Hypnotherapy FAQ: Don’t worry, you’re not the first one to ask!
Often clients ask this question in relation to stage hypnosis, and whether the participants are acting or not.
Samantha doesn’t do stage hypnosis or hypnosis for entertainment, but we can say that acting or enhancing a hypnotic performance cannot be excluded.
Having said that, hypnosis is such a powerful state that, as an experiment we challenge you to try to bite into an onion whilst trying to believe it is an apple!
Can you do it?!
If you have been diagnosed as psychotic or schizophrenic, have had a psychotic episode in the past, are on antipsychotics, and/or have made an attempt on your life, Samantha will need a referral from your psychiatrist to work with you with no limitations.
Please see Hypnotherapy FAQ: Do I need a referral?
Samantha, on average, sees clients about 3 or 4 times, however the “Addiction Package for Quitting Smoking, Moderating Alcohol or Stopping Gambling” is a 2 session package.
If you engage in more than one of those Addictions another session or two may be required.
To visit us in person (by appointment only), our offices are in Sydney (closest stations are Wynyard or Martin Place currently on leave due to COVID-19) or Wahroonga (the most convenient stations are Turramurra or Hornsby (if you plan to come by bus), Wahroonga and Warrawee (being closer to walk from).
They can be used interchangeably.
To be unconscious is an entirely different thing, and may require first aid!
On the other hand, Hypnotherapy is guiding the client into hypnosis and applying techniques, giving suggestions and facilitating therapeutic change.
How many techniques, therapy tools and styles of hypnotherapy a Clinical Hypnotherapist utilizes will be dependent on their training, interest and ongoing professional development, experience and what works successfully.
Sometimes called a hypnotic trance.
Our clients who are long-term meditators say that it is very similar but far more profound because it involves being guided to resolve issues by our Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Research shows that hypnosis accesses different parts of the brain than meditation, but ultimately it feels similar!
I’m Seeing a Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Complementary Practitioner, Alternative Practitioner, Natural Medicine Practitioner, etc., is it ok to continue with them?
If you are unsure, or if there is an overlap that isn’t conducive to moving forward, we can discuss this in session.
If you have been diagnosed as psychotic or schizophrenic, have had a psychotic episode in the past, are on antipsychotics, and/or have made an attempt on your life, YES: Samantha will need a referral from your psychiatrist to work with you with no limitations.
Otherwise, no referral is required.
I’m taking antidepressants / anti-anxiety medication or other medication. Can I undergo hypnotherapy?
UNLESS you have been diagnosed as psychotic or schizophrenic, have had a psychotic episode in the past, are on antipsychotics, and/or have made an attempt on your life, in which case a referral from your psychiatrist will be required to see Samantha for hypnotherapy.
Please do not discontinue medication unless under the advice or supervision of your GP or psychiatrist.