Tuesday, 29 November 2016

My Diploma Weekend 4: Insomnia and Smoking Cessation

The two main interesting topic that I enjoyed in my Diploma Weekend 4 was Insomnia and Smoking Cessation.

According to SLEEPMED, in the course of any year, 20-40% of adults suffer from insomnia which is the most common sleep disorder, while 1 out of 3 people will have insomnia over their lifespan. We are taught thoroughly on how to take down a patient’s history. 

There are scripts provided to us which can be easily modified in order to suit our patient’s individual needs. We are also taught about the different strategies which will help our patient to form healthy habits which will reduce the number of sleepless nights and also improve sleep quality.
 Smoking is one of the leading threats to our physical well-being. 

According to WHO, tobacco has caused an estimated 6 million deaths per year, of which 90% of this is due to direct tobacco use while an estimated 10% is due to inhaling second-hand smoke. Smokers have tried other methods to be rid of this habit. However, the relapse rate is quite high and smokers have been looking for alternative methods to quit this habit and this provides a huge potential for the use of hypnotherapy. 

We are taught about this topic in detail. There is a step-by-step guide provided to us on how to take a patient’s history. We will go through all the reasons as to why they picked up the smoking habit and also question the patient’s motivation to quit the habit.

There is also discussion about the ethics when accepting patients. There are clear guidelines for us to follow on whether or not to take on the patient. Personally, I feel it is very important for therapists to have ethical practices as clear guidelines to guide them during their therapy practice.  

                                                                                                                            ~by Alex Chin

Thursday, 17 November 2016

MY STUDY EXPERIENCE by Alex Chin (current Diploma Student)

My first weekend into the Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy course brought a few surprises. The venue of the class was at NOCERAL UM and it was spacious and comfortable. It has the usual lecture hall setting where we can sit comfortably throughout the whole day. 

While the size of the class is just optimal, everyone can get undivided attention from the lecturer who is very open to any question from the floor. It is a very structured course where we are taught step-by-step on how to build a rapport with the patient and to take down the history of the patient in order for us to build a tailored therapy plan. 

Moreover, we are also being taught how to help the patient to identify their issues and set a realistic, workable goal for the patient to work on. It is very easy to follow even for those who have no experience in doing therapy work. They even stress the importance of ethical practice when doing therapy work as it is very important for patients to feel safe and comfortable to share the difficulties or issues they are facing and try to solve them in a very professional way. 

 As someone with a background in psychology, I feel that it is easy for those even with limited knowledge of psychology to follow through the course as all the important psychology principles are explained in great detail.

During the first weekend, we have been taught a very powerful script, which is the ‘Healing White Light’. It is specifically designed to stimulate the body’s own natural ability to heal. It is very useful in therapeutic work as it allows the therapist to install a very powerful suggestion to the patient that the body can find its own resources to speed up the healing process. 

It also helps the client to strengthen their own beliefs that they can face their issues confidently and solve them eventually. Self-hypnosis which is a very important tool in helping the patient is also being taught. It is very important for the patient to practice this on their own. This will speed up the healing process and reduce the sessions needed for therapy.

After learning each new technique, we practice it with our fellow course mates. I think it is very helpful that we can do some hands-on as it will enhance our learning while also allowing to us experience how is it like while doing our therapy work. Besides, we have the chance to clarify any difficulties we faced while we practice and get some valuable and useful feedback from the lecturer.

Overall, it is a very informative and fulfilling first class and I am looking forward to learning more in the coming months.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

HYPNOTHERAPY IN PREGNANCY & DELIVERY (True Life Testimony from a New Mom)

