Frequently Asked Questions

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As I always say “I can’t change your situation but I can help you feel a lot better about the situation.”

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Good questions to ask before you choose the best hypnotherapist for you

How long have they been working with this? How long have they been doing this full time?

Are they a clinical member of the AHA? Student or professional membership is very easy to achieve and equals limited experience and/or limited training.

Professional clinical hypnotherapy training is vastly different from a 5-day hypnotherapy course.

You might even want to ask who they have trained with.

Do they have a supervisor? In order to be a full member of a reputable hypnotherapy association your hypnotherapist needs to have monthly professional supervision. This ensures the code of ethics is always met and that each client’s best interests are always met. Having a registered supervisor ensures that.

As a professional supervisor myself, I need to meet additional criteria on top of that.

Do they also have NLP training? You’d only want to work with someone who does. It just gives them more and different tools to work with unconscious processes.

Are they eligible to offer hypnotherapy rebates from private health funds?

Only members of a reputable hypnotherapy association with at least 500 client hours are eligible to offer rebates.
I personally have well over 10,000 client hours, as I have been working as a clinical hypnotherapist for over ten years.

Do they work from a professional clinic or from home?
You need to make sure that you are comfortable with the setup. I personally wouldn’t be comfortable going to a stranger’s house which is why I work from professional clinics.

How does your therapy process work?

My therapy process is rooted in a deep understanding of the mind and how it influences behaviour and emotions. It starts with a personalised consultation where I get to know you—your challenges, goals, and the changes you seek. Using a blend of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) we work together to help you make profound changes at the level of your subconscious mind. Each session is tailored to your individual needs, ensuring a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment for your deep transformation. This personalised approach ensures that changes are profound and lasting, with most clients experiencing significant shifts within 3 to 6 sessions.

