Australian private health funds that cover Hypnotherapy

As a hypnotherapist with membership with the Australian Hypnotherapists Association, you may be eligible for discounts through your private health provider. I keep my fees low, but if you can get a discount, that’s even better! These health fund lists change regularly, so it’s best to check with your health fund provider and contact myself to see if you are eligible.

Australian Health Management (AHM) AHM only cover stop smoking and limits are set by the level of cover the client has and they must have “lifestyle packages”.

CBHS Health Fund

CUA Health Fund The client must have a doctor’s letter/referral advising that they are having hypnotherapy for stress management, weight loss or quit smoking. Benefit will cover up to $200 per family per year.

GU Health (Grand United Health)

Health Care Insurance Limited They cover Quit Smoking and Weight Loss programs only and they only provide a benefit of up to $150 per year. The client will have 2 options for weight management and stop smoking. They can go via a “health maintenance claim form” that can be down loaded from the website and must be signed by their GP to cover up to $200 and then they can also go via their “Natural Health Therapy cover for up to a further $300. Their Natural Health Cover section covers all other issues apart from the stop smoking and weight management. A claim via their Natural Health Therapist Cover does not require a GP signature.

Health Partners

Medibank Private Hypnotherapy rebates are only available to Medibank Private Members that were members prior to April 2011 and opted for package bonus. The package bonus allows their members to pick what they want to cover in their package bonus when they join. Bonuses accumulate at $50 per year total for the auxiliary package. Once they’ve spent it, they start all over again and will not get benefits again that year.

Navy Health Fund

Queensland Country Health Will only cover hypnotherapy for weight loss or quit smoking under their healthy living benefit on the Extras cover.

Phoenix Health Fund

rtHealth Fund (Formerly Railway and Transport Health Fund Ltd)

Reserve Bank Health Society

Teachers Federation Health

This is how hypnosis changes your brain to beat cravings and addictions.

Once cravings and addictions take hold, they are literally wired into our brain and the reward centre making it super difficult to just stop and give up. It doesn’t matter if it’s cigarettes, sugar, food or alcohol (as in the case here), once it’s a hard-wired habit, it’s very hard to break.

Hypnotherapy is something that has incredible results for cravings and addictions. There are a few different methods that can be used in hypnosis to overcome your cravings and one of them is to have a clear aversion or dislike to that which you previously craved.

The treatments are well tolerated by patients and have generated multiple treatment-outcome reports of one-year abstinence rates of contacted patients in the range of 60% to 70%

(Elkins, 1991; Frawley & Howard, 2009; Revusky, 2009)

These are the scans of a lady who had a specific drinking habit and through hypnosis was able to beat this addiction through replacing the addictive thoughts with beliefs of aversion to alcohol.

When in a state of hypnosis, you are literally in a different space and you are able to learn new ways of behaving in the future. There is a part of the brain that doesn’t know the difference between what is real, and what is imagined, and hence, when you practice new behaviors in hypnosis, these become the basis for new habits. It’s important to work with a good therapist that can get you into the perfect hypnotic state and assist with creating the right imagery for the best results and lasting change.

“I think we have pretty definitive evidence here that the brain is working differently when a person is in hypnosis,”

said Dr. David Spiegel, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford who has studied the effectiveness of hypnosis

If you would like to change those addictions and cravings using hypnotherapy, then reach out. I help people all over the world beat addictions and cravings with the power of hypnosis at an affordable rate.

Namaste Janine


How re-framing can help change bad habits including binge eating and smoking.

One of the main tools we use in hypnotherapy is re-framing. It enables clients to look at their past and their behaviors in a new light and gain a new perspective. When we keep viewing the past with the same eyes, we create the same story, the same thought processes, and the same patterns, keeping us stuck in our habits.

For example, when a smoker starts to feel stressed, their smoking program “switches on” and activates the thoughts, feelings and behaviors associated with that pattern that makes the person leave the stressful situation and go outside and have a smoke.
In the case of a binge eater, when they start to feel stressed or emotional, the ‘binge pattern’ will activate based on past experiences, and they will open the fridge door and grab whatever is there that will alleviate their stressed or emotional feeling through food……because it has worked in the past.

Re-framing is used when there is a secondary gain at play. If keeping you eating helps to relieve stress, that’s what will continue to occur until a better solution is found. The same with smoking. If smoking creates an escape from the stress, to the subconscious mind, that’s a positive and a proven tool to alleviate stress, so until a better alternative is available, trying to quit cigarettes using will power alone, will be difficult.  

