Therapy of the Imagination
Ellen McNally - Hypnotherapist


Testimonials

“The following results vary by individual and cannot be guaranteed”

I understand that choosing a therapy and a therapist is a very personal decision and that trusting someone with your problems should not be taken lightly.

“..Ellen very gently and intuitively guided me through the maze of my emotions, helped me find a very easy release trigger to de-stress and helped me leave my anger and sadness behind. And, more importantly, that silent killer, my best friend the cigarette…”

On New Year’s Eve 2013, I made a vow to lose my “best friend”. It had left me puffing and panting, gasping for air and had made me anti social, as I could not be in my “best friend’s” company in any bar or restaurant, but had to stay outside. I had tried to give up smoking and leave this “friend” that would hold my hand in any difficult situation behind many times, but this time was going to be different.

I wanted to give up.

But after smoking for almost 31 years, I knew I needed help. I saw Ellen in February 2014, after hearing from various people hypnotherapy made quitting easy. Well, the honest truth is, it is never easy.

But Ellen has helped me not only to quit, but to get my life in order. After a nasty divorce and various health problems, I had so much anger and resentment stored up, it gave me a great excuse to smoke and smoke more. Ellen realized I would not be able to quit unless I worked through these unresolved issues.

Ellen very gently and intuitively guided me through the maze of my emotions, helped me find a very easy release trigger to de-stress and helped me leave my anger and sadness behind. And, more importantly, that silent killer, my best friend the cigarette.

Not once during our sessions did I feel out of control. Ellen explains every step of the way and has a very gentle and caring demeanor and I’m sure I would never have got this far without her.

Thank you for my new lease on life!

Michelle, 4 sessions

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“…Then came the day of the race. I ran the best race of my life. Our team came 5fth after the 2 Nepalese National Teams and the 2 2XU teams…”

I went to Ellen when I was training for the 2013 Hong Kong Trailwalker 24 hour race in Sai Kung. I’m a very disciplined runner. Running is a big part of my life. A few years ago, at a Trailwalker, I became exhausted during the race and just made it to the end. I was upset with myself and determined not to let that happen again. There was no logical reason for it because I was as fit as I could possibly be, I had endurance and stamina. But, I knew that there was a fine line between winning and losing and that that line was drawn in my mind. I realized then that I had to learn how to use my mind as my main asset.

I worked with Ellen for a few weeks before the race. Ellen is a hypnotherapist who particularly enjoys working in athletics and sports so I felt she understood how to help me. I had about 6 sessions in all. Not only was every session relaxing, enjoyable and uplifting but my running consistently improved week after week. We worked to overcome my negative thoughts, to reduce how I perceived my level of effort, to overcome my barriers to higher performance, to create visualizations, to run with relaxation, to get in the zone and finally, to rehearse the race itself.

Then came the day of the race. I ran the best race of my life. Our team came 5fth after the 2 Nepalese National Teams and the 2 2XU teams.

And thanks to Ellen, I have never felt so confident about racing as I feel right now. I’m certain that my best running is still ahead of me.

Jesse, 6 sessions

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“The hour I spent with Ellen was possibly the most energizing hour of my life…”

Sleep is proving troublesome; my mind meanders from project to project; my emotions are detached and exaggerated; I trust no-one let alone myself. My future is determined by my past and my past is littered with regrets.  I dwell upon what I should have done and ponder upon what I should do. The perpetual circle of self cynicism continues unabated. The world around me is such a wonderful place or so I’m told if only it would let me in.

That was my life twelve months ago.  Ellen was recommended to me by a friend, if nothing else I would be able to spend an hour relaxing on her couch. Yes, this in many ways was a last resort but I had little to lose and so much to gain. The hour I spent with Ellen was possibly the most energizing hour of my life. Through hypnosis Ellen guided me to various places in my mind; each stage of development was a conscious experience for me as I remained in complete control of my actions, thoughts and responses - I felt safe.

I had four sessions with Ellen at the end of each she provided me with an audio recording of the events.  I listened to these copies twice a day for a period of just over two months. ‘Now’ had been something that just happened between the past and the future. Thanks to the teachings of Ellen I have come to realize that ‘now’ is the one aspect of time that is truly relevant in my life. The work with Ellen was a starting point for me, she opened up a new world for me; a world that is not determined by what has happened or what will happen but by what is happening right now.

I have since enrolled on Yoga classes, I self-meditate religiously for 15 minutes a day, I make time for others and others make time for me because I now have time. Life has become an enjoyable experience full of enthralling challenges; challenges which present solutions not problems. The present is such a wonderful place to be in fact I look forward to spending most of my life there.

