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Why Use Hypnotherapy?

Our behaviour is dictated by the programming of our subconscious mind. Often people are not able to change their behaviour – despite making a conscious decision to do so. This is largely due to habitual conditioning, accumulated stress or unresolved events of the past. The causes of many problems are rooted in memories or perceptions that may be forgotten by the conscious mind but retained by the subconscious mind.

Hypnosis may help to access the subconscious mind and change irrelevant thought processes and perceptions quickly and effectively. Whilst in the hypnotic state the conscious mind is bypassed, and positive suggestions can be made directly to the subconscious mind.

Hypnotherapy is the giving of therapeutic suggestions to a person while they are in the state of hypnosis. It is a safe and effective way of making fast and positive changes to your life. Hypnotherapy simply helps you to change your subconscious programming to match your conscious wishes!

Hypnotherapy can assist you to achieve your goals!

Hypnotherapy Services

Whether you are experiencing feelings of stress and tension, lack of motivation or simply wanting to give up a bad habit, Hypnotherapy may be very effective in bringing about a change.

  • Depression & Anxiety (see below)
  • Stress Management - Mindfulness - Calm Thinking
  • Emotional issues - Letting Go of the Past
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual Issues - Performance Issues
  • Childbirth - Calm Birthing & HypnoBirthing (see below)
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Employment Related Issues - Bullying - Work Confidence
  • Lack of Confidence - Low Self Esteem
  • Sports Performance - Gym Training - Body Building 
  • Motivation to Achieve Goals
  • Study Motivation - Exam Stress - Memory Recall - Concentration
  • Regression & Past Lives
  • Sleep Issues - Insomnia
  • Menopause - Hormonal Issues
  • Unwanted Habits (bed wetting, nail biting, hair pulling, stuttering etc)
  • Quit Smoking (see below)
  • Addictions - Alcohol, Prescription & Recreational Drugs
  • Weight Loss - Virtual Gastric Band & Individual Plans (see below)
  • Eating Disorders - children and adults
  • Sugar Cravings (see below)
  • Reduce Alcohol Intake (see below)
  • Nutrition - Eat Nutritious Foods (see below)
  • Pain Control  (surgery, illness, dentistry, chronic pain etc)
  • Old Pain 2 Go - Let Go of that Old, Unecessary Pain!
  • Self Hypnosis & Affirmations


STOP Smoking with Confidence

The Hypnosisworx Stop Smoking With Confidence Programme takes an 'all-round' approach to helping you quit the smoking habit.  The programme consists of two sessions - either in clinic or online.  

When stopping a habit that has been a big part of our lives, such as smoking, it is important to help the mind to be free from tension - and feeling confident in our ability to achieve the goal we have set.  In the sessions you learn to diminish tension in your mind; improve your inner confidence around 'lettng go of your habit'; and feel more motivated to achieve your goal of becoming Smoke-Free.  You will receive an individually tailored therapy that is about YOU, YOUR habit and YOUR goals!  

Reduce Alcohol

Excessive alcohol, over time, may lead to the development of chronic diseases and serious problems such as:

  • high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, digestive problems
  • cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver and colon
  • learning and memory problems, including dementia
  • weight gain and obesity-related issues
  • mental health problems, including depression and anxiety
  • social problems, including lost productivity, family/relationship issues, and     unemployment
  • alcohol dependence or alcoholism

We are a nation of drinkers and often we use alcohol as an emotional crutch that leads us down the slippery slope of needing another drink to forget, to forgive etc.  This can lead to procrastination, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.

The Reduce Alcohol programme encourages you to choose certain alcohol-free days in your week, and to reduce your alcohol intake to a moderate and acceptable level on the other days.  But more importantly, in this four session programme, you will be given tools to deal with any stress or emotional tension in your life; gain self-esteem and confidence; become consciously aware of your drinking habits and take responsibility for reducing your intake - changing the way you think about alcohol!

Beat Sugar Addiction

Addicted to sweet things, and how they make you feel? 

 Learn to control that sugar intake so your body becomes healthier and less dependent upon those bad carbs.  

Learn to deal with stress and tension in your life, and gain confidence in your ability to make sensible choices around sugar.  This four session programme is great for anyone facing health issues such as pre-diabetes or weight-gain.  Curb the sugar cravings and feel confident doing so!

Nutritious Eating

A great programme for those who have hit a plateau in their weight loss journey - also  a perfect accompaniment to the Virtual Gastric Band Programme. Whether your goal is weight-loss, or ultimate health, this five session programme can help you will feel more confident in your ability to choose nutritious foods!  

To discuss the above programmes or services, and how Hypnotherapy can help you - call Sheryl on 027-255 8842 for a confidential, no obligation chat!  


Sheryl Murray - DipClinHyp

Sheryl Murray is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor who has been combining her passion for counselling with the wonderful technique of hypnosis for over 7 years now.

