About Peter McMahon

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Using the Power of Your Subconscious Insight to Help You

About My Approach at Hypnotherapy Queensland

Over the years of practice, I reached a realisation. To produce a change in a person, the therapist needs to have confidence in two areas. They need to believe in their method. Moreover, they have to have faith in the immense self-healing power of their clients’ psyche. In this post, I’ll explain how I use my knowledge to help you help yourself.

How my approach differs

The way I help you is quite different from how the average hypnotherapist or psychologist works.Why?

First, let’s dispel one common misconception. Hypnosis is NOT therapy. It is just a state of mind that gives us access to subconsciousness.What most hypnotherapists are taught is that the “re-programming” of a client’s psyche is relatively quick and straightforward. All they need to do is getthe client into the hypnotic trance and provide them with positive suggestions.

On the other hand, the majority of psychotherapists goes for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy(CBT). It’s a psychotherapeutic approach founded in the idea that changing a client’s thoughts and behaviours will get rid of the problem.It’s a valid point, but there’s an essential oversight there.

What I found to be the problem with both of these approaches is that they seem to disregard one crucial thing. When you have a persevering psychological issue that you just can’t resolve, hypnotherapy and CBT won’t help either. The reason is that, at the unconscious level, you are heavily invested in maintaining your “problem”. And neither of these approaches takes this fact into account.

So, how do I approach your symptoms?

Receiving suggestions in a trance and doing CBT work are both great ways to help you with the symptoms of your problem. But the symptoms of your problem are not the problem. They’re just that – signs that something else is going on.

When you eliminate a symptom without tackling the underlying issue, it will only resurface somewhere else. So, instead of providing you with a quick fix, I help you to resolve the problem that lies beneath. I help you liberate yourself from being subconsciously invested in maintaining your symptoms.

However, I don’t disregard the immediate suffering one experiences when they are anxious, depressed, obsessive-compulsive, or have an eating disorder. I assist my clients in finding ways to manage their pressing symptoms better, too. Yet, I don’t stop there. I help you untangle yourself from the underlying issues driving those symptoms.

Achieving foundational change

Hypnosis gives us access to the subconsciousness. The important thing is deciding what to do with that access. I use hypnosis in three different ways:

  • To present positive suggestions which contrast the symptoms of your problem.
  • To teach you self-hypnosis techniques that will help you better managethe symptoms. Through regular self-hypnosis, new neural pathways in the brain are built, and you mentally rehearse new behaviours.
  • Finally, hypnosis helps me access memories, experiences and beliefs that cause and maintainyour current symptoms.

What to expect in a session with me

I use hypnosis and psychotherapy in an integrated way to help you.It is my method that I’m confident about. It delivers an authentic and lasting change in my clients.

If you were to see a counsellor or psychologist, you would talk to them about the week-to-week events, and they would give you suggestions on how to do things differently. I also speak with you about the week-to-week events – but for an entirely different reason.

I use the events in your day-to-day life to pinpoint the underlying issues that keep surfacing in the form of your symptoms. In my sessions with my clients, I help them understandthe different ways in which they have adapted to life without realising it. Then, I help my clients recognise how those adaptations shape their experiences of the world and themselves.

We tend to cling to our core beliefs, our subconscious life scripts. They manifest themselves in patterns of our thoughts and behaviours. Although they came to be as attempts to adapt and overcome stress and pain, they often become problematic and debilitatinglater on. I use hypnosis to find out where in your history, the idea started to develop. I then use it to facilitate the change.

My approach in a nutshell

My approach to helping you is guided by the idea that you can’t be free of the symptoms unless you understand what they’re trying to tell you.

I will help you manage the symptoms of your problem more effectively. However, I won’t stop there.

I will help you discover and disentangleyourself from the unconscious processes going on within you that are depriving you of your freedom and wellbeing.



How I help you

What makes me different from other therapists?

  • The problems people come to me with are usually symptoms of a deeper underlying problem.
  • These symptomatic behaviours are usually unconsciously driven due to an internal conflict. The conflict and the root cause of it are quite often outside of conscious awareness. It is because of this that I do not treat just the symptoms. I draw from a range of well established therapies and apply techniques in a uniquely integrated way to unravel the real issue. I use the latest findings of neuroscience to develop effective methods for you to take control.

The four main approaches I use in an integrated way are the following.


Hypnosis is a completely natural state of focussed attention which provides access to your subconscious mind. Another way of describing the subconscious mind is the feeling mind. This access can be used to offer positive suggestions, rehearse new strategies or to uncover the root cause of your problem.


Mindfulness is a very old eastern meditation techniques which enables you to gain some objectivity to your thoughts, emotions & sensations in the body. This increases your ability to be in control of those aspects of your self.

Analytical Psychotherapy:

Analytical Psychotherapy is an approach aimed at you gaining a greater and deeper understanding about the affect of experiences from your past; and the maladapted patterns of behaviour and thought processes. Open exploration using free association is one of the tools I use to achieve this.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy(CBT) is a well-established approached primarily aimed at correcting the negative thoughts that contribute to your problem. When this modality is integrated with Hypnosis and Mindfulness, you are able to make real advances in establishing new strategies and habits.

  • I work with you as an individual. That means I work with you in a collaborative way to gain an understanding about you; your past, present and a clear understanding of what you want to gain from therapy.
  • Through both conscious and subconscious work, we uncover which thoughts, feelings and behaviours are triggered by what. We also uncover and resolve the root cause of your problem.
  • I provide you with the tools and techniques you need to move forward in a more beneficial way.

Your journey to overcoming your problem is one you can feel secure in knowing we will be working together to complete it successfully.



Peter McMahon.

What our clients Say

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Peter McMahon gave me a great deal of focus and clarity. Because of this I am finding myself doing things I could not have faced without his insight and knowledge. He’s such a gifted hypnotherapist and immediately made me feel comfortable. He gave me the push I needed to finally become the person I’ve always known I could be and it feels reat! I now keep on track and have a strong sense of empowerment which has enabled me to become a more effectual and dynamic speaker. I even find myself now volunteering for presentations at the office because I don’t have the fear or anxiety that I used to have. I know that Peter can help others as he helped me.

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This was probably one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life. I have a lot more control now. I felt an immediate connection with Peter and didn’t feel I was in a “session” but rather like listening to a long lost friend. Through his help I am now growing in a positive direction. He has truly has helped me control my social phobia and panic attacks. I can now knock down those negative thoughts which imprisoned my mind by now being equipped with this new empowerment. Each social gathering became easier and easier. I feel dramatic results and I am well on my way to having a normal life being free of this phobia. This has changed my life!

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