Dr Patrick McCarthy's Exceptional Story

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Dr Patrick McCarthy is New Zealand’s only medically certified hypnotherapist. A qualified general practitioner, he initially studied hypnosis to help one of his patients, a pregnant lady who had anxiety around giving birth. He is now an internationally recognised author and lecturer on the subject and has run a specialist medical hypnotherapy clinic in Wellington since 1996. 

 

Hypnotherapy has been recognised as a form of therapy by the American and British Medical Associations since the 1950s, but is not so well known in New Zealand. In his conversation with Dr Sam Hazledine, Patrick discusses New Zealand’s ‘pessimistic’ problem and how doctors can tackle stress and anxiety using a simple, quick technique. 

 

Tips and tricks to reduce stress – from new Zealand’s only medically certified hypnotherapist

 

Dr Patrick McCarthy is New Zealand’s only medically certified hypnotherapist. A qualified general practitioner, he studied hypnotherapy to help a patient overcome her anxieties about giving birth. The woman had previously had a traumatic birth experience and panicked when Patrick confirmed she was pregnant for a second time.

 

He studied hypnosis at the University of Auckland and returned to teach the techniques to his patient. It worked. Her second birth went really well and Patrick went on to help thousands more, becoming a world expert on obstetric hypnosis.

 

He set up a practice in 1996 and now helps a wide range of people overcome their stresses and anxieties.

 

“I’ve taught an excess of 10,000 people,” he says.

 

“Not one human brain had found a way around it. Not one.”

 

Though it’s sometimes dismissed as ‘fluff’, Patrick asserts that the simplicity of hypnosis is the key to its success. It’s personal, portable and powerful. Once learned, the technique can take fewer than 60 seconds to implement.

 

While counselling works for the conscious mind, hypnosis works on the subconscious mind. Counsellors and psychiatrists focus on the question of why, whereas hypnosis focuses on how. When it comes to stress and anxiety, “there are thousands of WHYs, but only one HOW,” says Patrick.

 

“Anxiety is a condition caused by your nervous system, not your central nervous system, but your autonomic nervous system. […] we all know it’s the sympathetic which causes anxiety – the raised heart rate, the raised blood pressure, the dilated pupils, the constricted blood vessels in the skin and so on,” says Patrick.

 

“Let’s look at the how – the mechanism.”

 

Patrick says that the problem with New Zealanders is that as a nation, we’re typically on the pessimistic end of the scale. Doctors, he says, are “successful pessimists” and though we appear to be coping, the way we are being as doctors can be a recipe for disaster.

 

“If you’ve never been taught how to relax and you’ve never learned how to relax, how can you relax?”

 

The trick is to learn hypnosis and neuro linguistic programming techniques before you need them. Prevention is better than the cure… but it’s never too late to prioritise your health!

 

Listen to Dr Sam Hazledine’s interview with Patrick McCarthy here.

 

Patrick McCarthy’s book, Relax, Say Goodbye to Anxiety and Panic explains his methods and techniques and how to do them yourself. It’s available from Huia Press here

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Dr Patrick McCarthy is New Zealand’s only medically certified hypnotherapist. A qualified general practitioner, he initially studied hypnosis to help one of his patients, a pregnant lady who had anxiety around giving birth. He is now an internationally recognised author and lecturer on the subject and has run a specialist medical hypnotherapy clinic in Wellington since 1996. 

 

Hypnotherapy has been recognised as a form of therapy by the American and British Medical Associations since the 1950s, but is not so well known in New Zealand. In his conversation with Dr Sam Hazledine, Patrick discusses New Zealand’s ‘pessimistic’ problem and how doctors can tackle stress and anxiety using a simple, quick technique. 

 

Tips and tricks to reduce stress – from new Zealand’s only medically certified hypnotherapist

 

Dr Patrick McCarthy is New Zealand’s only medically certified hypnotherapist. A qualified general practitioner, he studied hypnotherapy to help a patient overcome her anxieties about giving birth. The woman had previously had a traumatic birth experience and panicked when Patrick confirmed she was pregnant for a second time.

 

He studied hypnosis at the University of Auckland and returned to teach the techniques to his patient. It worked. Her second birth went really well and Patrick went on to help thousands more, becoming a world expert on obstetric hypnosis.

 

He set up a practice in 1996 and now helps a wide range of people overcome their stresses and anxieties.

 

“I’ve taught an excess of 10,000 people,” he says.

 

“Not one human brain had found a way around it. Not one.”

 

Though it’s sometimes dismissed as ‘fluff’, Patrick asserts that the simplicity of hypnosis is the key to its success. It’s personal, portable and powerful. Once learned, the technique can take fewer than 60 seconds to implement.

 

While counselling works for the conscious mind, hypnosis works on the subconscious mind. Counsellors and psychiatrists focus on the question of why, whereas hypnosis focuses on how. When it comes to stress and anxiety, “there are thousands of WHYs, but only one HOW,” says Patrick.

 

“Anxiety is a condition caused by your nervous system, not your central nervous system, but your autonomic nervous system. […] we all know it’s the sympathetic which causes anxiety – the raised heart rate, the raised blood pressure, the dilated pupils, the constricted blood vessels in the skin and so on,” says Patrick.

 

“Let’s look at the how – the mechanism.”

 

Patrick says that the problem with New Zealanders is that as a nation, we’re typically on the pessimistic end of the scale. Doctors, he says, are “successful pessimists” and though we appear to be coping, the way we are being as doctors can be a recipe for disaster.

 

“If you’ve never been taught how to relax and you’ve never learned how to relax, how can you relax?”

 

The trick is to learn hypnosis and neuro linguistic programming techniques before you need them. Prevention is better than the cure… but it’s never too late to prioritise your health!

 

Listen to Dr Sam Hazledine’s interview with Patrick McCarthy here.

 

Patrick McCarthy’s book, Relax, Say Goodbye to Anxiety and Panic explains his methods and techniques and how to do them yourself. It’s available from Huia Press here

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