During the nine months of my first pregnancy, I had the privilege of experiencing hypnotherapy carried out by 2 well trained clinical hypnotherapists from the LCCH.  It was my first time and the experience I must say was something out of this world – simply amazing, very relaxing.  Initially, I was afraid of being pregnant – had my fears like any normal mothers would have when they are pregnant for the first time.  But all that was put to ease when I had my sessions with the therapists.
In fact, I enjoyed my pregnancy right till the time my baby girl was born on 6 July 2011.  I did not suffer from morning sickness as bad as some women go through.  But I did have my share of experiencing mild morning sickness.  How did I manage this?  Well, as the saying goes “it’s all in the mind” – I told myself that I will not allow nausea and vomiting to spoil my day, so I practiced self-hypnosis like how I was taught to do so.  Think positively and don’t let the feeling of nausea rule your mind.  The moment you think you want to vomit, believe me, you will trigger vomit.  So tell yourself that “No, I don’t want to vomit today no matter what happens” and you will not vomit – trust me, I did it and it worked for me.
I followed my therapists’ advice to always stay happy and cheerful.  I was also advised to always talk to my unborn baby.  I followed their advice and I realized that even during the time my baby was in my womb, whenever she moves around a lot which can cause some kind discomfort to a mother, I used to talk to her to slow down because mummy is feeling uneasy or mummy wants to sleep, she needs to go to work tomorrow – and immediately my baby used to stop her movement - I experienced this many times during my pregnancy.  There were also times when my baby did not move for some time and I became worried.  So I went to a quiet place in my home and spoke to my baby about my concerns.  I told her to move a little bit at least so that I know she’s alright – and she did. 
 My pregnancy went smoothly and I was hoping to deliver normally but due to my high sugar level, my gynaecologist decided to opt for C-section.  I practiced self hypnosis before and after my C-section. 
Before the surgery, I calmed myself by not thinking about the next day’s surgery, the pain I’m going to go through and how I’m going to go through motherhood, etc.  The next morning, I was all ready to welcome my firstborn and I was in fact proud of myself because I did not need any kind of consolation or encouragement from my husband or family members.  In fact, I smiled all the way to the operation theatre – why? Because I was looking forward to seeing and holding my baby – all the rest did not matter to me.  
After my C-section when I regained consciousness, I won’t lie to you but it was excruciatingly painful.  I fought the pain and did not allow it to ‘rule’ my life – how did I do that?  Back to self hypnosis – it played like a broken record in my mind over and over again – “I WILL NOT LET THIS PAIN RUIN MY MOMENT OF JOY WITH MY BABY – THE BABY IS ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME NOW “.  I remember my husband saying this to me at one point of time when one of the nurses came to poke me again and again because the saline drip was not functioning as it should.   He said “You have a very high resistance to pain – incredible”.  It’s true what he said, because I did not have ‘PAIN’ written all over my brains.  I fought it with a positive mental attitude or image.  The next day after my C-section, I did not wait for my gynaecologist or the nurse to tell me to get off the bed and start walking.  I did it on my own without any assistance.  I was determined to walk to the restroom and I did it successfully though the pain was really bad.  I did not let it deter me from walking.  My gynaecologist and family were surprised with my action but they were proud of me. 
I also recovered fast during my confinement.  With the right mental attitude and positive thoughts, any mothers can overcome whatever obstacles pregnancy and delivery puts forth to you because at the end of the nine-month journey, the fruit of your labour is your bundle of joy.  With that in mind, everything else takes a back seat. 
It is very important for mothers to be relaxed when feeding their babies especially if you are breastfeeding.  If you feel stressed, anxious, unhappy, your baby can somehow ‘feel’ your emotions and this is not good for the baby.  So relaxation is very important during breastfeeding and it is also the most amazing experience any woman can have in life.  I would encourage all mothers to breastfeed your babies as much and as long as you possibly can.  Here, self hypnosis plays an important role as well.  There are many myths surrounding breastfeeding but don’t let them influence your decision about breastfeeding.  With the right mental state and positive emotions, you know that breast milk is the best milk for your baby.  Feed your baby and the bonding between mother and baby begins from here. 
After my delivery and during my confinement period, like any new mothers, I too almost suffered from post-natal depression.  The pressures of being a new mother was too much for me to handle, moreover I had my baby after 14 years of marriage plus 3 miscarriages – this baby was very precious to me and of course my family.  I wanted to be a good mother but at the same time I had to put up with family pressure though I knew that everyone meant well and wanted the best for my baby.  I felt that unimportant (don’t get me wrong, I was not jealous of my baby getting all the attention) but I’m sure new mums out there will understand what I’m trying to say here.  I went through an upheaval of emotions and I almost reached the stage whereby I couldn’t take it anymore.  How did I handle this situation?  I went back to self hypnosis.  I calmed myself and reinforced in my mind that if I want to be an excellent mum to my baby and if I wish to enjoy motherhood, I need to stay healthy physically, mentally and emotionally.  I cannot let emotions rule my mind and my body to suffer the consequences.  So, I learned to relax by looking at my baby first thing in the morning when I wake up and telling myself that “I am going to enjoy my baby today and be her mum.  I will not anything ruin my day.”  So that was how I managed to alleviate depression without the use of medication/drugs – which I almost took.
To all the women out there, especially first time mums, you will hear a lot of horror stories about pregnancy, labour and confinement.  Don’t get turned off, become phobia and have fear in you because every pregnancy is different for every woman.  I personally enjoyed my pregnancy till the end.  Believe me, it is the most beautiful experience in the whole wide world which money cannot buy.  From the time you find out that you are pregnant, seeing your belly growing day by day, seeing your foetus developing week by week, month by month, planning and anticipating the arrival of your baby, choosing a name for your baby, etc, all these experiences are unique in its own way and gives us such joy that words cannot describe.  Despite all the discomforts, etc, I must say that I’m proud of myself for managing the symptoms well enough to lead my life as normal as I possibly can.  Of course, I must thank the LCCH for giving me the opportunity to experience hypnotherapy because without it, I cannot imagine how I would have gone through my pregnancy and labour.  I do admit that when I was first offered a session in hypnotherapy, I was very reluctant and doubtful of its benefit.  But after experiencing only two sessions and learning self hypnosis, I was able to control my mind and body to work well for me throughout my pregnancy.  Self hypnosis had taught me to accept my new role as a mother and my baby, self image (after pregnancy our body changes – some of us gain weight as well as other obvious changes to adapt to), have a positive outlook in life and enjoy life.
In summary, mind over matter, it all begins in the mind.  Feed it with positive thoughts and you will get positive results.  The mind body connection is very important.  What your mind thinks is how your body is going to react.  Always think positive and have the right mental attitude in everything you do.  Practice self hypnosis in your daily life and you will be surprised to see the amazing results.
Today, I have a happy, bubbly and cheerful baby girl, Abigail Anne Samson.  She’s a very calm baby and I could see the difference between her and other babies around me. 