When we carry out re-framing in hypnosis, we look at new ways of behaving more appropriately to deal with the core issue, in the examples, it’s the stress. The client is always in control and they choose the new behaviors they would like to carry out.
If it’s smoking, they may choose to take a deep breath and calm naturally or they may stop and have a drink of water until the stressful feeling goes away.
With binge eating, it may be to go for a walk, or call a trusted friend if they start feeling emotional.
Re-framing is powerful because it gives you choice. It’s gives you new options to behave in new ways and not just become a slave to your habits. Yes, you can do this consciously, however when you carry out re-framing in hypnosis, it is much easier and quicker!

In hypnosis, we also carry out future pacing, where you can visualize the newly constructed patterns of behavior within relevant future contexts. Imagining and feeling the new behaviors playing out is so powerful. It allows you to re-wire your brain and create new neural pathways. The brain doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is imagined which is why working in hypnosis is so powerful for changing habits, and why so many people quit smoking and lose weight with the help of hypnotherapy.

Are you ready to change your bad habits and start creating better ones?
Then get in touch!
Namaste, Janine

Mindfulness and Relaxation Bedtime Hypnosis

I hope you enjoy this free 33 minute hypnosis session for mindfulness and relaxation. This has been created for you to listen to as you are drifting off to sleep for maximum benefit.

Namaste Janine

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How to get the weight loss results you want using hypnotherapy.

Lately, I’ve had an influx of weight loss clients coming in to see me due to all other methods failing them. Issues around weight can have a number of different reasons behind them. Not having emotional needs met when younger can lead to emotional eating, or using food as a protective mechanism to keep potential partners away so as not to get hurt again or using food as an escape from feeling anxious or stressed. There are a number of different reasons behind weight issues that must be all bought to the conscious mind in order to be healed, so that when the client is triggered, they don’t fall back into the same overeating patterns or safety behaviors that led to the weight issues in the first place.

To ensure success in your weight loss endeavors there are a few things that need to be done in order to sustain lasting change.
We need to identify and change old behavior patterns, heal core issues formed in the past and create new behaviors. Easy! Oh, and we also need to make sure that our reasons for wanting to lose the weight are greater than our desire to stay unhealthy, keeping in mind any secondary gains or safety behaviors that may be at play……easy!

When you are trying to tackle weight loss alone understanding all the potential emotional reasoning behind it, it’s a difficult journey to do by yourself. You need attention to detail to be able to identify and pull away at all those pathways attached to the core issue. You need to be able to look at everything with a fine toothed comb, remove what is no longer serving you and recreate yourself from the ground up with an entirely new belief and value set, usually one that ensures that you know that you are worthy of love and being love.
The percentage of weight loss clients I have that have that have beliefs of not being loved or feeling worthy of love is huge. If we truly loved and valued ourselves, we would look after our health and want the best for ourselves. Even just making changes around this belief can have positive affects on your weight loss journey.

I am a thorough hypnotherapist when it comes to weight issues and indeed all stress and anxiety issues. My goal is always for my client to walk away happy, healed and in a much better space than when they came in to see me. Because I am so thorough, we do unravel a number of patterns that enables my clients to free up space to start creating new positive behaviors. These behaviors can be practiced in the safety of hypnosis and because the brain doesn’t know the difference between what is real or what is imagined, these new positive habits can begin to be programmed from your first hypnotherapy session. This is what makes hypnotherapy so powerful, we can start programming your mind for success from the very first session. Visualizing and experiencing your new life at your ideal weight. Feeling what it’s like to be this new, positive person that loves and approves of themselves. It’s a powerful experience and hence why there is so much success with hypnotherapy and weight loss.

In my opinion, the key to being successful in weight loss is having great support and a clear vision of the future that you want. If you would like a helping hand on your weight loss journey, I offer both online (zoom or Skype) and in person sessions (Gold Coast) which you can book here. or contact me direct.

Wishing you lots of love and success! Namaste, Janine

Does hypnosis for weight loss work?

I’ve had a number of clients lately approach me for hypnotherapy services to assist them with their weight loss issues. I have a few clients who have used hypnosis for other things like anxiety or stop smoking, and they already know the benefits of hypnosis, so there isn’t an issue there. However, people who are new to hypnotherapy and who don’t understand the nuts and bolts of the practice, will often ask;
“Does hypnotherapy work for weight loss?”

