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How We Work For Your Success

Getting help when you need it shouldn’t be complicated and therapy should be all about you, not about techniques and certainly not about us. Successful hypnotherapy isn’t rocket science, it’s more about relationship.

In the 20 years or so since we opened New Farm Hypnotherapy clinical hypnosis has become more and more mainstream as people have become aware of the benefits of hypnosis and; at the same time there has been a corresponding increase in the number of people advertising that they practice hypnotherapy.

As hypnotherapy and psychotherapy are self regulating professions choosing a suitable therapist can be difficult. There are many skilled and caring individuals who practice clinical hypnotherapy and this give you a wide choice, there are also recognised professional associations such as the Australian Hypnotherapists Association and the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists both of whom can help you find a suitable therapists. Of course, everyone has a different criteria for making their choice, it may be cost, location or advertising that convinces a person to see the help of one therapist over another.

While any one of these reasons may seem compelling, selecting someone to work with shouldn’t be a random choice. Successful hypnotherapy and achieving a positive outcome outcome often takes more than making a few phone calls, below are a few things you might like to think about when seeking a hypnotherapist.

Tips for finding a suitable hypnotherapist

  • Standards: Because hypnotherapy is a self regulated profession hypnotherapists are not, by law required to meet any specific national standard and the responsibility to set standard lies with professional associations such as the AHA and the ASCH. These associations set the most stringent standards in training, supervision and on-going professional development and it is probably in your best interest to choose a therapist that meets such standards. In being accepted by one of these associations hypnotherapists have agreed to abide by a code of ethics set by the association to which they belong.
  • Training: Ensure that the therapist you choose has undergone adequate training. Training may be inadequate and provided more for personal development than for professional practice. Many non-qualified hypnotherapists  have an interest in hypnosis and use this as a basis for treating others. While personal life experiences are valid they alone do not qualify a person for professional practice in hypnotherapy or counselling. If successful hypnotherapy is your aim, chose a qualified hypnotherapist.
  • Some questions to ask: The answers to questions such as the following may help you choose a hypnotherapist.
    • Does he/she abide by a recognised association’s code of conduct?
    • Is he/she a financial member of a nationally recognised professional body of hypnotherapists?
    • Does he/she undergo regular professional supervision and continuing professional development?
    • What is the cost of sessions and are there any other costs involved”
    • How long are sessions?
    • Are notes taken and if so what happens to them?
    • What are their qualifications and are they recognised.

Qualified professionals should not be offended by questions such as these and will be happy t0 answer them. If in doubt call one of the professional associations such as the AHA or ASCH.

New Farm Hypnotherapy/ Brisbane Hypnosis Clinic

The team at Brisbane Hypnosis Clinic, New Farm Hypnotherapy has a common bond in training in clinical and medical hypnotherapy. All of our hypnotherapists are members of the AHA, receive regular professional supervision and undertake ongoing professional training. Although approaching therapy in a individual way each therapist is dedicated to finding the best possible outcome for clients. You can have rely in the fact that our shared expertise, experience and ongoing professional training will help you reach you goals of successful hypnotherapy.

If you need help making changes and achieving your potential, hypnotherapy is a great way of getting focused and achieving your goals. We’re friendly and approachable and can help you decide on a program that suits you perfectly.

Call us on 07 3254 1373, email or fill in the form below and you can start to make the changes you want.


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Drinking Alcohol Does Not Make You Happy

A new study suggests that people are momentarily happier when drinking alcohol, but that over longer periods, drinking more does not make them more satisfied with life.

Researchers also found that people who developed drinking problems were less satisfied with life.

For the study, researchers Dr. Ben Baumberg Geiger of the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research, and Dr. George MacKerron of the University of Sussex, considered how people’s happiness and drinking change alongside each other over a period of time.

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Hypnosis : Don’t believe everything you see on TV

Don’t believe everything you see on TV: hypnosis is less far fetched and far more important

Vince Polito; Amanda Barnier, and Rochelle Cox

Channel Nine’s new game show You’re Back in the Room debuted to high ratings on Sunday night.

Based on the British show, the contestants work together to complete challenges for cash. But to make it interesting, they are hypnotised and given increasingly outrageous suggestions to thwart their attempts to complete the challenges.

During a musical challenge, for instance, the hypnotist suggests one contestant is a pop star, another is Elvis, a third is an air guitar champion and the fourth loves the show’s host. Also, whenever music plays, all of them will dance like nobody’s watching.

