(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a number of Frequently Asked Questions that regularly come up for those who want to know more about hypnosis.
Yes, you can pay by Cash or Credit Card/Eftpos at both clinics. Please note that your invoice must be settled at the time of your appointment or you can prepay in advance over the phone. Skype appointments must be paid for in advance.
Elaine Martin is a registered Private Health Care Provider however it is important to check with your Health Fund to make sure that your extras cover Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is not currently available under the HICAPS system so to make a claim we will provide you with an invoice to present to your Health Care Provider. See the list of those funds who cover hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is not covered by Medicare.
Participating Health Funds
- Australian Unity
- CBHS Health Fund
- Credicare Health Fund (client must have a doctor’s letter advising they are having hypnotherapy for either stress management or stop smoking – provide a benefit of $200 per year)
- Grand United Corporate
- Health Care Insurance Limited (Cover Quit Smoking and Weight Loss programme – $150 per year)
- Health Partners
- Medibank Private
- Navy Health Fund
- NRMA Health Insurances
- Phoenix Welfare
- Railway and Transport Health Fund Ltd
- Reserve Bank Health Society
- Teachers Federation Health
- SGIO Health Insurance (WA)
It stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. A full explanation can be found under psychotherapy.
The first step is feeling comfortable and confident in the abilities of your therapist and also understanding a bit about how hypnosis works. Trance is a consent state so if you choose not to consent then you will not experience trance. Remember however that trance is only intense daydreaming. We move in and out of trance many times during the day doing basic things like reading, focusing on study, work or a hobby.
Elaine operates from the Milton clinic on a Monday from 12 to 7 pm and Saturday mornings 8 to 2pm. The Brookfield clinic is open on Wednesday and Thursday and evening appointments are also available on those days. On line bookings can be made at the Milton clinic but to make a booking at Brookfield please contact Elaine on 0407744566. See details of clinic locations under Contact Us.
The list is extensive however an example would be to help curb cravings, to manage pain and to reduce the affects of trauma. EFT works very well with hypnosis as whenever we use EFT you are already in a light trance. It is very effective in dealing with many medical conditions such as providing relief for cancer patients, those suffering from neurological diseases, blood pressure and those who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
The first session is 1 hour and thereafter either 1 or 1.5 hours depending on what you are trying to achieve. It is important that you arrive at least 10 minutes before your first appointment to complete all the paperwork. It is also important to be on time for all subsequent appointments to ensure you get the full time allocated to you. The clinic can get very busy particularly at Brookfield and we do our best to try and keep all the appointments on schedule.
It very much depends on the problem and the treatment plan. It is important to understand that Hypnotherapy is a process and although some clients may have significant change in 2/3 sessions normally 5 sessions is the average to start feeling the benefits of the treatment and to ensure that you are well on your way to permanent change. Psychotherapy, however, can take from 5-12 sessions to start to see and feel the benefits.
The Virtual Gastric Band Program is 4 sessions and Quit Smoking Intervention Program is completed in 1/2 sessions. Children typically needs an average of 3 sessions.
The first session is all about collecting data, explaining and making you aware of your response to the problem and then providing insight and education on why and how hypnosis works. At the end of this session I will be able to give you a reasonably accurate indication of how many sessions it will take and how much it will cost.
Everything that is discussed is confidential as per the code of ethics and conduct I adhere to under my professional accreditation.
The first session runs for 1 hour in all sessions apart from Virtual Gastric Band and Quit Smoking.
For Adults Firstly I take a thorough in-depth history, so I have a good understanding of your background including family relationships, school years etc. I may at this point evaluate your current stress levels if this is appropriate.
Secondly, I raise your awareness and explain why you are responding the way you are and what is happening within the subconscious part of your mind. I use an enhanced version of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to explain this.
Finally, I explain hypnosis, how it works and why it works, dispelling any myths and misunderstandings that often come via the media or stage hypnotists. At this point I will advise on what I believe to be the best way forward, including how many sessions it will take and how much it will cost.
For Children Firstly I ask you child lots of questions, getting to know the things they like, their relationships, things they fear etc, I then explain what I think we need to do including how many sessions it will take.
Secondly I explain to the parent and the child how hypnosis works
Finally I enagage the child in playing some suggestibility games to get them comfortable with the idea of hypnosis
Virtual Gastric Band The first session runs for 1.5 hours. I explain how the program works and get some information about your habits and history. I then explain how and why hypnosis works. Finally in last 30 minutes of this session you have the Gastric Band fitted in your mind.
Quit Smoking The first session runs for 1.5 hours. Firstly I take away the craving for a cigarette. I explain how the program works and then how and why hypnosis works. I then proceed to help you change into a non smoker.
Please note that there is normally no therapy in this first session although many people feel much better because they get to talk through their problems.
In the first session, which normally goes for an hour we will start by just talking and getting to know you. Elaine will ask lots of questions so she understands a bit about your background and history and the reason for your visit. She will explain is some detail what is happening and why and then explain hypnosis and hypnotherapy so any fears, concerns or apprehension you may have are no longer present. Elaine will then discuss the most appropriate course of action and ensure that you both understand and consent to the treatment.