The Difference Between a Hypnotherapist and a Hypnotist

A lot of people have asked me, what’s the difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist and there is a vast difference. A Hypnotist uses hypnosis for entertainment and fun. A hypnotist is not trained to administer therapy. They may do a short course of stop smoking or weight loss et cetera, but I really mean a short course! Which in my mind is insufficient to treat anybody.

Also there is a vast difference between what a hypnotist is insured for, a hypnotist will be insured for stage and entertainment purposes only. Whereas a hypnotherapist is insured for the administering of hypnosis and therapy.

I’ve never really liked hypnosis for entertainment – making someone stupid or do stupid things while getting strangers out of an audience to hyper- pretend in a hypnotic state does not take into account the persons vulnerabilities or sensibilities or mental state.

Hypnotherapists go through a lot of training, and I mean a lot of training and a lot of ongoing continuous training. A Hypnotherapist is covered by indemnity insurance, with  extensive training in therapy, and is held to high standards and literally looks after you the client with a duty of care.

My training includes: Professional Clinical Hypnotherapy• Humanistic Psychotherapy• Gestalt Therapy• Neuro Linguistics (NLP)• Psychodrama Encounters• Human Sexuality• Breath Therapies• Psychopharmacology • Medical terminology• Clinical Supervision as well as  First Aid.

Hypnotists don’t come under any jurisdiction or are governed by a body that oversees their work. There is a global trend for hypnotists to fly in and fly out of towns for say “stop smoking”, and may not be covered by indemnity insurance, or have adequate training to administer therapy under hypnosis.

A hypnotist is only trained in entertainment and fun, there are many street hypnotists, magician hypnotists, stage hypnotists, of all ages – you get my point. What they do is not illegal, but it’s buyer beware.

Before you sign up for therapy regardless of what the therapy is – ask these questions .

  1. What are your qualifications to do hypnosis and therapy?
  2. Are you covered by indemnity insurance?
  3. Do you belong to a professional recognized Association of hypnotherapists
  4. Are you bound by a strict code of ethics?
  5. Do you have ongoing supervision and training?

These seems simple enough, but many people do not understand the difference between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist. Buyer beware is the old adage here.

More than just training to become a Hypnotherapist. Before I could even train as a hypnotherapist, (which took many years to complete to professional level). I was psychologically assessed as capable and sane to do so. In other words – safe to practice.  

Hypnotists have no safeguards in this respect – anyone regardless of psychological hang-ups or mental states can be a street hypnotist. Now I am not implying that all hypnotists have Psychological problems that may affect their work. What I am implying is there is no safeguards in place to assess such a thing with street hypnotists.

That is why belonging to a professional association, covered by a code of ethics, having ongoing training and supervision, has becomes that check and balance that professionally trained hypnotherapists have – It keeps the client safe. A professional hypnotherapist has highly respected standing in the community.

Now you can get a stage hypnotist that’s a professional, but only professional in entertainment and fun, and that is okay – it is only when they diverge into therapy is where problems could eventuate. So, I hope this has answered your questions and puts things into perspective.

As a highly qualified and trained professional clinical hypnotherapist, I look forward to helping you with all that you need.


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Navigating the blocks and flows in life

Excerpt and adapted from my mini book: Secrets to Affirmations Resonance  & Law of Attraction. Now available in PDF format. Email me for details of how you can get your copy.

Have you ever had that time in your life where everything was blocked, the traffic was bad, that meeting was cancelled, you couldn’t find a parking spot on time. Where everything seemed to be blocked in what you wanted to do or achieve.

And have you ever had that time when everything flowed, you went to the store found the right product straightaway got served with no queues, found a parking spot. Everything flowed smoothly and easily.

Learning to recognise block and flow is an essential part of understanding those invisible currents of life. There was a story of a man who got stuck in traffic, he had to board a plane to get back home. He got to the boarding gate, and the gate had closed two minutes earlier. Just two minutes. His journey being totally blocked from beginning to end. He screamed and ranted that he needed to board that plane, but alas, he couldn’t, and he missed the flight. Now here’s a point, he was extremely angry, some say he was yelling at staff.  That plane crashed killing everyone on board.

By some mysterious hand of fate, he was saved from death. On hearing that the planet crashed killing everyone on board, the awareness that he too would have died on that flight, moved him from being angry and resentful to eternally grateful.

Now this is an extreme example of block, there were times and I was late for a meeting I was jumping up and down, sped through traffic, – only to get there to find that the meeting had been cancelled at the last minute. Understanding Block and flow is essential to a happy life.