The contestants’ flamboyant responses undermine their attempts to answer the questions. Meanwhile, the audience laughs at the supposedly hypnotic antics.

This program would have us believe a powerful hypnotist can make us do whatever he says and we are powerless to resist or even realise. This is inconsistent with over 200 years of evidence from the science and practice of hypnosis.

Talented participants, not a powerful hypnotist

The show’s hypnotist is presented as a powerful figure, introduced with flashy effects, zippy sounds and a futuristic animation of buzzing neurons. He tells us that hypnosis is “a form of mind control”.

This isn’t borne out by research evidence. The sometimes remarkable things that occur during hypnosis are almost entirely due to the abilities of the hypnotised person and not the hypnotist.

The Australian version of ‘You’re Back in the Room’ is based on the British show

We have known for more than 200 years that people differ in their ability to experience hypnosis.

Between 10% and 15% of people are highly hypnotisable and respond to almost all hypnotic suggestions. Another 10% to 15% are low hypnotisable and rarely, if ever, respond to hypnotic suggestions.

The rest of us – 70% to 80% – are medium hypnotisable, responding to some but not other suggestions.

It’s this hypnotic talent that determines response to suggestions rather than any special powers of the hypnotist.

In the show, the host and hypnotist never mention hypnotisability and we don’t know how the contestants were chosen, what instructions they were given or what happened backstage.

We do know that only the most highly hypnotisable people experience extreme cognitive alterations during hypnosis, such as believing they are someone else or seeing something that isn’t there, as contestants appear to do on the program.

This pattern of extreme hypnotic responding is actually very rare.

Further, contestants are portrayed as mindless automatons, slumping almost to the floor when the hypnotist says “sleep”, forgetting prior suggestions and uncritically doing his bidding. This is inconsistent with what we know about people’s experiences of hypnosis.

While it’s true hypnotised people sometimes experience amnesia for all or parts of a hypnotic session, this seldom happens spontaneously and usually is the result of a specific suggestion by the hypnotist to forget.

Regardless of whether people later forget what happened during hypnosis, we know hypnotic participants are willing collaborators, aware of what is going on around them and typically able to stop responding when they choose.

Why else would they behave like this?

The hypnotist in You’re Back in the Room replies to potential sceptics by saying: “Would these people be doing these crazy, foolish and outlandish things unless they were truly hypnotised?”

Hypnosis isn’t a form of mind control.

But there are many explanations for contestants’ behaviour that have nothing to do with hypnosis. These include them being encouraged by the cameras to be entertaining and increase their chances of winning; positive reinforcement from the audience in the form of applause and laughter; and strong stereotypes and expectations about how people should behave on these types of shows, as well as under hypnosis.

Researchers have highlighted the need for caution when attributing behaviours to hypnosis. In a clever experiment conducted at the University of Sydney in 1965, Martin Orne and Fred Evans gave genuinely hypnotised people, and people asked to fake hypnosis, extreme suggestions to pick up a dangerous red-bellied black snake, put their hand in a jar of acid and throw acid at an experimenter’s face.

People in both groups – hypnotised and faking – carried out all three actions. Later they said they did these things not because they were hypnotised but because they knew it was an experiment and they would be safe.

We don’t need to reach to hypnosis as an explanation for their behaviour. The social demands of the situation are explanation enough.

We aren’t implying all hypnotic behaviour is faked, but the above research shows it’s easy to attribute such behaviour to hypnosis when it may play little or no part at all.

Hypnosis is important

Unscientific and exaggerated representations do hypnosis a disservice.

In contrast to the showy artefact of stage and television hypnosis, researchers and clinicians have carefully revealed compelling ways in which hypnosis genuinely influences thoughts and behaviours leading to a better understanding of the human mind.

In the clinic, hypnosis can provide effective relief for psychological and physical symptoms. Psychologists and medical practitioners have used hypnosis to help treat conditions including anxiety, depression, habit disorders, trauma, and acute and chronic pain.

Indeed, economic and meta-analyses show that hypnotic treatments can have long-lasting effects and cost half as much as some traditional treatments.

For instance, pain researchers have argued hypnosis could be a first-line treatment for chronic and other pain because it is low cost and has virtually no side effects.

But based on misinformation about hypnosis in programs such as You’re Back in the Room people may be less likely to accept a clinical treatment involving hypnosis, even when it can help them. Given the demonstrated value of hypnosis in clinical and other settings, this would be a terrible shame.

