I expect to happen in a therapy session?
We will start our session by discussing what you would like support with and what your goals are. I will keep your goals in mind throughout our sessions and gather information to help you see a broader perspective.
During hypnosis, I will guide you through a process of deep relaxation to help you focus and calm your mind. When your mind is deeply relaxed, it is more receptive to absorbing positive suggestions, which will help you make your changes. We may use a biofeedback tool to measure and monitor your state of deep relaxation and progress.
At the end of your session, we will arrange your next appointment. You will also receive an audio script, which will support you between sessions. These scripts help to consolidate what you have worked on and keep your momentum going.
How do I know if therapy is right for me?
Therapy can be beneficial for anyone experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties, regardless of the severity of their symptoms. If you are struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, or stress, therapy may be a helpful option.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes, therapy is confidential, which means that anything discussed during your sessions will be kept private between you and your therapist. There are some exceptions to this, such as if your therapist believes you are at risk of harming yourself or others, or if required by law.
May I include someone else in the session?
I only treat people over the age of 18 and all sessions are unaccompanied. Experience has shown having another person present during the session prevents and reduces the effectiveness of individual therapy.
What is the process for obtaining rebates through health care fund providers for your services?
Yes, each health fund provider has unique offerings. You can use our association or provider number, located on your receipt, to facilitate rebates for therapy sessions. It's crucial to check with your specific health fund to confirm coverage, eligibility and the process for claiming rebates, as each health fund may have different requirements.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) HYPNOTHERAPY
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that utilises hypnosis to help individuals achieve a state of focused attention, heightened suggestibility and deep relaxation. It is used to address various issues, including behavioural changes, stress reduction and personal development.
How does hypnotherapy work?
A trained therapist guides the client into a relaxed state of heightened awareness, making the mind receptive to positive suggestions and insights for working on specific goals or challenges.
Is hypnotherapy the same as stage hypnosis?
No, hypnotherapy is distinct from stage hypnosis. While both involve hypnosis, the goals and approaches are different. Hypnotherapy is focused on therapeutic benefits and personal development, while stage hypnosis is for entertainment purposes.
What issues can hypnotherapy address?
Hypnotherapy can be effective in addressing a wide range of issues, including but not limited to stress, anxiety, phobias, smoking cessation, weight management, sleep disorders and pain management. It is also used for improving self-esteem, confidence and performance.
Is hypnosis safe?
Yes, hypnosis used in a therapeutic setting is generally safe. It is a natural state that individuals enter into voluntarily. The therapist's role is to guide and assist the client in achieving a focussed and relaxed state for therapeutic purposes.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Most individuals can be hypnotised to some extent. The depth and effectiveness of hypnosis can vary from person to person. A person's willingness to be hypnotised, trust in the therapist and ability to relax can influence the success of the session.
Will I lose control during hypnosis?
No, hypnosis does not involve losing control. Clients remain aware and in control during the entire process. Hypnotherapy is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client and the client can choose to end the session at any time.
Can hypnotherapy be done online?
Yes, many hypnotherapists offer sessions online through video conferencing platforms. Online hypnotherapy can be as effective as in-person sessions, providing convenience for those who may not be able to attend in person.
Is hypnotherapy suitable for everyone?
Hypnotherapy is generally safe for most people. Individuals with certain mental health conditions or those taking specific medications should consult with a healthcare professional before undergoing hypnotherapy. The therapist will also conduct a thorough assessment to ensure suitability for hypnosis.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) GUIDED MEDITATION
What is guided meditation?
Guided meditation is a practice that involves a teacher or guide leading a person through a meditation session. It can be done in person, over the phone, or through recorded audio or video.
What are the benefits of guided meditation?
Guided meditation can help reduce stress, increase relaxation, improve focus and concentration, and promote overall wellbeing.
How long should I meditate for?
It is recommended to start with shorter sessions, such as 5-10 minutes, and gradually increase to 20-30 minutes per day. The length of meditation can vary depending on personal preference and schedule.
Do I need any special equipment for guided meditation?
No, you do not need any special equipment. You can meditate sitting on a chair, cushion, lying on a bed or the floor. Some people prefer to use a meditation app or a guided meditation recording to help them focus.
Can anyone do guided meditation?
Yes, anyone can do guided meditation. It is a practice that can be done by people of all ages and abilities.
Is guided meditation a religious practice?
No, guided meditation is not a religious practice. It is a secular practice that focuses on mindfulness and relaxation.
Can guided meditation help with sleep?
Yes, guided meditation can help improve sleep quality by promoting relaxation and reducing stress.
How often should I do guided meditation?
It is recommended to practise guided meditation daily to see the most benefits. Even doing it a few times a week can still be beneficial.