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Emotional Health Counselling

We all have the right to a happy and fulfilling life.

But at times life will throw up obstacles that stand in the way of your physical, mental and emotional health.

Getting back on track can be tough on your own. It’s OK to have a helping hand from someone you trust.

With 19 years of experience as an emotional health counsellor, hypnotherapist and psychotherapist in Canberra, I deliver personalised programs moving you rapidly towards your health and wellbeing goals.

I specialise in weight loss, marriage and relationships, chronic illness and pain relief, depression and anxiety, addictions, and smoking cessation.

Let’s take the first step together.

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Why choose me?

Unlike many therapists, I don’t waste your precious time talking about your problems. In my experience, ‘talk therapy’ frequently leaves clients feeling worse; the latest brain science fully backs up this observation.

Genuine change

We won’t spend precious time endlessly talking about your problems. Problems are solved by taking appropriate action. Together we ‘unlearn’ old patterns through dynamic, empowering sessions that act as the catalysts for change.

Lasting solutions

I don’t provide band-aid solutions to your problems. Each session is centred around helping you understand and overcome the root causes of your issue.

Real world skills

My aim is to introduce you to simple, effective skills and strategies that you can integrate into your life now and in future if required.

A holistic approach

I focus on your physical, mental and emotional health. With 19 years of experience and a range of evidence-based therapies, I provide the holistic help you need.

Tailored to you

I provide the counselling and help you need instead of trying to force you into a certain type of therapy. So you’ll have the treatment that works for you, for as long as you need it.

Subconscious change

Traditional talk therapy is slow, expensive and ineffective. My goal is to deliver fast, lasting change using cutting-edge techniques which involves changing the files in your subconscious mind.

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Are you experiencing any of these problems?

Emotional

  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Inability to deal with the stress of your life
  • Cravings or compulsive desires
  • Irritability or sudden mood swings
  • Increased risk-taking or behavioural changes

Physical

  • Addiction withdrawal symptoms
  • Recurring head, neck, back or joint pain
  • Sudden change in eating patterns or weight
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Pain or discomfort that is negatively impacting your life

Relationship

  • A lack of appreciation or acknowledgement
  • Exhaustion from continual bickering without resolution
  • Feeling misunderstood or not listened to
  • Constant criticism, attack, or contempt
  • An unsatisfying or non-existant sex life
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Don’t suffer in silence.

Let’s chat about how we can work together to get you back on track

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Location

My clinic is located conveniently in Garran and provides a safe, supportive and empowering environment to help you facilitate profound and lasting change.

Address
38 Brereton Street, Garran, Canberra ACT 2605

Clients in the outer regions of ACT are welcome to and NSW call to arrange appointments to fit their schedule and lifestyle.

