Hypnosis, Counselling and Hypnotherapy in Melbourne
Melbourne has at this stage no regulations on who can practice hypnotherapy. A person who does a two day course in hypnosis training can set themselves up as a hypnotherapist and practice. Compare this to an hypnotherapist who has attended a government accredited training program to receive a recognised Diploma in clinical hypnotherapy that would require thousands of ours of study and practice in hypnotherapy, counselling and psychology, and you will see there will be a great divide in the quality of therapy you can expect. Accredited member associations such as the Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA) or the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists (ASCH) vet all applications to make sure members have appropriate training, qualifications and experience. These memberships allow the therapist to offer some health fund rebates and are bound by a code of ethics. They are also required to do ongoing personal development and monthly supervision to remain a member.
A two day course may only cover various hypnosis induction techniques, but rarely cover psychological practices such as cognitive behavioural therapy or any counselling theory and practice. Without knowledge and practice of these basic therapeutic techniques and principals the hypnotist would be lacking the therapeutic skills to deal with many of the issues presented by the client.
There are many very effective hypnotherapists who don’t have a government accredited courses, as these courses have only become available over the past 15 years or so. Many of these hypnotherapists have undertaken many ongoing personal development courses and would be recognised with clinical member status of a member organisation.
So how do you choose a hypnotherapist or counsellor?
We suggest you choose a hypnotherapist who is a clinical member of a recognised Australian member association like the AHA or the ASCH and also enquire about their qualifications.
Some people charge between $400 and $500 for a single one hour session of hypnotherapy; saying one session will resolve your issues from anxiety to phobias. Be wary of claims like this. Also beware of any guarantees offered or success rates offered. It is against the fair trading rules of Victoria to offer any guarantee of success. Success rates can only be offered if an independent and verifiable testing program through an organisation such as a hospital or university has been conducted. Some offer a life-time guarantee. No other health professionals offer a life-time guarantee or any guarantee at all. This guarantee in small print usually means you can go back free of charge if it didn’t work. Why would you? A money back guarantee would not be a problem though. We suggest you find out exactly what any guarantee entails before choosing a hypnotherapist. At the time of writing this in 2014 around $130 to $160 would be the average session cost and this often depends on the socioeconomic area of the practice. Based in a low socioeconomic area of Dandenong, Melbourne we tend to charge less than this but we see quite a few people each week because we have a successful practice and it balances itself out.
Our psychotherapist – hypnotherapist – counsellor Tony Gilmour has government accredited training and qualifications in hypnotherapy and counselling.
He is a clinical member and supervisor of other therapists for the AHA and the ASCH. Tony was also the CEO and treasurer of the Victorian branch of the AHA and has had over a decade of experience in private practice. He also presents seminars to Doctors, therapists, support groups and the general public on dealing with anxiety and depression. He gets referrals from Doctors, Psychologists and Psychiatrists but you don’t need a referral to book an appointment.