I started to experience anxiety after my son was born 2 years ago which was diagnosed as post natal depression. With very little sleep and a child that cried non stop, I was at the end of my tether. Eventually it got easier but I still suffered anxiety and overwhelment especially when I returned to work. I wish I had come to see Manuela then. I am now pregnant with my second child and am was becoming more and more anxious as the weeks to the birth got closer. A friend who had seen Manuela suggested I see her. She has helped me with some fantastic strategies through counselling and hypnotherapy to change how I think and feel. I am finding my relationship with my 2 years old is so much better especially as she has introduced SleepTalk as well. I feel like a new person. My husband and I are looking forward to the HypnoBirthing refresher in a couple of weeks in preparation for the upcoming birth. I could not have done this without Manuela's help and encouragement and helping me with my negative thoughts and anxiety. I now have a much calmer 2 year old and am really looking forward to my baby's arrival.
"A friend recommended Manuela to me when I was telling her about my obsession with food, particularly when dieting - and I’m so glad that she did! I desperately needed someone to “reprogram” my thoughts and feelings towards food and Manuela helped me achieve that. I had two drivers for losing weight - the first was that I was sick of feeling miserable, uncomfortable and out of control with my eating. The second driver was my sister in law’s upcoming wedding - I didn’t want to be the fat relative in the photos!
I lost 11kg within 2 months of my first appointment, and then lost another 7kgs (over a 3 month period) in time for the wedding. A family friend and guest at the wedding who last saw me before my amazing transformation told me that I “look a million bucks” and I felt so happy and proud!
I’m looking and feeling amazing, have a lot more energy and I am much happier with myself. Whilst the weight loss is noticeable to others, there have been positive changes in my behaviour that only I can notice. I eat far more slowly than I used to, I stop eating when I’m satisfied rather than stuffed; I’m more forgiving of myself when I have the occasional blowout; and I am no longer obsessed about food - I still love it, but it no longer dominates my thoughts like it used to.
I found Manuela to be great. She was professional, friendly, empathetic and totally understood where I was coming from. I thoroughly recommend her."
"I had Hypnotherapy with Manuela in particular for weight loss (virtual gastric band). I loved my sessions, they were non-threatening, calming and productive. I have lost 4 kgs already and aim to keep losing more. Manuela is so kind and caring and her voice is so very reassuring. She is professional at all times. Doing all the steps that she asked me to do gets the best results. I will be going back from time to time just for a wellness session because after each session, I felt alive and energised and full of abundance. I am so inspired to do more for my health and vitality. With much gratitude...."
"I am a client of Manuela's and have suffered from depression for 5 or so years. I have been to multiple psychologists, tried kinesiology, EFT therapy, and have dabbled in meditation. These have all been great and have all helped in ways, however i just wasn't able to rid myself of my depression.
I went overseas and travelled the world, trying to find myself and get back to the real me that has been hiding for so long. When I returned from Europe last year, I decided to take the step to try stopping my anti-depressants for the second time. I had decreased my dose previously and had tried once before to come off the medication, however it didn't seem I was quite ready. I thought I was doing well and then I crashed again. I was able to pick myself up a lot quicker than previous times however I knew I still needed some help. I didn't want to live with this awful burden anymore.
I decided to try hypnotherapy and also see another psychologist. It was the best thing I've ever done!
Manuela has been such a support to me and I couldn't be more grateful for the help she has given me! I had maybe half a dozen sessions with her and I am doing the best I ever have done! I am still off my antidepressants (for 6 months now!) and am feeling a lot more like me than I have in the past 5 years.
Depression is such a tough road to be on but you have to keep fighting through it. For me, antidepressants were a great thing to help me get up and moving. But it has been the help that I have had that has gotten me to where I am today. Different types of therapy work for different people, but for me, Manuela's help was one of the best I could ask for. She has such a genuine and caring soul and even if you think hypnotherapy is something you would never have considered, it is definitely worth a try!
A big thank you and great big hugs for you Manuela! I absolutely would recommend you to anyone!"
"As part of a holistic approach to healing cancer, I began hypnosis with Manuela Picnich. This experience was extremely beneficial to me in many different ways.
Firstly, having regular sessions with Manuela, provided me with someone to share my thoughts. I felt relaxed, and trusted in Manuela's guidance. To get the most out of this experience though, I had to totally and full-heartedly hand myself over to the process. This meant not only having the sessions with Manuela, but meditating at home as well.
Manuela gave me confidence to do this by providing me with reading material on self-hypnosis and a meditation CD to use at home . As a result of this, I now meditate at least four times a week and am trying to build up to daily. This allows me to visualise healing myself which helps to give me back a feeling of control.
I also found the sessions to be very affirming. When I started to doubt or have other negative thoughts, talking with Manuela and the hypnosis itself, enabled me to keep positive and focused on my goals. The hypnosis helped me to feel protected and motivated me to take positive action which led to positive results in different aspects of my life.
Finally, I found that after the hypnosis, I was more energised and happy, prepared and ready to continue my life's journey on the expected roadmap handed to me.
I encourage you to give hypnosis a chance because, like me, you may find it to be the support that you are looking for."
Jan (Cancer), Melbourne,
"I am 62 years old and so pleased with the success of the virtual gastric band. I feel so well and never think about food as I did before. I don't feel like I need to do anything, it just happens, it's so easy. I have lost 6 kgs in 3 weeks and I feel fantastic for it. I never believed it possible, was a little sceptical, especially with all the dieting I have done in the past. I just wish I had done this earlier. Manuela is so supportive and knows exactly what to say and do to make me feel empowered and worthy of myself."