I would encourage every pregnant mother out there to come and at least try out one session of hypnotherapy.  You will feel the difference and when your baby is born, you will know the difference as well. 

“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change”

~ Marie Mongan

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Psycho-Neuroimmunology (PNI) Mind Body Healing Workshop

This workshop is presented by Peter Mabbutt, Director of Studies of the LCCH and Dr Gayathri K Kumarasuriar, recipient of the Mahadevan Travelling Fellowship will be offering you a hands-on-tour of what is important in Mind Body Medicine.

The workshop is designed around a sumptuous tea allowing you to spend a relaxing three hours observing new methods, experiencing first hand and even trying out the methods of PNI or Mind Body Medicine.

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the LCCH, this workshop will be held at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort on 26 June 2011 between 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.  Registration fee is RM55.00 only.  Please contact 03-79606439/6449 to register or visit www.hypnosis-malaysia.com to download the brochure and registration form.

Monday, 13 June 2011


To start the fun filled run down for the Alumni Gathering, the LCCH has 9 tickets worth RM1,000 to give away.........................

Event  :  The Millionaire Mind - The Secret Psychology of Wealth

Speaker : T Harv Eker

Date : 17 - 19 June 2011

Value : RM1,000 (Free - 9 tickets)

These tickets will be offered in a lucky draw to everyone who has registered and paid for the Alumni Gathering before 15 June 2011 by 12 noon.

