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Sometimes it takes a deeper conversation to overcome sleep problems, stress, anxiety and depression.
The root cause of these problems is often found below the conscious level of thought.  That’s why psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis can achieve such remarkable change in a surprisingly short time.  Hypnotherapy is also an effective natural way to access and release trapped emotions that lie beneath the surface and lead to unwanted symptoms and unhelpful habits like, hoarding, smoking, or gambling.

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Our psychotherapy programs include counselling, guided mindfulness, cognitive behaviour therapy and clinical hypnosis. We offer evidence based therapies to overcome stress, anxiety, depression and sleep problems.
We also offer therapy programs to overcome phobias, hoarding, habitual gambling and smoking.


Effective psychotherapy can overcome and manage stress related difficulties. Regardless of whether it's Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) or emotional stress due to work-life pressure, our individual and work-place based programs are designed to restore peace of mind and to provide simple strategies to avoid the negative effects of future stress.
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One in six of us will experience depression in our lifetime.
Depression can be characterised not only by negative thoughts, moods and behaviours, but also by changes in functions such as eating, sleeping and sexual activity. 
Our Guided Mindfulness program enlists the support of the subconscious mind to gently release trapped emotions and allow your mood to just naturally lift.
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Obsessive hoarding is a frustrating condition which can lead to financial and relationship problems, as well as personal anxiety and shame. Hoarding can also be indicative of an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Addressing the problem at a subconscious level is an effective way to reach the root cause of the behaviour and remove the compulsion to accumulate things.
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A gambling habit may start out as an occasional entertainment, then quite quickly turn into an unconscious compulsion. A compulsion that is often difficult to control with will-power alone. Our 'all bets are off' program of psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis is designed to neutralise your subconscious motivation to gamble.  The program initiates change at both the conscious and subconscious level. It enlists the power your subconscious mind to overcome the desire to gamble and the manipulative programming imbedded within poker machines and gambling systems.
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It's quite common and it affects millions of us on a daily basis. You may experience anxiety as a difficulty in concentrating, nervousness, restlessness, muscle tension, fatigue or as troubling ongoing worries that interfere with your life. Effective psychotherapy can ease anxiety and restore natural balance and peace of mind.
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Sleep Problems

Not being able to get to sleep, or waking up feeling as though you have only just shut your eyes, effects normal physical, mental and emotional functioning. It's more common than most people realise but it's something that psychotherapy and in particular clinical hypnosis can easily and effectively resolve. Our sleep therapy program restores the level of deep restorative sleep necessary for healthy vigour and wellbeing.
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Quit Smoking

Clinical hypnosis is a highly effective way to quit smoking. Research shows that the success rate is slightly above 65% compared to 5% for people who try to quit on their own,  25% who use behavioural therapy, and 25% who use nicotine replacement products. There is no other research-supported method that even comes close to hypnotherapy if you truly want to quit smoking.  
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Improve Your Golf Mental Game

If you've done everything physically possible to improve your Golf game... and can hit great shots on the practice range... but still struggle on the course... then maybe it's time for a Sports Improvement Visualisation session with Melbourne

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Let Your Journey Begin...

By seeking a solution to those things that are troubling you, you have already taken a big step forward.
Booking an appointment with Melbourne Hypnotherapy is the next step in your journey toward the peace of mind you are entitled to.  

Neil Hyland Hypnotherapy Melbourne

Neil Hyland


A little about me...

Hi, I'm a Psychotherapist and I specialise in the field of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.

Some years ago, I freed myself from these debilitating states of mind and dedicated myself to helping others still struggling to be free.   

Following years of extensive training in various forms of psychotherapy, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, EMDR Post Traumatic Stress therapy and Clinical Hypnosis, I set up my private practice in 2012. 

I am also a Beyond Blue Ambassador and often speak with community groups, workplace employees and at corporate functions about Anxiety and Depression.

At Melbourne, our programs draw from the personal experience of our practitioners and use current evidence-based therapies to overcome stress, anxiety and depression, and other mind-set based problems that effect so many of us in todays busy world.

Bit Sceptical?

If you haven't been exposed to the idea of natural therapies like Hypnosis Guided Mindfulness, or had the opportunity to feel the benefits of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy before, I can understand how it sounds a bit like magic. If you need a bit more information about these therapies and why they work check out these links.

Personal Testimonials

"Thanks for helping me with my stress problem. Work is just as hectic as ever, but somehow it doesn't seem to worry me anymore. I wonder now why I put up with those sleepless nights and anxious feelings for so long, when just a few visits with you sorted everything out."

- Anna

"After years of insomnia, at last I'm able to sleep soundly all night. I'm full of energy and enjoying life again."

- Terisa

"Thanks for showing me the way out of my depression. Before attending your therapy program I had been feeling really flat for many years. I had lost touch with old friends and my family was fed up with me. I feel that a huge weight has lifted off me. I'm actually happy for the first time in a very long time."

-  Rob

Professional & Academic

"A growing body of scientific research supports hypnotherapy's benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including pain, depression, anxiety and phobias"

- American Psychological Association


“Hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind.” 

- New York Times


“Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit.” 

- New Scientist


During hypnotherapy will I do anything I don't want to do?

No. During the pre-hypnosis counselling session your therapist will determine with you the things that are troubling you and the things that you have decided to change.  Hypnosis can not make you do anything you don't want to do. You have to want the change and agree to the change, and then hypnosis is an instrument for helping make that change better, faster, and permanent.

Will I be asleep during hypnosis?

No. For the therapy to be effective it is important that you remain aware of what your therapist is saying. Most people experience hypnotherapy as a deeply calming experience. 

What can't be treated with hypnotherapy?

Serious mental health problems are always referred to a qualified psychologists or psychiatrist. Likewise, physical medical problems must always be treated by a physician. Drug addiction, family dynamics disorders, major depression, and other such problems need to be treated by doctors and psychiatrists, who may, at their discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy as a supplementary treatment.

Is my conversation with my therapist confidential?

Yes.  Your conversation is strictly confidential. The only time that your details may be discussed with another medical professional, is when you give your permission to do so, or if your therapist believes that you are in danger of self-harm or harming others.

Will I bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?

No. Maybe you've seen a stage show where a hypnotist made people do these crazy things.  Hypnosis can not make you do anything against your morals or ethics. Stage hypnotists will carefully select their subjects (watch how many volunteers sit down). They choose people that they know WILL bark like a dog. These people willingly do so because there is a part of them that loves to entertain. 

Isn't Hypnosis dangerous? 

Myths about hypnosis, perpetuated by Hollywood movies or urban myths, lead people to think all kinds of things about hypnosis, including that it is somehow dangerous. These things are untrue. You are always in control, always able to return to full awareness at anytime. The number one job of the subconscious mind is to protect you, and it is always on the job.

Does hypnotherapy work?

Yes. In most cases our clients report positive results within a just few sessions. Up to 10 sessions may be required to achieve notable improvement in some cases of Anxiety or Depression. 

How do I choose a good hypnotherapist?

Talk with the therapist over the phone, and asking any questions you like. They should be able to answer any questions you have in a friendly, informative, and understandable manner. You should select a therapist who seems warm and friendly, and is easy to understand and follow. If you are worried about qualifications, ask if they are members of any professional hypnotherapy organizations. 

Is hypnotherapy different from just positive affirmations?

Hypnotherapy has the advantage of being able to communicate with the subconscious mind in a two-way fashion. Affirmations don't facilitate responses from the subconscious, they simply seek to instruct it in a one directional way. A post-hypnotic suggestion is also different than an affirmation: effects tend to be more direct, more specific, and immediate.