Services for Treatment

Just about any area which is treatable by conventional methods can be complimented through the use of Psychotherapy, Hypnosis and Counselling.  Anyone suffering from emotional and /or physical dis – ease may benefit.  The clients will and determination to get better is a great determinant of the success of treatment.  The Positive Thinking Clinic focuses on integrative counselling techniques as well as modern indirective and solution oriented Ericksonian Hypnosis.

Clients may see Amanda for Counselling only, Hypnosis only, or a combination of both.  Most commonly the session with start with sole counselling techniques, and integration of neurolinguistic programming techniques, and usually ends with a relaxing hypnosis.  This may be recorded by clients to listen to at home in similar conditions of undisturbed relaxation.  Quite often clients are also invited to participate in tasks between sessions.  This is not compulsory and does not suit everyone, but may be quite effective.

Consider the following explanation of why hypnosis may be beneficial:

Our conscious mind makes decisions and judgements with an extremely limited point of view.  This means there are limits, resistance, barriers, obstacles and more.  No wonder people feel stuck and cannot move forward.  No wonder people learn habits that stop them from living an authentic life.

The other part of the mind, the unconscious part is responsible for determining most of what a person does.  It also lacks the power to reason (it does not know the difference between reality and fantasy).  It processes products of our imagination as reality.  This is where the power of suggestion can benefit the client.  Repeatedly making a purposeful suggestion, long enough, will be accepted by the unconscious mind as true.

Some areas that are usually considered for Therapy include:

  • Anxiety
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Sports Performance
  • Public Speaking & Stage Fright
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Fertility, Conception, Pregnancy & Birthing
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Calm Births
  • Preparation for Medical Procedures
  • Workplace Stress
  • Smoking
  • Confidence and Self Esteem
  • Assertiveness
  • Phobias and other Fears
  • Weight Loss /Control /Overeating
  • Resentment
  • Stuttering
  • Warts and Worry
  • Burns
  • Dentistry
  • Guilt
  • Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour
  • Insomnia and Sleep Difficulties
  • Habit Change
  • Intrusive Thoughts
  • Motivation and Inspiration
  • Goal Setting
  • Sexual Topics
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Creativity
  • Anger
  • Asthma
  • Blushing
  • Breathing Disorders
  • Studying and Leaning Difficulties
  • Life Mastery
  • Headaches
  • Hostility
  • Mood Swings
  • Memory and Concentration
  • Teenage Issues
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Technology Addiction
  • Changing your relationship to your past
  • Social Phobias
  • Medical Hypnosis
  • Time Management
  • Procrastination
  • Drugs or Binge Drinking
  • Pain Control & Pain Management
  • Grief
  • General Addictions; chocolate, sugar, shopping, and more
  • Trauma /Post Traumatic Stress
  • Bed Wetting /Toileting
  • Nail Biting /Thumb Sucking
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Cancer Relief
  • Family Break-ups /Relationships
  • Imaginary Friends
  • Psoriasis, Eczema & Skin Conditions
  • And more…Even some forms of schizophrenia and multiple personality (DID) have been treated with hypnotherapy.

Not every Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist or Counsellor covers each and every area above, this is just a list of what issues may be covered.  Specific issues must be discussed with the therapist to ensure expertise and appropriateness of therapy delivered.  In some cases, referrals are the best option.

Amanda Dounis uses hypnosis to assist the client into a relaxed mental, physical and emotional state.  During hypnosis, the busy, critical, analytical, conscious mind can rest.  Whilst resting, the unconscious mind is then attended to, and positive changes are made via interrupting thought patterns, habits or the effects of traumatic incidents which may be mentally or physically impacting the client in a negative way.

The process is as follows;

  • Slow deep breathing, followed by progressive relaxation.
  • Then imagery via guided visualisation, to access the relevant part of the unconscious mind.
  • “Work” is done here, and lots of strategic suggestions are made.
  • Lastly, a post-hypnotic suggestion is anchored.
  • You may see this as normal, natural, healthy state of the mind.

It brings out the best in you by leaving behind any patterns /habits you no longer need or want.  You will become a stronger and happier person, uncovering your powerful positive qualities that you may never have even noticed.  However, please note,  the success depends on you… you need to be the best client, and ready for change – not just wishing or hoping.

Hypnosis creates a sense of mental, emotional and physical relaxation, similar to the feeling we experience just before we wake from sleep, or just as we drift off to sleep.  It may even feel like daydreaming for some.