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The official

journal of the
AHA & its
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THE AUSTRALI AN
HYPNOTHERAPY JOURNAL
January 2014

www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au

Volume 64; Issue No 4

ABN 20 004388 872, Founded 1949, Registered 1956

Summer issue
January2014

Inthisissue:

Foodforthoughtarticlesonourprofessionandwhere
itsheading
AHAWorldConferencepage15
Changestostatecommitteesfrompage35
Deadlinesandadvertisinginformationpage31
Nationalworkshopinformationpage28

Contents

Reports
Presidents report

From the editor

State reports

33

Letters to the editor

14

Articles
The profession of hypnotherapy the road ahead by Antoine Matarasso

Sowing, growing and revitalising client motivation by Karen Bartle and Paul Peace

12

NLP is not all it is cracked up to be by David Kennedy

13

The happiness project: you by Debbie Lanyon

16

What if our big brain isnt that different by Rebel Brown

18

Open your mind to the mind by Arthur Long

15

State workshop reviews

20

Book Reviews
The master and his emissary by Iain McGilchrist reviewed by Michael Masani

On fertile ground healing infertility by Helen Adrienne reviewed by Jai Waugh

Workshop details

28

Workshop details in summary

33

Advertisements
AHA World conference 2014

15

The Mind Academy

24

Therapy tools workshop Yildiz Sethi

24

Academy of Advanced Changework

25

Australia wide first aid

25

Hypno-Constellations training in Sydney and Brisbane

26

Ego State Therapy

27

Supervision places with Peter Richard-Herbert

28

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AHAPresidentsReportAntoineMatarasso

DearMembers,

Ihopethatyouallhadan
enjoyableandrestfultimeover
theChristmasandNewYearbreak.

Asalwaysthesummerhas
broughtitschallengeswithheat
waves,fire,floodandcyclones,I
trustthatthesehavenothadan
impactonanyofyoupersonally.

Anewyearalwaysbringsasense
ofnewbeginningsandthe
opportunityforchange,growth
andnewchallengesboth
professionalandpersonallyand
thesameistrueforthe
Association.

2014WorldConference

Planningiswellunderwayforthe
AHA2014WorldConference
HypnotherapyandHealthcare:a
cooperativepartnership.With
keynotespeakersfromtheUSA
andtheUKthiswillbeaunique
opportunityforpersonaland
professionaldevelopment.The
conferencewillbeheldatthe
MercureHotelinSydneyon
September13thand14th.The
conferenceorganisingcommittee
isdoingeverythingpossibleto
maketheweekendboth
informative,practicaland
affordable.So,beginmaking
planstobeinSydneyin
September.Wearebuildinga
websitespecifictotheconference
www.ahaconference2014.com.au
andthiscanalsobeaccessedfrom
themainAHAwebsite.More
informationwillbeaddedtothe
siteoverthenextfewweeksas
thefullrangeofspeakersis
confirmed.Ourtwokeynote
speakers,DrAlanBrast(USA)and
ProfessorPeterWhorwell(UK)
havedecadesofexperiencein
usinghypnotherapyinmedicine,
IBS,psychotraumaandcancer.
Thisisaconferenceyouwont

wanttomiss.

Atourlastconference5yearsago
wewerefortunatetohavemany
oftheearlypioneersof
hypnotherapywithusandthose
whoweretherewillremember
theirinfectiouspassionfor
hypnotherapyandfortheAHA.
Thesemenandwomenbuiltthe
foundationwhichtheassociation
nowstandsupon.Iamsorryto
writethatoneofourfounding
members,PaulSavage,passed
awayovertheholidayperiod.Paul
wasamemberfromtheearliest
daysoftheassociationin1949
whenitwasknownasthe
VictorianHypnotherapy
Associationbeforethechangeto
ourpresentnamein1957.Paul
continuedtopracticeaslongas
hishealthallowedandremained
passionateaboutthepracticeof
hypnotherapy.PaulSavagewas
oneofthoseearlymembersofthe
AHAwhoselegacyallowsus
practiceandwhosevisionhelped
bringtheAHAtowhereweare
now.Hisfuneralwasheldin
MelbourneOnJanuary3rdandI
thankAnnWilsonforrepresenting
theAssociationontheday.Our
thoughtsgotoPaulsfamily,
especiallyhiswifeMaureen.

StateWorkshops

Thedateshavebeensetforallof
theStateWorkshopsfortheyear
withmoststatesholding3rather
than4workshopsthroughoutthe
yearbecauseoftheWorld
Conference.Thesedatesare
availableontheAHAwebsite
underthevariousstatepages.Full
detailsofworkshopsarepostedin
thewebsitealongwith
registrationformsastheybecome
available.

TheAHAwebsiteisagood
resourceforfindinginformation
throughthestatepagesandthe

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memberspage.Detailsof
supervisiongroupsandindividual
supervisorscontactdetailsare
alsolistedonthewebsite.

TheNationalcommitteejoinmein
wishingyouasafe,fruitfuland
prosperous2014andIlook
forwardtoseeingyouatyour
variousStateMeetings
throughouttheyear.

Warmregards,

AntoineMatarasso
AHANationalPresident

AHA website:
http://www.ahahypnothera
py.org.au
National Hypnotherapists
Register Australia:
http://www.nationalhypnotherapists-registeraustralia.com/
http://www.nationalhypnotherapists-registeraustralia.com/listing_chang
es.htm
AHA Submissions to
Government
http://ahahypnotherapy.org.
au/submissions-togovernment/

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Fromtheeditor

Welcometothesummereditionof

theAustralianHypnotherapy
Journal.

Iwishallreadersawonderful
2014.

Wehavesomeinterestingreading
inthisissuearticlesbyDavid
KennedyandAntoineMatarasso
giveusall,aspractitioners,some
seriousissuestoponder.

Alovelylonglettertotheeditor
fromBevBultitudepaystributeto
thelatePaulSavageinavery
heartfeltway.

AHAconference2014please
makesureyouareawareofthe
conferencebeingheldinSydneyin
September!!Detailsaboutthe
conferencecanbefoundonpage
15.

Annualgeneralmeetings:several
annualgeneralmeetingswillhave
beenorganisedbythetimethe
nextissueofthejournalcomesout
soletsgetinearlyandgivesome
Professional Indemnity
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We encourage all members to support
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Please remember to mention the AHA in
all correspondence.

thoughttohowyourskillsandtalents
couldbeutilisedeitherinyourstateor
nationally.Wearegrowingvery
quicklyandseveraloftheexisting
committeemembershaveservedfor
manyyears.Personally,Ihavebeen
ontheWAcommitteeforover6years
andamhappytostanddowninfavour
offreshnewpeoplewithdifferent
ideas,energyandthoughts.What
aboutyou?

Asusual,stateworkshopdatescanbe
foundonpages27&28.

Enjoysummerandstaysafe!

MailinColman,
Editor
mailincolman@gmail.com

Not an AHA
Member?
Why Not?
Join us for all of
the advantages
that the AHA
offers.
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Help yourself by
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FOR AHA MEMBERS ONLY


HAVE YOU JOINED THE AHA DISCUSSION GROUP?
Nothing could be simpler
By joining the AHA discussion group forum you gain access to the largest
membership of any hypnotherapy association in Australia, a huge resource of
sharing ideas to benefit our practices. It helps all members, no matter which State
you are in, whether you live in a CBD or Rural District - each of us are able to
communicate and share ideas and knowledge with every other member.
Its as simple as writing an email, just like you do when writing an email to a friend.
Your forum email address is - aha-Discussion@gogglegroups.com. When you are
a member of the forum, you receive posting from other members, as well as being
able to post yourself. You can decide whether to respond to an email to be helpful,
or watch other responses, or just delete the email if you have no interest in the
topic of discussion. These postings can include requests for help with clients,
interesting articles, and other discussion topics of interest to your hypnotherapy
practice.
The one rule we have is that you do not post advertising (your own or links that
have advertising of their own or someone else's business, workshops etc.
Advertising can be placed in the Australian Hypnotherapy Journal (fees shown on
page 19).
We would like to see all members being involved, so if you havent joined us yet,
send an email to my personal email address Jeremy@exemail.com.au and I will
verify that you are an AHA member and add you on. (You are required to do this
before you can receive or post any messages.)

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Changes to AHA
National Office
All database, administrative issues,
membership enquiries & enquiries from
both members and the public, to go to:
Rachel Ford
Australian Hypnotherapists Association
PO Box 819
Gosford NSW 2250
Ph: 1800 067 557
Please do not send any of the above to the
old Wahroonga address or to Maya Lak.
Maya is still responsible for enquiries
regarding schools and anything to do with
the national treasurers position.
National Database
You will soon be receiving an invitation via
email to check your entry on the database.
Individual members will be able to edit
their contact details and have limited
access to upload renewed first aid and
insurance documents.
Email Rachel
admin@ahahypnotherapy.org.au
It will take time to ensure the database is
correct we appreciate your patience
during this transition.

The AHA is calling for articles for


this journal.
The aim of the Australian
Hypnotherapy Journal is to publish
wherever possible, articles that
contribute to the evidence base of
hypnotherapy in the form of
theoretical essays, experiential
reports, and empirical studies
featuring quantitative, qualitative, or
mixed-method approaches.

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TheAHAcommittees
TheAHAisveryluckytohavesuchenthusiasticState
committees,allofwhomgivealotoftimeandenergyto
localAHAmemberactivitiesorganisingevents&
speakers,researchingissues,administration,liaisingwith
National,media,variousgroups/bodiesandassisting
membersinagreatvarietyofways.Whenspeakingto
thoseonthecommittee,theygenerallyexpressthatfor
eachfrustrationexperienced,therearemanymore
rewardsinbeingacommitteemember.
Ifyouwouldliketoassistinanyway,pleasefeelfreeto
contactyourstatecommitteeandofferyourtimeto
whateverdegreeyouareabletospare.Itis
acknowledgedandrespectedthateveryonehasbusy
lives.
Pleasenotethatitswisesttoemailsothecommittee
membercanrespondwhenavailable&convenientas
theyallhavework,familyandlifecommitmentsthey
will,however,bedelightedtohearfromyou.
Allnationalandstatecommitteemembersarelistedwith
contactdetailsonpages32and33.
BethechangeYOUwanttosee!!!