The Conversation

Vince Polito, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cognitive Science ; Amanda Barnier, Professor of Cognitive Science and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and Rochelle Cox, Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Science

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

It’s All In The Mind

Our imagination is more powerful that believe

In 2003 Dr Guang Yue of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation proved that the body can be physically changed simply by using the imagination showing that ‘it’s all in the mind’.

In a controlled experiment 30 adults spent 15 minutes a day visualizing exercising the little finger. All increased the strength of their little finger by up to 35% and strengthened the muscle around the elbow by around13%.

In a second study, 10 adults aged 20-35 imagined flexing one of their biceps has hard as possible in imagined training sessions five times a week. Electrical impulses at the motor neurons of their arm muscles were monitored to make certain they were not unintentionally tensing. After a few weeks biceps showed 13.5% increase in strength and maintained that gain for three weeks after training stopped.

Dr Yue presented his studies and results to the Sociaty of Neuroscience and showed that the creative imagination can be used to make real physical change in our bodies. It is this sort of training and imagination that is brought into play when we use hypnotherapy to help clients that want to make change at Brisbane Hypnosis Clinic.

If you want to achieve real change call us on 07 3254 1373 and talk to one of our Hypnotherapists and we’ll help you achieve your goals.


Martin St James

Martin St James

Martin St James passes away aged 80

Martin St James, billed as  – The World’s Greatest Hypnotist – passed surrounded by his family on the 14th May 2015 aged 80. Whilst Martin’s name may be unfamiliar to a younger generation, to those in the hypnotherapy profession and to the public all over the world ages over 50, he was a legend in the field of hypnosis.

During his long career Martin performed stage and television shows in Australia, the USA, in England and thoughout Europe and Asia in the 1960s, 1970s and into the 1980s during which time he was a household name as an entertainer. His television show ‘Spellbound’ was watched by millions across the globe.

What is less publicly known about Martin is that those of us who daily ply our trade as clinical hypnotherapists owe a great debt of gratitude to to the pioneers of the art and science of hypnotherapy, and of those, Martin St James was arguably the greatest and the one who did the most to further the practice of hypnosis in our age.

It was Martin’s passion, his drive and his belief in hypnosis as a healing and helping modality that allows us to practice today. It was his  determination to literally fight for the cause of hypnosis that resulted in the eventual deregulation of our profession. Here in Australia, in England and across Europe at the height of his fame and career Martin took on the establishment. He fought in court time and again for the right to practice his craft. He did so using his own resources a little like Don Quixote tilting at windmills, only this time the windmills fell. Time and again Martin won cases that gave those of us who followed him the basis with which to argue with Government and regulatory authorities that hypnosis should be de-regulated, and that is now the case in every state in Australia. In great measure that is Martin’s legacy.

The thousands of clinical hypnotherapists across Australia, the UK and Europe practice today in large part because of Martin’s unshakable belief in the benefits of hypnosis and the capacity of the human mind to change through hypnosis.

I felt honoured to speak at his funeral service and though I only got to know Martin over these last years and will always cherish the conversations we had about the hypnosis and how hypnotherapy can help the in need. I can still feel the passion for his craft that stayed with him to the end. Martin never lost his fervour, his reason for being or his advocacy for the possibilities that exist though hypnosis. His eyes were always to the future, not to his past. His passion never waned.
The AHA awarded Martin Life Membership in recognition of his work in and for the profession and a couple of years ago I invited him to speak to some of our younger therapists in Brisbane and Sydney. My reason for doing so was that they should understand why they can train and practice as hypnotherapists and hear from the man who gave so much to make that possible. As you can imagine Martin was, well, Martin. He had his audience laughing and enthralled as his love for hypnosis came to the fore.

So we honour Martin and his immeasurable contribution to our profession, but we do not do so for the last time. Wherever hypnosis is taught or practiced or discussed, Martin St James will remain legend among hypnotherapists in years to come.

A Small Change In Diet Makes A Difference If You Want To Lose Weight

You may want to lose weight and like many have struggled with traditional ‘on and off’ dieting. If that’s the case a recent report released by King’s College in London offers hope and a different approach. It is one that we have successfully used at New farm Hypnotherapy Clinic for many years.

The report suggests that middle-aged people who cut down on fatty meat, butter and cakes can cut their risk of a heart attack by a third in just three months.

