About Hypnotherapy


Hypnosis is not so much a therapeutic method as a vehicle for therapeutic methods. These include:

1. the classically “hypnotic:” suggestion (direct or indirect) and symptom substitution (a more “ecological” adaptation of suggestion);

2. the psychological: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Behavioural Therapies, Psychoanalysis, Humanistic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Rational-Emotive Therapy, Solution Oriented Therapy, Interpersonal therapy, Family Therapy, etc.

3. the non-psychological – like Neuro-linguistic Programming and variants.

Trance offers client and clinician access to involuntary or unconscious processes, including those involved with motivation. It amplifies experience, so that change can be effected at an unconscious level, be well-integrated, aligned with client motivations and thus have a more generative, lasting and powerful quality compared with talk-therapies.


Short answer, no.


No. The stronger the mind the better able to go into and maintain trance conditions.  The most intelligent people find getting to deep trance the easiest.


Just about everyone can be hypnotised to some extent, with one specific exception. Yet, while almost everyone can be hypnotised not everyone will be.  Sometimes hypnosis is not as good a fit for a person as another delivery system. Hypnosis is a skill, so you improve your hypnotisability each time you successfully enter it.

The exception from the rule is people whose conscious mental functioning is like a very small child.  Since very small children have only slightly developed self-conciousness the sense of a change of state that happens in hypnosis would not occur and so the movement from normal waking consciousness to hypnosis and its accompanying sense of absorption doesn’t happen.


Some benefits are:

  • gaining relief from undesirable symptoms;

  • treating the psychological or neurological components of many physiological disorders;

  • fostering new skills and amplifying existing ones;

  • rebalancing distortions in patterns of thought and perception more rapidly;

  • breaking with past behaviours, habits or perceptions – gaining freedom from dependencies;

  • augmenting any number of other therapies, learnings or methodologies;

  • developing a well resourced future life.


You are 100% responsible for setting your own goals and your own direction.  Your hypnotherapist can advise you and perhaps help you discover what direction you want to go in but in the end it is always and must be your decision.




Hypnosis is NOT a magic wand or a panacea and there can never be any guarantee given that therapy delivered through hypnosis will work for you because hypnosis is a very subjective process.  But the evidence is that versus talk-therapy it works at least as well, and often better because of it’s tendency to amplify experience. Versus modern medicine, sometimes it can actually be preferred but these are only in very special cases.  Generally medical hypnosis can be used for pain relief and anaesthesia, other symptom relief, mediating or strengthening immune-response, allergy-treatment and post-operative healing.  It is most often seen as an adjunct or allied therapy although there are situations and illnesses where it has been demonstrated to be superior to the other treatments available.


The most important thing is to give yourself the best chance to succeed that you can.  If you put in the work, you get the results.  To get the most out of hypnotherapy you need to do the tasks that have been set by your hypnotherapist for when you’re not in a session.  Progress always requires willingness and curiosity.  If you’re willing and you’re curious to find out how you can do things differently and better, then you will find yourself making great strides ahead. If you treat hypnotherapy like watching television you’ll get about the same result you get from watching television.

To get the most out of hypnotherapy come to a session with a willingness to find out what you don’t know that if you did know would make a difference to you life.  And then leave each session and spend the time between the sessions finding out how what you discovered you can do differently is working.



Cancellation  requires at least 24 hours notice by email or phone.  If you do not provide 24 hours notice you need to be aware that you will be required to pay for the session anyway unless you can demonstrate and you and your hypnotherapist both agree there were urgent circumstances beyond your control preventing a timely cancellation.


Yes.  As a health professional a hypnotherapist is required to make sure all your information is kept private and confidential except in respect of three pre-defined limitations.  Otherwise all records, session notes, identifying information including any images that might allow identification are kept private and confidential unless specifically authorised for release by you.

The three specific limitations to privacy are:

  1. If you pose a serious demonstrable risk to yourself or others;
  2. If there is abuse of children or the elderly;
  3. When a court order or subpoena is received specifying exactly what information is required by a court (and it must be exact or no information will be released).

All information kept by Design Hypnotherapy is secured in key-locked storage or in password secured electronic files on a password secured computer.  Records are separated appropriately and archived with RSA encryption.  All records are routinely destroyed either by incinerator or secure deletion methods every seven years, in keeping with best practice standards.


We value all feedback from our clients and we are constantly striving to be the best we can be, professionally in the field.  A short email, a phone call or a discussion face-to-face  are usually the best ways to make any feedback known (be it positive or negative). 

From a clinical perspective, the most important thing is to make sure you as a client are making the progress you want to make and are happy about it.  If this is not happening getting on to it and addressing concerns or complaints quickly can be the difference between a good outcome or languishing in difficulty.  We have commercial reasons as well as ethical reasons for wanting to make sure everyone makes the progress they wish to. 

And if anything else is a concern – or if there is some miscommunication we also wish to receive feedback on that too.  We value our clients so we value your feedback.


Every client is different, so the total amount charged will depend on the problems, goals and situations to be addressed.  It may take 1 session to achieve the desired outcome, it may take five, or even eight.

Blocks of 90 minutes are currently charged at $180 per block, however, if you already know it’s going to be at least five sessions to accomplish your goals you can choose to book and pay for three, four or five sessions in bulk and receive a discount.

If you pay for sessions in bulk they are charged:

3 × 90 minute blocks: $500

4 × 90 minute blocks: $655

5 × 90 minute blocks: $800

Individual 90 minute blocks not part of a bulk payment will be charged at $180.

Payment must be made prior or at the time of your appointment. 

All fees are subject to change at the discretion of the practice.


You are responsible for your own punctual attendance and getting to your appointment on time.

You need to be aware that if your session begins late it will still finish on time and you will still be charged as if you had attended from the beginning.


Appointments can be rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice by sending an email requesting a new appointment to info@www.designhypnotherapy.com.au

We will then email and/or phone you back to confirm the new appointment.


Your health insurance provider will be able to tell you to what extent you can claim hypnotherapy as a benefit.  Each insurer is different.

We are registered for insurance provisions with number 2017664.


This is not recommended if you have a health complaint.

For the people wondering about dispensing with a need for modern pharmaceutical medicine (like antibiotics), while it is possible to consider ways hypnosis could be used instead of such pharmaceuticals this is an area fraught with difficulty and, for the moment anyway, better avoided.  Of course there are, as with anything, exceptions: the use of pharmaceuticals to deal with not strictly medical pathologies like insomnia, anxiety and depression is highly questionable and here hypnosis makes a very strong showing.  The same is true of skin complaints, allergies and immune-mediated disease although for the latter the research is not quite as compelling.  Finally, while you could seek to use hypnosis as an adjunct treatment for many other diseases, there is no compelling clinical evidence to date that it can be substituted for the normal treatment protocols that have been clinically trialed as the main treatment where those other diseases are concerned. 

Clinical Hypnosis conducted in this practice is not a medical treatment and should not be thought of as a substitute for consulting a physician.  In fact, if you come to us with bad headaches or other chronic bodily pain seeking relief and have not first consulted a physician we will ask you to see one first and provide evidence you have done so (e.g. a letter of referral).  This is because we take our duty of care to clients extremely seriously as should all professionals working in this field.

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