I truly believe that we have all we need to heal ourselves, within ourselves. Healing is not something we can outsource fully. As a ‘client centred’ hypnotherapist, I assist my clients to connect with their inner self to EXPLORE the true source of their issues, HEAL from them, LEARN from them and MOVE ON with a new understanding.
Out of all the therapies I have studied and worked with over my career as a counsellor, I find that connecting with your inner self through an altered state of consciousness is the most true and direct path to the source of an issue.
This is why I am a registered and certified hypnotherapist and timeline regression therapist. I use multiple modalities within my practice to ensure I personally stay out of the process to allow your subconscious (higher self) to direct the sessions.
I’m like the bus driver, and your higher self is the tour guide.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a process of being guided into a natural ‘trance’ state for a particular purpose.
This is generally done by relaxing the body and the mind to release the attention away from normal conscious function (with the ability to return to that function at any time).
The ‘trance state’
The ‘trance state’ is quite a natural state that we all go in and out of all the time without realising it. It’s a state where our awareness is separate to our normal conscious state.
Maybe you’ve been deep in thought or conversation with a friend while driving and later thought “I can’t remember driving to this point?”. Perhaps there has been a time where you’ve been so emotionally engaged in a movie, book or computer game that you feel like you’re in a different world once you disengage from the story again.
I use hypnosis to access this ‘trance state’ on a deep level with the intention of exploring or addressing whatever issue or subject you wish to address.
Control while in the ‘trance state’:
Hypnosis takes co-operation from the participant, so it is not a form of mind control or truth serum. At any stage the participant has the ability to open their eyes, get up and leave or even hold back and not communicate information that comes to their mind.
Although the participant may want to stay in the trance state, it’s not possible to get “stuck”.
Can I be hypnotised?
Yes. As stated earlier, everyone seems to go into a ‘trance state’ (even if only lightly) multiple times a day. If you want to be hypnotised and you follow instructions, you can be hypnotised
Some are better at being hypnotised than others though. The only limit is how much you’re willing to surrender to the experience. We obviously don’t know where the session will lead to, and if that stops you from fully letting go then your awareness will remain in your consciousness.
HINT 1 – Remember, you can surrender to the process and shift your awareness without surrendering control. Your always in control even if you don’t know what’s going to come up next.
HINT 2 – Relax and don’t expect anything, this just brings our awareness back to our conscious thought.
HINT 3 – stay curious and don’t analyse what comes up during the session, there is plenty of time for analysis afterwards.
Each time we go into hypnosis, we get more familiar with the feeling making for a better session.
What’s being hypnotised like?
It’s not sleep, it’s a deep inner awareness.
We are all so different, so hypnosis is different for everyone.
Some people are very visual and can get clear visual messages. Some people are quite sensory and may not see but just feel what’s happening. Others may have smells and sounds.
Either way, we start with a physical and mental relaxation, we divert our awareness from our conscious thoughts and then…
Well that’s the exciting bit, what’s meant to come through will come through.
You will remember what happened and you will feel in control the whole time.
Getting Started is Easy
Free 20 Min Chat
Introductory chat is free and conducted over zoom (or phone)
Book an online session or face to face at one of my locations.
Your first session we will get a good background and begin the hypnotic process.
"I decided to visit Michael after dealing with a traumatic experience that kept effecting my quality of life. From the moment I reached out to Michael he was welcoming and easy to talk to. I had no idea what to expect from the sessions and I was a little nervous to start with, yet Michael was always understanding and comforting, especially when I was dealing with very strong, deep internal wounds. It took me a few years to reach out to heal myself and I am so glad that I finally did. As a working mother of 3, I made excuses that I had no time but Michael made this very easy as he worked around my ever changing schedule. Michael has a sincere, compassionate and gentle nature which makes the sessions comfortable and successful. I highly recommend Michael and am truly thankful for the peace the sessions with him has brought me."
"I highly recommend Michael for his professional approach and his hypnotherapy skills. He is a fantastic listener and really gets to the crux of what is going on for you. He is very calming and easy to talk to. I got a lot out of my sessions with him, it is really important to fill our cups and this is a great way to support your mental health."
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does hypnotherapy sit with traditional psychotherapy practices?
Hypnotherapy can be quite complimentary to traditional psychotherapy practices, whether it be with a counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist. Hypnotherapy can take clients directly to the root cause of their issue at times where this has been unsuccessful with more conventional therapeutic practices. If you are seeing a therapist, Michael can communicate with that therapist (with your permission) to integrate the learnings. If you have previously worked with therapists, great. This should build on what you’ve already worked on.
Is hypnotherapy more effective in person or online?
Through necessity, COVID 19 has shown that results can be just as good online as they are in person. Online service is still available to those who cannot travel to Caulfield, VIC.
Face to face has never been better since Hearn Hypnosis is now home at The Chiro Tree.
Go to the bookings page to chose online or in person.
How many sessions will I need?
As few as possible and as many as required for your outcome. I don’t promise outcomes at a certain number of sessions, I am not in control of that. Hypnotherapy is generally a short term intervention rather than medium or long term therapeutic relationship.
What if I expose details to my therapist that I didn’t want to?
As covered in the “about hypnotherapy” section, hypnosis is not a truth serum that will make you ‘tell all’. You will have the same ability during a trance state to hold information as much as when you are not in the trance state.
Do you work with children?
A: Short answer is yes.
Michael holds a current working with children check and has expansive experience working in the youth sector. This however is a ‘case to case’ basis as to whether hypnotherapy is the most appropriate therapeutic response for your child. Book an introductory zoom chat on the bookings page to discuss further (free of charge).