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Michael Pattinson is one of Melbourne’s leading Hypnotherapists – helping people like YOU feel better (anxiety/depression), lose weight or break habits or phobias

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The majority of people can be hypnotised. Over 90% according to studies. When someone ‘can’t’ be hypnotised, its generally due to not wanting to be hypnotised or being fearful as such. The most important thing to realise is that in a therapeutic context, clients can’t be made to do anything they do not wish to do nor be controlled. You are ultimately always in control.

In the extremely unlikely event, and no other form of counselling is utilised, you won’t be expected to pay for the session.

Hypnosis is not a magical potion made out like some suggest. But it is a powerful method of resolving inner conflicts and stresses that bring about unwanted habits like smoking or fingernail biting. If the issues you come to see me about aren’t addressed in our hypnotherapy sessions it generally comes down to two reasons:

1) Stress or anxiety levels are so high that other methods have to be utilized at the same time eg medication, yoga, to reduce the overall level of stress in order for us to resolve the unwanted habit or behaviour you came to see me to address in the first place.

Example:

It’s very hard to quit smoking when you’ve just broken up with your partner (a time of huge stress!). It is not impossible, but hypnosis combined with doing yoga, doctor consultations and perhaps nicotine replacement therapy will more than likely make the outcome more positive during a period of such high stress.

2) Your level of motivation to address the issue is not high enough. Often I will receive a referral from a past client who sends a friend who needs help with a similar issue. Often they will think that there is no work involved due to what their friend has said to them. Fact is, hypnotherapy will help significantly a lot of the time but you still must expect that there’s work involved. You still need motivation on your part.

Example:

If you come to see me to curb your alcohol consumption, you must also expect that certain behaviours might have to change also for a period of time. For instance, you might have to make sure you don’t go to after work drinks on Friday, or to spend time with a particular friend who is constantly with a bottle of wine in a social environment for a period of time.

Unlike other hypnotherapists I do not offer a guarantee for my services because I believe it reduces client motivation to get the result they’re looking for. You are less likely to quit smoking for example, if you can get a refund at a later time in the time of a weakness and smoke. The money you spend for hypnotherapy creates another barrier to help ensure that money isn’t wasted by smoking again. Or by drinking too much again.

I see most clients for an average of 3 sessions. I do have clients that come to see me on a consistent basis as they simply like the meditative effects of hypnosis. However, it should be noted that if progress hasn’t been made in 4 sessions, hypnotherapy may not be the right modality for you.

No. Not everyone should be hypnotised. If you are schizophrenic or you’re currently suffering from depression or have ever experienced any psychosis in the past, you will probably need a referral from your GP and psychiatrist for any hypnotherapy.

If there’s ever any doubt whether hypnosis is the right option, you must see your GP or qualified health professional before seeing me.

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Michael Pattinson is one of Melbourne’s leading Hypnotherapists – helping people like YOU feel better (anxiety/depression), lose weight or break habits or phobias

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Michael Pattinson

Clinical Hypnotist

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