Who is The Best Hypnotherapist

Over the years I have received many client reviews on Facebook, Google and other business review platforms. The aim of these reviews is to show potential clients that you can do what you say you can do. This is particularly important with an industry like Hypnotherapy.

Although the hypnosis industry is not new, it is now accepted by mainstream society as a go-to for many things such as anxiety, depression, weight loss, addictions and even sexual expression.

It is becoming popular, and most people have a friend or two that got results using hypnosis, and so hypnotists are popping up on every corner. This is good and bad.. Good because as a community we get to help more people achieve somewhat amazing results (I am not short of almost unbelievable stories of success). Word continues to spread around communities that hypnosis is a powerful tool for change. Unfortunately it comes with some drawbacks.. As the industry is unregulated it means there are some highly trained and/or experienced hypnotherapists and some poorly trained and/or inexperienced.

A clinical hypnotherapist must attend a hypnosis school that is approved by one of the self appointed governing bodies in Australia, such as the Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA), the Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (AACHP), the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists (ASCH), and about half a dozen others. These associations are professional and maintain integrity and ethics across the industry.

There is also an organisation called the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia (HCA) that is made up of representatives from all major associations. The HCA’s main purpose is to ensure that consumers can ascertain which therapists have completed a high level of training.

So what about the weekend hypnosis courses. Are these valuable? YES. I have learnt a lot from this style of training and incorporated many things into what I do every day. My clients have also significantly benefited from the training I have completed in various weekend training schools. Should therapists who already have a 900 hour Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy do them? Most definitely YES!

But.. what about the people out there who have done the 24 hour weekend course and now call themselves a hypnotherapist?? Some of them are great, some of them are not. It largely depends on the individuals passion, commitment, practise/experience, ethics, and life experience. (everyone is a beginner at first and should charge accordingly)

To be fair I have met some excellent therapists who have only done a couple of weekend courses, and I have met people who have completed a 900 hour Diploma whom I would not recommend. This is why reviews are important.

So.. what is the relevancy of a 5 star review?

Over the years I have collected many reviews on different platforms from people that have come to see me for a variety of things. New clients often tell me that they decided to see me because they read some 5 star reviews, so I was a little shocked this morning to see a weekend hypnosis school (One that I hold in the highest esteem) encouraging students to review each others businesses. OK, so maybe they have worked with each other in training. Perhaps they even resolved some issues. Sure they could provide a character reference.. but a 5 star review?? OK, I admit.. my Mum did review me right in the beginning. But I didn’t ask her, and I definitely didn’t ask my family, friends and colleagues to give me a review. Have I helped them overcome stuff? Yes but getting them to review me just doesn’t seem right.

So.. Before booking into a local hypnotherapist make sure you click and just see if their reviewer is another therapist or a friend.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

If you know someone who wants, for instance, to quit smoking, or lose weight, and you suggest that they give hypnosis a try, you may hear,

“That’s no good. I can’t be hypnotised.”

The odds are that they are mistaken. The fact is, just about everyone can learn to go into the altered state of consciousness known as hypnosis. It’s true that achieving that state is easier for some, while others have to give it a little more work. The ability to enter a trance state is a talent, and like any talent, some people have it to a higher degree than others; but there is almost no one who does not have that talent at all.

Some people may tell you that they have tried hypnosis, and they could not go into a trance. Actually, most of those people can also go into a trance with the proper approach. Although almost anyone can learn to develop a hypnotic state, there are numerous doors to that state, and different doors work for different people.

A competent, experienced hypnotherapist like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast knows how to decide which door will work for you.

The fact is, a trance state is an everyday occurrence for most of us. Ask yourself how often you have experienced these things:

You are at a movie, or a concert, sitting stock still, totally focused on the show. Intermission comes, and you suddenly realise that you are hungry, and your rear end is a little sore from all the sitting. You had not been aware of that until then. You were in a trance.

You are reading a really good book, all wrapped up in it. Someone comes into the room and then goes back out again, and you don’t see or hear that person. You are in a trance.

You are having a really interesting conversation with a friend, and suddenly realise that you have been talking for more than an hour, but it feels as if no time has passed at all. That is because you were in a trance.

If nothing like that ever happens to you, then just maybe you can’t be hypnotised.

But, more likely, you belong to that huge majority of people who will have no trouble developing a powerful altered state and learning how to use it to your benefit.

Stop Smoking, use the power of hypnosis! Part 2

There is an ever-increasing number of studies that demonstrate hypnosis to be an effective—in fact probably the most effective—approach to getting rid of a smoking habit. Research in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia, have shown that hypnosis offers a fast, permanent, and relatively inexpensive way to stop smoking.

There are many ways that hypnosis works for stopping smoking.

First, there is the physical problem. Nicotine is an addictive substance. Over time, smokers develop physical dependence. When they stop smoking, they experience physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms—irritability, headaches, trouble focusing, and craving, among other things. The period of withdrawal is short but intense.

Hypnosis blocks withdrawal symptoms. In a trance state, you do not experience negative feelings or sensations. You are pleasantly relaxed and calm. As well, one of the things that a competent hypnotist like Gold Coast’s Greg Thompson will teach you is how to put yourself into a trance. You will have learned a new skill that you will be able to use in all types of situations.

Smoking is also a habit. It is a conditioned response. Your mind and body have learned to respond to any number of situations and feelings by lighting up. Waiting for dinner? Light up. Just finished dinner? Have a cigarette. Upset by something a coworker says? Pull out that pack and have a smoke.

Hypnotherapists have tools to help you recognise those smoking triggers and snuff them.

Many smokers also have underlying emotional issues that they have typically dealt with by smoking, because nicotine is a mood-altering drug that can calm you down when you are tense, jazz you up when you are down, and just generally mask over bothersome feelings. A competent hypnotherapist will help you identify such issues and deal with them.

If you really are ready to stop smoking, the route to success goes through the door of your hypnotist.

Stop Smoking, use the power of hypnosis! Part 1

Starting smoking is easy. If you are a smoker, you remember how easy, even though those first couple of times were no fun at all, probably downright unpleasant, in fact. But lighting up took no effort, no skill, no talent; and it was cool, right? All your friends were doing it.

Quitting smoking? Not so much. If you are like most smokers, you have tried more than once to end the habit.

Maybe you started by trying willpower. “I’ll just quit,” you told yourself, and you probably did manage to stay away from the seductive weed for a little while. But then you started again.

Next, you may have started going to a motivational support group.  Being around other people who are trying to stop smoking can’t hurt. But you probably discovered fairly quickly that you needed more than that.

Maybe you tried the nicotine patch or nicotine gum. That didn’t work either, and no surprise there. You weren’t sucking on cigarettes anymore, but you were still dosing yourself with large amounts of their addictive ingredient, nicotine.

You may have given medication a try. There are a number of those, and many physicians are willing to prescribe them. Most of them are mood elevators, really meant to deal with depression, not the smoking habit. They have any number of drawbacks. First, they are expensive.

“So what?” you say. “So is smoking.”

True enough. But in addition to their cost, these medications have side effects that range from unpleasant to dangerous, including a risk in some people of suicidal behaviour.

And, on top of that, the research has shown that medication does not have much success in helping people stop smoking.

There is something that works—hypnosis.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy, as practised by Greg Thompson in Gold Coast, is a proven answer for smokers. It is fast and effective. It is relatively inexpensive, especially when you compare it to the cost of your cigarette habit.