Hypnotherapy Eligibility

Health Funds

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Definition of Treatment

Clinical hypnosis is process where a person receives hypnotherapy under the guidance of a qualified Hypnotherapist, with the aim of changing his/her behaviour, emotional content and attitudes. These may include dysfunctional habits, anxiety, stress-related illness, pain management and personal development. Hypnosis can be used for anxiety control, motivation training, attitude change, self-esteem, self-confidence, depression, eating disorders, fears and phobias, memory training, nail biting, panic and performance anxiety, sexual dysfunction, sleep disorders, stuttering, study problems, trauma counselling, thumb sucking and to stop smoking.          

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation, which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the part of the mind known as the subconscious. Under hypnosis, the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the subconscious part, which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to therapy.

The therapist establishes a rapport with the client. This involves encouraging the client to talk about his or her concerns. The therapist would spend time with the client first to take a clinical history a necessary part of the treatment. As well as establishing a clinical record, the discussion contributes to building trust and confidence between the therapist and the client. Feeling safe, comfortable and secure with the therapist helps the induction of a hypnotic state of relaxation. The length of treatments depends on the problem or symptom and the individual’s circumstances. The assessment must include the development of a specific treatment plan as to the best course of treatment for the patient’s condition. This treatment plan forms the basis of the clinical notes. These notes must be consistent with the ATMS Code of Conduct, the Unregistered Health Practitioner Act and the additional requirements set by the health funds.