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Clinical Hypnotherapy

Posted on 8 October, 2019 at 20:00

There has been a growing number of patients presenting for consideration for clinical hypnotherapy so I thought it might be a good idea to oultine here a little information.   Typically these self-presenting or referred patients are wanting to overcome one or more specific challenges in their lives and are curious about how one's own mind power can be utlised to achieve their goal(s).   They may have tried other treatments with limited success or experienced treatment side effects.   They may come to me with some reservations but mostly they come with an open mind to explore their options.   Very few people these days would be so sceptical as to deny the mind-body connection.

The first thing to make clear is that hypnotisability is not a stigma of weak will or low intelligence.   Rather it is a sign of an alert, active and creative mind.   The more cooperative and imaginative you are, the better you will submit to hypnosis and the more profound the results.   Almost everyone (over 80 percent of people) can be hypnotised to some degree with 10 percent of people in the high range of hypnotisability and 10 percent in the low range.   Suggestibility testing can be done to determine where you align in this spectrum of responsiveness.

Going under hypnosis is a ‘willing’ art of achieving tremendous inner awareness, selective thinking and sensory dissociation. The best way to do this is not to do anything. Just relax your mind and body in stillness and listen to my voice guiding you.   

Please wear comfortable clothing to your hypnotherapy session. You will be reclining in an easy chair in a darkened room for approximately 30 minutes.   I am with you at all times.

To do the therapeutic work I use my voice to direct your body and mind into hypnotic trance.   Hypnotic trance is an altered state of consciousness which is natural and normal and in fact experienced by everyone everyday e.g. we are actually in a hypnotic trance when we are mentally engrossed in an activity such as watching a movie or reading a good book; e.g. when we daydream; e.g. when we "tune out" or "zone out" or when  we experience "time flies".  

When you are in hypnotic trance:

1. You are fully aware of your surroundings.

2. You are in control of your faculties.

3. You are not unconscious or asleep.

4. You don’t divulge any secrets, unless agreed to beforehand for purposes of hypno-analysis.

5. Your past is not probed, unless agreed to beforehand for purposes of hypno-analysis.

6. Your will not accept any suggestions contrary to your moral and ethical codes.

7. You are not made to do anything silly or unacceptable.

8. You are in a very comfortable state of tranquillity of mind and relaxation of body, accepting the suggestions that are beneficial to you, allowing them to sink into your subconscious mind.

9. If you consider your subconscious mind as a computer, in hypnosis it is ‘clear’ and ready to accept new and beneficial programming.

10. The programming can be done by you (as in self-hypnosis) or by the therapist with your consent.

Good to know things about after your hypnosis session:

Some people get the full benefit of hypnosis in the first few minutes of therapy while others require several sessions before they reap the benefits.

Even after the first session, you will find that the suggestions (both direct and in-direct) given under hypnosis will be unobtrusively influencing your feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a beneficial way.

You can expect to be pleasantly surprised by gentle positive changes. My suggestion is don’t challenge or rationalise, rather enjoy it and ‘go with the flow’.

I recommend to most patients that they have a trial of six sessions of half hour therapy, booked once a fortnight.   After this you should have a medical review appointment scheduled to discuss your progress and decide where to from here.

Please keep in mind if the therapeutic results are not as predicted, it suggests your subconscious mind is not ready to accept suggestions. This could be due to emotional ‘blocks’ or scars from the past, both of which may need to be explored and analysed in counselling therapy.

written by Dr Ison

Next available appointments are January 2020

Posted on 8 October, 2019 at 19:40

All appointments for the remainder of 2019 are now fully booked and we invite all our existing patients and newly enquiring patients to make appointments now for the New Year.   Just a reminder that one hour appointments are required for new patients having their Initial Health Assessment and for existing patients having their Annual Health Assssment.   The Wellness Clinic will be closed for Christmas after Friday 20th December 2019 (last working day) and will re-open in the New Year on Monday 13th January 2020.   Thank you.

Dr Ison on annual leave

Posted on 14 July, 2019 at 20:10

Dr Ison will be away overseas from July 16 - July 31, 2019.   She will be back to work on Thursday 1st August 2019.  The month of August is now fully booked.  Appointments are available from September.  For any acute care medical needs, please attend your local GP Medical Centre or Emergency Department.  Thank you. 

Welcome back in 2019!

Posted on 20 January, 2019 at 18:30

"Business as usual" commenced last week on Monday 14th January 2019.   Dr Ison's sessional hours are the same as in 2018 (Remember she doesn't work "Ws", that is not on Wednesdays or weekends).  Tanya is secretary on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and Kerri is secretary on Wednesdays and Fridays.  We hope all our patients enjoyed a lovely relaxing Christmas holiday break with their families and friends.   We look forward to attending with excellence to all your preventive health care needs this new year and beyond.

