Hypnotherapy – Chronic Pain

Applecross Psychological Services proudly offers our clients hypnotherapy in conjunction with our usual Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT) and other therapies to help you deal with chronic pain! Psychological literature indicates that, with CBT, hypnotherapy is an effective aid reducing pain!

‘What’s so good about hypnotherapy?’

How many ways have you tried to reduce your pain?

None of these are the perfect method; each has their failures and successes. Some people’s pain lessens without any outside help whereas others need lots of support and guidance. To fail when you are trying to deal with chronic pain, or to ask for help, is not a sign of weakness.

Hypnosis, like any other method, has its limitations. Integral to conquering fear and successful hypnotherapy is a positive attitude. The decision to change and persevere in changing your behaviours ultimately depends on you. Furthermore, research has shown that hypnotherapy is the most effective when you believe that it will have the effect you desire.

How does it work?

Contemporary clinical hypnotists do not use a swinging watch. They tend to use hypnotherapy in conjunction with established therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to enhance the effectiveness of these treatments. CBT focuses on changing the thoughts and behaviours to overcome a problem. Psychological research suggests that using hypnotherapy with CBT can enhance the effectiveness of treatments for chronic pain.

Preparing for Hypnotherapy
  • First it is important to think about what you want to get out of therapy. It is hard to persevere with a task that you do not see as making your life better or strive towards a goal that you’re not really in. Perhaps you would like to reach for the cupboard without the sharp pain that accompanies it. Maybe you would like to be able to run along the beach or sleep uninterrupted by pain. It could be that the pain is getting you down, and you don’t feel like doing the things that used to give you pleasure. Before coming to therapy, it is important to think about these things. That way, you can judge for yourself whether therapy has helped you meet your goals
  • Second, contact us as you will need to book your appointment
Your Practitioner – Dr Marilyn Barton
  • Dr. Barton possesses a Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis, in addition to a degree in Psychiatry including a PhD.  She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists and The Australian Society of Hypnosis. Dr. Barton is experienced at dealing with chronic pain cases, and hypnotherapy complements her interventions.

    Marilyn is an experienced clinical psychologist, who has been counseling children, young adults, parents families for the last 25 years.

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Is Hypnotherapy Right for You?

We understand that hypnosis is not for everyone, but APS would like to extend the opportunity for interested patients to be treated with hypnotherapy and CBT.

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