Counselling is not new to Sheryl.  At the age of 18 she trained as a Youthline Counsellor and spent many nights manning the phones as a 'listening ear' for those who needed to talk in the middle of the night.  In her early 20's she volunteered with a new organisation at the time - Victim Support - and gained further useful counselling and crisis skills.  After spending many years in the business and finance arena she still yearned to get back into a profession that would help people.  It wasnt until she visited a Clinical Hypnotherapist in 2009 that she re-kindled her passion for Counselling and decided to embark on the intensive training required to become a professional Clinical Hypnotherapist with The NZ School of Clinical Hypnotherapy.  

Her Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy is now proudly displayed on the wall in her sunny and welcoming clinic in central New Plymouth (and also now in her central Hamilton clinic) - where she enjoys working with and helping clients of varying ages, backgrounds and problems.  Sheryl's focus is to provide a professional service to her clients, but also to bring awareness to the general public of the benefits of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, and its ability to bring about an effective change of thinking and behaviour!

Sheryl believes that continuing to study and learn new skills furthers her professionalism, and benefits her clients. She is proud to now have attained status as a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist with Hypnosis New Zealand.

Sheryl is also a Full Member of the NZ Society of Clinical & Applied Hypnotherapy MNZSCAH and a member of the Natural Health Council - MNHC(NZ).

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a very natural state in which the body is very relaxed. Typically we all go into hypnosis at least twice a day – in the morning as we wake from sleep and at night just before we drift off to sleep.

Hypnosis is often thought of as a type of sleep but when in the hypnotic state a person is very conscious, very aware, and completely in control. In hypnosis the body is highly relaxed but the mind is highly alert.

During hypnosis a person will be more responsive to suggestions, but this does not mean that a hypnotherapist can control a person’s mind or free will. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. Even a direct suggestion cannot make you do anything against your morals, religious beliefs, or self preservation. You will only respond to suggestions that are acceptable to you, and you remain aware of your surroundings during hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a powerful therapeutic tool for accessing the subconscious mind and achieving personal goals or affecting desired changes!

Weight Loss

Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis

The Virtual Gastric Band Programme - as pioneered in the UK by Sheila Granger - is here now!                       

The Virtual Gastric Band programme is a safe, non-surgical technique that uses the power of hypnosis to bring about a change in the mind to be satisfied with smaller amounts of foods.  It is not a diet!  You can learn to eat smaller amounts but you can eat what you like.  And you will naturally want to make healthier food choices as well! 

The programme involves 6 sessions in clinic where you will learn how to relax and clear the mind from daily stresses, be more confident and positive about your ability to achieve your goals, learn to be happier on smaller amounts of food, eat healthier, look forward to regular exercise, and feel good while you are doing all this!

The Virtual Gastric Band programme offered by Hypnosisworx not only includes the tried and true weight-management techniques pioneered by Sheila Granger, it also looks at any emotional or past mental blocks that may have contributed to weight gain.

There are many benefits to this wonderful programme that are best explained over an initial, obligation free chat - so call Sheryl now to find out more! 

SKYPE SESSIONS are available for this programme as well - so if you are not able to attend clinic sessions there is a way to get you started now!


Other Methods of Weight Loss Using Hypnotherapy

If the Virtual Gastric Band Programme does not appeal to you then you might like to try an individually tailored programme - designed just for you and the way you live your lifestyle.

Perhaps you are focused on one or two areas that will help you achieve your goals - but just need that little extra help! 

Maybe you are great with exercising but not so great with food choices?  Maybe you have food under control, but find it hard to get motivated to get to the gym?  Or perhaps it is way too much alcohol that stops you from doing the thinkgs you know you should do?  Or perhaps there has been an emotional component that is stopping you from achieving your goals - or even starting on them!

Whatever is your 'problem area' then an individually tailored programme can be designed - just for you!

Call Sheryl now to find out how an individually tailored programme can help assist your weight loss or fitness goals!

Have a look at the Testimonial and Blog Sections on our website where clients have shared their experiences!



Being pregnant and looking forward to meeting your baby for the first time should be one of the most enjoyable experiences of your life!  But all too often nowadays we are hearing that pregnant women, and couples, are consumed with doubts and concerns over the myriad of decisions they have to make - should they take this test, should they take that vitamin, should they birth at home or hospital, and so on. 

And then there is the Labour - and all the stories that everyone so willingly shares with you as soon as you tell them you are expecting!

These added stressors can affect the health of mother and unborn baby, and it is important to be as relaxed and confident as possible.

For this reason, Sheryl has put together a Calm Birthing Programme that involves 4 sessions prior to the birth and 1 session following the birth. 

These sessions address important issues, such as -

  • Learning an effective Relaxation Technique
  • Improving Confidence and Self-Esteem levels
  • Addressing individual concerns regarding Childbirth, or Parenting
  • Effective Pain Management Techniques for Labour
  • Self-Hypnosis & Affirmations for keeping the mind focused
  • A home visit, or clinic session, after the birth to help with any issues that you may be experiencing - from feeding, to bonding, to emotional issues

Sheryl believes the follow up session with clients is just as important as the sessions prior to childbirth - allowing them to  address any areas of concern and work on increasing their confidence levels as new parents.

This programme even works well if you choose to have someone else support you as your birth partner - such as your Mum, Sister or Best Friend. 

