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New focus: Adelaide GP brings in hypnotherapist for first time

14 January, 2014

A general practice clinic in Adelaide has embraced hypnotherapy as an alternative medicine for its patients to help with addictions, weight management and anxieties.

The Garden Clinic Family Medical Practice has found that hypnotherapy can be a useful alternative medicine for patients who are not in favour of certain drugs to treat them and for patients to have more options which are safe and effective.

These include addictions like smoking, alcohol and gambling but also cover weight loss and anxiety and even dealing with stress or grief, as well as premature ejaculation and impotence.

Some of the potential benefits to using hypnotherapy are said to include: helping patients quit smoking without the need of Champix or nicotine patches etc; effectively treating organic impotence and premature ejaculation; removing phobias and anxieties; helping to motivate patients to lose weight and eat and exercise sensibly; and helping with patients who have lost a loved one or who are coping with depression; helping with stress and stress-related issues.

The Garden Clinic Family Medical Practice hypnotherapist, Clive Westwood is fully qualified with the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and is a member of the Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy, as well as being on the Australian National Hypnotherapy Register.

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brunibrewin | Thursday, January 16, 2014, 1:23 PM
It is pleasing for me (President Emeritus of the Australian Hypnotherapists' Association - AHA), having spent many years on the National Executive promoting the art and science of hypnotherapy to finally see that some medical practitioners are embracing this very powerful tool to assist their patients. The problem has always been that some training organisations accredit their own courses by setting up their own associations. National organisations such as the AHA - the largest non-profit organisation that evaluates members training,has members in all States. Minimum training for Clinical Membership requires 600 hours with peripheral counselling/psychological processing knowledge to be a member. An interesting note here is that Doctors and Psychologists back in the early 50's were trained in hypnotherapy by non-medical people who worked together teaching each other their disciplines. It is a shame that changed, we could still no doubt have a lot to share with each other. Some training organisations now have VETAB accredited courses that teach over 1,000 hours for a Diploma in Hypnotherapy. That wasn't available to me back in 1989, so instead I did an Individual, Couple and Family Counselling course with UNIFAM in those early days - evaluated as a member of PACFA/on the ARCAP register, now having 25 years of clinical experience with all issues mentioned above including having worked with IBS, trichomilliamania, encephilitis, arrythmia, survivors of child abuse and trauma etc. We need to understand that the profession of hypnotherapy is elevating from the previous concept of stage hypnosis to therapy in hypnosis. This September the AHA are having a World Conference in Sydney celebrating 65 years of foundation of the AHA. This conference is focused on Medical Hypnosis, with Key Note speakers, Prof.Peter Whorwell (IBS) and Dr Alan Brast (Cancer) and presenters like Dr Dan Nightingale (Specialist in Demntia). Those doctors wishing to learn more about hypnosis are able to find out more by contacting the AHA on
Katherine Ferris | Friday, January 31, 2014, 3:50 PM
As I recall, it was just a few short years ago that legislation in South Australia was passed to formally legalise the practice of Hypnosis. At the time I was the National Secretary of the Australian Hypnotherapists' Association - AHA. It is now very gratifying to see the acceptance of hypnosis spreading through the State and right through to the mainstream Medical Practices.