We have answered some of the most common questions we get asked below.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a beautiful, natural method for making positive changes to our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Hypnotherapy relaxes the conscious, critical mind and offers re-frames and suggestions to the powerful subconscious mind, creating change.
The suggestible state achieved through hypnosis is generally termed being “in trance.” For some people this term conjures up visions of magic, but hypnosis is really a very natural state and has been observed across cultures and throughout time.  It is an altered state of awareness somewhere between being fully awake and being fully asleep.
The thing to remember is that you are always in control of the experience and of the nature of the suggestions. No one can be forced to do things through hypnosis that they don’t want to do.
Everyone experiences Hypnotherapy differently but for most people is is a relaxing and calming experience. You may remember everything that is said or you may drift in and out or travel off on your own journey of memory and imagination. Your subconscious mind still hears the suggestions and makes changes according to your ethics, morals and personal standards.

Can I be hypnotised?

The short answer to “Can I Be Hypnotised?” is …Most likely YES!  If you are willing to be hypnotised you are half way there. And you don’t have to be weak minded – In fact the more intelligent and imaginative a person is, the easier they are to hypnotise. All you need to do is relax and cooperate as you are guided into a hypnotic state by your hypnotherapist. The first time may take a little longer than subsequent occasions when you have learnt to trust the process.
Can I be hypnotised?    …is a question I’m asked often. To find out for sure if you can be hypnotised, contact Amanda.

What happens at my first session?

When you first meet Amanda or Hilary, both will take some time to talk to you about the changes you wish to make. It helps if you are clear in your mind about exactly what you want and if you are 100% committed to making changes happen. Then Hilary or Amanda are able to construct meaningful and relevant suggestions to be given during hypnosis.
One way of clarifying the positive changes you desire is to write down the “old” ways of thinking, feeling or acting on one side of a page. On the other side write the “new” ways – the way that you want to think, feel and act.
 Relevant medical and historical information will also need to be collected from you, and stays completely confidential.
At your first session, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions or raise concerns. The process will be clearly explained to you and make sure you are comfortable, committed and willing to be hypnotised. You will be hypnotised gently and respectfully. It’s nothing like hypnotism that you may have seen on TV or on stage.
The vast majority of clients find that being hypnotised is a wonderfully soothing and relaxing experience, even without the benefit of the positive suggestions. One way of describing hypnotherapy is “a massage for the mind!”
At the end you will be gradually reoriented to full alertness and you can expect to feel refreshed and marvelously good. 
Being hypnotised is a learning experience. Generally people find that after they have learnt how to go into trance the first time, on subsequent occasions they are able to go into trance easier, quicker and deeper.

Does Hypnotherapy work?

You may have read or heard about the spectacular results people have achieved in giving up smoking  (See also Smoking Cessation Statistics) or losing weight through hypnotherapy, but does hypnotherapy work to help normal people achieve a better life?
Hypnosis is a scientific fact – it isn’t something that you believe in or don’t believe in. There is a huge collection of evidence supporting its effectiveness.
Hypnosis works because it allows access to the subconscious mind, which is far more powerful than the conscious mind, and contains all our memories, habits, belief systems and patterns of thought and behaviour.
Negative messages and beliefs, mostly from our early childhood, may cause maladaptive patterns or set up blocks which prevent us from achieving our potential.
Hypnotherapy enables you to take control of your life by removing blocks and altering unwanted patterns of belief, thought and behaviour.
You may not be aware that hypnotherapy is used not just for getting rid of unwanted habits such as smoking, overeating or nail biting, but is also used to relieve pain in childbirth or dental procedures, develop self confidence, reduce anxiety associated with exams, alleviate insomnia, eliminate panic attacks, get rid of fears such as fear of flying? …. and these are only a few of the many applications!
Did you know that hypnosis was routinely used during wartime surgery, even amputations, before chemical anaesthesia was available? With great success in both pain relief and survival rate, I might add.
Unfortunately many people know very little about hypnotherapy and are understandably nervous after seeing hypnosis shows that are designed purely for entertainment.
The best way to find out how hypnotherapy will work for you is to give it a go. Remove the doubts, have your questions answered and experience how hypnotherapy can benefit you. 

How does it feel to be hypnotised?

Everyone experiences the hypnotic state differently and in fact people find that each time they are hypnotised, the experience is unique. The feeling can be likened to a meditative state, except of course, it is guided by the hypnotherapist who speaks directly to the subconscious mind using suggestions previously discussed with the client.
The hypnotic state, sometimes called the trance state, is somewhere between being fully alert and being asleep.
You can expect to be very pleasantly relaxed. In a passive mood, but aware of everything that is said to you during the session. You may find that you lose some recollections of the session afterwards, much in the same way as dreams can be recalled upon waking but sometimes lost soon afterwards.
After the first session, clients invariably report that the process is deeply relaxing and soothing. Hypnosis alone can be  therapeutic, even without the positive suggestions given during therapy.
If you would like to experience hypnosis for yourself…Contact Amanda.

I am worried -will I lose control?

Hypnotherapy is not about surrendering control – on the contrary, it is an effective way to take control of your own life using the power of your own subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is a cooperative effort between you and your therapist, in which by relaxing your conscious mind, your subconscious mind accepts the suggestions you want. Hypnotherapy empowers you to use your own resources, talents and abilities, helping you to become the best you can be!
During hypnosis, on one level you’re relaxed and open to suggestion, but at the same time you remain aware and able to hear everything your hypnotherapist says during the session. You may return to full, complete conscious awareness at any time you desire to do so. So there is no loss of personal control.
It’s like when your mind drifts into a bit of a daydream while driving, on another level you are totally aware of the traffic and can instantly respond to danger. During hypnosis you may simply decide to stop participating. However why would you? That would defeat the object of experiencing hypnosis, which is to make positive, beneficial changes.
Take control of your life…Contact us today.

Will you make me cluck like a chicken?

Will I be made to do or say something foolish???
Unlike stage hypnosis or the dramatised versions you may have seen on TV or in the movies, hypnotherapy is a gentle, natural and respectful process. At Focus Hypnosis confidentiality is guaranteed and as a member of the Professional Hypnotists of W. A. you can expect your therapist to follow a strict code of ethics.
Rest assured you won’t be made to cluck like a chicken or act like an alien. Nor will you be made to reveal secrets or spontaneously, relive a traumatic event. In fact during most sessions, you will not need to speak at all while in the hypnotic state.

How much can I expect to pay?

Well that depends. As a professional member of the Australian Hypnotherapists association I have provider numbers for many insurance providers. So you may be able to claim your Clinical Hypnotherapy sessions with Focus Hypnosis on your private health insurance, depending on your level of cover and your insurance provider.  Ask for a detailed invoice at your session. 
Hypnotherapy fees as of August 1st 2016:
Initial consultation and session (up to 2 hours)                                                          $ 180.00
Subsequent sessions (up to 1.5 hours)                                                                             $ 150.00
 3 Session Package                                                                                                                         $ 400.00
5 Session Package                                                                                                                          $600.00
Quit Smoking Package                                                                                                                $350.00

Can I claim on my private health insurance?

As a Professional member of the Australian Hypnotherapists Association, You may be able to claim your clinical hypnotherapy with the following Health Insurance providers.
Australian Unity
SGIO Health Insurance
CBHS Health Fund
Medibank Private
Credicare Health Fund
Grand United Corporate
Health Care Insurance Limited
Navy Health Fund
NRMA Health Insurances
Phoenix Welfare
Railway and Transport Health Fund Ltd
Reserve Bank Health Society
Teachers Federation Health
SGIC
Westfund