I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t try it myself. After years and years of suffering from what I call a ‘morbid brain’, where I constantly worry that my loved ones will die, I tried hypnosis — and I’m still smiling.
Medical professionals and friends, Dr Michael Goldblatt and Dr Aparna Lockie started Glo Clinical Hypnosis after personal life experiences.
“My daughter had severe anxiety to the point where it was really impacting her life — even going to school became a challenge. We had run out of ways to help her when her GP suggested we book a hypnotherapy session with one of the partners at the clinic. As an anaesthetist, I was very skeptical until I saw the immediate change in her confidence and mindset. It was an extraordinary change,”says Mike.
Eating a large slice of humble pie, Mike wanted to learn everything he could about hypnosis — what it was, how it worked, and how to use it so patients could benefit in the same way his daughter had.
Understanding the science behind hypnosis, it’s clear that the anaesthetist and GP are doing this because they genuinely love it. They have travelled the world and learned from the best, and their faces light up when talking about how they can help people. “Everything we do is centered around teaching people skills that they can access anytime in their lives to change their experience of the world they live in and the perceptions of themselves. We’re all about empowering our clients,” says Mike.
And if you’re anything like me, you’ll drive away feeling free and smiling from the inside out.
Who responds well to hypnosis?
Hypnosis is entirely natural — we go in and out of hypnosis hundreds of times during our normal day. It’s a focused state of attention where you become even more open to suggestion, and you can experience it with your eyes wide open. “Most people respond well to hypnosis, especially if they’re ready to make a change. We just give them the tools, various strategies, and insights to help them change their perception of a negative past experience, an unpleasant emotion or unwanted habit,” says Aparna.
“Even more than that, using hypnosis can improve your performance in many areas of life, including exams, sports, and work,” Mike adds. Although we are only aware of a small amount of information at any one time, our unconscious mind is processing up to 20 million pieces of information every second. This is where our patterns of thinking, emotions and behaviours are triggered. “Hypnosis allows you to make changes to your automatic responses,”says Mike.
Sitting in the chair, I was comfortable as they both spent time explaining the process and answered my questions. Mike and Aparna told me to imagine what I was most anxious about. Tearing up, I told them that I pictured two police officers at my door telling me that my children had died. It was as if we were having a normal conversation when they showed me how I could use my imagination to change the images and the story I had been telling myself until, almost like magic, I could not get the old feeling back. Even when I tried to imagine the old scenario, it was different. It was like the image and all the associated emotions had become blank. I couldn’t actually believe how quickly my morbid brain was shifting.
“At the end of the day it’s all about suggestion, using verbal and non-verbal communication to engage your imagination and change the way you’re experiencing the world. It’s the closest thing to magic,”says Aparna.
While the results can’t be guaranteed, if you approach the session like I did — curious, interested and willing to engage — then you’re in safe hands with Mike, Aparna, and the other hypnotherapists working at GLO Clinical Hypnosis.
REASONS TO VISIT GLO
- Anxiety, stress, panic attacks
- To stop smoking
- Weight management
- Clinical Hypnosis for pregnancy and birth
- Coping with emotional trauma
- Pain control
- Obsessive-compulsive behaviours
- Improve performance – academic, sporting, stage and social
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