Thank you Ellen

Mark, 4 sessions

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“..In just a few sessions of hypnotherapy, I was able to have control over my blushing. As well, I found lots to love about myself now as an adult and I could to let go of those painful memories of my childhood...”

I came to see Ellen to help me with a few issues. I also wanted to build my confidence in myself.  I grew up in a home with parents who seemed uncaring for me. Consequently, I found it difficult to have positive, strong, confident feelings about myself.

I also was still struggling with grief over my young brother’s death a few years ago. 

In just a few sessions of hypnotherapy, I was able to have control over my blushing. As well, I found lots to love about myself now as an adult and I could to let go of those painful memories of my childhood. I even gained more understanding of my parents’ incompetence as parents. They just didn’t know any better.

I was also able to say goodbye to my brother and to feel ok about trying to be as happy as I can be in my own life.

Patricia, 4 sessions

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“I left the session feeling very relaxed and somehow lighter, but not expecting a miracle.”

I visited Ellen earlier this year as I had heard that Hypnotherapy was very effective in helping to dispel certain thought patterns.

I have Multiple Myeloma, a treatable, but at present an incurable disease. It is a blood cancer which attacks the bones. In the past two years I have had radiotherapy, chemotherapy and finally in November 2012 I had a Stem Cell Fusion. This involved very strong chemotherapy, and quite a long time of rehabilitation.

Mostly I feel great, better than normal. I am very active and usually positive. I enjoy my life so much.

However, I did experience a time of negative thought, and the fear of this disease returning, and more so the fear of having to go through all the treatment again just engulfed me that I could think of nothing else, and this was really having an effect on  my overall health, as although I am usually quite healthy, my immune system has suffered. I am a firm believer in the mind controlling the body.

I had one session with Ellen focusing especially on this negativity. It was a very relaxing and comforting time, with Ellen talking me through my fears, and eventually replacing these fears with more joyful thoughts and experiences I had going on in my life, of which I have many, but could not see through the fog of my fear.

I left the session feeling very relaxed and somehow lighter, but not expecting a miracle. Later in the week, I suddenly realised I was not thinking any longer about being ill, or the disease, or the treatment. A few months later, I am continuing to keep very positive, and enjoy the freedom of not having this fear hanging over me. I do know however, should it return, that I shall certainly seek Ellen's help again.

 

Ellen McNally - Hypnotherapist


How I Can Help

“The following results vary by individual and cannot be guaranteed”

Hypnotherapy has a track record based on thousands of research projects. Its approach is recognized for its simplicity and speed of results. Here are some of the main issues it deals with:

 
 

Provides Relief from the Grip of Anxiety and Depression

The hypnotic trance disables the fight or flight instinct, allowing the mind to step back and see conflicts and buried memories with clarity.

 
 

Alleviates the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS is a functional disorder which responds to hypnotherapy. A new scientifically tested program retrains the nervous system to work normally again.

 
 

Habits Can Be Changed, As Easily As They Were Learned

What has been learned at an unconscious level can be relearned in a different way. Hypnosis allows the mind to change ingrained habits.

 
 

Hypnosis Can Put You in Control of Those Fears and Phobias

Hypnosis can disable the triggers that set off the fear, be it spiders, flying or walking outside your door. Putting you back in control of your perceptions.

 
 

Recover From Illness or Surgery With Positivity and Courage

Hypnosis builds confidence in recovery and helps overcome fears about the future. It can help lessen symptoms and promote faster recovery.

 
 

Insomnia? Hypnosis Can Help You Fall Asleep Easily Again

Insomnia is like a car’s breaks. Under hypnosis, you can learn to take your foot off the pedal or change negative expectations about your ability to sleep.

 
 

Blushing, Palpitations or Symptoms with No Pathology

Hypnosis can remove the unconscious triggers at the origin of these symptoms. It’s often a matter of clearing buried unconscious memories or beliefs.

 
 

Lessen Chronic Pain by Changing Your Perception

Hypnosis has successfully relieved mild, moderate or severe chronic pain in cases that do not respond to traditional medical treatment.

 
 

Helps You Perform With Greater Flow and Focus

Hypnotherapy improves performance in sports, business and in relationships by helping to control anxiety, improve focus and instill self-confidence.

Ellen McNally - Hypnotherapist


Concerns

 
 

How does it feel to be in a trance?

A trance is like a daydream. Have you ever noticed how when you spontaneously daydream, you’re totally focused and everything is crystal clear? Or when you’re totally engrossed in a movie and your emotions are spilling over. That’s a trance too. A hypnotist helps you recreate and prolong this ‘daydream’ (i.e. a trance) as this is exactly when the subconscious is at its most suggestible.