So those of you waiting for the traditional Malaysian last minute.........................................................

NOW .............................. IS THE TIME TO REGISTER

What you need to do are :

  • Ensure that your payment reaches Ms Mildred by 12 noon on 15 June for our confirmation.
  • Your names will be submitted into a lucky draw which will be drawn between 7 pm - 9.30 pm on 15 June and we will make the announcement to you.......
Good luck and warm wishes

Sunday, 15 May 2011


Hi every one!

Since so many of you are saying that you would like to acquire the hypnotherapy skills to work with children, Darren Roscoe, our U.K. expert on Children is offering a one time only evening workshop to top up your skills.  The next time Darren is in town, it would be a full day master class with full day charges.

Please do take advantage of the 3-hour evening workshop. In KL, the Workshop on Hypno-Learning - The Smarter Way of Helping Children Succeed will be held on 2
3 May 2011 (Monday).

Date : 2
3 May 2011

Venue : 
LCCH Office

Time : 7 pm - 9 pm

Fee : RM40.00 (for LCCH students) & RM50.00 (for non-LCCH students)

This workshop is designed to get you working with children.  Amongst the invited guests will be child psychologists and also paediatricians.

It would be great if you could give us a call to register since seats are limited and based on first come first serve basis.   Do call us at 03-7960 6439/6449 or email us at info@hypnosis-malaysia.com to request for the flyer and registration form.

We look forward to your support in making this workshop a success.  

Thank you

Sheila Menon FBAMH FBSCH
Principal & Director
LCCH (Asia)

Monday, 18 April 2011


    Dr Gaya says during hypnotherapy, the body is given rest from 
mental, physical and emotional distress



Our minds can help us heal our bodies. SUSHMA VEERA speaks to hypnotherapist Dr K. Gayathri on harnessing the benefits
HAVE you ever tried to go on a diet but failed miserably? Or have you tried to quit smoking, only to end up smoking more?

It is not you but your subconscious mind that is being protective of your body.

Raised eyebrows notwithstanding, psychiatrist Dr K. Gayathri of Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital, Sungai Petani, says one can achieve personal goals through hypnotherapy.

“Our subconscious mind is protective of our body. So, when you try to stop eating, it will tell you to eat, that your body needs food. Hypnosis can help to overcome unconscious obstacles which prevent you from losing weight and from keeping weight off after a successful diet.” 

The same goes for those who want to quit smoking or overcome a phobia.

“I used hypnosis to help overcome my fear of heights. It is not something I focus on every day as I am no mountain climber but my fear is not as it used to be.”

A recipient of the Mahadevan Travelling Fellowship, Dr Gaya, as she is fondly called, explains hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

“Hypnosis is the technique when you take a person into a trance state. In hypnotherapy, therapy is used as a method on a person who is in that state. 

“Hypnotherapists do not posses any special powers. The reality is that people have those powers in themselves. In hypnosis, we help them to access and release their hidden potential.

“During that state, the body becomes relaxed. Your body is given a rest from mental, physical and emotional distress that that has plagued you all day long.

This “rest” has so many benefits, especially if it is practised daily. 

She adds: “Some have the fear that they may reveal their secrets when they are hypnotised. This is not true. You are in an altered state of consciousness — one where your concentration is improved and your imagination is working for you and not dwelling on all the reasons why you will fail.

“As a branch of Mind Body Medicine, we get our mind to work on helping us heal our body, an adjunct to the medications we take in numerous medical conditions such as auto-immune and heart diseases, and renal and skin problems, and in some situations as sole therapy in palliative care. 

In a hypnotherapy session
The hypnotherapist will take down your case history to become familiar with your mindset and personality. Each hypnotherapy session is specifically designed for the patient. 

“Then we take the patient into hypnosis and manage the experience so that he is in the right depth of relaxation. The purpose is to use psychological and emotional resources. Using imagery and other techniques, we access the patient’s unconscious mind. The unconscious mind holds all the positive experiences, confident emotions and inner sense of wisdom. It is a useful tool in psychiatry. But it is also useful for mind-body healing since many of the body’s functions take place automatically or unconsciously.