Keepingintouch..

http://www.hypnotherapycouncilofaustralia.com/newsletter.htm

http://www.psh.org.au/about_psh.htm

Association of Solution Oriented Counsellors and


Hypnotherapists of Australia
http://asochaorgau.wordpress.com/

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Book Review
Author: Iain McGilchrist
ISBN:
978-0300188370

Distributor:
Reviewed by:

Yale University Press, Reprint edition October 2012


Michael Masani

(Michaels personal reflections are shown in italics)

Iain McGilchrist is a very eminent psychiatrist working in London and among the many who praise
his book is Norman Doidge (The Brain That Changes Itself) who writes, A dazzling masterpiece...the
most profound book ever written on brain laterality...
The book examines the nature of the divided brain and we discover that we have, in effect, two very different brains
working partly in opposition to each other and, depending on which side has dominance, we will experience the world in
very different ways. McGilchrist points out that the two halves are asymmetrical and it is not so much that they perform
different tasks, but more importantly, that they have different ways of operating, different ways of being in the world.
They are essentially presenting opposing world views, each operating to inhibit the other, but both are essential to our
healthy functioning.
The book starts with the story of a wise spiritual master who ruled a small, but prosperous domain and was selfless in his
devotion to his people. The domain grew in size and people grew in number so that the master appointed carefully
trained emissaries to ensure the safety of the further parts. The cleverest of his emissaries began to see himself as master
using his position to advance his own wealth and influence. The emissary became contemptuous of the master; the master
was usurped and the domain became a tyranny, eventually falling into ruin. This is the over-riding metaphor for the
history of the divided brain and McGilchrist has much to say about metaphor, pointing out that it is only the right
hemisphere that understands metaphor.
Drawing together vast amounts of research findings, often from subjects who have suffered brain damage to one or other
side of the brain, McGilchrist describes the two opposing perspectives of each hemisphere. The right hemisphere sees the
world as a process, always in flux, whereas the left hemisphere sees a series of static entities, the parts, the constituents of
our world. Mammals and birds have split brains and McGilchrist points to the evolutionary advantage for the bird, who
must focus on a single grain of corn that she wants to eat, whilst simultaneously remaining aware of everything around
her; constantly alert for danger. These are two very different tasks for which the split brain serves her well. The left brain
seeks to manipulate the world to suit its purposes and must therefore separate out of the whole that which has been
prioritised. It will grasp things in order to mould to its advantage, to manipulate and to have certainty; its concern is with
the objective, the impersonal. It has a narrow focus. It is the left hemisphere that has the ability for abstract thought.
The right hemisphere sees with a wide focus the quality of things; everything is connected, in context and irreducible.
Because it sees connections it can understand humour and metaphor; it can identify emotional expression, vocal
intonation and gesture. It can also embrace ambiguity and paradox; it sees things in their context and thus cannot think in
abstract.
McGilchrist points out it is the right hemisphere that has primary responsibility for the unconscious and for healing. The
unconscious is strongly associated with the right hemisphere. (pg 98) The processing of pre- conscious information,
including social understanding, tends to be carried out by the right hemisphere and the right hemisphere processes
unconscious emotional material whereas the left hemisphere is involved in the conscious processing of emotional stimuli.
(pg 187) Certainly the right hemisphere experiences material that the left hemisphere cannot be aware of. (pg 188)
Efforts of will power deliberately focus attention and narrow its range (left hemisphere). Cessation of effort to produce
something, i.e. relaxation, favours creativity, broadens attention and increases engagement with the right hemisphere.
McGilchrist briefly mentions hypnosis but not hypnotherapy referring to studies that show a predominance of left
hemisphere activity during hypnosis. Based on one piece of research, McGilchrist states with left hemisphere certainty that

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in hypnosis the right hemisphere is not activated. (pg 236) This got me thinking; how could this be? My experience of
hypnotherapy and more particularly PSH, is that it produces a profoundly relaxed state and is most effective when only
subconscious processing occurs; both conditions that would indicate a right hemisphere preference. The explanation, I believe,
can be seen in the example of hypnosis that McGilchrist quotes; a subject is hypnotised and asked to imagine that a brightly
coloured picture is black and white and, sure enough, the subject under hypnosis comes to believe the picture is black and
white. However, in this example there is nothing of a personal nature, nothing subjective, in the exercise. It is purely about
objective facts and this is, of course, the domain of the left hemisphere. I am left with the conclusion that the hypnotic state is
neither left or right hemisphere dominant; the determinant factors will be what the person is asked to do (or not do) whilst in
trance. This seems to me to be fertile ground for further exploration, since it could be that where cases such as anxiety
present, the therapist may want to encourage right hemisphere dominance in her/his approach. Sydney Universitys Professor
Russell Meares is saying something similar in his latest book A Dissociation Model of Borderline Personality Disorder,
devoting a chapter to recent research at Westmead Hospital that indicates traumatised patients are suffering a right
hemisphere disorder; trauma... is a disruption likely to involve the right hemisphere and to result in negative affect and
impaired inhibitory control. (Meares 2012 pg 298)
Critics point to how modern medicine has come to address the individual patient as a machine, with all its different parts
that can be individually operated on. This is in contrast to complimentary practices that preach a holistic gospel. As
someone about to undergo hip surgery, I am extremely grateful to modern medicine and its ability for narrow, skilful focus.
As a PSH therapist I am also aware that mind and body are irreducible, constantly engaged in a dance so elegant and
amazing that the two become as one. As this book makes clear, both world views are necessary whilst seemingly so opposed.
In the second half of the book McGilchrist goes on to argue that the left hemisphere has grown in domination over the
right in our culture and there are problems and difficulties that we face because of this in just about every area of life,
including, of course, the healing professions and medicine. A major reason for this increasing influence of the left
hemisphere has been the evolution of speech and not just speech for communication, (right hemisphere) but the use of
speech for manipulation and control and for the development of abstract thought (left hemisphere). In a final chapter
entitled, The Master Betrayed, McGilchrist paints a picture of a future world dominated by the left hemisphere where
increasingly, the living would be modelled on the mechanical; quantity would be the only criterion and the Rights
appreciation of How (quality) would be lost... along with ones integrity as a unique individual subject... The left
hemisphere prefers the impersonal ...which would come to replace the personal. There would be a focus on material
things at the expense of the living ...exploitation rather than co-operation...social cohesion neglected, disrupted... etc. (pg
429-431)
The left hemispheres world is one of certainty, no ambiguity, no hidden meanings, no metaphors and to someone with left
hemisphere dominance living with uncertainty can feel uncomfortable, out of control - a major factor in anxiety. In an
anxious world the need for certainty and control has never been so pronounced and never seemed more futile...
In one of his final comments McGilchrist says, We cannot be certain what it is our knowledge reveals...what has limited
the power of both art and science in our time has been the absence of belief in anything except the most diminished
version of the world and ourselves. Certainty is the greatest of illusions; whatever kind of fundamentalism it may
underwrite, that of religion or science, it is what the ancients meant by hubris. The only certainty, it seems to me, is that
those who believe they are certainly right are certainly wrong. (pg 460)
This is a massive work, covering a wide range of enquiry, containing enormous volumes of references and may be one of
the most important books of the decade. It was the winner of the Scientific and Medical Network Book Prize 2009. It only
mentions hypnotherapy in 2 of its 462 pages, yet I found it so very relevant to my own practice and understanding.
Michael has a full-time practice in Canberra specialising in PSH therapy.)
Michael Masani has a full-time practice in Canberra
specialising in PSH therapy

www.syandra.com.au

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Book Review
Author: Helen Adrienne
ISBN: 978-1-452853758

Distributor:
Reviewed by:

Create Space, 2011


Jai Waugh

Helen Adrienne wrote On Fertile Ground Healing Infertility with insight and empathy after experiencing
her own gynaecological/obstetric nightmare. Although she writes for the infertile patient or couples, I
think any practitioner involved in treating infertility would gain knowledge and understanding from
reading this book.
Helen describes infertility in her introduction as a minefield. In my experience as a practitioner treating
infertility, IVF is like PMS on steroids! The first chapter: Lets Start with the Good News, Helen empowers
her reader by explaining that (research has proven) the rates of fertilisation are improved by what she
refers to as the mind/body interventions and refers to numerous letting go techniques associated with
successful fertility treatment outcomes. In this chapter Helen also attempts to educate her reader on the functions of the various parts
of the brain. Although she keeps this brief, and I can imagine she sees this as an important part of education and understanding, I
found myself questioning just how important the extent of her details were for the layperson.
Helen gives examples of Exercises for Starters which is great for those who have either never done relaxation exercises, or need a
gentle reminder of how to.
Following this is a detailed Q&A checklist to ensure the reader is physically and mentally the best they can be to support fertility. There
is also a whole chapter on the strain infertility puts on a relationship and in particular, intimacy, and how to be mindful of that.
Interesting examples of couples Helen has helped normalises the many challenges that crop up for couples facing infertility and helpful
suggestions as to how these challenges can be addressed, avoided or overcome. Helen also devotes a chapter on how infertility
impacts on friendships and family. The need for this chapter supports my clinical observations in treating infertility that what was
previously private, even from family and friends, is now out in the open for everyone to examine and (possibly) pass judgement.
A chapter on depression and anxiety (chapter 5) is a must when addressing infertility as it comes with the territory. As Helen writes,
apart from a small percentage of the population who choose not to have children, for the rest, having children is a biological imperative
a given. For those who want children, having to face the possibility of not being able to is devastating. Helen suggests ways the
reader can redirect the energy used in anxiety and depression to the energy required in the journey ahead for more positive outcomes
and hopefully an easier journey. She also takes the reader through exercises in Cognitive Restructuring to rework the way they think
and avoid ANTS (automatic negative thoughts).
Chapter 7 is all about hypnosis including instructions on how to achieve the trance state, and self-hypnosis. Four specific script are
included covering 1) natural conception, 2) IVF/egg retrieval, 3) embryo transfer and 4) hypnosis for couples. Helen also covers
metaphors and the concept of anchors. She also explains the basics of writing your own script.
A chapter on religion and spirituality follows, which normalises questioning faith in these circumstances. Again, specific examples of
how she has worked with these situations are helpful and interesting.
Who would believe that its possible to have an upside from this situation? In chapter 10, Helen gently guides the reader to the notion
that it is possible to gain from the pain associated with infertility. Many examples follow. I love her quote Shit Makes the Flowers Grow
humour can cleverly be used in the healing process.
I would thoroughly recommend this book as a starter to any practitioner who wishes to work with people in the throes of infertility
and/or IVF. It is written informatively, empathically, educationally and with humour.
Jai Waugh is a clinical hypnotherapist
practicing in Ashburton, Victoria.

