Put your mind at rest
WHEN the word hypnosis pops into your head, you might think of someone being made to flap like a chicken or bark like a dog, but when it comes to hypnotherapy, clinical practitioners would like to assure you that it's not at all like that.
Helen Hanslow, of Byron Bay, has been a clinical hypnotherapist for almost five years, helping people with issues through hypnosis.
"Behaviour comes from your subconscious mind and hypnosis works with your subconscious mind so hypnotherapy can achieve significant changes in such a small amount of time," she said.
Ms Hanslow said there was a huge range of issues people seek help for: fingernail chewing, scratching, blushing, anxiety and depression, smoking, coping better with stress and sleep control.
She does admit there are many misconceptions.
"I think the biggest one is that when people come into hypnotherapy, it's going to be like a general anaesthetic," she said.
What happens in the session is, in fact, very clear in the client's mind, she said.
"Afterwards, if we've done a formal sort of trance, it's like a dream. They're really aware of what's happening at the time (but) afterwards, parts disappear."
Pimlico woman Angela Mueller tried hypnotherapy for the first time six months ago, and said she was glad she did.
"I needed to try something, so I thought I'd give it go," she said.
Six months later, she said it "absolutely" worked and that she'd love to have a few more sessions.
"It was definitely a very positive thing for me," she said.
"When you are hypnotised you are conscious (not asleep), but Helen works with your subconscious mind.
"She implements tools into your subconscious mind for whatever issue you may have. And that just helps you move on."
To book an appointment call Goonellabah Medical Centre 6625 0000, the Ballina West Medical Centre 6681 1333 or at Byron 0431 941 733.
Visit helen.net.au to find out more.