Festive season holiday closure

Posted on 4 December, 2018 at 6:10

Please be advised that Dr Ison will soon be on holiday leave from 12th December, 2018 for one month.   Secretarial staff will remain on duty, for administration only, until close of business on 22nd December, 2018.   The Wellness Clinic will then be closed, as is customary, for Christmas and New Year holidays.  We hope you enjoy a happy and peaceful Christmas holiday break in the company of family and friends!   The Wellness Clinic will resume business as usual on Monday 14th January, 2019.  Should you require medical attention whilst Dr Ison is away on leave, please attend either your local medical centre or hospital emergency department.

Genetic predisposition testing now available for the following health conditions :

Posted on 31 July, 2018 at 20:50

Age-related Macular Degeneration

Alzheimer’s Disease

Atrial fibrillation

Bipolar Disorder

Breast Cancer

Bowel Cancer

Coeliac Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease

Coronary Heart Disease

Crohn’s Disease

Diabetes Mellitus Type 1

Diabetes Mellitus Type 2



Lung Cancer


Multiple Sclerosis


Oesophageal Cancer (ESCC)

Parkinson’s Disease

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

Prostate Cancer


Restless Legs Syndrome

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Scleroderma (Limited Cutaneous Type)

Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cardia Adenocarcinoma)

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Venous Thromboembolism.

Ref: Viamedex Genetic and Drug Testing Laboratory;

53 available tests for gene carrier status

Posted on 31 July, 2018 at 20:50


Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum with Peripheral Neuropathy (ACCPN)

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease

BRCA Cancer Mutations (Selected)

Beta Thalassemia

Bloom's Syndrome

Canavan Disease

Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation Type 1a (PMM2-CDG)

Connexin 26-Related Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Cystic Fibrosis

D-Bifunctional Protein Deficiency

DPD Deficiency

Dihydrolipoamide Dehydrogenase Deficiency

Factor XI Deficiency

Familial Dysautonomia

Familial Hypercholesterolemia Type B

Familial Hyperinsulinism (ABCC8-related)

Familial Mediterranean Fever

Fanconi Anemia (FANCC-related)

G6PD Deficiency

GRACILE Syndrome

Gaucher Disease

Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1a

Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1b

Haemochromatosis (HFE related)

Hereditary Fructose Intolerance

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (MYBPC3 25bp-deletion)

LAMB3-related Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa

Leigh Syndrome, French Canadian Type (LSFC)

Limb-girdle Muscular Dystrophy

Maple Syrup Urine Disease Type 1B

Medium-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase (MCAD)

Mucolipidosis IV

Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (CLN5- related)

Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (PPT1-related)

Niemann-Pick Disease Type A

Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome

Pendred Syndrome


Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 2 (PH2)

Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata Type 1 (RCDP1)

Salla Disease

Sickle Cell Anemia & Malaria Resistance

Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome

TTR-Related Cardiac Amyloidosis

TTR-Related Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy

Tay-Sachs Disease

Torsion Dystonia

Tyrosinemia Type I

Usher Syndrome Type I (PCDH15-related)

Usher Syndrome Type III

Zellweger Syndrome Spectrum.

Ref: Viamedex Genetic and Drug Testing Laboratory;

What your genes can tell you about your addictive potentials

Posted on 31 July, 2018 at 20:45

Alcoholism (alcohol cravings)

Alcoholism (alcohol dependence)

Alcoholism (withdrawal seizures)

Cannabis dependence

Cocaine dependence

Cocaine-induced paranoia

Fatty food addiction

Gambling addiction

Heroin addiction

Nicotine dependence (tobacco addiction)

Salty food addiction

Sugar addiction.

For further information go to:

Ref: Viamedex Genetic and Drug Tresting Laboratory;

Curiouser and curiouser ...

Posted on 31 July, 2018 at 20:40

Did you know there are testable genetic markers for all of the following traits?

Alcohol flush; Asparagus odour detection; Back hair in men; Bald spot in men; Caffeine metabolism; Deep sleep; Digit ratio; Earlobe Type; Earlobe wax; Facial features; Lactose intolerance; Male hair loss; Muscle Performance; Newborn hair amount; Photic sneeze reflex; Sleep Movement; Taste preference and perception.

Ref: Viamedex Genetic and Drug Testing Laboratory;

Congratulations to our Nurse Grads!

Posted on 29 May, 2018 at 21:40

Annalese and Taryn, our lovely young secretaries in The Wellness Clinic, are moving on and up in their nursing careers!  Recently appointed as Assistant Nurses at local Healthscope Hospitals, we will now sadly be seeing less of them in the Clinic.  We wish them well for their future and much success in their professional endeavours!