www.hypnomelbourne.com.au

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Theprofessionofhypnotherapythe
roadahead
ArticlebyAntoineMatarasso,ClinicalHypnotherapist,Counsellor,Trainer,LMAHA,NHRA

A member of the AHA since


1996, I have served on the
National Executive for the past
14 years, first as a committee
member, then for many years as
Vice-President and for the past
4 years as National President. I
am also Vice-President of the
Hypnotherapy Council of
Australia.
Over the years, I along with
others have observed the vast
changes our profession has
experienced and also the
changes in the various states
legislation which once
governed the use of hypnosis in
Australia. As we teach our
clients, change is one of lifes
only constants and in life as in
our profession, some change is
necessary, some is beneficial
and some in the long term, is
perhaps not so useful though
this can be difficult to
determine at the time. It is only
with reflection that sound
evaluation can be made.
In the past 20 years the
perception of hypnotherapy has
changed. Where once it was
seen as the province of
undertrained, under qualified
back-yard operators of
questionable reputation and
firmly ensconced at the bottom
end of the health-services food
chain, today we are widely
recognised as a profession and
regularly take part in the wider
health care debate through
associations such as the AHA.
We have also worked hard to
establish a peak body for the
profession in the Hypnotherapy

Council of Australia which


represents the associations and
training institutions. We should
be, and like to see ourselves as
a separate profession alongside
psychologists, psychotherapists,
counsellors and other mental
health care professionals, and
this is how we would like other
professionals and the public to
see us.
There exists however one
important difference between
some of professions mentioned
above and our own. We are
trying to be a self-regulating
profession, one that sets its
own standards for education,
ethics and quality assurance
and currently we do not have a
legislated controlling body.
We are not subject or
accountable to an outside
regulating body such as the
Australian Health Practitioner
Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
which oversees so many other
modalities. Only consumer law
and our own codes of practice
protect us and the public we
serve. This fact alone should
make us all the more vigilant in
protecting our achievements
thus far.
Whether the current status quo
is a good thing or not is a moot
point as there is no government
legislation on the horizon and
no talk of AHPRA extending its
reach to cover hypnotherapy.
In effect we are a law unto
ourselves, we set our own
ethical standards and how we
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determine in the long term


whether we have in fact evolved
into being the profession we
want others to acknowledge us
as being.
What does all of this mean in
real terms?
One of my responsibilities is the
unenviable task of dealing with
complaints from the public,
from government bodies,
complaints made by clients
about hypnotherapists and
indeed complaints made by
hypnotherapists against other
hypnotherapists. The number
of complaints I receive has
obviously risen with the growth
of our profession but the
increase of complaints is
disproportionate the growth in
numbers. This has caused me
to examine the reason or
reasons for this unsettling
statistical increase because to
paraphrase Socrates, An
unexamined association is not
worth leading. Honest selfappraisal is something we
expect of our clients and we
should require no less of
ourselves as a profession.
The nature of complaints
With very few exceptions I am
pleased to write, the complaints
I receive do not involve the
therapeutic encounter. The
majority of complaints concern
marketing, they revolve around
promises made either explicit or
implicit, claims either made or
implied. Others are about
financial transactions or post

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session communication
between hypnotherapist and
client. Below is an overview of
such complaints:

advertising that guarantees


an outcome
contracts that clients are
required to sign before the
commencement of therapy
many of which ask the client
to sign away their common
law rights
payment before the delivery
of services
unsubstantiated claims of
outcomes from therapy
questionable marketing
techniques such as
promising outcomes within
a time frame
not referring clients to a
suitably qualified
practitioner when
appropriate

Why the increase of


complaints?
I suspect the reasons for the
increase and nature of
complaints is both complex and
diverse and my observation of
the profession over many years
suggests that there are a
number of causes.
The proliferation of franchise
style training courses
The nature of a franchise
requires complete adherence to
a set program by both operator
and consumer and this is
certainly the case with branding
of websites, advertising and
marketing. These programs
require the hypnotherapist to
act and advertise in a certain
manner and the client commit
to a contract which whilst legal
in the strictest sense tests most
associations ethical policies. In
fact, some advertising breaches

consumer law as the law


requires that any guarantee
conditions be clearly visible in
every advertisement. I have
received several complaints
from Departments of Fair
Trading around Australia about
such advertising.
Such programs can also limit
the creativity of the
hypnotherapist and suggest a
one size fits all approach to
therapy which stands in stark
contradiction to the basic
tenants of most hypnotherapy
teaching, certainly Ericksonian
styles of practice. Prepackaged programs also risk
setting up an adversarial
relationship between
hypnotherapist and client
should they not be successful.
In all complaints I have received
there was an obvious
communication problem as the
hypnotherapist and client had
vastly differing expectations
and the encounters were almost
certainly doomed to fail.
The popularity of NLP
Over the past few years the rise
in courses available that are
predominately based on NLP
and the techniques closely
associated with the modality
have dwarfed the more
traditional hypnotherapy
courses. In the past though
hypnotherapy courses included
a component of NLP, the
emphasis was more weighted
toward client centered therapy
rather than solution-focused
short therapy. This has led to
perhaps unrealistic expectations
about the nature and duration
of therapy by both
hypnotherapist and client.
Whilst short course therapy
suits many clients it is rare in
my experience that a single

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session is sufficient to genuinely


resolve complex issues and as a
profession we should not be
swayed by the modern
mentality of an instant fix and
others advertising that they can
achieve outcomes in one
session. It took the profession
many years to lose the magic
wand tag and we should not
seek to resurrect this sort of
thinking, we all understand that
life and clients are more
complex than this.
The growth of the profession
More and more training
institutions are training more
and more therapists; I have
been reliably informed that one
single school trained more than
50 therapists last year. This
obviously leads to competition
between hypnotherapists and in
many cases complaints are
made by one therapist against
another when it comes to
marketing and promotion
practices. What do you say to
the therapist who abides by
their associations Code of
Ethics in Advertising and
business and complains that a
therapist in the next street does
not? Although consumer law
covers such advertising,
regulators are busy and only
investigate after a complaint is
made. Thus the ethically
responsible hypnotherapist is
placed at a commercial
disadvantage by acting in a
professional manner though
this is something we should all
be practicing.
Training institutions must act
responsibly in promoting their
courses, some claims made
about the financial rewards of a
career in hypnotherapy are
clearly misleading. Also,
prospective students should be

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properly screened by the


schools before being accepted
into training. Schools also have
a responsibility to counsel the
graduate if they deem them to
be unsuited to the profession of
therapist. This holds true in
many helping professions for
example, a graduate of a
psychology course does not at
the moment of graduation
become a psychologist and the
same holds true of nurses.
Profession mentoring,
supervision and registration are
required through both
professional bodies and
through AHPRA. However,
hypnotherapy sets its own
standards and will thrive or fall
by how we are judged to
enforce and meet those very
standards.
Professional associations must
also take their share of
responsibility for new therapists
joining their groups. A lack of
mentoring and supervision
leaves the new therapist
without adequate oversight,
guidance and assistance.
Affordable professional and
operational supervision are the
key ingredients in a novice
hypnotherapists personal
development and the building
of a longstanding professional
practice. Associations must put
into place properly regulated
operational and professional
supervision policies for new
members and this supervision
should be either one-on-one or
in small groups led by properly
qualified supervisors whose
work is assisted and monitored.
New members should be
prepared for the cost of such
supervision as is the case in
other professions.

increased professionalism in
every facet of hypnotherapy.

Conclusion
Some of the practices of
therapists, schools and
associations do not suggest
that hypnotherapy has achieved
the professional maturity that
we would like and would like
others to see in us. In its quest
for unity and growth the
profession must ensure that it
does not sacrifice best practice
for expediency and the lowest
common denominator. With
self-regulation Everything is
permissible, not everything is
beneficial. To be accepted as
professional we need to act
professionally in every facet of
our operations and therapists,
schools and associations.
In a self-regulated profession it
is vital that this self-regulation
be more than tokenism, it is the
responsibility of all associations
to apply their codes of conduct
to members and, before a
hypnotherapist joins an
association they should
acquaint themselves with the
code of ethics and codes of
conduct and be prepared to
abide by them. By not doing so
they not only damage their own
reputation but that of their
association and the
hypnotherapy profession as a
whole.
How do we then address these
issues to strengthen our
profession for the future? I can
only speak for the AHA and
make the commitment that the
AHA will examine its policies
and procedures with a view to
ensuring that we do everything
we can to provide the support
that new hypnotherapists need
and we will also continue to
work toward the goal of

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Antoine Matarasso is the National


President of the AHA and the principal of
Trance Solutions, is based at New Farm
Hypnotherapy Clinic in Brisbane, QLD.
http://www.trancesolutions.com

TheAHAisthe
largest
professional
associationfor
hypnotherapists
inAustralia,and
iscommittedto
advancing
hypnotherapy
asadiscipline
andprofession
initsownright.

