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Quit Smoking Hypnotherapy

Quitting smoking – “Tomorrow never comes”

I recently had and on-again off-again email exchange with a client who wanted to quit smoking. She had been referred to New Farm Hypnotherapy by some friends who had successfully quit smoking after visiting the clinic. After enquiring about our Smoke Free program and what might be the most effective way for her to quit smoking she made an appointment for the following Tuesday. The day before her appointment she emailed and postponed for a few days and this became a pattern over the next couple of weeks and in the end, she didn’t come at all.

This is not uncommon for people who want to quit smoking, in fact, most smokers put off quitting until “tomorrow.” At the time they decide to quit, the decision seems final and it seems like the right thing to do – tomorrow. The problem is that day after day, week after week, month after month, tomorrow never comes.

70% of smokers want to quit smoking

Research shows that more that 70% of smokers want to quit smoking and more that 40% try to quit in any given year so, if you are a smoker the chances are you want to quit and there is an almost 50/50 chance that you will try to do so at some time in the next 12 months.

So, is it “tomorrow” yet for you? You probably have doubts about quitting smoking and you may have tried before and not succeeded. You may feel like the time isn’t quite right. You probably also feel that there is a part of you that wants to keep smoking, a bit like wanting to hold on to a familiar habit or behaviour  that once was fun but now isn’t helpful anymore. That’s okay, in fact it’s normal and that you are reading this, means that the scales are tipping in favour of your health and freedom – it means that at some level you are ready to stop smoking.

Hypnotherapy is an easy and effective way to release yourself from the power that smoking holds over you. The reason that it’s so effective is that by using hypnotherapy when you quit you overcome all three dependencies that come with smoking. The physical, psychological and habitual are dealt with allowing you to move forward enjoying better health, a great feeling of personal achievement as well as saving a lot of money.  A client told me a few days ago that his pack of 40 cigarettes cost $38.40, this equates to about $1.00 per cigarette. Most people we see smoke about 25 cigarettes a day which means that quitting smoking saves each person we see more than $9000 a year. Do that for 25 years and that adds up to $225,000 or half the cost of a home.

At Brisbane Hypnosis Clinic / New Farm Hypnotherapy we love helping people quit smoking permanently knowing that it’s the single most important thing they can do to secure the long term health and financial freedom.

Our Smoke Free program uses hypnosis to help you make the changes you need in both your conscious and subconscious mind so that you find the process as painless and stress free as possible. When you leave the clinic after your second session you’ll feel like smoking is something you’ve let behind and don’t need to do anymore. And, you can be confident in knowing that you will remain a non-smoker for life and having helped clients for more than 20 years we’ll be there to go be you all of the support you need.

About New Farm Hypnotherapy’s Smoke Free Program

The Smoke Free program comprises of two hypnotherapy sessions usually a week apart and we’ll also give you MP3 self-hypnosis audio programs to support you so you can get the best out of your sessions. You need to allow 90 minutes for the first session and about an hour for the second and you’ll leave not smoking after your second session.

You can find out more about the Smoke Free program here, and our FAQ for smokers are answered here.

If you need help to quit smoking, hypnotherapy is a great way of achieving your goal and improving your health and wellbeing. We’re friendly and approachable and can help you quit permanently and painlessly.

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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Successful Hypnotherapy

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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Sports Hypnosis : Achieve Your Best In Sport

Sports Hypnosis

Demystifying sports hypnosis

Hypnosis has been growing part of psychotherapy, medicine and dentistry for many years and while individual athletes and sports performers have used sports hypnosis to enhance their performance, sports hypnosis is not commonly promoted as a useful training modality for improving athletic performance.

Hypnosis can be an incredibly powerful tool in athletes for both focus, performance enhancement as well as therapeutic purposes. And, over the past few years we have experienced a growing demand for the use of hypnosis for sport performance as every level of sport has become more competitive.
We have helped swimmers, cricketers, footballers, golfers and many others increase their motivation and focus with great results. Most people involved in sport understand that the game has to be won in the mind before it can be won on the field. Hypnosis is an effective method of controlling the mind and ensuring that you perform at your best.

How does hypnosis help with sports motivation?

The hypnotic state is one where you are more receptive to positive suggestions and attention is focused and narrowed to block out outside influences and intruding thoughts. Our critical faculties are suspended so that you can become absorbed in imagining yourself performing perfectly and at your best. Hypnosis is simply a technique or tool used to assist you as an athlete to reach their goals.

Benefits of sports hypnosis

Coaches and athletes alike benefit from using hypnosis. Physiologically hypnosis is generally accompanied by a relaxation response where there is a combination of mental quiet and physical relaxation. This is demonstrated by a slowing heart rate, a lowering of blood pressure and beneficial changes in body chemistry. The hypnotic or trance state is very useful for controlling anxiety and for stress management. When in a trance, the mind is very open to visualisation and creating a rich sensory experience, both of which are extremely powerful and creative for making positive change. The more real the experience becomes in the subconscious mind and imagination in trance, the more effect it will have on your behaviour and performance .