Testimonials

Hi Ilona! Its been about 18 months since I started your Hypnotic Gastric Band Program..I’ve dropped 45 kilos. Thanks for all the great strategies and tools you gave me.
Josie Yass, NSW
In two weeks the hives were gone and my eczema cleared. My acne started to reduce and my skin has been the clearest it’s ever been. My thyroid is functioning normally again, and, my energy is back. I am no longer falling asleep on the couch after a short day of work, my eczema has cleared and I am breathing so much better. I look forward to going to work each day, knowing that the events of the day will not be have an emotional affect as they used to and my health won’t be compromised. Thanks to my Emotion Code practitioner, Ilona Nichterlein, whom I would highly recommend to anyone who has exhausted all medical avenues for their health and wellbeing.
Tamsin De Vanto August 2017
When we started with you Ilona, I was seriously considering divorce. Now I am hopeful that we can take our marriage to a whole new level. We realize that we could not have got to this better place without your support, skills and guidance. We are looking forward to continuing to heal, communicate effectively, and truly love one another.
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I could not bend my knee and I always had a lot of pain. Ilona worked her magic and I can now bend my knee without any pain at all. Thank you, Ilona!
Brian S. January 2017
I have struggled for years with over eating, bingeing and being overweight. I had my first session with Ilona about 2.5 months ago and my life has changed drastically. The weight has come off easily and I have enjoyed the process. I feel so much more confident and others have noticed my new slim figure!
Tracey Gordon, ACT
My name is Glenys and at the age of 41 I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left wrist. My doctor told me that there is no operation to fix it and only drugs minimised the pain. I took pain killers every day and had no flexibility! I approached Ilona, who had previously helped me lose 50kg, after working on my weight. I am now pain-free and have 84% flexibility in my wrist after only 4 sessions. I highly recommend Ilona especially people who are a little bit sceptical as I was. She is amazing!
Glenys, Former Skeptic
In three months, I’ve lost 14 kilos and I’m now just 5 kilos away from reaching my ideal body weight and weight loss goal. The most exciting part is how much more confident I feel. And I know how to keep the weight off for good.
Benjamin Farrer, ACT
I really didn’t know what to expect when I first asked you to work your Emotion Code on my 7-year-old white cat Dolly, who for about 6 months prior had started peeing on my bed. You transformed my cat back into one who uses the litter tray again. I simply cannot believe it! Not only has her behaviour been modified but her general demeanour is now more calm and contented. Thank you so much for your regular updates, and your continued confidence that you would be able to help her.
Polly Wise, June 2016
With Ilona’s loving, non-judgmental guidance we worked toward transforming not just our relationship with each other, but our relationship with ourselves. We are sure that Ilona’s influence on our lives will be forever.
P & J. Lyneham, ACT
I have been amazed by the results of my gastric band. After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting, I’ve now lost 20lbs and am confident that I will be able to maintain my target weight. I feel like I’ve finally got my life back
Ms P, Canberra
Ilona took the trouble to come up with a solution that suited me. I felt that she listened to me as an individual and prepared a treatment that gave me the results that I was looking for. Really pleased.
Mrs J, Canberra
We genuinely thought our marriage was over after my husband’s affair. Ilona worked with us to help us move forward and find more positive ways of communicating with each other. A year later and we are still much happier and moving forward together. Our marriage is stronger than ever!
Mrs M, Canberra
Our relationship was falling apart because we didn’t know how to talk to each other. After only a couple of sessions, we began to communicate more effectively. I can’t thank Ilona enough for the help she gave us.
Mr W, Red Hill, Canberra
Brilliant! Cold-turkeyed after just one session and won’t restart now. A good mix of commonsense tips and getting to grips with the reasons why I smoked, not just the symptoms, as it were
Mr T, Canberra
I have tried to give up loads of times. Ilona’s help has been an absolute miracle – I’ve now stopped smoking for six weeks. Thank you so much.
Mr B, Canberra
Having struggled for years with chronic pain and debilitating tiredness, I had given up hope of ever feeling 100%. After just a few sessions with Ilona, I began to notice I had more energy and felt able to do more in a day. Although I feel it will take a while to get back to where I used to be, I am amazed at the difference in just a few short weeks
Mrs J, Canberra
Didn’t realise that talking could make such a difference! Ilona is caring and spot on with her advice and options. Wish I’d discovered her years ago
Mr M, Canberra
As a chronic anxiety sufferer, I found Ilona’s practical approach of enormous help. I managed to resolve quite a few issues and have the right tools to manage my anxiety when I feel that it’s getting out of hand. Many thanks!
Ms W-S, Canberra
I have felt very low at times and my depression meant I wasn’t able to work. I found the way the treatment was focused around the outcomes I wanted really helpful. I now feel well enough to return to work part-time, as well as feel I have all the tools I need to keep well.
Anonymous to preserve confidentiality

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I currently have a 98% success rate helping people who truly want to lose weight or quit smoking. The remaining 2% is comprised of people who were ambivalent about whether they truly wanted to change. In most cases you can expect to see a positive change in your addiction after a single session.

    Hypnosis may also be used to reduce chronic pain, to manage addiction and to remove negative habits such as nail biting. With a proven track record of using hypnosis to help my clients, your unique health challenges can be managed and overcome.

  • I typically recommend four sessions to begin with. This provides the time not only to solve your issue but also to reinforce your new, healthy behaviours or habits.

    However, certain circumstances may require more sessions.

  • Yes. Put simply the unhelpful files in your subconscious are replaced with helpful files, namely, the positive outcomes you desire.

    I know of no other therapy that is so quick and effective in producing desired change.

  • I understand the challenge of finding a counsellor or hypnotherapist who is right for you. I firmly believe that positive counselling and hypnotherapy isn’t hard to find, as long as you know what to look out for.

    Good counselling and hypnotherapy is:

    • Evidence based
    • Frank, two-way communication
    • Open, honest and non-judgemental
    • Drives lasting change
    • Supportive and respectful

    I encourage you to reach out and tell me about yourself and use these criteria yourself.

  • Yes. In my experience, clients very rarely return with the same issue. I have feedback that the changes they have achieved are permanent after a number of years.

  • We all have an idea of the path we want to be on. And the path we want to avoid. It is natural to have concerns about slipping back into negative habits even after you have found your new path - particularly if you have been dealing with challenging addictions or weight management issues.

    Ultimately, through accessing the triggers in your subconscious and resolving their causes you will be able to enjoy the benefits long-term without falling back into old habits.

  • Yes. Bad habits are the result of your thinking patterns. For example, a smoker may do so out of stress and see cigarettes as something to lower stress and look forward to. It isn’t enough to address a nicotine addiction without addressing the root cause of the stress too.

    Together we can identify the cause of your bad habits and work towards resolving them.

  • Just like any addiction, sugar addiction can be overcome.

    Through hypnosis we can work together to introduce:

    • A desire for healthier food choices
    • A mindset that rejects eating sugary foods
    • A calmer mindset that isn’t pre-occupied on weight
    • A repulsion for sugary foods
  • Yes. Together we will work through four stages of hypnosis to break you free from even the longest of established habits.

    Step 1 - Recognise your triggers
    Step 2 - Eliminate those triggers
    Step 3 - Establish new healthy behaviours
    Step 4 - Reinforce new behaviours so they become automatic

    Hypnosis offers a safe way to erase your unhelpful behaviour permanently.

    Call me today to discuss the most effective programme for you.