Spreadingthe
messagethat
hypnotherapists
makea
differenceto
peopleslives,
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Sowing,growing&revitalisingclientmotivation
ByKarenBartleMScHealthPsychologyBSc(Hons),DipHandPaulPeacePhD,BSc(Hons)Psychology,DipH,
AcademyofAdvancedChangework

Motivation is generally accepted as being a requirement for successful therapy. With motivation, the client can
get from Point A, where they were before therapy, to Point B, where they will be when exiting therapy. Without
it, changework slows and can grind to a halt. Obviously, this is disappointing for both client and therapist.
So anything we can do as therapists to maintain motivation is of value to all involved. One of our tasks is to
identify any processes that undermine motivation. The four processes well examine here are primary gain,
secondary gain, tertiary gain, and malingering. If we discover these, we can rekindle or grow a clients
motivation and help them on the road to success.
Primary gain
Primary gain (also called somatisation) refers to a more socially acceptable organic complaint or disability
taking the place of a less socially acceptable psychological distress. In other words, having a headache is more
acceptable socially and psychologically than experiencing stress, so stress manifests instead as a headache.
The gain may not be very evident to either the client or the outside observer, so connecting various issues
together through initial and ongoing assessment (e.g., examples of stress in our example) is the right approach
here.
Secondary gain
Secondary gain gives the client a reason for continuing old behaviours because they are rewarding. For
example, a client who presents with a fear of flying might not like holidays abroad and the fear serves as an
avoidance mechanism. A therapist that deals only with the fear of flying might find that another problem might
remain, such as a fear of foreign food. Any presenting issue, even those that would seem most undesirable, can
be in some way rewarding for the client.
Other examples of secondary gain include getting sympathy or attention, avoidance of responsibility and work,
and being able to offer a disabling reason for failures and imperfections e.g., claiming to have dyslexia. A
further example, which a hypnotherapist once mentioned on a hypnotherapy discussion board, is a client who
had an eating disorder. She wouldn't eat due to a lump in her throat. There was no medical evidence for this
lump. The hypnotherapist talked to the 'lump' and asked it what its purpose was. 'It' spoke back saying it
protected her and distracted her from thinking about her husband who was seriously ill in a nursing home. The
client had a 'light bulb' moment when she realised it was all about guilt because her husband didn't smoke and
she did and she had possibly brought about his illness through passive smoking.
The client with secondary gain does not sit there consciously plotting, scheming and manipulating people (this
is called 'malingering' discussed below). The benefits may be totally unconscious. Explore the secondary gain
and offer posthypnotic suggestions as appropriate to the gain, e.g., for enjoying foreign food.
Tertiary gain
Tertiary gain occurs where others, e.g., therapists, stand to gain from the maintenance or exaggeration of a
client's problem. A therapist could continue earning from unnecessary sessions, enjoy the company of a client
they like, or benefit from fantasies and romantic aspirations, etc. They may be conscious of this at some level or
unconscious of it. Often, the client will gain as well because the therapists actions will collude with any
secondary gain. Both client and therapist may continue to remain very happy with this arrangement, despite no
progress, because it in some way satisfies both of their needs. Being a reflective practitioner is the best

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Sowing,growing&revitalisingclientmotivation(continued)
antidote here. But also look for family members, friends and others who gain from the client continuing their
issues. Perhaps the clients best friend is overweight and would be jealous of weight loss, so they consciously
or unconsciously undermine change.
Malingering
Malingering is the term for more intentional fabrication or exaggeration of the symptoms of mental or physical
disorders. This may be for a variety of motives, including obtaining financial compensation, maintaining
entitlement to social benefit payments, obtaining medicines for use recreationally, avoiding work, trying to get
out of going to school, or gaining attention or sympathy. We see this less in our practices because, by
definition, it is such a conscious effort to continue as they are or the problem does not exist. But thats not
always the case. Clients may have been sent by others and they attend therapy as part of maintaining their
story.
Spotting these processes and dynamics in the clients internal world, our own internal world, between client
and therapist, and between clients and others around them, can be key to sowing, growing, and revitalising
client motivation.
___________________________________________________________________________
Paul and Karen produce a regular newsletter called The Hypnotic Sandwich,
with interesting, bite-sized portions of hypnotherapy know-how. You can subscribe here:
http://www.sunnycoasthypnotherapy.com.au/services/newsletter.html

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NLPisnotallitiscrackeduptobe

ArticlebyDavidKennedy,DipClinHyp,LMAHA

As a senior Life Member of the


AHA, I have a real concern
regarding the direction in which
the profession appears to be
heading. There seems to be an
erosion of those elements that
constitute the uniqueness of
the hypnotist and the use of
hypnosis in psychotherapy. This
is evidenced by the number of
people entering the profession
via NLP courses and a
smattering of hypnosis training.
This
should
concern
all
professional
hypnotherapists
and the various association
executives.
What place does NLP occupy in
a hypnotists skillset?
Does having an NLP certificate
ensure that a person is
hypnotically trained? How much
understanding
does
the
average NLP graduate have of
the unconscious? Does it matter?
Is NLP hypnosis? These are
important questions for the
profession.
The growth of NLP training as
being equal to or even superior
to hypnosis and the hypnotic
trance has had an enormous
effect on the effectiveness and
practice of hypnotherapy by
junior and sometimes poorly
trained,
inexperienced
therapists. There seems to exist
the false assumption that long
term problems can always yield
to this form of so-called brief
therapy, and so long as the
operator has the correct step by
step method or formula, the job
is done. Often this erroneous
assumption is based on the
premise that the client has only
one definable symptom and

even this diagnosis is usually


provided by the client.

many appeared puzzled by the


question.

My question is, where is the


unconscious in all of this? The
very sad thing is that many of
these so-called specialists
know little about trance and its
development and maintenance.
They often presume relaxation
and trance are the same thing.
Contrast this with Joseph
Barbers
statement
that
hypnotic experience is a complex
phenomenon
involving
a
dynamic alteration of normal
social consciousness. That is
trance.

It is time to say, for the sake of


the profession, that if you dont
know how to induce and
recognise trance, if you dont
know how to validate your work
using hypnotic phenomena,
dont
call
yourself
a
hypnotherapist. You may be a
relaxation
therapist
or
a
counsellor, but you are not a
hypnotist.

And then there is the question


of suggestion. It is really
important to understand the
difference between suggestion
and hypnosis. If we do not
understand,
or
blur
this
distinction, the power and
awareness of trance is lost.
What we are left with is a
communication that requires
conscious
and
cognitive
comprehension.
As a trainer of therapists for
many years, I am frequently
shocked and surprised by
course applicants who have had
previous NLP and so called
hypnosis training, and know
nothing about induction of
trance
and
hypnotic
phenomena. When I spoke at a
conference some years ago on
this subject, I questioned the
audience
of
about
150
practitioners as to who ratified
trance as part of their hypnotic
sessions, and approximately ten
people indicated that they did.
The surprising thing was how

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Let
me
outline
some
possibilities where hypnotic
trance is in play. The hypnotised
person invariably develops a
form of trance logic, that is, the
limiting conscious thinking is
bypassed and new deductive
thoughts and images are
allowed to be accessed. There is
safety for memory and feeling
recall to occur. There is a
heightened capacity to deal
with new ideas, reframing
elements of previously limiting
patterns into positives. All of
these
are
the
necessary
components of lasting change.
To achieve this, I believe there
is nothing potentially greater
than the power of the
unconscious, accessed through
hypnosis and the hypnotic
trance.
Why would I settle for less?
I have written this out of real
concern for the future of our
profession. We must stop
endorsing
poorly
trained
individuals for the sake of
numbers. They will ultimately
destroy us. I think our ethical
stance must begin here. We

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need
to
recover
our
foundational truths. We need
better training standards and
ongoing
mentoring
of
graduates.
We are inheritors of a
wonderful and brave tradition.
A tradition that was often laid
down by supposedly lay
hypnotists. It is imperative that
we honour them and their
sacrifices. They were persecuted
and their work was denigrated,
but they kept the faith and we
are their beneficiaries.
True hypnotherapy is a unique,
individualised
method
of
healing and change. There is
nothing like it!
FOUR USEFUL PROPOSITIONS
FOR THERAPISTS
1. Become proficient in the
induction of trance, not
merely relaxation.
2. Learn to recognise trance
and how to maintain its
stability.
3. Utilise hypnotic phenomena
to ratify, or validate, both the
trance and the hypnotic
change work.
4. Offer honest and ethical
behaviour to both clients
and colleagues.

David Kennedy is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and
Principle of the David Kennedy School of Hypnosis
based Queensland.
http://www.hypnostudies.com.au/

Foraqualified
hypnotherapist
inyourarea

call1800067557

TheAHAFree
AdvisoryLine

Letter to the Editor


Paul Savage
The AHA family constantly grows
with new members coming up the
ranks but sadly the AHA pioneers
and founders are gradually
departing, one by one.
When l reflect back to the 1970s, l
remember our fun filled small
group of original founders who
were the pioneers of hypnotherapy
in Australia. We grouped together
to pave the way for other
Hypnotherapists to follow. We
educated the other professionals
and the public to the amazing life
changing simple technique of
Hypnotic programming,
Our members knew each other
well, we were a family, we were
good friends and arranged many
opportunities to get together
socially, and attending functions
was fun.
The unique handful of Melbourne
Clinical Hypnosis therapists
banded together in 1949
and the birth of the Australian
Hypnotherapist Association was
formed .
Paul was one of those brilliant
men, who will be well remembered
for his dedication to the practice of
hypnotherapy in Australia,
We owe a lot to these amazing
early pioneers for having the vision
to see into the future
and the courage to forge ahead
with their dream, in spite of
opposition to hypnosis therapist
They were our Trail Blazers.
The Victorian State Government
introduced a law to prevent
anyone from practicing hypnosis in
the State of Victoria
But they included a Grandfather
Clause just to allow this very small
group to remain in practice.
Hows that for power?

