Zen Hypnotherapy Auckland
Hi, I’m Maree owner of Zen Hypnotherapy and Counselling Auckland and Manukau. I’m a fully trained and qualified hypnotherapist, with diplomas in hypnotherapy and advanced clinical hypnotherapy. I operate a part time practice as well as volunteer as a telephone counsellor at Lifeline. In addition to hypnotherapy, I trained at the Auckland school of philosophy and spent 2 years learning the theory and practice of Mindfulness.
I am a member of the International Association of Councillors and Therapists and provisional member of the New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists.
What can Hypnotherapy or Counselling help with?
Why i became a Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness coach
I wanted to become a hypnotherapist because I have a passion for helping people, but why choose hypnotherapy specifically?
Having previously worked in the finance sector and also being a very analytical and scientific person, it was important to me that what I did was evidence based and scientifically proven to be effective, but more importantly knowing just how effective it is because of my own personal experience using hypnosis.
I used to be an extremely anxious person and consequently fearful of a lot of things, outward appearances can be deceiving and to most they didn’t see my inner turmoil. My fears manifested in different ways, I was a nail biter, I smoked, I was afraid of heights and flying, I had a social phobia …… and I avoided many situations that might involve pain or what I perceived as pain. I spent most of my life worrying about things that I didnt need to because most of the time they never eventuated.
My life changed forever when I became pregnant with our first child. I was determined to have a natural birth but was fearful of and did not want to experience the pain of childbirth, I researched options available and this lead me to hypnotherapy for child birth or “hypnobirthing”.
“I had the most amazing birth experience, I went through labour naturally and without any pain. The midwives notes say it all” ….. “She remains very calm and relaxed”, “it is difficult to tell when she is having a contraction”
My own experience using hypnotherapy was my inspiration to become a hypnotherapist and help others share in the same experience, Overcoming the anxiety and fears in my life, and using hypnosis for pain management has changed my life, I want to empower others to do the same.
From the moment my son was born, I knew that this was how I wanted to help others, what I didn’t know then was just how hypnotherapy can help with so many things!
In 2010 – 2011 I studied practical philosophy, where I learned the art of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the ability to focus on and observe your thoughts and emotions without judgement, in the present moment. Worry or concern about the past or future disappears and the result is a much calmer and stress free life . Having suffered from anxiety most of my life and in particular social anxiety, I noticed a huge benefit when practicing this simple exercise daily.
During our practice of mindfulness, we were in a very relaxed state similar to the state experienced in hypnotherapy. Not realising it at the time, what we were learning was very similar to self hypnosis, but it lacked something; making focused changes at a subconscious level.
I began combining mindfulness with hypnotherapy. I knew that this was a powerful, life changing combination. I know it works and how quickly it works, having used it successfully myself for pain relief & anxiety, I wanted to share this gift with others and so Zen Hypnotherapy was born!
One of the main teachings of Zen is mindfulness, and this is where the name Zen Hypnotherapy Auckland comes from. It is my goal in all sessions to teach clients self hypnosis and mindfulness, while working on specific issues so they can experience true relaxation and free themselves from unnecessary worry and stress as well as change thoughts and automatic behaviours at a subconscious level.
I am glad you are reading this because it means that you are ready to make a change or achieve some goals in your life, and I’m looking forward to helping you on your Hypnotherapy journey.
Qualifications and Professional Membership
You can relax knowing that you will be working with a qualified and professionally certified Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness coach.
I am a member of the International Association of Counsellors and Therapists.
There is a strict code of conduct and ethics which I must abide by to remain certified. Professional Membership requires annual certification to ensure that my knowledge and skills are kept up to date and in line with recommended best practice.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a safe process of communicating directly with the subconscious mind. The subconscious can be compared to the hard drive on a computer, everything you have learnt or experienced is saved there. Learning to walk, social interaction, beliefs, values, feelings, emotions,
long term memory and imagination. Most of our behaviours and automatic thoughts come from the subconscious. Hypnotherapy focuses on accessing that information and helping you to adjust the self
limiting behaviours and thoughts, replacing them with more useful ones. The techniques used go beyond just treating the symptoms and address the underlying issues, providing you with the tools to resolve them.
What does it feel like?
Hypnosis is a natural state that everyone enters during their day, while watching a movie, simply day dreaming, reading a book or drifting off to sleep. Because it’s a natural state, hypnosis is safe for every one. During hypnosis you can hear, move around, cough, laugh, cry, sneeze, and even open your eyes. Everyone’s experience of hypnosis is different, you may feel no different to when you are simply relaxing and daydreaming, or you may have a more profound experience.
What ever your experience is, there is no right or wrong way and most describe a feeling of deep relaxation after their session … I like to refer to it as a massage for your mind.
How Many Sessions will I need?
Everyone responds in different ways to hypnosis, success is dependent on both the client, the hypnotherapist as well as what the presenting issue is and what you are wanting to achieve.
Your goals will be discussed with your hypnotherapist in the 1st session and they will give you a realistic expectation on how many sessions you might need. As a general guideline, plan on between 2 – 5 sessions
Is it Safe?
The state of hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we all enter into several times a day, just before sleep, waking up and while daydreaming or when you are completely absorbed in a good book or movie. Because it is a naturally occurring state, it is completely safe.
What are your success rates?
Hypnotherapy is not a quick fix like Hollywood and stage shows often portray, it requires commitment and participation from you as well. Your hypnotherapist is a facilitator in allowing you to make the changes required and success is dependent on you being open to and accepting the suggestions made during your sessions and allowing them to happen. Everyone’s situation and circumstances are unique so it is impossible to give you any guarantees about your success specifically however the following success rates comparing hypnotherapy with other types of therapy were published by a doctor in Psychotherapy Magazine (Volume 7, No 1 Alfred A Barrios, PhD)
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