What makes your therapy style unique and effective?
What sets my therapy apart is its logical, structured, yet deeply empathetic approach. Unlike traditional therapies that may rely on endless talking without action, my method involves active engagement with your subconscious mind. I don’t use generic hypnosis scripts; instead, I create a custom-tailored plan for each of your sessions. You are a unique individual and as such I take all of you into account.
My background in the corporate world, coupled with my personal experiences of overcoming anxiety, has given me a unique blend of practicality and compassion. I offer a fast, enjoyable, and results-oriented therapy experience, focused on empowering you to achieve lasting change.
What’s with the splinter in your finger? And how is your approach to therapy different from Counselling or Psychology?
My therapy is vastly different from traditional counselling or psychology in both approach and underlying philosophy.
The short version is this: Imagine one day you notice that you have a splinter in your finger…
Is it really all that helpful to know which piece of wood the splinter came from? Is it pine, oak or camphor laurel? In which forest did the tree grow, where it was milled, and who built the thing that ultimately resulted in you having a splinter in your finger…??
Even when you can accurately answer each of those questions… That’s lovely… It might even give you a very short-lived sense of relief…
But ultimately you STILL have a splinter in your finger… And it hurts! And over the years that splinter will still become infected and fester. At times it might calm down a bit but then you bump it and it hurts again… And again… And again…
Clearly “trying to understand” does NOT make it miraculously disappear!
Here is my style of therapy: Do you just want to remove the splinter so you can get on with life…? I don’t really care about where the tree grew or how it got into your finger…
All I want for you is to help you remove the splinter so that you can get on with your life.
As a bonus, you’ll also know how to stop more splinters from getting in that easily.
Counselling and psychology often delve into extensive dialogue and exploration about the past and emotions. Resulting in people feeling worse and re-traumatising themselves because they are forced to relive it.
What is significantly lacking is a direct pathway to actionable change, which can only be achieved by working with the subconscious.
My approach, grounded in Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP, aligns with the scientific understanding of neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to rewire itself. However, unlike traditional psychology, which often finds itself caught between empirical science and the humanities, I offer a consistent, focused methodology. By directly engaging with the subconscious mind, we bypass the often ineffective surface-level chatter to initiate profound, lasting changes.
Furthermore, traditional psychology struggles to define or fully grasp concepts such as the self, consciousness, and the mind’s workings which points to a significant shortfall in addressing human experience holistically. My therapy acknowledges the complexity of the human condition, leveraging the subconscious’s power to foster genuine transformation without the confines of rigid, empirical models that overlook the soul and consciousness.
In essence, my therapy offers a practical, results-oriented alternative to those seeking change beyond the limitations of conventional counselling or psychology. It’s about effective, efficient transformation through understanding and reprogramming the subconscious, not just exploring it.
This clear, focused approach, free from the “cuckoo bird” tendencies of integrating disparate, often unscientific methods, provides a coherent, powerful pathway to personal growth and healing.
Who is an ideal candidate for your therapy services?
Usually, people come to me as a “last resort.” And then they tell me “I wish I had done this years ago”… That’s okay. I get that something that is still perceived as a bit weird isn’t the obvious first choice. However, most of my clients come to me through word of mouth. Whether that be from a friend or person they trust or one of the Psychologists, GPs and Doctors who refer their patients to me.
The ideal candidate for my Hypnotherapy services is anyone who wants to change. Who realise that what they have been doing isn’t working and that they need to change. It can be anyone feeling stuck or overwhelmed by anxiety, fears, phobias, or looking to change detrimental behaviours like smoking or overeating.
If you’ve tried other therapies without success they probably have never worked at the level where the problem actually exists, which is your subconscious mind.
If you’re in a high-stress career or are struggling with social anxiety or public speaking or are juggling too much or just want to find more joy and calm in your life or want to live up to your true potential then you will find my approach particularly beneficial.
What kind of transformation can a client expect from your therapy?
Clients can expect a holistic transformation that encompasses emotional, behavioural, and cognitive changes. You’ll gain a deep understanding of your subconscious processes, how it operates, and strategies to manage it effectively. Expect to feel more confident, calm, and in control, with much better emotional resilience. If you are aiming to change specific behaviours you will find yourself naturally gravitating towards better habits.
Ultimately, my hypnotherapy facilitates a profound shift towards living a more fulfilled, peaceful life, where you’re equipped to handle life’s challenges with grace and confidence.
Why should someone unsure about Hypnotherapy decide to work with you?

If you’re on the fence about Hypnotherapy, consider that my approach is grounded in logic, science, and personal success. I’ve lived through the challenges I now help my clients overcome, making my practice not just a profession but a personal mission. My therapy is an enlightening, safe, and non-woo-woo journey towards understanding and leveraging the power of your subconscious for positive change. With my extensive training, empathetic approach, and the transformative results my clients achieve this could well be the best decision for your well-being.

Why is subconscious work so important when it comes to making lasting changes?
Subconscious work is crucial because the subconscious mind is where our beliefs, habits, values and emotions reside. It influences our thoughts, behaviours, and the way we interact with the world, usually way beyond our conscious awareness. Talk therapy and conscious-level strategies cost a lot of willpower and hard work and yes, they may provide temporary relief.
But for change to be lasting, it must occur at the subconscious level where the root causes lie. By engaging directly with the subconscious, we can rewire thought patterns, dissolve limiting beliefs, and instil new, empowering narratives, leading to profound and enduring transformation.
What is hypnosis, hypnotherapy, NLP?

There are so many questions, common misconceptions and myths out there. To give you some guidance read about what hypnotherapy is and how hypnosis works here.

What's the first session like and why is it longer?

The first session is very much about understanding you. Understanding the problem, what you’d like to achieve and assisting you with the work you so you start to notice results as soon as possible.