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They solved this dilemma by


moving the AHA Head Office to
the NSWs branch in 1972,
The NSW branch consisted of
another small handful of
enthusiastic dedicated hypnosis
therapists, of which l was one.
(The term Hypnotherapist was
not given approval for acceptance
until some years later. )
At first it was difficult to even
attain any advertising, we were
being outlawed, but as Winston
Churchill once said. Never ever
give in, never ever give up.
Hypnosis sessions were often
short, simple and fun, and they
worked.
Paul was a great storyteller and
once told the story of the
squeaking, vibrating couch that he
would ask his clients to relax into
when listening to one of his
therapy tapes.
One of his stories many, many
years ago was about one occasion
when he was still using tapes, he
had a lady client and following his
instructions, she laid down on the
couch, headphones on, tape
progressing nicely, all was going to
plan.
The couch began to squeak in time
to the gentle relaxing vibration,
however the squeak became more
intense so Paul decided to take a
screw driver and slide under the
lounge, lying on his back .
looking upward, screw driver in
hand and was attempting to
quieten the squeak
when the lady opened her eyes
and Paul was nowhere to be seen.
Paul said he did consider
remaining quiet and hoping she
would close her eyes and return to
listening to the tape, maybe
thinking he must have left the
room, but that was not to be,
so with red face he appeared by
sliding out from under the couch ,
much to the surprise of the lady,

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he was red faced and had some


explaining to do. Consequently he
never did that again and the tale
became a smiling memory to us all.
The Christmas parties were
attended by all, Paul would be
accompanied by his wife, Maureen,
she was as much fun and a
pleasure to be with, as Paul.
All social events and meetings
included entertainment, from
magicians to illusionists, faith
healers, and more,
these were fun, these were
educational, they were moments of
sharing, growing, supporting,
helping and caring for each other.
Learning was simple and fun, these
moments are etched in to my mind
permanently and l feel blessed to
have them.
In Pauls personal life and as a
hypnotherapist he has influenced
and changed many lives for the
better and has left his indelible
mark with those who are all the
better for meeting him. He is a
legion and an ambassador for
Hypnotherapy in Australia.
Now my departed fellow pioneer,
hypnotherapist friend and
colleague, Paul, has joined his
previously departed friends again
for storytelling and partying fun.
My best wishes to his wife
Maureen, family and friends who
can hold their heads high with
pride because they were the best
and we continue to hold the
wonderful memories of them
in our hearts and memories
forever.
Paul Savages presence lives on
forever.
By Beverley Bultitude with love ,
LMAHA Est Practice 52 years and
currently based in Carringbah,
NSW.

The conference:

Who will attend:

International
and
Australian
professionals will provide current
and
leading
edge
medical
information to integrate into the
day to day practice of clinical
hypnotherapists. Best medical
practice, mind body principles and
analytical techniques will be
introduced for many known
conditions, including: IBS, quality
of
life
relating
to
cancer
treatments,
blood
analysis,
dementia, pain control, nutrition
and diet.

Hypnotherapists,
counsellors,
psychologists,
psychotherapists,
medical
professionals,
other
mental health and family therapy
professionals.

Medical hypnotherapy provides a


safe and proven method of helping
clients
with
medical
conditions.
The ability to
successfully work with clients is
highly dependent on the skill and
knowledge of the therapist and the
objective of this conference is to
identify
and
learn
critical
components necessary to work
effectively when counselling clients
with medical conditions.

Abstract:

Research indicates hypnotherapy


to be an effective intervention for
IBS, arthritis, diabetes and surgical
recovery. It has been confirmed by
over 191 studies that therapists
who teach self-hypnosis to clients
have three positive outcomes in
medical settings:
Reduction
in
medical
complication
Decreased dependency
on
medication
Faster recovery times, even
from surgery.

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What are we looking for?


For specialised knowledge on
subjects covered by the theme of
this conference: hypnotherapy or
the power of the mind as it relates
to medical conditions, possible
adjunct treatments etc.

Please download and complete the


presentation proposal form and:
Email
admin@ahaconference2014.com.au

or;
Mail:
Bernadette Rizzo,
PO Box 929,
Sanctuary Cove, QLD,
Australia, 4212
Venue and Accommodation
The Australian
Hypnotherapists
Associations
World Conference "Hypnotherapy
and Healthcare: A cooperative
partnership"
will be held at the Mercure Sydney
Hotel, 818 George St, Sydney, NSW

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ThehappinessProject-You
ByDebbieLanyon,ClinicalHypnotherapist,NLPPractitioner

The Happiness Project: You


Happiness is every individuals opportunity for the taking. While there is no magic formula for achieving
happiness, there are many strategies you can adopt in your life to engineer your own happiness.
A sustained state of wellbeing, happiness is beyond simply feeling content; it involves a heightened sense of
mental and physical positivity. It is all about feeling good, and it has been proven that happy people lead
healthier, more successful and fulfilling lives. Lets explore how to start The Happiness Project: You.
The Fundamentals of Happiness
Happiness is not an exact science, but there are key activities and behaviours that have been consistently
shown to underpin the lives of happy individuals. Let's start with the fundamentals:

Sleep: Snuggle down and get the right number of uninterrupted hours each night that your body
needs. Sleep enables your body and mind to rejuvenate so make sure you organise your schedule so
that adequate sleep is a priority, and wake up in the best frame of mind for a happy day ahead.

Nutrition: We all know the drum - a balanced diet (refer to the Healthy Food Pyramid if you need a
visual reminder) fuels the body and mind. Remember the saying, You are what you eat? In happiness
terms, you dont want to be a burger and fries. Staying properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water,
as well as keeping alcohol consumption at a minimum also falls within this category. Smoking is
obviously another health no-no (Lets talk if you need some help quitting!).

Exercise: Half an hour of moderate exercise each day will keep you at your peak. It is proven that
exercise releases healthy endorphins that make you feel better. In fact, exercise is one of the best
remedies for stress and anxiety. Even if its just a walk around your neighbourhood, schedule regular
exercise.

While a critical base, the fundamentals dont always elicit enough of the mental and emotional sustenance we
need to achieve complete happiness. Sometimes too we struggle with finding the motivation to consistently
apply these fundamentals. This is where practices such as meditation and self-talk can yield incredible life
happiness changes.
Unlock The Happiness Within

Regular meditation has scientifically proven body and mind benefits. Just ten minutes each day can
transform your sense of balance and inner harmony.

Reprioritise. Thats right, refocus from chasing short-term pleasures and instead, work daily towards
achieving long-term happiness. Consider how much time and money you devote to the accumulation
of physical goods like cars and clothes, and instead devote some of your finite resources to your inner
self. You are worth it!

According to positive psychology, negative emotions are like Velcro to the mind while the positive are
like Teflon. This means we remember negative events easily, while positive events are more difficult to

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ThehappinessProject:You

(continued)

retain. Rick Hanson in his book Rewiring Happiness provides this useful tip to help retrain our
mindsets.
When something good happens, think about it for 15 to 20 seconds. Each time something good happens, do the
same again. When something unfavourable happens, instead think about something good to replace the original
thought.
The following are two additional tips I have developed for regular practice, as well as an exercise for ongoing
reflection, that I recommend to clients:
Before you get out of bed in the morning, take 20 seconds to think about three things for which you are grateful.
This is a sure fire way to start the day positively.
Smile, as much and as often as you can. Smile fully with your eyes, as this will transfer the happiness on your face
to your unconscious mind. Make it a habit to smile at a conscious level at least once a day.
The Sea of Ticks Exercise

Write down the top six things that make you happy.
On a piece of paper or in your diary, record everything you did in the past week, even time asleep, to
make up 24 hours in each day.
Then mark a tick against each activity that falls into your top six things that make you happy.
Is there a sea of ticks?
In areas where there are not, reflect on why this is so, and how you might go about increasing your
happiness activities in the future.
Reflect on this regularly and aim to make positive changes each week. Before long, the sea of ticks will
become an ocean and you will feel the difference.

Happiness does not have to be elusive. Combine the fundamentals with regular meditation and positive selftalk to achieve happiness, and live life to your full potential. Happiness is your right, your opportunity, and you
owe it to yourself. Today is the day to start The Happiness Project: You.
Lets Get Started
I would be delighted to hear your progress, answer any questions or talk through some additional strategies to
increase your happiness. Feel free to comment on Facebook/QuitSolutions, or get in touch via
contact@quitsolutionsbrisbane.com.au or 1300 653 775.
Have a happy day!
Debbie Lanyon operates a
practice in Bulimba, QLD.

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Whatifourbigbrainisntthatdifferent
ByRebelBrown,California,USA

In her powerful TEDtalk1, Louise Leakey shared that we are big brained, upright and walking
hominids. It's that big brain that differentiates us from our homo erectus brothers, including the chimpanzee
and great apes.
Our human conscious mind is the largest contributing factor to our big brains. This is where our logical
analysis, thoughts and behaviours are accomplished.
Our unconscious mind has been portrayed as the dark place where our inner animal still lived, where our lizard
brain lurked. Indeed, traditional psychology and coaching have focused on managing our unconscious mind
with the power of our conscious selves.
Are We Really Conscious?
Leakey mentioned that her father once said, "We are the only species that makes conscious bad choices." But
are those choices really conscious? I'm not so sure anymore. Neuroscience is discovering powerful insights into
our minds. From the way we filter and select the data, that represents our world, to the way we respond to that
data, what we call reality.
These discoveries suggest that we aren't as conscious as we've been led to believe.
We're learning that our unconscious minds are much more powerful and have more control than we thought
possible. For example, they have discovered that our unconscious mind ware programs drive up to 95% of our
behaviours and beliefs. Read that again... it's a very important concept.
Our unconscious can and does act as the master of our conscious minds in certain circumstances. Did you
know that it's our unconscious mind that processes and filters all of the sensory data we take in during every
second of every day? It gets even better. As part of that unconscious process, we demonstrate quantum theory
up, close and personal.
Our Quantum Minds
We're discovering that our unconscious minds are the perfect quantum machine. Quantum mechanics
theorizes that at any point in time we have multiple potential streams of reality in our path. We each select one
of those realities as our own and act upon it. Guess what? Quantum biologists have discovered that's exactly
how our unconscious mind works.
Our unconscious mind takes in over 11,000,000 bits/second of sensory data. We then select a tiny amount of
information from that enormous stream, approximately 126 bits/second. (That's .00001222 of the total
information for you math lovers.) The selected information is then passed to our conscious minds for
processing, analysis and response.
The data our unconscious mind selects to pass along is the basis of what we perceive as our reality. So much
for that big bad conscious brain.
Defined by Our Unconscious
Our reality is defined by a data filtering and selection process that's managed by our unconscious mind. As you
can imagine, it's a complex process. But here it is in a nutshell. Our unconscious mind selects the data that
forms our specific reality based upon:

Our focus and attention at any point in time,


Our expectations for our reality, associated with that point in time,

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Whatifourbigbrainisntthatdifferent(continued)

Our instinctual mind ware programs. These include our survival and herd instincts, programming to
look for the problem/threat, preference for repetitive patterns, status quo bias and more.

