Hypnotherapy – Ego State Therapy (EST)

Ego State Therapy (EST) is a psychotherapy that views the human personality as being composed of a number of parts, or sub-selves, that constitute something like an internal family.  It was developed by John and Helen Watkins as a form of hypno-analysis and is mostly conducted when patients are in formal trance.  It is a highly effective treatment modality.  One of the advantages of EST is that it can deal with deep unconscious structure.  It also has the capacity to produce deep changes in personality structure in a relatively short period of time.

Hypnotherapy – Medical Hypno-analysis


Medical Hypno-analysis has as a basic premise that a symptom represents the survival response of the subconscious mind to a perceived threat.   Analysis is done in formal trance to identify the perceived threats which have become frozen in the subconscious mind.  When the subconscious mind, which is compelled to ensure our survival, realizes that these threats no longer exist, it can let go of the symptom or survival response.

Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT)

BWRT – created by Terence Watts in 2011- is an innovative and exciting new therapy, creating long-lasting results.  It presents a new view of the subconscious mind- one that is very “user-friendly” and easy for the client to understand.  It is a new model of psychology and psychopathology that fits comfortably with current neuroscientific thinking.  BWRT is solution-focused and evidence-based, and extremely effective.  Change is brought about in the minimum amount of sessions, compared to other therapeutic systems.  It operates on the principle that our brains respond to events and make decisions even before we are physically aware of them.  The brain is however adaptable and capable of learning in a fast and efficient way.  No unnecessary  questions are asked, no time is wasted.  The focus is on changing neurology with neuroscience.  The methodology is quick, painless and highly effective.

Eye Movement Integration (EMI)

EMI is a brief therapy technique involving the use of eye movements in the treatment of trauma.  It is amazingly rapid in its effects, freeing clients from the burden of unresolved memories of almost any form of trauma.  EMI provides a method to facilitate access to the client’s traumatic memories, incorporating all the fragmentary recollections of the trauma into an integrated whole.  This enables the client to place the trauma into perspective as part of his/her personal history, and not as an ongoing source of distress in the present.

Brain spotting

Brain spotting as developed by David Grand,  is closely related to the EMI in the sense that it also uses the field of vision to access traumatic memories.  It is hypothesized that points in the visual field correspond to parts of the brain.  Brain spotting is a tool used to neurobiologically locate, focus, process and release experiences and symptoms which are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its capacity for language and recognition.

Somatic Experiencing (SE)

Somatic Experiencing was developed by Peter Levine and can be described as a highly effective psycho-biological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress.  Not only does SE provide a framework to assess where a person is stuck in the fight, flight, freeze or collapse responses to trauma, but also provides tools to resolve these fixated psychological states.

Resource Therapy

Resource Therapy (RT) was developed by Prof Gordon Emmerson.  The strength of RT lies in its ability to treat long standing psychological problems immediately and effectively within the therapeutic hour.  A session literally starts with the therapist asking the client: “What are you ready to change today?”.  Resource Therapy is a brief trauma informed strength-based therapy  based on the premise that the personality is made up of many different parts, referred to as Resources.  The part that presents an issue in therapy is most often not the part needing change.  The presenting part is usually just reporting, or complaining, about another part of the personality, such as the part that get anxious, or the part that tends to overeat and so forth. The Resource Therapist is focused on bringing that part of the personality needing healing into the therapeutic process to work with it directly.  RT facilitates  quicker, deeper, and longer lasting change.


I assist my patients in the development of mindfulness.  I use Rob Nairn’s definition of mindfulness:   “Mindfulness can be defined as knowing what is happening while it is happening, no matter what it is.”  Mindfulness is a deep broadening of the mind that increases sensitivity and perceptiveness.  It increases one’s self-awareness, which is the capacity to first see and know and understand what is going on inside one’s own mind, and then to know what is going on around oneself.    Through the development of mindfulness the ground for profound inner growth is prepared, and we experience deeper states of consciousness.  We learn how to be in the moment, which is after all where life itself happens.

The pictures above have been used courtesy of: UNSW Sydney; Crown House Publishing; Bill Ronan Hypnotist and LICSW; @ Home Life Learning; Blue Earth awakening; Somatic Center.