 
 

Do you have any control when in a trance?

Contrary to what you would expect, the client has all the control. The hypnotist has none. It’s not magic. It’s more like teamwork where clients will attempt to let go of the controlling tendency of their judgmental mind so that suggestions can be more easily accepted by their unconscious. The hypnotist facilitates the process by simply guiding the process along to the point where the client is open to new and more powerful suggestions.

 
 

What if you don’t feel comfortable?

When you’re not comfortable with what is going on in a trance, you want to know that you can come out of it anytime. And you can. It takes a second to come out of it, if that’s what you want. It’s just as easy as coming out of a daydream. But when you’re in a hypnotic trance, and when you trust your hypnotist, you’re focused on cooperating and facilitating the process. You want results and a trance is the process to make it happen.

Ellen McNally - Hypnotherapist


Research

Hypnotherapy focuses on results

With recent advances in neuroscience and brain chemistry, hypnosis has come into its own. In the safety of deep hypnotic relaxation, our mind can sort out complex issues with tremendous simplicity. Backed by the American and British Medical Associations, hypnosis is seen as a bridge to the mind-body disconnect.

Clinical Studies

Scientific research has consistently proven the benefits of hypnotherapy for a wide variety of problems and issues. Click the links below to view some of the research findings.

Topic Link Source
Relief and Control of Painhttp://www.apa.org/research/action/hypnosis.aspx American Psychological Association
Insomniahttp://habitproject.com/resources/research-on-sleep Habit Project
Weight Losshttp://www.mayohypnosis.ie/Hypnosis_Research.html Mayo Hypnosis Clinic
Anxiety and Severe Asthmahttp://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2431/3/7 BMC Pediatrics
Panic Attackshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2296917 NCBI
Cancer and Hypnosishttp://www.mindmotivations.com/resources/hypnosis-and-cancer-trials Mind Motivations
Pre-Surgery Hypnosishttp://www.tandfonline.com Taylor & Francis Online
Smoking Cessationhttp://www.yourmentalgym.com/Studies_On_Hypnosis_For_Smoking_Cessation.pdf Your Mental Gym
Irritable Bowel Syndromehttp://news.bbc.co.uk BBC News
Golf Flow and Putting

http://www.tandfonline.com

Taylor and Francis Online

 

Ellen McNally - Hypnotherapist


About Me

I’ve been fascinated all my life with the mind-body connection and by how negative and unproductive beliefs originating from our childhood can stubbornly interfere with our most important goals.  I’ve also discovered how some of my own beliefs were laid down in my adult years and how they have perpetuated themselves into my everyday life, not all to my benefit.

My Credentials
I am a Master Hypnotist and a certified Hypnotherapist. I trained at the Hypnotherapy Training Institute (HTI) in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1978, the institute has consistently been a pioneer in developing new therapeutic approaches and in merging all schools of thought.

My teacher, (the ‘Teacher of Teachers’) was Randal Churchill, the founder of HTI and Past-President of The American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE). I have also been a publisher since 1999. I am a Canadian and have been living and working in Hong Kong since 1989.

How Hypnotherapy Helped Me
Years ago, I developed a debilitating back pain in response to stress and to anxiety relating to my work. It became predictable with every new project. By the time I tried hypnotherapy, I had tried medical doctors, chiropractors and other pain specialists.

At this point, I discovered that my pain was hardwired in my brain. What surprised me the most after my first few sessions was to observe how quickly a debilitating problem was simply reversed. Once in a hypnotic trance, I was encouraged to imagine my pain and to dissociate it from my body and mind. In the process, my pain lost its power.

At times, I can still sense its presence, but am able to shift it to a much lower priority in my consciousness.  Not all pain can be so easily resolved but in this case, I could actually choose to forget it was there and feel comfortable again.

Like many hypnotherapists, my personal experience as a client convinced me to become a professional myself.

Ellen McNally - Hypnotherapist


Contact Me

My therapy is tailored to your particular situation and is based on the concept that your unconscious mind has all the resources you need to achieve your goal.

Hypnotherapy is powerful, inspiring and encouraging.

If you’re uncertain about whether hypnotherapy can help you, feel free to drop me a line. We can discuss it, without any commitment on your part. I understand that choosing a therapy and a therapist is a very personal decision and that trusting someone with your problems should not be taken lightly.

All my sessions are held at my office in Lan Kwai Fong in Central. Call for appointments and details at 852 2523 7286.


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