Our personal mind ware programs. We each define these programs based on specific experiences and lessons
in life. We now know that we can and do continue to create these programs throughout our life. Basically, our
unconscious mind selects our unique reality based on what we think about. We really are what we think.
The Bottom Line
I think the implications of the above discovery are revolutionary. Why? We are conscious beings at some
levels. We're also very much unconscious beings. Our powerful unconscious minds define our reality, even as
they direct the majority of our behaviours and beliefs.
Using modern neuroscience practices, we can literally rewrite the unconscious programs that direct our
behaviours, beliefs, reality and our highly touted Big Brain. We can change the reality that we give to our
conscious mind for action. We can change our lives and our reality. I know that we humans are on the cusp of
stepping into the ultimate potential of our conscious minds. What's ironic is that we can and will get there by
harnessing the power of our unconscious selves.
Ideas are not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, they morph and adapt into their most potent form.
Rebel Brown is a go-to-market strategist specializing in
early stage and turnaround high technology clients. She is based
in California. http://rebelbrown.com/
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TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three
worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. TEDTalks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at the TED Conference with
the world. http://www.ted.com/pages/about

Speakers & Trainers Wanted for all AHA State Workshops


The AHA is dedicated to providing the Australian hypnotherapy community with ongoing learning
opportunities in the form of 4 one day workshops per year. Each one day workshop will contain
between 1 to 4 speakers talking about an aspect of Hypnotherapy, including NLP, Counselling,
Psychotherapy or topics about helping members to run a successful practice.

We are currently seeking speakers for every state in Australia!


Do you have something to share that would benefit AHA members? Then we want to hear from
you!
If you would like to offer your services, simply contact the Workshop coordinator in your
state (details on the committee page at the end of this journal). You can offer your services
to any or all state workshop coordinators for as many dates and locations as you would like. The
state coordinators will organise the schedules and notify you if your topic fits their requirements.
As a not-for-profit association, the AHA attempts to keep the cost of these workshops as low as
possible. Therefore, while the AHA will pay for any necessary out of pocket expenses this is a
non-paid opportunity for you to share your knowledge. On the other hand, you will get a lot of
exposure to the hypnotherapy community!!

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StateWorkshopreviews
QLDworkshopreview,ByChereylJackson

IgnitingyourtherapybrainpracticalneuroscienceTechniques
In this presentation, Dr Dominique Beck discussed the Neuroscience of the Brain.
There is a huge amount of electrical activity in the brain. These create highways and bush tracks. The brain tries
to make everything a habit as quickly as possible. When we are not there, we dont know that were not there.
The brain reacts in habitual ways.
EXERCISE: Hold hands up and fold your arms. Repeat and fold your arms the other way. Clasp fingers, open
your hand. Clasp fingers the other way. How does it feel?
The brain can change at any age. Louise Hay is 82 years old and she is learning to play the piano. The bush
tracks become highways with repetition, commitment and focus.
EXERCISE: Try opening your car door for one week. The movement will become habitual. Dopamine and
oxytocin increase when emotion comes with commitment and as the skill becomes easier. It is hard work to
change or build neural pathways. It takes time.
NEUROSCIENCE OF THE SOCIAL BRAIN
1. The overarching principle of the brain is to minimise threat and maximise reward. The brain scans 24/7.
2. The same brain regions are activated for physical and social pain (exclusion and social isolation). Pain
killers i.e. Codeine / Paracetamol work on relieving physical and social pain.
3. A sense of belonging gives us an oxytocin hit. It is the love hormone and the whole body gets flushed.
When you have a surge of oxytocin, everything seems beautiful. People become more collaborative and
cooperative. It is given to people with autism and Aspergers as a Nasal spray. It also empowers people
to work.
4. Mirror neurons impact on relatedness, empathy and learning. They help us to understand what it is like
to walk in other peoples shoes. Marko Lacobono, Palma University, Italy.
Corporate change causes uncertainty and a reduction in productivity. It is negative for the brain. Clients need
to be given certainty.
What are we going to do in the session? How long it will take? What is going to happen? Recap.
FIVE TRIGGERS OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR:

RELATEDNESS: The brain scans for threat/reward. It wants to relate but checks the comfort level.
CERTAINTY: The brain is an error detection machine. It looks for patterns. When it cant find a pattern
or connect the dots, it will flash Error!
AUTONOMY: When a child is about 2, the word NO becomes all powerful. We have a fundamental
need for autonomy. When everything is determined for us (corporate world), it doesnt work. We dont
need a lot of autonomy illusion of choice.
STATUS is all powerful to the role that we have. An expert is someone who knows and can help. Advice
may not be useful. It puts the brain in a threat state. Everyone is the expert about their own self. Clients
who do not have a high powered job feel like a nobody. They need a solid, positive status.
Coaching supports a person to come up with their own answers. When someone asks for advice, you
need to say: Do you really want to know?
FAIRNESS is an inbuilt barometer. What is fair/not fair? It can be a main driver.

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THE EMOTIONAL BRAIN


1.
2.
3.
4.

We cannot think clearly when we are triggered emotionally.


Conscious breathing activates the reflective system and dampens the reflexive one.
Bursts of dopamine are related to when positive expectations are met or exceeded.
Mindfulness reduces the threat response. It allows one to remain calm under pressure. Most issues arise
out of Lack of Respect.

OVERWHELM?

Too much cortisol and adrenaline is being pumped into the body.

Constant Threat State

Bad for mental, emotional and physical health (Chronic Fatigue & Burnout)

MANAGING OVERWHELM SUGGESTIONS:


Label your emotion
Take time out
Practice mindfulness
Establish and communicate realistic deadlines
Acknowledge wins and successes.
EXERCISE: List three typical triggers. What flips your lid? Dr. Dan Siegel MD. Handmodel of the Brain.

HAND OPEN

Pre-Frontal Cortex (CEO)


Thumb Amygdala
Limbic Brain

Brain Stem

HAND CLOSED
When you feel like
flipping your lid, use
hand closure as a
reminder that the PreFrontal Cortex can
override the Limbic
Brain.

Consciousness must be in the pre-frontal cortex to find a name for the emotion.

MINDFULNESS STRATEGIES:

Visualise a blank canvas. It clears a space. It could be used as the first exercise with a client i.e.find the
foremost thought in your mind at the moment. What are 1 or 2 key emotions attached to that thought.
Look at the blank canvas.
1 5 breath. Imagine a square. Breath in for 5, hold for 5, breath out for 5, hold for 5.
Awaken the Buddha within.

Beta Waves

Alpha Waves

Theta Waves

Delta Waves

Babies & Dreamless sleep

Multiple emotions trigger emotional brain. Positive emotions i.e. love can also be a trigger. Positive and
negative emotions prevent us from being present and productive. Put awareness on the emotion that is
present for the person now i.e. frustration, anxiety

By naming it, I am taming it!

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OVERARCHING BRAIN PRINCIPLE is to minimise threat and maximise reward.


Dr. Ewan Gordon CEO Brain Science Co.
Threat = Away

Limbic Brain Amygdala Hijack PTSD

Can grow as a result of PTSD. More prone to seeing threat.

Brain shuts down. Cant find solutions or opportunities.

Reward = Towards

When we put our brain into a Towards State, we can think of more positive activities.
Barbara Frederickson Ass. Prof. Positive Psychology Neurosonics.

EMOTION REGULATION:
Suppression
Expression
Reappraisal.

Dr. James Gross. 2002. Handbook of Emotions.

Blood Pressure goes up. Some people get low blood pressure.

NEED TO BELONG:
We have a fundamental need. The need to belong is not met in older people with depression.
EXERCISE: Talk to someone you dont know find five things that you have in common.
THE ILLUSION OF PERCEPTION:
The brain makes of reality what is in your brain. Perception has nothing to do with reality. Therein lays a huge
potential for conflict. The brain needs to flip to see different aspects of reality. What matters most is how you
see yourself.

THE TO-DO LIST:


Work should be undertaken in 90 minute time slots. Reticular Activating System (RAS). After 90 minutes the
brain is depleted of oxygen and food (glucose). The brain absorbs glucose more quickly from fruit.
List 5 things to do. List one as a priority. Brain based peak performance (Yerkes-Dodson)
Good

Peak performance

Poor
Poor Performance (Low)
Under aroused

Poor Performance (High)


Over aroused

BRAIN BASED EXPECTATION STRATEGIES: Setting positive, realistic expectations increases motivation and
engagement due to the release of dopamine.
Create a personal action plan
Set positive, motivating realistic time-framed goals
Find novel and creative ways of working
Schedule focused time with clear outcomes
Take regular breaks that energise
Acknowledge your wins and successes.

Chereyl Jackman is a clinical hypnotherapist practicing in Deception Bay, QLD.


She is also the QLD State Secretary

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Upcoming AHA Workshops

Alan Patching will bring you cutting edge information on 3


fascinating topics with his usual mix of energy, humour,
interaction and great ready to use content.
During the morning session Alan will introduce the Neuro
Semantic Programming approach to assisting cancer
clients. The NSP Protocol was developed by Canadian physician
Dr. Dennis Chong and his wife, Jennifer, who is a Registered
Nurse. Dr. Chong has had success with the protocol which
draws on principles of NLP and takes them to another level and
application. The protocol also involves advanced psychotherapy
and hypnotherapy using an induction protocol the Chongs
developed for this particular application.
For the afternoon session, we have a FIRST for AHA you
get to choose the topics!
Thats right, Alan will write a range of topics on the flip chart,
and the audience will get to select (and vote on in the event of
different choices being made) the next topic to be
addressed. Time dedicated to each topic will range from 10
mins. to an hour and Alan will give you an estimate prior to
voting on the next topic..AND all topics will be delivered with
pre-prepared slides which you get a copy of (the topics
presented that is) after the event.

Fertility Hypnotherapy

Stress in the workplace

NLP for enhanced relationships


Subconscious defence mechanisms

AHA (QLD)
Workshop
2nd March, 2014
The Comfort Inn Robertson Gardens
281 Kessels Road
Nathan, Brisbane, QLD 4111

Contact Bernadette Rizzo


Bernadette@ahahypnotherapy.org.au
or 0401 082 077

A further seven topics to choose from!

