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Our code of Ethics

 

At Transform Clinical Hypnotherapy we are a partied to and participate in the Australian Hypnotherapy Associations Code of Ethics & Practice this constitutes the effective and appropriate use of our therapy skills that are for the benefit and safety of our client in his or her circumstances.

 

Therefore as members of the Australian Hypnotherapy Association we will:

 

  • Offer a non-judgmental professional service, free from discrimination, honouring the individuality of the client

  • Establish the helping relationship in order to maintain the integrity and empowerment of the client.

  •  Be committed to ongoing personal and professional development

  •  Ensure client understanding of the purpose process and boundaries of the hypnotherapy relationship.

  •  Offer a promise of confidentiality and explain the limits of duty of care.

  • For the purpose of advocacy, receive written permission from the client before divulging any information or contacting other parties.

  • Endeavour to make suitable referral where competent service cannot be provided.

  • Undertake regular supervision and debriefing to develop skills, monitor performance and sustain professional accountability.

  • Be responsive to the needs of peers and provide a supportive environment for their professional development

  • Not act as or practice legal counsel on behalf of or to a client when practicing as a hypnotherapist or act as an agent for a client.

  • Not initiate, develop or pursue a relationship be it sexual or non-sexual with past or current clients, within 2 years of the last counseling session.

  • Be responsible for our own updating and continued knowledge of theories, ethics and practices through journals, the association and other relevant bodies.

  • Be committed to the above code of ethics and recognise that procedures for withdrawal of membership will be implemented for breaches.

 

As part of Transform’s commitment to you the following provides a brief introduction to other support groups within NSW that can help you: (It is important to check your local area availability)

 

  • GROW Fellowship: a 12-step fellowship (i.e. Alcoholics Anonymous-like model) for people experiencing mental illness. Services include meetings across Australia. Phone 02 9569 5566

  • Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW provides a telephone support line from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm: 02 9879 2600 and monthly support groups across NSW for people with a mental illness and their carers along with a variety of other services. http://www.sfnsw.org.au/

  • The Richmond Fellowship of NSW is a statewide service and provides residential, rehabilitation and support services for people experiencing mental illness along with their families and friends. For more information on the Richmond Fellowship call the head office on 02 9701 3600 or view their website for specific services in metropolitan, regional and rural areas: http://www.rfnsw.org.au/

  • Anxiety Disorders Alliance runs a variety of support groups for people with obsessive compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, panic disorder and anxiety. For more information contact (02) 9570 4126 or Toll free 1800 626 077 http:// www.ada.mentalhealth.asn.au/index.html

  • Lifeline’s Just Ask: Rural Mental Health Information Service is Australia-wide and available on 1300 13 11 14 http://www.justask.org.au/, Lifeline staff are also available for counselling on 13 11 14 SERVICES

Our Philosophy

 

At Transform we know that statistics indicate that 1in 5 Australians will experience a mental health issue at some stage of their life they will also face the challenge associated with the social stigma and discrimination stemming from the ignorance, prejudices and false perceptions that society manifests with mental health. Hence our practice is at a discrete location where you can be guaranteed of complete confidentiality.

 

Our philosophy towards mental health is that everyone suffers to some extent from the normal everyday pressures of living, so you can rest easy knowing your issue can be resolved provided you believe in your own recovery.

 

This philosophy includes that the client’s complaint has natural origins and we strive in our therapy plans to give our clients back a normal a life as possible, we aim to give our clients a state of emotional and social wellbeing in which the individual can cope with the normal stressors of life and achieve his or her potential.

 

It is generally accepted in medical circles that mental illnesses are real and involve disturbances of thought, experience, and emotion serious enough to cause functional impairment in people, making it difficult for people to sustain interpersonal relationships and carry on their jobs. These illnesses sometimes drive suffers to self-destructive behaviour and even suicide.

 

The most commonly held view in western education, medicine and psychology has been a deficit and problem-oriented paradigm. The emphasis within this paradigm has been on risk factors such as traumatic experiences, drug abuse or genetic vulnerabilities. These risk factors define what is wrong, missing or abnormal. Viewing people through this deficit lens prohibits seeing their strengths, resources and capabilities and makes it difficult to instill hope from this basis.

 

Transform Clinical Hypnotherapy has an alternative view one that is based on client’s strengths and potentials. This positive strengths-based approach recognises that everyone has talents, abilities, achievements, capabilities and dreams, and thus resilience.

We all have existing resources and resourcefulness that can be opened up to provide opportunities, inspire confidence and hope in ones selves. In the deficits perspective, individuals are typically seen as hopeless and without resources. In the strengths perspective it is presumed that people are able to make significant positive steps when their own strengths and abilities are identified and emphasised.

Our Values

 

We appreciate that our own values attitudes and beliefs will impact on the interaction with the client and therefore the effectiveness of the therapy. As a Practice both PJ & I are ready to acknowledge and change unhelpful values and attitudes for our work to be effective. Within our Practice we will strive to take into account current trends toward partnerships between medical practitioners and other health professionals and promote a holistic view of mental health with social, emotional & spiritual well-being taken in account.

We Will:

  • Maintain an awareness of our personal values and beliefs

  • Establish a capacity and willingness to move away from our own cultural values as a benchmark for measuring and judging the behavior of people from other backgrounds

  • Continual awareness of the values, biases and beliefs built into our professional practice and an understanding of how these characteristics impact on people from different cultures.

  • Consistently engaging in critically reflective practice & dialogue in order to enhance our clinical interventions.

We also acknowledge that the perceptions and knowledge of our industry by other health practitioners is a significant factor in potential client opinion, indeed the practice of hypnotherapy has been described as a moral enterprise therefore therapeutic competence is not enough. Clients must be able to trust the moral character of our clinical practice which includes such qualities as honesty, integrity, compassion & confidentiality.

 

We appreciate that our own values attitudes and beliefs will impact on the interaction with the client and therefore the effectiveness of the therapy. As a Practice both PJ & I are ready to acknowledge and change unhelpful values and attitudes for our work to be effective. Within our Practice we will strive to take into account current trends toward partnerships between medical practitioners and other health professionals and promote a holistic view of mental health with social, emotional & spiritual well-being taken in account.

We Will:

  • Maintain an awareness of our personal values and beliefs

  • Establish a capacity and willingness to move away from our own cultural values as a benchmark for measuring and judging the behavior of people from other backgrounds

  • Continual awareness of the values, biases and beliefs built into our professional practice and an understanding of how these characteristics impact on people from different cultures.

  • Consistently engaging in critically reflective practice & dialogue in order to enhance our clinical interventions.

We also acknowledge that the perceptions and knowledge of our industry by other health practitioners is a significant factor in potential client opinion, indeed the practice of hypnotherapy has been described as a moral enterprise therefore therapeutic competence is not enough. Clients must be able to trust the moral character of our clinical practice which includes such qualities as honesty, integrity, compassion & confidentiality.

 

 

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