Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals who have undergone a procedure designed to relax them and focus their minds.

Although hypnosis has been controversial, most clinicians now agree it can be a powerful, effective therapeutic technique for a wide range of conditions, including pain, anxiety and mood disorders. Hypnosis can also help people change their habits, such as quitting smoking.
— Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology

Hypnotherapy is guided hypnosis, or a trance-like state of focus and concentration achieved with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist. This trance-like state is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even one's own thoughts or meditations. In this state, clients can turn their attention completely inward to find and utilize the natural resources deep within themselves that can help them make changes or regain control in certain areas of their life.


  • Anxiety

  • Bad habits

  • Smoking

  • Weight loss

  • Unresolved anger, events, emotions or trauma

  • Loss of control

  • Phobias


Sonya Lee is our Hypnotherapist at Southside.

Sonya Lee (Hypnotherapist and Naturopath)

Sonya Lee (Hypnotherapist and Naturopath)

HYPNOTHERAPIST Treatment Techniques

Although there are different techniques, clinical hypnotherapy is generally performed in a calm, therapeutic environment. The therapist will guide you into a relaxed, focused state and ask you to think about experiences and situations in positive ways that can help you change the way you think and behave. Unlike some dramatic portrayals of hypnosis in movies, books, or on stage, you will not be unconscious, asleep, or in any way out of control of yourself. You will hear the therapist’s suggestions, but it is up to you to decide whether or not to act on them.

HYPNOTHERAPY - Frequently Asked Questions


Contrary to popular belief, people under hypnosis are in total control of themselves and would never do anything they would normally find highly objectionable.


Not everyone is susceptible to hypnosis. Some people seem to possess a trait called “hypnotisability” that, like other traits, varies greatly among individuals. To be successfully hypnotised, a person must want to undergo the process voluntarily and also possess at least a moderate degree of hypnotisability.

what happens during hypnosis?

A Clinical Hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to enable the client to achieve a state of mental, physical and emotional relaxation. When in hypnosis, the conscious mind (that busy, critical, analytical part of the mind) takes a rest. Hypnosis allows people to tap into the storehouse of information that lies in the subconscious (sometimes referred to as the unconscious) mind and make positive changes to thought patterns, habits or the effects of traumatic incidents that are having a negative impact either mentally or physically.

How many sessions will I need?

This is hard question to answer accurately as every person and every condition is different. It is suggested that you discuss this with your hypnotherapist either prior to or during your first consultation.

How long will MY treatment take?

All appointments run for approximately 1 hour, unless your hypnotherapist books you in for a longer session.

Urgent support

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please use the available services below (all phone numbers are 24/7):

If a life is in danger call 000 - Website
Mental health emergency call 13 14 65 - Website
beyondblue (depression, anxiety) call 1300 22 4636 - Website
Lifeline (crisis support, suicide prevention) call 13 11 14 - Website

If you have any questions about the hypnotherapy service provided at Southside Clinic please call us on 1300 10 11 22