The secret is this : If something is forever blocked for you, you need to find another way, or simply need to review what it is that you’re doing, as it may not be the right thing for you, or there may be a better alternative just around the corner. Block and flow are also seen in martial arts, it is also a part of zen.

A block does not mean that it is negative in action nought is flown mean that is positive and action, they can be both and neither.

You can see block and flow in things like feng shui – Chinese geomancy, the blocks and flows you can create in your home for a better life and better energy for the body. Tai chi works with block and flow for creating better energy within the body. So, we can see block and flow internally and externally happening everywhere.

Learning to be flexible within a fixed system called society is essential to anyone’s success in life. The arrow of time always moves forward, never backwards. We learn from the past, “We stay in the present, we plan for the future- enjoying your life”. (Is a statement that I use in my deep relaxation affirmations MP3).

If you look at nature it is never hard work, water flows from the mountains to the valleys to the ocean, and never flows uphill or struggles to get from the ocean to the top, it found another way, the water evaporates condenses in clouds and rains on the mountain tops. Human beings however, make everything hard, if not impossible to achieve. Learning to recognize block and flow can be one of your keys to success.

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Going beyond conditioned beliefs

We are the only life form on this planet that created and worshiped the Gods. No other species does that, not even our closest genetic primates.

Yet, most religions lack evolution.

Most religions have a built-in death wish. Where otherworldly states such as  heaven, and / or the higher realms etc are always far better than being here and alive in the physical world on Earth. The only way to get to these higher places, is usually through punishment, restriction,  and ultimately death.

We a taught to blindly following a belief system that stems from before the dark ages, and the ultimate death wish is in bringing about –  “The end of days”, and that blind following without conscious thinking is called “faith”. Faith suspends conscious thinking, questioning and reasoning.

People will kill you for what you believe.  Even the division within Christianity on who owns Jesus, (as well as other religions) all of which have their own problems, some of which seriously border on having cult status and is in my view, in need of serious questioning.

A religion is simply based on getting followers to follow either : A deity, a holy person or spiritual leader. Mind you it is far better, that – that person or spiritual leader is dead. The teaching then frozen in time can never be changed, although only the interpretation can and here lies the distortion.

Religious teaching is then lost in translation, omitted and then re-interpreted any way by the earthly powers to be in anyway they  want it to.

Through the church most teachings remained static and belong to an era that we no longer live in and can be interpreted in any way they want.

This article is born out of the disbelief in looking at the news in recent times and seeing pedophile priests and church cover-ups who have damaged children and feel that that’s okay (and seem to only show remorse when they are caught).

In fact intimacy sex and loving seems to be very much against some church doctrines when it comes to being a priest – who by the way wears a dress and is married to God and the church in equal status. Everyone is born with a sex urge and the need to procreate, and the suppression of this urge has to either send someone into high denial or it comes out sideways in unnatural behaviors. You see most religions were based on punishment and the fall from the Garden, so we’re here to be punished, and the only way to gain redemption is by even more punishment, the old Testament had a very punishing God.

Society only got a leg up when there was a division between church and state and many people lost their lives in the name of God owned by a particular religion or church who thought they were right, the problem is every other religion thought they were right also, –  and this ultimately led to continual wars and death. But in the eyes of religion that’s okay because nirvana heaven or the spiritual realms is always a better place to be.

Earth is seen as a place of punishment, where we are all sinners have the possibility of redemption only through death and judgement – after death.

In our modern society, religious fervor wanting “end of days” thinking,  has been creeping back into the political agenda. In fact the end of days has a built-in death urge and most religious people have been conditioned to manly look forward to “end of days”, so the righteous can bask in the light of God which could only happen when everyone is dead and the non-righteous will burn in hell, forever.

Can you see how this thinking is not only psychotic and bizarre but downright harmful.

Guilt requires one thing and is very demanding. Guilt always requires punishment. But no one tells you how much punishment is enough, so you remain eternally guilty. And if you’re not guilty, then the church gives you the guilt of original sin and the loss from the garden, or guilt over the crucifixion of Jesus, and to save you from sin and guilt, they lock you into a cycle of redemption, suffering and homage with church offerings (mostly money). Most of the main religions are extremely wealthy while they peddle poverty as a way of life.

Where a culture of pedophilia and morally and ethically bankrupt priests flourish behind the closed doors of the church and get away with what they have done, with hurting children, – ruining and destroying their lives, where the church seems to remain above common law.

The spotlight of society has shed some light into this, and it is a good thing, albeit resisted by church authorities to change things other than just lip service to do so, mainly through prayer. The system is unchanged and it is this fundamental resistance that is very telling, with only a few getting a short tokenistic slap on the wrist by the judicial system.   The damage done will do little to protect from the damage to come. Not even by prayers.