I explain a lot about how your unconscious mind works so you have a profound understanding of your mind and your unconscious processes. You’ll understand how all that relates back to yourself and the issue you came to see me for, hence you can make it all work for you. Once it all starts to make sense, we can start working with your unconscious processes. I will ask you a lot of questions you may not logically know the answer to. 
Remember if you could have solved the problem logically and with the level of thinking you have been employing up till now you would have done so already… You will need to be curious and willing to explore.

I will help you explore what goes on at the level of your unconscious processes in order for you to solve the problem… I don’t have any answers but you do! Even though you obviously weren’t aware of those… All you need to do is to be open, curious, and ready to explore… 

Furthermore, I assist you in getting very clear and specific about your goal, about what you want out of your sessions with me. I do that by asking you questions, to which there are no right or wrong answers… Some of the questions will help you think differently… 

When a client comes in with a list or a variety of different issues (which happens more often than you might think) then I help you work out which of those problems you’d like to solve first, or what is underneath all of that. Please keep in mind you won’t be able to do it all in one session 😉 

Throughout your sessions with me, you receive tried and tested tools, and mind training exercises that are proven to work and which have helped thousands of people before you. They won’t take very long to practice daily and given that you are still reading this, you know you want to make the changes, so it’ll be easy for you to use those tools since they do change your life.

Depending on my client, the problem and a few other things we may either do another NLP process or some probably short introductory hypnosis in the first session.

It’s definitely fair to say that there is no magic pill. I have had clients who expected me to do all the work and answered every question with either “I can’t” or “I don’t know”. Imagine going to the doctor asking for help and every question the doctor asks is answered with “I don’t know” or “I can’t do that”… Chances are there isn’t much the doctor can give you… 😉 Some people seem to expect to just close their eyes while I sprinkle some magic fairy dust and make everything magically disappear… Usually, those clients also believe in unicorns which have rainbow powers and are approximately 4 years old… Just kidding…

Honestly if there was a magic pill I would absolutely love to give it to you! I just don’t have it and until it is invented, you’ll be the one making the changes… 

I’m the tour guide, I point out the sights and encourage you to explore certain sights or stay away from others, it’s your choice to look at the sights or explore them in more depth… Which is greatly empowering because in the end we both know that you did it, you made the change, I showed you the way, you chose to follow. 

Why do different hypnotherapists charge different hourly rates?

I don’t know why other people charge what they do. Ten years ago I certainly didn’t charge what I do today. Also, back then I didn’t have the experience, the level of training and effectiveness that I have today.

Over 80% of my clients come through referrals from previous clients, Psychologists, GPs other hypnotherapists and specialists.
Of course, there are people who charge less per session. The question really isn’t about the investment per session but the total of how many sessions you need. It’s not easy to compare…

How long before I should start to feel some results?

When working with me you should notice a shift after your very first session. If nothing at all has changed then we need to discuss whether it’s worthwhile for you to pursue this further.

Hypnotherapy research shows that depending on the problem, a good therapist will take somewhere between 3 and 6 sessions.
If there are many different issues that you need to solve then it will take longer. I also assisted people make the shift they wanted in one (rarely) or two sessions (frequently). Everybody is different and it really depends on how much the person is doing what I ask them to do.

This is not a magic pill! And even though you may have seen people access deep hypnotic trance states able to produce powerful hypnotic phenomena at a Hypnosis Show or on TV that is not what hypnosis is about (read more about it on my blog). Those people on a stage won’t be clucking like a chicken for the rest of their lives, only for the next few minutes. And I am sure you want your changes to be long-lasting and natural. Hence we need to work differently.

What should I expect?

Firstly see above the answer to question 2. I will assist you to effectively combining a variety of different techniques and tools with in-depth understanding and profound knowledge so you can gain insights and understanding about your unconscious processes.

To help you overcome the problems in the way that works for you I use methods from various backgrounds: modern hypnosis, hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), rational emotive behaviour therapy, positive psychology, coaching, mind training, timeline and occasionally some cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

I combine all of these and many more so I can genuinely and compassionately assist you in conquering your problems. You will discover very helpful techniques and tools from NLP and other backgrounds and will most likely also experience the great benefits of soothing, relaxing and energising hypnotherapy. You will also receive some amazing mind training tools and obviously, it is up to you, to use these.

