ALPHA MIND

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


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Question 1: What is EMDR therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is a therapy designed to resolve distressing memories that lead to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Anxiety, panic attacks, depression, eating disorders, addictive behaviours, insomnia/nightmares, chronic pain and exhaustion are some of the many psychological symptoms that can result from unresolved trauma. The causes of trauma are varied and can include childhood issues/abuse/neglect, any type of abuse or violence, car accidents, traumatic medical interventions, natural disasters, war - there is an endless list !! Any overwhelming event from the past can cause us to feel ’stuck’ and distressed.

EMDR therapy is an awesome technique as it processes the memory, so when you think of the trauma it feels like is a far distant memory, and has no more power over emotions or behaviours.

EMDR therapy tends to require fewer sessions, and is also less intrusive and distressing than current conventional treatments, as there is no need to talk about details of the trauma. It has been shown to be effective in many scientific studies, and is recommended by the World Health Organisation.


Question 2: What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a therapy that uses a natural physiological state of the mind which alters the normal everyday state of consciousness into a trance-like state which facilitates the subconscious mind to accept suggestions about almost anything relating to a person's thoughts, feelings, actions, physical reactions, and social interactions. It is not an unconscious state and but a blissful, euphoric state from which can you can awaken from at any time.

The list of conditions that have been treated with Hypnotherapy are endless. Some of the common ones include:

• Increasing confidence, performance, self-worth, motivation;
• Managing stress, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, phobias;
• Addressing addictive and difficult behaviours.


Question 3: What is Rapid Resolution Therapy?

Rapid Resolution Therapy® (RRT) is a relatively new type of treatment using hypnotherapy for healing from trauma. Developed by Dr. Jon Connelly, RRT is designed to help individuals permanently overcome the negative effects of trauma with a fast and relatively painless approach. RRT is often touted as a revolutionary treatment for trauma recovery and emotional healing.

The process – which often takes as few as 1 to 3 sessions – helps individuals get their lives back on track practically effortlessly. RTR combines hypnosis, guided imagery, stories, and multilevel communication to eliminate the challenging effects of trauma. By quickly getting to the root of the problem, negative and troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviours are quickly replaced with ones that are healthy and positive. This is not emotionally painful as it is not necessary to talk about the details of the trauma event.

As far as I am aware I am currently the only Australian who has completed training in RRT.


Question 4: What is OldPain2Go?

OldPain2Go is a therapy which removes or reduces persistent pain. It is a recent therapy developed by Steven Blake who maintains that pain is a complex calculation made in the brain to send an appropriate message to the area of the body that needs attention. A Certified OldPain2Go® Practitioner can help you to challenge if the pain message is still appropriate and this typically results in lower pain levels or total removal of that Old Pain Message.

OldPain2Go® is based on the latest in scientific knowledge and the body’s natural ability to self-heal, it provides a safe and effective way to a better life.


Question 5: What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being aware in the present moment, by being the ‘Observer’ of ourselves instead of the ‘Thinker’. By being the ‘Observer’, we align our attention with our immediate inner and outer sensory experiences, and not our thoughts. By aligning with our inner self, we experience peace, calmness, and the wise part of ourselves. This inner self is always available, it just becomes overshadowed by thoughts, emotions, and our focus on the external world - just as we know the sun is always shining, even when it is obscured by clouds or fog. When we have this inner awareness, we become more conscious, and realise we have a profound inner resource to cope with the stresses and inevitable fluctuations in the external world.

Thoughts are always about the past or future, and they tend to be negative, triggering emotional reactions of depression and anxiety. When one is totally present in the body, there is no thought. When thoughts arise, we can use them as a reminder to become ‘present’ again and start to recognise that most thoughts are just words floating though our awareness - just words we give meaning to, often negative meanings that we have internalised from our childhood. Mindfulness is not about controlling our thoughts - thoughts do seem to have a life of their own - rather not allowing thoughts and emotions to control us.


Question 6: What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Meditation is a mindfulness practice - just as we have to experience the taste of sweetness, so it is difficult to describe the bliss that is possible in the human experience though meditation, until we try it for ourselves. Even then it cannot be remembered, only experienced in the present.


Question 7: What is the cost of sessions?

The first session - approximately 90 mins --- $120
The second and subsequent sessions --- $100
Package of 5 Sessions --- $400

GROUP MINDFULNESS MEDITATION SESSIONS AND INTERNET SESSIONS AVAILABLE

*Concessions available for low income earners