How to create the perfect client, by Craig Hommonay


Craig will outline the process he uses to begin the work with
this type of client.

AHA (WA)
Workshop
9th February, 2014
Point Walter Golf Course
Eagle Room
Honour Road, Bicton

Contact Hope Wesley


on 0430 224 130 or
hope@mindmattershypnotherapy.com.au

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He will outline the exact pre-talk and covert fractionation


methods used within that pre-talk to create deep hypnotic
states, even in clients who are so-called resistant to
hypnosis.
He will then demonstrate a live session that will include
covert testing and convincers, as well as a regression and set
up for the following session.
The use of instant inductions as well as affect bridge
regressions will be covered in depth. Followed by practice
time and troubleshooting with an emphasis on using the
principles of this method with in your own style of therapy.
Making it a very organic approach rather than a scripted
cookie cutter template.
You will come away from this CPE with a solid foundation of
how to create the perfect client. One who is confident in his
ability to do this work and is convinced that he was in
hypnosis.
Laying this type of foundation in the first session creates a
client who feels the effects of what we do very strongly and it
is very rare for that type of client to miss sessions or not get
a result from this work .

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Upcoming AHA Workshops

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the expert / authority / celebrity in your
industry.
Kate gives you a free source to find
journalists who are actively looking to
publish your story!
How to get your powerful media release
done in a day that really gets the
attention of journalists so they'll want

AHA (NSW)
Workshop
16th February, 2014
Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club
117 Rydeale Rd, West Ryde NSW 2114

Contact Chris Walsh


ahaworkshopsnsw@gmail.com or 0417
040 161

Ongoing Professional
Development
Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) is an essential
part of your practice and AHA membership. As you are
aware, a minimum of 20 OPD hours are required per year
to renew clinical membership.
You owe it to yourself & your clients to participate and
continue to improve your professional standards.
Make a commitment now to attend the AHA workshops.

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ForyourAHAinformationbookletoutliningtherequirementsandprocessofmembershipapplication,visit
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AHA State training information


AUSTRALIAN HYPNOTHERAPISTS ASSOCIATION
2014 Workshop & Meeting Dates for
NSW, QLD, VIC, SA & WA
Please Note: Dates/speakers may be subject to change check website for updated details closer to the event date.
More details available on pages 27 and 28 of this journal

AHA World Conference 2014 13th & 14th September

State

Date

Meeting/Workshop

NSW

Sunday 16th February


Sunday 1st or 15th June
Sunday 30th November

GM & Kate Engler free media exposure


TBA
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QLD

Sunday 2nd March


Sunday 8th June
Sunday 23rd November

TBA
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Vic

Sunday 2nd March


Sunday 1st June
Sunday 7th September

Bill Patterson and Vito Doquile - Grief


Depression
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SA

TBA 6th or 13th April


TBA 20TH or 27TH July
TBA 16th or 23rd November

TBA
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WA

9th February
6th April
27th July
25th October

GM & Craig Hommonay


AGM & Antoine Matarasso
GM & Aaron McLaughlin
GM & our talented members

For further updates, please go to:


http://www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au/index.htm

or contact your State Secretary / Training Co-ordinator


contact details on pages 32 & 33.

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State Reports
State Links
The NSW State Report
Go to the AHA NSW website for
further updates:
http://www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au/ns
w_workshops.htm

The ACT State Report


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further updates:
http://www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au/ac
t_workshops.htm

THE QLD State Report


Go to the AHA Queensland website for
further updates:
http://www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au/ql
d_workshops.htm

The TAS State Report


Go to the AHA Tasmania website for
further updates:
http://www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au/ta
s_workshops.htm

The NT State Report


Go to the AHA NT website for further
updates:
http://www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au/nt
_workshops.htm

The SA State Report


Go to the AHA SA website for further
updates:
http://www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au/sa
_workshops.htm

The VIC State Report


Go to the AHA Victoria website for
further updates:
http://www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au/vic
_workshops.htm

The WA State Report


Go to the AHA WA website for
further updates:
http://www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au/w
a_workshops.htm

SA State report

Welcometo2014

Christmashascomeandgoneand
Ihopeyouallenjoyedyourown
familymomentsand,aftersome
restandrelaxation,arepreparing
foranexcitingandwonderful
2014.

OurChristmasWorkshopwas
hugelysuccessfulwithfourSouth
Australianmemberssharingtheir
experienceandskillsinvariedand
interestingways.MarilynPeterson
startedthedayoffbysharingthe
programshedevelopedthat
integrateshypnosisandNLPto
assistchildrenrecoverfromgut
problems,subsequentlyhelping
themtoregainconfidenceand
joyintheirlives.JaneFielder
followedwithaninformativeand
integrativepresentation,
discussingthelinksbetween
thoughtsandthebody.She
highlightedhowthoughtscan
causementalandphysical
conditionsandincludedsome
practicaltechniquestohelpdetox
thebrainandbody.NextwasBen
Liston,ourverytalentedITguru
whocreatedourworkshop
database.Hetookusthrough
someonlinemarketingtipsand
strategiesanddiscussedhow,by
utilisingthesestrategies,wemay
beabletoincreaseourbusiness.
Thefinalspeakerforthedaywas
KathrynKittowhosharedher
experiencesandpersonal
developmentindealingwith
stressanddepression.Itwasa
verypersonalandemotive
experienceforallandhighlighted
howhypnosiscanbenefitallofus,
whoeverweareandwhateverwe
aredoing.

Feedbackontheworkshopwas
excellentandreinforcedour
intentionsofincluding
opportunitiesforSAtherapiststo
sharetheirtalentsagainin2014.
Othersuggestionsforfuture
workshopsincludedthingslike;
moreinteractiveskilltraining,

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counsellingskills,NLPtechniques,
fertilityandcancertreatmentsand
moregeneralisedinformationon
anger,depression,bullying,
suicide,andweightloss.Thank
youtoallwhoprovidedsolidand
usefulinformationandthe
committeeintendstousethis
informationtoimproveour
workshopsnextyear.

Justareminderofourworkshop
datesfornextyear,includingthe
AHANational65thWorldwide
Conference:

Sunday6thApril
Sunday27thJuly
Saturday13th&Sunday14th
September
Sunday23rdNovember

Iwouldliketotakethis
opportunitytothanktheendless
andsometimesthanklesshours
thatourCommitteehasputinto
enrichtheSouthAustralianAHA
branchandIpersonallyrespect
andadmirethetimeandeffort
youhaveputintohelp
throughouttheyear.Our
Secretaryissteppingdownthis
yearandIwouldthereforeliketo
takethisopportunitytoalsothank
JohnBryanfortheefficientand
timelywayhemanagedthisrole
youwillbemissed.Thisleavesa
gapinourCommittee,sowewill
belookingforawillingandable
volunteertostepintothatrole.

Andso,afinalnote.Havea
wonderful2014andIhopeit
bringsyoueverythingyoudeserve.

Sincerely,
RonaSpicer,SEO,SouthAustralia

QLD State report

Workshops

Ourlastworkshopfor2013,held
on17thNovemberwaswell
attendedwith48attendees.Dr

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DominiqueBeckspokeduringthe
extendedmorningsession
introducingPracticalNeuroscience
Techniques.Thiswasfollowedby
ourChristmaslunch.

FeedbackonDominiques
presentationwasexcellent.
AHANationalPresident,Antoine
Matarassoattendedwhich
createdagoodopportunityfor
himtomeetmanyofournewer
members.

Ourfirstworkshopfor2014willbe
heldonMar2nd,withasecond
oneonJune8th.Becauseofthe
nationalconferencewewillonly
havethreeworkshopsthisyear
withthelastscheduledfor23rd
November.

CommitteeMeeting

TheQldbranchsfinalcommittee
meetingfor2013washeldafter
theworkshopandlunchon17th
November.Severalpeoplehave
volunteeredtohelpwith
contactingmembersaboutthe
nationaldatabase.

Membership

Wehavereceivedseveral
ProfessionalMembership
Applications,whichhavebeen
processedandforwardedto
Nationalforcertificates.

ManythankstotheQld
Committeemembersfortheir
ongoingsupport.

Warmregards,
MarieElement,SEO,Qld

VIC State report


Celebratingasuccessfulworkshop.

Icannotthankenoughthe
Victorianmembersforcomingto
ourChristmasfunction.Agreat
waytocelebratetheendof2013
asmorethan60members

attendedthisworkshop!Weare
sogratefulthatourNational
PresidentAntoineMatarasso
cametoVictoriatosharehis
knowledgeandpresentedFour
sessionpainManagement
Program.

Heemphasisedtheimportanceof
connectingwiththeclientinthe
veryfirstsessionandinducing
trance.Hestartedwithascriptof
thelemonenablingthetherapist
toknowtheclientsprimary
sensesandtoconvincethatin
hypnosisthebodyrespondsto
suggestion.Aswemovedalong
Antoinehadthegenerositytogive
usallsomanyresourceful
materialstoconductsuccessful
consecutivesessions.Hereminded
usofthepowerofmindoverthe
body,howwecatalogueinjury
andhowwecanapproacha
solutionfocusedinthenow.

Weended
havinga
Christmaslunch,
andthanksto
theVictorian
Committee:RaeleenHarper,
DeirdreRolfe,DeirdreSampson
andmyself,eachmember
receivedagiftcardandchocolates
asathankyoufortheirongoing
support.

OnbehalfoftheVictorian
Committee,Iwishallmembersa
SuccessfulandHealthy2014.
Wearelookingforwardtoseeing
youatournextworkshoponthe
2ndMarch2014withBillPatterson
andVitoDoquilelecturingGrief.

Warmregards,
MarcPonzi,SEO,Victoria

WA State report

2014!WAwishesallAHA
membersandfamiliesafantastic
yearahead.

Ourmembershiphascontinuedto
growwithnewenquiriesweekly

TheAustralianHypnotherapyJournalJanuary2014summeredition

andourmembershipsecretary
(JenBurke)hasbeendiligentwith
encouragingmemberstoupgrade
toclinicalmembership.Atthelast
WAdatabaseupdate:

Clinical
33
Professional 6
Affiliate
10
Student
12
Life

Ourtrainingcoordinator(Hope
Wesley)hasbeenworking
exceptionallyhardandhas
procuredspeakersrightthrough
untilFebruary2015!!!