As a hypnotherapist healing such wounds with clients takes time but can be done.

For the very people, most people feel they should trust,  (the priests and then the church hierarchy itself ) have violated their very existence. How do we protect our children from such hidden secret offenders, where the system is set up so nothing really ever gets done and everything is looked at after the fact.

It is the inability of the church to evolve, adapt and change, but more importantly to ultimately protect its parishioners from itself that may lead to it’s eventual falling by the wayside,  and we will get back to looking after planet earth. The only place in our galactic neighborhood that has a garden. I was asked once, “how would the worlds religions react to extraterrestrial life”. I said “with open arms, they would send out missionaries to convert them”.

Mandatory reporting should apply to the confessional, but alas in many places it is not, due to religious fundamentalism.

Do we need a detox from our religious conditioning? I think so.

Now, my philosophy is to live and let live. You can worship whatever you want. and believe in what ever you want. I never challenge anyone’s beliefs as long as it does no harm to other people.

Regardless of whether you belong to a cult, religion or other belief systems that are ruining your life. Let my hypnotherapy service help you through such troubled times to a place of real inner healing.


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How our culture destroys your relationship with your children

Society is based on its people, the cohesion of good people. It in our society we have processes that actually destroy your relationship with your children – covertly. The old adage is divide to conquer and this applies strongly in the society in which you live. We teach our children to always tell the truth or they will be punished, yet it is our society that causes damage and division and the subconscious mind not only remembers, but then lays the foundation for personality through life’s early experiences, starting from childhood.

There are many cultural divisions but less look at the main three;

Santa Claus

Athough this seems fairly innocent is still is in fact a lie. You work very hard for your money, buy presents for your kids, and Santa Claus gets the kudos, and when poverty stricken children asks Santa Claus for a present and nothing arrives, they feel unworthy or as if they’re done something bad, as a song says “you better be good”, and the all knowing Santa keeps a record of all the bad kids who are unworthy of any presents.

Parents do their very best at Christmas time. And it’s a time of love, giving and sharing, but has been singularly reduced down to commercial greed. When children grow up and realize the representation of Santa Claus is one big fat lie, the damage is already done and not only that, it was the parents that lied to them, trust broken and then the division starts.

It is wise to tell your children the truth that Santa Claus represents the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving, and is representative symbolically by a man or woman dressed as Santa Claus. He’s not the person you’re seeing in front of you. The pantomime of sitting on Santa Claus’s lap and asking for everything, and then finding nothing arrives at Christmas time is a sadistic punishment and is cruel; And if things do arrive that you’ve asked for (from your parents secretly), then you have learnt a dysfunctional way of living in society, where everyone should support you and you don’t have to do anything in return.

Now I know this appears really really harsh, but if you tell the truth to children, in our example that Santa Claus as a representative of the spirit of Christmas and not actually a person who comes down a chimney (and who has one of them these days), and gives you presents,then everyone can enjoy Christmas what it truly is – the joy of family loving, giving and sharing.

The tooth fairy

Well getting paid for losing rotten teeth is simply a bad idea, if you have to give your kids money, give them for keeping their teeth clean and good. And for those parents who can’t put a coin under the pillow when a kid does lose a tooth, then that child feels unworthy and neglected. It stems historically from travelers who would pay a coin (money) for a child’s tooth to act as a talisman to protect them from evil spirits or harm on their journeys.

The Easter Bunny

An ancient right of fertility, the all eternal egg – creation, and loving the earth simply reduced to a chocolate eating fest, with no no mention of nurturing the earth and nature, and looking after the planet we live on, working with the planet rather than being a parasitic upon it, heck if we throw the world away we have nowhere else to go. And by the way, rabbits don’t lay eggs.

Now all these festivals, represented time for community love and sharing. But they have been turned on their collective heads, hijacked for commercial greed that eventually leads to family division, broken promises and processes of divide and conquer. The corporate world is a soulless entity that wants money – (only money). Parents have learned to be a little wiser with their money, where children and teenagers spend like there’s no tomorrow, and never think of the future. So they are naturally and automatically targeted.

The other divisive processes television, social media, movies. With the same themes over and over again. Watch any soap opera and you get a recipe for destroying your life and living in misery. All these processes teach children to be dysfunctional, have no self esteem, lie, cheat steal, and worse still – manipulate to get what they want while never feeling worthy – divide and conquer.

Your relationship with your children should be sacred, and the subconscious mind which is usually set around five or six, never forgets the injustice, the hurt, the rejection, the lies, even if they are cultural lies and especially whenever, they’ve asked for something for Christmas and didn’t get exactly what they wanted or worse still…. nothing at all.