How many sessions?

This of course largely depends on the presenting problem and the individual person. Research shows that most people resolve their issue in about three to six sessions. Usually your sessions will be once per week to give you enough time to process and notice what has changed.

Stop Smoking is one up to two hour session, if there is no emotional aspect with regards to smoking. E.g. a crutch for social anxiety, the only tool a person has for dealing with stress etc…. Most people for whom smoking was just an old habit which they were fed up with, have stopped with ease after that. In case smoking is a crutch for anxiety, social anxiety, feeling uncomfortable in certain situations etc. I highly recommend dealing with that first. You will find more information on the Stop Smoking page. And if you have any questions please send me an email or give us a call

Does my private health-fund pay for the treatment?

As a clinical member of the AHA my services are eligible for rebates. Since terms and conditions of private health funds keep changing and it very much depends on your level of cover, please check with your private health-fund what your benefits for Hypnotherapy are.

Will I learn any techniques to assist me in my daily life?

Yes. I believe in empowering you as much as possible. Hence to help you in the best way it is necessary for you to not only have but actually be able to use these techniques in your daily life. I share with you deeply insightful knowledge and information. All of these assists you to live the life you want!

Do you have a supervisor?

Yes I do. Plus I have Peer Supervision and I am Supervisor for a large number of clinical and professional hypnotherapists all over Australia.

How long have you been working with this full time?

I started my hypnotherapy clinic on the side while I still had a corporate job over 13 years ago. Quickly my reputation grew and I was able to cut my job to part time. And now I have been a full time hypnotherapist for over 12 years and a Hypnotherapy Supervisor for about 10 years.

I am overseas or interstate how do I book online sessions?

The easiest way is to send me an email silke@
Ask me any questions you may have and we will set up a time that works for both of us.

Do you provide any medical advice?

No, I do not offer any medical advice nor any medical treatment nor any advice on your medication. Please see your GP about these matters.

Can you give me a diagnosis?

No, I do not diagnose, I only work with what you present.

Can you give me advice on my medication?

No! This is for you to discuss with your GP or specialist.

Do you work from a professional clinic?

Yes I do!
In my experience it works better that way. Personally I wouldn’t feel entirely comfortable going to a strangers house and trying to concentrate and relax. But hey, that’s just me.

Do you offer counselling services?

No, I do not offer any counselling services. Also it is important for you to know that I do not offer Psychotherapy, Psychology, Counselling, old style hypnotherapy, CBT, talk therapy nor anything New Age!

Is your treatment safe?

Yes, this treatment is completely safe and has no side effects.

What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

You can find a longer introductory explanation here.

It is not a magic pill! I do not have a magic wand nor am I a magician who is able to make people do things. If you were looking for magic, for someone else to do the work for you, then I am sorry that this is not for you.

Hypnosis is perfectly safe and is a state of unconscious awareness. In trance or in hypnosis you are able to hear everything that’s going on, you remember everything and you will not become unconscious. It is not at all what TV shows or stage hypnosis tries to make you believe. Hypnosis is much like day dreaming when your mind may wander or when you’re driving and after 5 minutes you go ‘wow, I’m here already…’ or when your playing sports and everything just flows, or you’re fishing or surfing and you don’t know how much time has passed. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state and you go into it many time during the day…

Can I just come in for my treatment or do I need to book an appointment?

All consultations are by appointment only. Please call 0422 525 843 for Sunshine Coast Hypnotherapy. Book your appointment now so you can start your journey towards the life you want now.

What conditions do you not treat?

Anyone with suicidal tendencies, bipolar, schizophrenia, multi personality disorder, anorexia, bulimia and anyone on anti psychotic drugs. Please see your GP, Psychiatrist or call Lifeline on 131114.

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