Hypnosis allows you to use your creative imagination in a very powerful and effective way to help improve sport sports hypnosisperformance. As you are more open to suggestions in hypnosis, suggestions such as increasing self-confidence or controlling nerves or anxiety can be used with great effect. Athletes use hypnosis to reinforce the goals they have set, to improve their imagery, to learn to deal with nerves and to address personal issues. At New Farm Hypnotherapy we believe that hypnosis can be a highly effective tool for performance-enhancement.

When experiencing hypnosis you could also benefit from:

  • relaxation and stress management
  • an increased ability to concentrate, block out distractions or review past events in an unemotional state
  • control of autonomic functions such as blood pressure and pain control also are possible under hypnosis speeding recovery from injury
  • reinforcing self-belief, confidence and motivation.

To use hypnotherapy for sports motivation and focus and achieve your best,  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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It’s That Time of the Year Again

It’s That Time of the Year Again

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Tomorrow is December 1st and university semesters are over for the year, school is almost finished and most of us have started planning our holidays with family and friends.
It’s usually after the holidays, between Christmas and the New Year that our thoughts turn to the immediate past and to the future. We think about the year just past perhaps with satisfaction or maybe with a twinge of disappointment as we remember the things we’d planned to do or change and realise that we’ve not quite achieved what we would have liked.

If we don’t attain our goals it’s often because of a lack of planning and follow through. Most of us don’t consider what we’d like to achieve in the future until the turn of the year, we then plan in a hurry without much thought and certainly without the planning necessary to help us to follow through and achieve our goals and dreams.

The French pilot and philosopher Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote;

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

To turn our wishes into reality we need a plan and plans take time to develop, own and realise. If you’re wishing for 2017 to be somehow different and better than 2016, now is the time to begin to dream, thinking plan.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful way of releasing your creative unconscious mind and resolving issues that may be hindering you from achieving your best. At Brisbane Hypnosis Clinic we help people just like you overcome anxiety, and reach their unconscious potential using hypnotherapy.

If you have dreams for 2017 and need a little help realising them, start planning to succeed now, not on New Year’s eve. All us on 07 3254 1373 or email us, come and see us at New Farm Hypnotherapy and let us help you achieve your very best.

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.

Achieve Your Goals : 6 Things To Stop Doing

What to stop doing to achieve your goals

Even though unwanted or bad habits can stop us from achieving what we want, they can be hard to break.
Here are 6 habits that need to be broken if we are going to be successful.achieve you goals 2016

1. Stop Quitting

Achieving our best is never easy yet the temptation is to quit when things get difficult. Perseverance and working through the hard times is what makes people successful.

2. Stop Procrastinating

If you don’t want to do something today, the chances are you won’t want to do it tomorrow either. Refer to point 1, things may be difficult hard,but they wont be any easier tomorrow. Break things down into smaller steps so they seem manageable, take the first step and get it done.

3. Stop being a Victim

We can all be successful if we put our minds to it so don’t say your stuck or you don’t have a choice. We all have choice and ofter the only thing holding us back is ourselves and our thinking. We make decisions every day that hold us back when we need to start making decisions that help us in life, that help you reach our dream goal. No one else is responsible for the decisions we make other than ourselves.

4. Stop saying Yes

We all have a limited amount of time and don’t have much to waste. It is important to say no to people who will waste our time. When we say no to the unimportant and stop saying yes to everything that comes our way we free up more time than you can imagine.

5. Stop Expecting

No one can read our minds and no one knows what we want in life unless we tell them. No one knows we want something from them unless we specifically say it. When we stop expecting and start voicing our concerns or issues things start happening much faster.

6. Stop Avoiding

There are always things we don’t want to do, everyone has a list of stuff they hate but it doesn’t mean we can avoid doing them. Not everything is fun, or something you are passionate about. Sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to. Suck it up. Generally avoidance causes problems later.

If you need help getting it all together 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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Gambling Awareness Week – Victoria

Hypnosis and gambling : controlling the pokies using hypnotherapy

Today marks the start of of Gambling Awareness Week in Victoria which is held annually to raise awareness about the importance of gambling responsibly. Gambling is becoming a more a more serious social problem throughout Australia and on the Gambling Awareness Week website a survey reports that more than 60% of people think that it is becoming more difficult to gamble responsibly. cyl-450

The problem of increased gambling is prevalent all over Australian and at New Farm Hypnotherapy we have experienced a 74% rise in clients who contact us because they are are that they have or may develop an issue with gambling. Very often this revolves around poker machines or gaming machines which have greatly increased in number over the past few years. Victims of gambling find that their lives are no longer their own and the most important things in life, relationships, health and financial security begin to suffer as gambling becomes the driving force that controls a gambling addict.