Short answer is yes! There has been many studies carried out detailing positive results for hypnosis and weight loss.

“Early studies from the 90s found that people who used hypnosis lost more than twice as much weight as those who dieted without the cognitive therapy.”

When you understand that hypnosis is just about accessing the subconscious mind, where all your emotions, habits and addictions are located, this is the space you NEED to be in to make lasting change and hence why hypnosis works for weight loss.

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“And because hypnotherapy addresses the subconscious—instead of just the conscious—it may be more effective. In fact, a study analysis from 1970 found hypnosis to have a 93 percent success rate, with fewer sessions needed than both psychotherapy and behavioral therapy. “This led researchers to believe that, for changing habits, thought patterns, and behavior, hypnosis was the most effective method,” Friedmutter says.”

It’s important to keep in mind that results do vary for each individual. If the weight is keeping the client safe and protected from past trauma, then that weight is not going to come off easily without some decent therapy work, where hypnotherapy can be of even more benefit to that particular client, if they are ready to do the work.
Some clients may have a particularly negative outlook and their ailment may be more beneficial to keep rather than journey through the pain of change. However, for some people, once they understand the unconscious secondary gains of keeping the weight (protection, don’t have to socialize etc) it can help then make super fast improvements in their weight loss journey.
Hypnotherapy helps on all levels. Both consciously and subconsciously. It helps you to understand more about yourself, your habits and your hidden beliefs that you hold about yourself.

Are you ready to uncover your underlying drivers that are stopping you from losing the extra and weight and are you ready to gain a positive, healthy lifestyle!? Get in touch 🙂

Namaste Janine xx

Are you still struggling with cravings?

I’ve had several clients who have quit smoking but are still struggling with the cravings. Even years after quitting, the cravings and old habits of smoking are an exhausting, daily battle to overcome.
The reason why people still struggle with cravings is because the underlying issues behind the smoking haven’t been addressed. This is the same with overeating and many other addictive behaviors. It is also the reason why some smokers gain weight after quitting. They haven’t dealt with the core issue of why they smoke which is often a safety behavior to flight, or avoid a situation. When this isn’t resolved, the body will find another distraction like overeating or even manifesting an illness to get out of and avoid what is perceived to be, a negative situation.
CBT is a great method to help heal the core issues around stress and anxiety, however when combined with hypnotherapy, results are a lot quicker, (and more enjoyable in my opinion!)

If you are still struggling with cravings, it’s best to see a professional because they deal with this sort of issue on a daily basis, and can give you all the tools you need to quickly resolve the issue. You’ve done the hard work of quitting, so now cross the finish line and heal those core issues to really feel the achievement of quitting cigarettes for good!

If this resonates with you or anyone you know who is still struggling with addiction, please reach out.
Namaste, Janine xx

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What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis is a very relaxed state of being. It’s a completely natural state and we go in and out of hypnosis daily. Here are a few examples that you should recognize-

-Daydreaming or lost in thought
-When “in the zone” playing sports
-Engrossed in a really good movie
-Doing something repeatedly like a barista making coffee after coffee
-Driving a car and you can’t remember exactly how you got to where you are.
Anytime you are intensely focused on a task, you’ll enter the hypnotic state.

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Hypnosis is not sleep. There is always a level of awareness there, and for that reason, you can never do anything that you don’t want to do. You are always in control during hypnosis.

So what does hypnosis feel like?
Although everyone experiences the hypnotic state differently, most people commonly report that it’s wonderfully relaxing feeling. Some hypnotherapists report clients not wanting to come out of trance! (They have to eventually!)
There is often a sense of detachment or distance from the mind and the body whilst in trance. A little rest from the thoughts and ideas that make up the concept of the self can be extremely liberating for some people, which is why meditation is such a powerful tool these days.

There are different levels of trance, from light to very deep states of trance which vary due to a number of factors, but regardless of which level you get to, you’ll always be where you need to be for healing to occur. Generally speaking, the deeper you are in trance, the more relaxed you are, but even a light state of trance feels divine!

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If you’re interested in learning more about hypnosis to experience deeper states of relaxation, then please get in touch.
All hypnosis is self hypnosis and it’s a skill that can be taught in a couple of sessions to help you find those deeper states of relaxation when you need it.
Namaste, Janine xx

Ready to Quit? How hypnotherapy can help you stop smoking.