Atthebeginningoftheyear,Id
liketothanktheentireWA
committeefortheirhardwork,
enthusiasmandteamwork.It
reallyhasbeenaprivilegetowork
withyouall.

Ournexttraining&general
meetingisonthe9thofFebruary
withapresentationbyCraig
Hommanayonhowtocreatethe
perfectclient.

TheAGMwillbeheldonthe6thof
Aprilandweaskmemberstobe
awarethatseveralofthe
committeewillbestandingdown
andtoconsiderbringingtheir
talentsandskillstotheWA
committee.

Ilookforwardtoseeingyouallon
the9th!!

Warmregards,
MailinColman,SEO,WA

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AHA Committees
NATIONAL COMMITTEE
National President / Webmaster
Antoine Matarasso
Tel: (07) 3254 1373
antoine@ahahypnotherapy.org.au

Vice President
Bernadette Rizzo
Tel: 0401 082 077
bernadette@ahahypnotherapy.org.au
National Secretary
Mailin Colman
Tel: 0417 184 355
mailincolman@gmail.com
National Treasurer & Registrar
Maya Lak

STATE SUB COMMITTEE MEMBERS

QLD/NT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE


QLD State Exec Officer/Membership Secretary
Marie Element
Tel: 0421 396 994
10/10 Beaconsfield St, Highgate Hill QLD 4101
marie@marieelement.com.au
QLD State Treasurer/Workshop Coordinator
Bernadette Rizzo
Tel: 0401 082 077
bernierizzo@hotmail.com
QLD State Secretary
Chereryl Jackman
Tel: 0434 936 613
ecs_nt@bigpond.com
QLD Supervision & Peer Group Coordinator

Tel: (02 9489 0158


maya@ahahypnotherapy.org.au

Gwen Pasin
Tel 0404 705 453
gwen@brisbanewesthypnotherapy.com.au

Director National Director

QLD Committee Member

Christine Taplin
Tel: (03) 9773 8850
christaplin@yahoo.com.au

Urban Sundvall
Tel 0403 273 871
urban@urbanhypnotherapy.net

Director - QLD Representative

QLD Committee Member / North QLD rep

Marie Element
Tel: 0421 396 994
qld@ahahypnotherapy.org.au

Catherine Lee
Tel 0419 703 957
evercare@bigpond.com

Director - Vic Representative

NSW MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Marc Ponzi

NSW State Executive Officer

Tel: 0401 063 594


pureintuition@optusnet.com.au

Lydia Deukmedjian

Director - WA Representative

NSW State Treasurer


Rose Moxon
Tel: 0407 665 101
rosemx@gmail.com

Mailin Colman
Tel: 0417 184 355
secretary@ahahypnotherapy.org.au
Director - SA Representative
Rona Spicer
Tel: 0408 816 118
sa@ahahypnotherapy.org.au
Director - NSW Representative
Lydia Deukmedjian
Tel: 0410 627 665
Lydia@acceleratedhealing.com.au

Tel: 0410 627 665


lydia@acceleratedhealing.com.au

NSW State Secretary


Alan Turvey
Tel: 0403 920 413
alan@yestothis.com
NSW Membership Secretary
Rachel Ford
Tel: 0413 029 772
yrachel@yourmindzone.com
NSW Supervision & Peer group Co-ordinator
Natalie Meade
Tel: (02) 9702 1748 / yes@decisivefocus.com@iinet.net.au
NSW Committee Member
Maya Lak
Tel: (02) 9489 0158 / mayalak@tpg.com.au

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VIC/TAS STATE MANAGEMENT


COMMITTEE

WA STATE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Vic SEO / State Membership


Secretary / PG

WA State Executive Officer


Mailin Colman

Marc Ponzi

Tel: 0417 184 355


mailincolman@gmail.com

Tel: 0401 063 594


pureintuition@optusnet.com.au
Vic State Secretary / Database c/o

WA State Treasurer

Raeleen Harper
Tel: 0417 882 568
missrae@modernhypnosis.com.au

Christina Macleod
Tel: 041 948 269
christinamacleod@aapt.net.au

Vic State Workshop Coordinator

WA State Secretary

Deirdre Rolfe

Lyn Robinson

Tel: (03) 5977 6397


deirdrerolfe@counselloroncall.com.au

Tel: 0408 869 897


lynrobinson.hypno@gmail.com

Treasurer

WA State Membership Secretary & Sup/peer group c/o

Deirdre Sampson

Jennifer Burke

Tel: 0417 217 349


deirdre.serenity@sandhurst.net.au

Tel: 0418 942 319


jennifer@alayahypnosis.com.au

Vic Free Advisory Line

WA State Workshop Coordinator


Hope Wesley
Tel: 0430 224 130
hope@mindmattershypnotherapy.com.au

Anne Wilson
Tel: 1800 186 305

SA STATE MANAGEMENT
COMMITTEE
SA State Executive Officer
Rona Spicer
Tel: 0408 816 118
sa@ahahypnotherapy.org.au
SA State Treasurer
Colin Darcey
Tel: 0419 808 593
colin@selfigy.com.au
SA State Secretary
John Bryan
Tel: 8294 6114
synergyworkz@adam.com.au

SA Membership Secretary
Ben Liston
Tel: 0404 510 796
Ben@lifestylehypnosis.com.au
SA Workshop Coordinator
Jane Fielder
Tel: 0433 293 913
jane@janefielderconsulting.com.au

NATIONAL HEAD OFFICE


AND FREE ADVISORY LINE
For all enquiries, please contact
Rachel Ford - Tel: 1800 067 557

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WA Assistant Workshop Coordinator


Marina Deluca-Cardillo
Tel: 0413 052 787
marinadeluca@mbox.com.au

WA Assistant Workshop Coordinator


Tessa Du Toit
Tel: 0418 272 695
Mindspa23@me.com

STATE REPRESENTATIVES
NT
Anne
Holleley

Tasmania
Noeline
Robinson

ACT

Jim Ceraolo

AHA DISCUSSION GROUP


Jeremy Barbouttis
Tel: (02) 9518 9912
jeremyb@exemail.com.au

NHRA REGISTER - WEBMASTER

Antoine Matarasso
Tel: (07) 3254 1373

www.national-hypnotherapists-register-australia.com/change_details_form

The Australian Hypnotherapy Journal


Editor
Mailin Colman
Tel: 0417 184 355 / mailincolman@gmail.com

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Benefits of AHA Membership


Once you are a member, the AHA offers you a unique combination of benefits.

These benefits include:


Professional Opportunities:

The prestige of being part of the oldest and largest professional hypnotherapy association in Australia
recognised nationally and internationally
The opportunity to attend international and national hypnosis conferences at reduced registration
The circulation of details of forthcoming AHA workshops and seminars giving you access to advanced
specialist hypnotherapy training
The opportunity to be published in the Australian Hypnotherapy Journal
Free subscription to 4 issues of the Australian Hypnotherapy Journal this journal is subscribed to by
universities and libraries around Australia
Free Monthly newsletter
Free publication and distribution of regular News Bulletins
Automatic upgrading to higher membership levels as soon as you qualify

Promotional Opportunities:

The advantage of being able to promote your business using the AHA brochure adding credibility and
saving you time and money
Free listings on the National Hypnotherapists Register of AustraliaTM (NHRATM) which includes:
o find a Hypnotherapist search by postcode, suburb or name
o Free active link to your own email address and website(s)
o Personalised description of your qualifications and specialities
o Able to update any time for no cost
Use of AHA & NHRATM Logo
Free inclusion (where applicable) in the Foreign Language Speaking Register
Access to an exclusive Yellow Pages Advertising scheme under the AHA banner for a discounted rate
Free dedicated referral facilities from the AHA National Free Advisory Line by an experienced, specialist
hypnotherapist to all professional and clinical members (our toll free 1800 number is available to members
and the public between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday)

Professional Support:

Strong support network access to professional supervision with trained AHA supervisors willing to
support your career progress
The publication (within the AHA website) of regional information to Registrants seeking peer group or
personal supervision arrangements
Access to AHA administration support willing to assist with clinical and administrative information /
support
Subscription to monthly AHA newsletters
Receive all membership mail outs
The Forum online case discussion where you can ask questions of other members about any issues you
may encounter
As a member of the AHA you have the opportunity to establish professional relationships with
hypnotherapists throughout the world

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A free CD of background music collated for AHA members to use in the hypnotic process

Professional Security / Credibility:

Access to discounted Professional Indemnity& Public Liability Insurance


Health fund provider numbers allowing rebates for your clients (the list of health funds can be found
here: http://ahahypnotherapy.org.au/aha_members_area/ )
Advice with regard to obtaining Criminal records bureau disclosures (WWC and Police checks)
Ongoing updates with regard to government legislation concerning the hypnotherapy field
Opportunity to create positive change in the industry by becoming a committee member
Representation to and dissemination of relevant information from the Department of Health and Aging
and other relevant agencies
The provision of relevant information on all aspects of the profession to registrants, the media and public

Discount facilities with:

Member discount petrol card


Members discount EFTpos facilities
Fenton Green insurance
15% discount on all books from Footprint www.footprint.com.au

International reciprocal alliances:

Automatic acceptance under an international reciprocal alliance into either the General Hypnotherapy
Standards Council (GHSC UK), the Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists (ARCH Canada) or
the New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapy (NZAPH) if relocating to those countries

The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (UK)

Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists (Canada)

New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (New Zealand)


Access to the above benefits in individual cases is always at the discretion of the AHA Executive

Member Associations:

The AHA is a member association of the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia (HCA)


The Australasian subconscious-mind therapists association (ASTA) is a member association of the AHA
The Association of solution oriented counsellors & hypnotherapists of Australia (ASOCHA) is a
member association of the AHA

Automatic acceptance under an international reciprocal alliance into either the General Hypnotherapy
Standards Council (GHSC UK), the Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists (ARCH Canada) or
For details on how to become an AHA member go to:
http://www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au/documents_public.htm and download the prospectus and information
booklet.
You can also contact your state membership secretary see above pages listing state committees.

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