The truth works, and can be said in a gentle loving way that still keeps the magic, mystery and mythology of these sacred events in place, there to support family love and nurturing and not to divide it.


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Prevention is always better than cure

When one thinks of hypnotherapy, we often think in terms of treating or managing problems such as; anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, addictions, social issues – just to name a few.

Now they do say prevention is better than cure, and what most people don’t know, is that hypnotherapy is a wonderful process of strengthening and focusing the mind, yet centering on inner peace within. Can you imagine having a ninja type focus? Being able to set goals and achieve them? Being flexible within a fixed system that we have in our world today?

Not only can hypnotherapy help you with focus, desires and outcomes achieved, it can also help you not slip into anxiety and stress, you know the pressures that we are under today that appears all so natural. You can be highly stressed and not even know it.

What your grandparents had to process “mind” wise in one year, due to our modern lifestyle we have to now process in one day – a tsunami of information overload. Take into account social media, pressures of work, family, and trying to live a normal life, and you get a stress, or a background stress that were all too familiar with, the background stress becomes the norm.  I met many people who are so highly stressed with high blood pressure et cetera, yet when you ask them, they say they’re not stressed at all, because their high stress levels seem normal to them, and it is only when they relax that they realize how stressed they really were.

So I’ve developed a program that allows you to have that ninja type focus with that yoga like – peace of mind. So you manage yourself and the world around you in a way where it doesn’t manage you, or at worst drive you off a cliff. I call it having a “mind tune up“. Heck when a car is not running right we get it tuned up and serviced. When where not running right we are the last ones to ever know or recognize that.

An example of stress: A child is overtired and will scream for no reason at all, having forgotten the reason in the first place, while screaming, the child is more exhausted than ever but doesn’t realize that their stress is caused by exhaustion, the child is simply overtired and needs to rest. But the brain doesn’t recognize that need to rest so if you’ve ever been in a shopping center around three or four in the afternoon you’ll see this played out by children all over the place, children that a overtired and screaming while just really needing a nap.

Our inner child behaves the same way – having to meet work deadlines, dealing with pressure from everyone in the workplace, staying back late to fulfil work quotas, having to deal with traffic, travel, children, family, debt, relationships, et cetera. We simply don’t recognize the signal of, stress and being overtired. Most people simply head to the pub and use alcohol as a way of dealing with stress, unbeknownst that alcohol causes more biological and psychological stress keeping that state of inner tiredness in play –  while we try to make sense of an over congested super rushed world.

Wouldn’t it be good to just go to into that zone of inner peace, generating a ninja focus and getting things done. having peace power and control, not the outer control of having to control everything outside of yourself, but learning to flow with those things around you easily and effortlessly, so you’re not a casualty of the pressures of the world, but a true participant and creator of your world and enjoying it to the full.

By all means inquire about this wonderful program and book your mind tune up today.


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To health fund or not to Health Fund

Health funds are always in the business, of saving money – they are after all governed as an insurance company, and insurance companies do their best to save money and limit claims.

There’s a new push for health funds to not provide services for alternative health. The criteria for eliminating alternative health therapies is that the effectiveness of it has been placed under the criteria, of an “evidence-based structure”. In documentation received from health funds, they can have total access to your:

  • Personal file
  • Treatment given
  • Outcomes reached

Is this an invasion of your privacy?

Although they say that they “take your privacy seriously”, (your file won’t be made “public”), It does not offer total protection as anyone behind the scenes could see that data,  as we have seen time and time again, mistakes can happen, and although you will never know who may read your file and when,  it is ultimately a matter of trust.

What many people don’t know, is that in Australia, when you join a health fund they can:

  • Amend any of the rules any time they want.
  • By joining the health fund you have automatically given them permission to look at your personal file, treatment given, outcomes reached, and any other aspect that they want to look at.

This then complies with the privacy act as you’ve already given permission for such a personal peek into your private life.  They say the devils in the detail, i.e.  The small print. That way, they the health funds can test “evidence-based structures”. To either eliminate a service or keep it.

The thought of an insurance Corporation, having access to your personal private health process, and the therapies you have undertaken, to me is rather frightening. (And in my personal opinion contravenes therapist client confidentiality).  Once a corporation has that information, you do not know who looks at it, or how that information is handled, and if it will impact your employ-ability, which by the way, you will never know,  especially if you see a therapist for myriad of personal issues you’d rather not have potentially in the wild.

Not only can information be hacked but possibly misused by government or employees or other bodies. In the world of big data, data is big business and where the lines are blurred between your privacy, governments, and corporations as such, information enters uncharted territory.