When you’re ready to quit smoking, hypnotherapy is a beneficial tool that can assist you to stay motivated and on track as a non smoker. The reason hypnotherapy works so well is because it can tap into your unconscious beliefs and habits that are keeping you trapped as a smoker and speak directly with that unconscious part of the mind. Hypnosis allows access to that deeper part of the mind where true change can happen which is why many people have found success using hypnotherapy when they want to quit.

Here’s some common questions answered about hypnotherapy and stop smoking sessions just to clear a few things up. These are also the questions that the Quit line recommend asking so you can make a clear, well informed decision.

What’s involved in a session?
The first part of the session is information gathering and working through your smoking profile, your triggers, your blocks and ensuring that you want to quit. The 2nd part of the session is the trance work where we work with the subconscious mind and flood it with positive suggestions and images. If further sessions are required, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) will be used.

How many sessions will I need?
Yes, most people do only need 1 session, however everyone is unique with different life experiences and some people will benefit from a couple of sessions. Usually no more than 3 sessions for smoking.

Does Hypnotherapy work?
Hypnosis has worked for many, many people and the evidence is out there! Hypnosis is essentially communication between your subconscious and conscious mind, so if you truly want to quit and are truly ready to become a non smoker on both levels, then there should be no reason why you would continue smoking. If you are still craving cigarettes after the 1st session, then more work will be needed to discover the underlying drivers. You’ll also be given all the tools you need to help you quit successfully.

What’s expected of the client?
As well as participation in the hypnotherapy session, an MP3 will be given to you with a general quit smoking session which you can listen to in order to reinforce the suggestions. We give you additional information to help keep you motivated to stay smoke free too!

What are your qualifications and training?
I have a certification in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy through ICHP, an internationally recognized training facility since 1979 specializing in traditional hypnosis, NLP and CBT. I personally also have training in meditation, yoga, and theta healing and also study Buddhism.

How much does a stop smoking hypnotherapy session cost?
I offer a free 15 minute initial consultation and then sessions are only $90 online or $120 in my clinic on the Gold Coast. If you only need 1 session, that’s a very affordable way to help kick the smoking habit! I also have a 2 session stop smoking package to provide additional support on your journey to becoming a non smoker which my clients have found beneficial too.

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“Before you heal the body and its symptoms, you must first heal the mind.”


Why you’re experiencing resistance when moving towards your goals.

Do you ever have a goal in mind only to find that when you start to bring this goal to life that you are constantly hit with resistance in all it’s forms? Feeling blocked, procrastinating and distraction are all forms of resistance and they make progress a lot harder than it needs to be!

I think we all know someone that has tried losing weight or tried to quit smoking.
They had all the motivation in the world to achieve their goals but something got in the way. Perhaps a super stressful event occurred. Or maybe a special event happened where they felt that they couldn’t say no to a cigarette or that extra piece of chocolate cake. These little temptations are a part of a larger resistance in our inner world. It’s not the outer world that is too blame. It’s actually our beliefs, thoughts and feelings around them that can be difference between success of a goal or succumbing to that piece of chocolate cake!
An example may be that if a person has a deep belief that “it’s rude to say no” and that when you are rude, “no one will like you”, and when no one likes you, then you can’t survive. So when that person says no to that cigarette, they are not just saying no to a cigarette. They are triggering a whole belief system that’s trying to keep them alive. They have to work through the belief system, the thoughts and feelings and reprogram the mind with new, positive and encouraging thought processes.

In order for us to achieve our goals in life, whatever it may be, we must make sure that we have as little resistance to that goal as possible. We must be aligned with that goal on all levels of our being.

If you want to be a fit, healthy person, you may need to heal the part of you that wants to binge late at night. If you want to be a non smoker, you must have an image of how a non smoker behaves and start acting accordingly.

If you do encounter resistance on the way to your goal, recognize that you have some inner work to do and ask yourself “Why am I resisting this?” “What am I afraid of?” “What do I need to feel safe moving forward?”
Once you do break free from these old safety patterns, you’ll know because life will move a little more easily. It should flow effortlessly. And if any resistance comes up, then that’s OK, it just means that there’s a little more work to do. Some of these beliefs run a lot deeper than surface level and often these actions are safety behaviors which can be tricky to overcome, but not impossible with the right help.

If you need help moving past any resistance in your own life, I’d be more than happy to help you uncover those hidden beliefs that are getting in the way of your success no matter where you are in the world.
Wishing you success and abundance!
Namaste, Janine xx