Hypnosis is a powerful solution that can help break what can seem like a hopeless addiction. New Farm Hypnotherapy’s “Cut Your Losses” program provides real hope to people seemingly trapped a a destructive cycle of gambling. The program isn’t about willpower, its about realigned your desires and values so that you can look back at your addiction with a sense of relief and pride that it no longer has a hold over you. You can begin to repair your relationships and finances and get you life back on track.

If you feel you have a problem with gambling, the chances are that you’re right. Call us on 07 3254 1374 and speak directly with one of our experienced hypnotherapists, we’ll answer all of your questions in a friendly non-judgemental way and help you get back on track.

Losing Weight : Hypnosis and Common Sense

Achieving your weight loss goals isn’t rocket science

We all know what’s necessary to reach goals whatever they may be and that’s commitment,Losing weight perseverance and adhering to a few basic principles. This is true when it comes to achieving lasting weight control, energy expended must equal or exceed energy consumed. So what are the basic rules that help our clients achieve their weight loss goals?

  1. Eating healthy food: the closer to the farm, the better it’s likely to be. This is quite easy to do, instead of prowling the inner aisles of the supermarket keep to the outside where the fresh produce is displayed.
  2. Use a smaller plate: We all love to fill our plates to the when we sit down to a nice meal. Something about it makes it feel more satisfying that way. But the fact is, the average dinner plate, even when filled with nutritious healthy food is still going to be excessive in quantity because dinner plates have grown over the past 20 years. The average size is around 20 centimetres and if you fill this to the brim, you’re going to eat too much. So choose a smaller plate that you really like, buy a nice one if you need to  and you’ll naturally eat less while still enjoying the psychological benefit of visually enjoying a full plate of food.
  3. Reset your love of fast food: For most of us the purchase of fast food is either an impulsive or an emotional decision. To stop the impulse, we have to exercise willpower and willpower can result in a sense of feeling deprived or somehow restricted. Using hypnosis you can change this response and healthy habits become enjoyable as your attitude to food changes.
  4. Move your body: the human body is made to move, movement keeps us healthy, fit and supple. An essential part of any weight management program is taking a reasonable amount of responsible healthy exercise.
  5. Use hypnosis to get and stay motivated: hypnosis can help you achieve all of these principles by keeping you motivated and on track. Our clients enjoy achieving their weight loss goals because hypnotherapy makes it seem natural and easy instead of a chore.

If you’re having trouble with weight control and diets and fads haven’t worked for you, try losing weight in a completely natural and safe way without feeling deprived. It might take a little linger that a crash diet but the results with be there to stay because you’ll have changed the way you think about food and healthy living.

To use hypnotherapy for weight loss and to achieve your goals, we’ve 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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Overcoming The Fear of Flying

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In our clinical work it sometimes seems that the work we are asked to do comes in ‘batches’, for example we might not see a client who has flying anxiety and then we see five in a week. I’m not sure why this happens, perhaps a particular topic is the subject of a TV show or a newspaper article. The last couple of weeks has been a bit like this, we usually see on or two people a week who suffer flying phobia but lately it seems that there has been an increase in clients seeking help in this area.

Surveys suggest that between that in Australia between 35 and 45% of the population are uncomfortable with flying at some level. This can range from feeling anxious about flying to having severe anxiety or panic attacks when faced with having to board a plane. In an age where most Australians need to fly for business or pleasure, this make the fear of flying one of the most common phobias.

Even though consciously this anxiety may seem irrational to us, our subconscious mind can create feelings of anxiety because it thinks that it is protecting us which is one of it’s main functions. As flying is not natural human behaviour the reaction of the subconscious is quite logical. However statistically flying is know to be by far the safest method of travel, far safer that for example driving a car or crossing a road which we all do almost every day without giving the danger a second thought.

Re-evaluating the reaction of the subconscious is the first step to successfully overcoming the fear of flying and hypnotherapy is a proven was of achieving this. At New Farm Hypnotherapy Clinic we have helped many hundreds of clients regain their confidence and enjoy flying and travelling.

A recent client emailed us after her sessions and a flight saying:

I am just writing to say thank you thank you thank you!!! I survived my flight to FIJI and back (into a cyclone no less!) without one single white knuckle moment!! You can’t begin to imagine how awesome that feels!! Thank you so very much!! I only wish I’d been to see you sooner!!!

At New Farm Hypnotherapy we have a team of experienced and dedicated therapists who will help you overcome the fear of flying giving you the freedom and confidence to successfully get on with life.

If you’re ready for change, call us on 07 3254 1373 or email us and one of our therapists will be happy to answer all of your questions.

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