As for me personally, it is my personal ethical duty to have confidentiality with the client unless there is an overriding legal obligation to contact the right authorities under the law. And as such, will no longer provide health funds for clients.

Clients,  who in the long run, will appreciate such privacy and confidentiality.


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Dream Destroyers

All too often you read, see and hear stories of people’s dreams, goals, and desires being dashed by so called “experts.” You know, those people who destroy you by thinking they know better, and in all good sweetness, put you down in a supportive way, conveying that you will amount to nothing. All too often, I see clients whose love and aliveness is dashed by one of these so called “experts” that purport to know better. Clients who then suffer low self-esteem, depression, misery and that then becomes a foundation of their lives.

You see, when a so-called expert tells you, you can’t even start something, or do something, it stops you even trying, and in the trying, to make discoveries, you enter a learning curve, you gain wisdom from your experiences, but that simply being told you can’t live your dream, you can’t have, you will amount to nothing –  is very destructive.

So why?

We live in a very competitive culture. You only have one winner and a zillion losers, and that thinking in itself is very destructive. The opposite is also true, when you’re doing really badly at something and people keep telling you your great at it. I had a client come to me around 30 years ago, she wanted to be a famous singer, that was her dream, her goal. I asked her where she had sung, she said she hadn’t sung anywhere at all but wanted to be a famous singer, that the reason she was seeing me was that through hypnosis I could somehow make her a  famous singer, I inquired further, where do you sing? “Nowhere” she replied. It came to be that she had never had lessons, never sung anywhere, not even in the shower. Yet wanted to be a famous singer.

I told her she should go and have some lessons to see if her voice could be trained in a way that she wanted. She got very angry and stormed out. So even though this was her dream,  she had never attempted it, I was still offering her opportunities to explore that avenue.

Now it could have been an imaginary bubble to keep her safe, to give her something to work towards because she lived a miserable horrible life of inactivity and doing nothing. The following sessions that she came to allowed her to ground herself and she did decide to go off and have some singing lessons. Now did she succeed? I don’t know. But at least she had a go, the adventure of trying and discovery – living.

All too often in our society people who don’t live their dream, put energy into their goals, find a way around things – lose their aliveness. The problem is simply we are told to be an individual and unique, as long as we remain a shade of grey, fit in and don’t rock the boat, and when you take competition into that, as well as other people’s egos, the pecking order to success, and we wonder why there are so many mental health issues plaguing our society today.

Is is amazing that native tribal people who are just being discovered in the jungle, have zero mental illness. They help each other, they support each other, they teach each other valuable skills to survive. You will find no competitive winners or losers there.

Is competition a good thing?

Yes. If represented in the right way in strengthening your skills. Competition is great if you don’t have a culture where everyone praises the one winner and destroys everyone else attitude. In the soccer World Cup, you will see one standout player scoring goals he does so for the team. However, in the same World Cup you can only have one winner, and the losing team, feels like crap and utterly destroyed, but more importantly, not good enough. Yet here we see the best players on the entire planet, those who are at the top of their game, feeling like crap because the other team won.

So what message does this send our young people of today. Simply, to get to the top you have to crush and destroy all opposition.  This is absolutely the wrong approach.

Then take into account age, always having to defend your position. The young people climbing up the social, work or corporate ladder, where in our culture age is seen as a health condition. Yep, being old is not a good thing in the competitive society in which we live.

I was watching television, there was this show about renovating house and gardens. One team renovated the garden so beautifully, so uniquely, it was simply a touch of genius. Yet the judge trashed it, destroyed them completely, simply because it wasn’t a shade of grey like every other house. It wasn’t what the judged liked, so he trashed them and psychologically, the so called “Expert”, destroyed them. Rather than, the exploration of a wonderful job, of unique creativity. The garden did look beautiful. Yet those on that team, you could tell, would never ever be creative again. They would just simply stick to bland and commonplace.

When I work with people, I strive for the balance. What is your dream? Let’s explore and discover that, let’s find a way if that’s possible. Some people retire to then start exploring and living their dreams. 99% never do. There’s an old saying, visions of the young (all the things you want to do explore and succeed in). Become visions of the old (that “if only”, and the sadness of never attempting where they should have).

Find people who can support you in your goal. Be flexible enough to learn new skills, find a way. Put energy dedication and persistent work in achieving your dreams. And only in doing this we find the right fit for you. There was once an actor who was okay at acting, but still felt of emptiness. That actor ended up directing films, winning awards, living life in a fulfilled way and having a ball.

Let my hypnotherapy, help you find your goals, and to discover what you love, and what you want to achieve.


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