Your support person is encouraged to become involved in the process - so they are informed as to how Hypnotherapy is helping you through childbirth.

This programme is best commenced around week 20 of your pregnancy, however Sheryl has worked with women as late as 32 weeks into their pregnancy.

Call or email Sheryl now for further information on how Hypnotherapy can help with your Pregnancy and Childbirth. 

Childbirth Testimonials

"Our baby boy was welcomed into the world in the most natural and calm environment.  I was so happy to be aware of everything that was happening, and so thankful I had the tools to manage any discomfort, with a new life coming through me into our beautiful world.  Hypnosisworx gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to go into labour with confidence.  I was excited when it started, knowing I could use everything I had learned, and that everything would be smooth sailing.  And it was!  I felt like it was over too quickly as it seemed so manageable. I loved my experience of using hypnotherapy through the birthing process.  I was in complete control and centred in my body, and focused on the new life.  This special state really is a gift and I am so thankful I knew how to use it.  I encourage any woman who is expecting to be pro-active in their birthing experience and go see Sheryl - to create amazing memories, and a precious story to one day tell the little soul who has no birthing trauma!"
Sarah-Joy Prado - July 2014

HypnoBirthing - The Mongan Method

HypnoBirthing is a proven method that guides and prepares a woman in giving birth  in a peaceful and beautiful manner.  It considers the psychological and physical well-being of the mother, birth partner and newborn - and encourages a feeling of mutual respect for all involved in the birthing setting.

After training to become a HypnoBirthing Practitioner earlier this year, Sheryl will now be offering classes on an individual basis in clinic, or in a group setting.  HypnoBirthing is renown world-wide and is based on the teachings of Dr Grantly Dick-Read, an English Physician who was a pioneer in the field of natural childbirth.  US Hypnotherapist, Marie Mongan, further developed this wonderful method and published her first book in 1989.

Please call or email Sheryl for further details on HypnoBirthing and Calm Birthing. 



Stress & Tension

Stress is a necessary part of our daily life - it is a normal physical response to a change or events that may uplift, threaten or upset us.  Without stress we wouldn't feel the need to get out of bed, go to work or school, or even get any jobs done around the house!  However, there is good stress and bad stress.  Good stress is similar to a sporting event or party, where you are excited, with adrenalin running - your stress levels run high until the event is over, but the next day you carry on as normal - there is no residual tension.  Examples of bad stress are - moving house; ill health; relationship problems; bullying; losing a job or learning a new one; bereavement and much more.  These events may pass but leave residual tension in our mind and body.  Residual tension in the mind affects the thinking processes - often resulting in foggy and illogical thinking, negative thoughts, inability to make decisions and lack of concentration.  Residual tension in the body can manifest in breakdown of the body functions, such as the digestive system, nervous system, bowel system and much more.

Anxiety & Depression

There is a great awareness on TV and in the media nowadays around Depression and Anxiety.  And in John Kirwan's words - "Depression or Anxiety is different for everyone".    Depression, for some, is merely a 'down' feeling, or 'being in a bit of a hole'.  For others it is the inability to see the bright side of anything; the inability to make decisions;  not feeling on top of everything, or being unable to function in day to day life.  Anxiety can present itself in one of many physical symptoms - such as tightness of chest, erratic heart beat (thumping chest), wave of heat (hot flush), shortness of breath, and panic attacks.

Hypnosis, combined with a carefully worded therapy, is very effective in alleviating the symptoms of Depression and Anxiety - and dealing with tension of the mind is the first step (see above).  A relaxed and calm mind thinks clearer,  concentrates better, and makes decisions more effectively.  The next step in alleviating the symptoms of Anxiety and Depression is to work on our self-worth / self-belief / inner confidence and positivity.  When we feel better about ourselves, we are better equipped and motivated to work on our goals and look forward to the future.  Combining the highly effective techniques of Self-Hypnosis and Affirmations cements the changes made to the subconscious mind - much like 'mind-maintenance' - that ensures these newfound feelings of positivity and self-worth continue!

If you feel like you may have a tense mind, be feeling anxious or depressed, call Sheryl for a confidential, no obligation chat.




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Drink Less Alcohol!

Submitted by Sheryl on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 9:04pm

I'm excited to now offer the new Reduce Alcohol Programme into the Hypnosisworx Clinics.  It contains some fantastic tools to help you to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed each week!  In this programme you are encouraged to decide on certain alcohol-free nights each week, while still enjoying a few drinks on other nights!  One of my clients recently found great success with this programme, and wanted to share with you her thoughts .....  

"I went to Sheryl to cut down my drinking and to have some alcohol free nights. The hypnosis she gave me was empowering and I have found myself drinking less - and a lot slower!  I am also having some alcohol-free nights and working on more.  I love the confidence, and positive attitude it has given me.  My focus has really improved and it energises my in the morning.  I am so glad I have this tool and it is helping me in so many areas of my life. It is not invasive and I would recommend it.  Thanks Sheryl!!

If you want to reduce the amount of alcohol you consume each week - whether this is for health reasons, or social behaviour reasons - then give me a call!


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