My relationship with Hypnosis
…as an art, a science and finally, a clinical practice – first started when I was 19. At that formative age, I became familiar with the works of authors like Heinlein, Niven, Azimov and Robert Anton Wilson. Their ideas about influence, suggestibility and hypnosis intrigued and inspired me. It was the start of my journey into understanding the true and powerful potential of Hypnosis.
However, the field of Hypnotherapy was difficult to access at that time. Training Academies were located in Europe and the United States. I researched all I could on the topic from books, journals and magazines, but could progress no further.
Fast-forward 24 years and the world had changed. And so had my life: I’d been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 33 and had two ulcers surgically removed from my legs. This gave me the valuable chance to reassess my life. I started asking questions again and participated in self-development ventures such as The Mankind Project weekend. It was in a monthly meet-up session that I met Gareth Alley (www.garthalley.com). He encouraged me to become a life coach due to my positive outlook and ability to find humor through adversity.
During that time, hypnosis also re-entered by life. I started using a program by Rick Collingwood (www.rickcollingwood.com) for pain control and experienced really good results. While completing a Cert IV in Life Coaching (www.thecoachinginstitute.com.au), I was further introduced to ideas about neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and the hypnotic word patterns of Milton Erickson. My passion for the field had re-ignited.
It’s now been six years since I started learning hypnosis from the master himself, Rick Collingwood, and completed an Advanced Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis. My clinic strives to apply the powerful benefits of hypnosis to the lives of clients and their families.