People who modified their diet slightly lowered their blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate while at the same time losing weight and becoming slimmer around the waist.

This is an approach that we have taken with clients who want to lose weight for many years and hypnosis is a very effective way of changing your eating habits both in quantity and quality of food consumed.

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Test Anxiety and Hypnosis

Most of us assume that once you’re finished with school and then perhaps university, tests and exams stop. These days, nothing could be further from the truth and most adults at some point in their lives will have to undertake further study that will inevitably involve tests, exams and assignments.

Test anxiety and hypnotherapy

In order to do as well as we can in the important tests and exams we’l face through our working and professional lives it’s important to do everything you can to prepare yourself well. Here are a few helpful tips. [Read more…]

High Risk and Binge Drinking

A new study released by the University of Western Sydney suggests a worrying rise in high risk alcohol intake by women aged 35 – 59 years old. This supports a trend that we have seen at Brisbane Hypnosis Clinic over the past few years. Ten years ago it was rare for women in this age group to present concerned about their drinking habits yet today this is probably about 30% of our work. This is why we developed the highly successful Taking Control program which helps people restore balance to their alcohol consumption. [Read more…]

Fear of flyingphobia-2

Fear of flying or aviophobia is one of the most common fear or phobias. For some people it is a distinct phobia in itself and for others it can be a combination of other phobias such as a fear of heights (acrophobia) or a fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia).

Just because the fear of flying is common, this does not mean that it should be ignored or minimised if you experience such a phobia. A fear of flying can become a major block to travelling and living life to the full in a global world where most people travel extensively for both business and pleasure. If you find yourself unduly anxious at the thought of getting on a plane hypnosis can help you easily overcome flying phobia and it has been proved to be a very effective treatment.

Hypnosis and the fear of flying

Using hypnosis patients are able to confront and overcome their anxiety and fear of flying in the safety of a clinical environment. At New Farm Hypnotherapy Clinic our hypnotherapists have been helping clients overcome flying phobias for more that 20 years and we have the experience and expertise to help you fly as comfortably and confidently as possible using a combination of hypnosis, NLP and creative visualisation.

We all know at a logical level that flying is statistically the safest method of travel but for some of us anxiety takes over at the thought of boarding a plane. This is an automatic and emotional response which like all fears and phobias is triggered by the subconscious mind. Because this response of not logical, no amount of logic successfully overcomes a fear of flying. However, hypnosis addresses the subconscious mind, the part of the mind that produces anxiety, fear and panic and can be used to make flying seem uneventful or even pleasurable again.

If you experience a fear of flying you can enjoy travel whether for work or pleasure, simply give us a call at New Farm Hypnotherapy and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about hypnotherapy, the fear of flying and how you can confidently overcome this anxiety.

Call us on 07 3254 1373 for a chat or fill out the form below.

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Hypnosis for flying phobia : overcome the fear of flying

hypnosis for flying phobias

Fear of flying is very common and affects around 1 in 5 people. You may have always been anxious about flying or, as in some cases, you might have developed a fear of flying for what seems to be no good reason. Flying phobias generally revolve around a fear of confined spaces, the lack of control experienced during flights or the overwhelming feeling that something disastrous is going to happen. 

No matter how you experience flying or how strong your phobia may be, you can overcome flying phobia permanently using a combination of NLP and hypnotherapy. We have been using these techniques to help people fly comfortably and without anxiety for more than 15 years and have successfully treated hundreds of clients over that time.

Overcoming flying phobias is not permanently achieved by managing fear or anxiety because by doing this you are simply telling yourself that the ‘bad feeling’ is there and may take over at any time. A more successful and easier way of overcoming the fear of flying is to remove the fear and anxiety altogether by using a combination of NLP and hypnotherapy. Both of these techniques involve using the resources you already have, and use to overcome anxiety in all sorts of other situations. This will help you change your thoughts at both the conscious and unconscious levels. We work with each client as an individual because no two people experience anxiety in the same way, and by the time you’ve finished the program you’ll be able to travel comfortably and without anxiety.

What our clients say…

Hi Antoine,
Wondering if you can pass on to Glen that I have been fine flying. He and my excellent personal work myself!!! has changed the way I deal with fear. I am, I would say 99% better with flying… it has been a great comfort to me and when I start to feel panicky I can pop myself into a nice trance and cope. I say great things about your practice.

To overcome flying phobia,  call us on 07 3254 1373, email or fill in the form below and you can start to make the changes you want.

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