“Using hypnosis, we have a method to slow down metabolism, reduce anxiety, improve blood flow and healing conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and panic disorder.”

Where her journey began
Although Dr Gaya admits that psychiatry was not her first choice of posting at the hospital, she has no qualms about it. 

“I have always loved children and requested for a posting in the paediatrics ward. I used to take ‘work’ home with me. When the children didn’t get well, I would worry about them at home. This started to affect me and my family life.

“Although I have a Master’s in Paediatrics, I realised that I was not cut out for that department,” recalls Dr Gaya, a medical graduate from Kasturba Medical College Manipal, Mangalore. After three years, Dr Gaya requested for a transfer.

From psychiatry to hypnotherapy
When there was an opening in psychiatrics in 1998, Dr Gaya thought, why not? After all, she has always liked topics relating to the mind and body.

“My early years in psychiatry taught me so much about human nature.”

In 2003, Dr Gaya was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. “My mother had it and she eventually died of cancer. I decided that was not going to happen to me as I have two young children.

“I knew that medication alone would not be enough. I recalled seeing a book — The Power of the Subconscious Mind — that my father used to read. 

“I became interested in hypnosis after reading it. Then, one day, as I was glancing through Medical Tribune magazine, I came across an advertisement about a clinical hypnotherapy course run by the London College of Clinical Hypnosis in Kuala Lumpur.”

Despite having to travel to Kuala Lumpur every month for classes, Dr Gaya’s husband encouraged her to join.

“That was four years ago and there has been no turning back since then. After my certificate, I planned to do my diploma so that I can use the learning on my patients. I diligently practised self hypnosis with imagery, and healed my gut.” 

She says that the course opened her mind to the power of hypnotherapy.

“I continued with my medication for colitis. But before hypnosis, there was constant inflammation. After hypnosis, it disappeared. To be healthy, I need to do hypnosis every day. This is a condition which medicine can control, not cure.” 

The fellowship
Subsequently, Dr Gaya was awarded the Mahadevan Travelling Fellowship and went to Harvard University to study at the Mind Body Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

Dr Gaya was supervised by Dr David Henderson, a psychiatrist and head of the Global Division (Chester Pierce Division) of Psychiatry in MGH. He is also a professor at Harvard University.

“I was shadowing many doctors but two — Professor Emeritus Dr Herbert Benson of the Benson Henry Unit of Mind Body Medicine in MGH and Dr Chester Pierce, a psychiatrist who founded the global division of psychiatry at MGH — have had an impact on my career.” 

Her experience there was an eye-opener on hypnotherapy and its vast benefits.

At home
“I have taught my two children what my late father taught me — use our subconscious mind to relax our body and set our goals.”

Dr Gaya says her boy aged 12 and daughter aged 10 would immediately recognise if she was trying the method on them.

“They ask: ’Amma, are you trying to hypnotise us?” she says, with a laugh.
Family is important to Dr Gaya and she tries to spend as much time as she can with her husband and children.

She enjoys gardening, travelling and reading books, including historical romances.

“It’s fictitious and funny, and I get to escape from the real world,” she says, a blush stealing into her cheeks.

DIY hypnosis guide

1. Find somewhere you are unlikely to be disturbed.
2. Set aside 10 to 15 minutes every day.
3. Make yourself comfortable.
4. Some people count down from 10 to one while some people focus on their breathing — slow your breathing down.
5. Lean back in you chair or bed and start to watch your thoughts come and go.
6. Find that moment of peace — provide a suggestion in a special hypnosis way. Hypnosis language uses your whole brain and is fast and effective.
7. Imagine yourself achieving your goal even if that is simply a sense of relaxation.
8. When you are finished, simply count from one to 10 and open your eyes.
9. If anyone disturbs you before then you can come wide awake.
10. Visit a qualified clinical hypnotherapist first so that you know exactly what to do.