She has helped me regain confidence in myself, thank you!
Kaye (Virtual Gastric Banding) Montrose, VIC
"Thank you for making stop smoking so easy. I have never felt so good and wish I had done this years ago. I encourage all smokers to give this a go and change their lives forever! Thank you!"
Joseph (Stop Smoking), Balaclava, VIC
"Seeing Manuela for hypnotherapy to stop smoking was a very positive experience and one which I'd definitely recommend to anyone ready to quit. She was encouraging, helpful and calming, making the process straight forward and uncomplicated."
Sarah (Stop Smoking), Ringwood North, VIC
"I was a little skeptical before going in for hypnosis, but I was at a stage where I needed to do something to help lift the depression that was overwhelming me. From my very first session with Manuela, I felt a huge shift. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't experienced it for myself. It only took another two sessions to get me right back on track - back to feeling like myself again. Manuela was so kind and understanding and I truly believe that she is something like a miracle worker! From being a bit skeptical and tense before having a hypnosis session with her, I went to really looking forward to the session as well as seeing what results would come afterwards and feel that she really reaised my vibration level, and also feel really positive and reassured that, should I run into trouble again, Manuela is there to help me through. Thank you!"
Janine (Depression), Templestowe, VIC
"You provided a few hypnotherapy sessions during last year before I flew over to America for a big holiday with my family. I just wanted to firstly let you know how successful the sessions were and to also thank you with all my heart for your help. Flying over was so much easier than I thought! I used some EFT prior to my flight, however I didn’t ever feel the need to use it again! Our flight from New York to LAX was on a smaller plane and although it was cramped and tiring, I was still quite calm! The trip from LAX back to Melbourne was probably more stressful (not too bad though) and I only panicked a few times. I believe this was more to do with my being tired and eager to get back home. Overall though, I’d say the trip was terrific – I was more concerned about my destination not the journey!!!! (I know it’s usually the other way around!) I think I’ll always have to have a few sessions prior to any further long haul flights – but that may just be my security blanket. I’m ok with that. I feel like I have regained some of my freedom back – I don’t feel held back anymore. I know that I can plan overseas trips and the thought of flying doesn’t stir any negative emotions in me. So please accept my sincere gratitude for your help – the hypnosis was only part of the reason for my success. Your kindness, compassion and understanding during our sessions really helped me through. I hope that you are well and that 2013 blesses you with good friends, good health and lots of laughter."
Karina (Fear of Flying), Melbourne, VIC
"A very positive experience which has educated us in what to expect during our birth and removed fear of birthing and a fear of the unknown. We hope to bring our baby into this world in a peaceful and calm environment free from medications and negativity. Thank you for teaching us."
Liz and Jake (Hypnobirthing), Richmond, VIC
"I have really enjoyed the sessions and feel like I've got a lot out of them. I have been surprised at how easy the process has been. I really appreicate Manuela's commitment and support."
Kaye (Virtual Gastric Banding), Glen Waverly, VIC
"My hypnotherapy has been a fantastic experience with great results so far and has given me great hopes and optimism for the future. More than anything else, I feel like I have found an ally in my efforts, a friend that I can count on to give me the motivation to continue. And the main thing is.....it works!"
Spyro (Virtual Gastric Banding), Bundoora, VIC
"My highly esteemed therapist! Well where to start. I can only say that from my first experience with Manuela doing treatment on me for 4 days in a row (as a hypnotherapist), when I was in very very poor health with cancer, that this brought me back to life. We started the first day with some hypnotherapy which culminated in me sleeping a lot and feeling so rejuvenated once waking. I can say that I was in a state of utter euphoria and that Manuela's voice was so beautiful and so relaxing that I stayed in this relaxed state for some time. We worked each day for many hours, I couldn't quite understand how Manuela sat and continued to talk to me and relax me for many hours on end. We also did some lymphatic drainage massage and reiki on my legs as they too are very swollen with fluid (a combination of protein and albumin) from the fact that my body is breaking down. This was sheer relief from the pressure and build up. Manuela wrote down positive affirmations for me to read through daily, so that I can continue to reinforce the positive and not the negative side of this disease. I continue to visualise cancer being broken up and transported out of my body as she intends for me to do. I am hoping to organise travel from Melbourne to Brisbane regularly to have many more sessions with her. I am home now, permanently, whilst I get better and recover some more. I promise to keep going each day with meditation and healing and trying to remember all that you have told me. I am referring to your notes and reread your inspirational letter daily. YOU really don't know how much your coming up to Brisbane did for me and I so sosososososososo appreciate it. I would recommend Manuela's beautiful healing treatments to anyone in need."
Jo (Cancer) Brisbane, QLD
"I saw Manuela feeling completely broken. With the stress of a demanding job, moving countries and health issues, I found myself in a very depressed state with no confidence and a sense of hopelessness with my situation. She took the time to listen and understand exactly how I felt before taking me through two Hypnotherapy sessions. Both of these focussed on giving me the strength I needed to believe in myself again, to stop worrying and lessen the anxiety I was feeling each day. She also taught me how to use the EFT (Emotional Freedom technique) as a daily tool to use when things became overwhelming. Between the uplifting affirmations I know have been embedded into my subconscious (they seem to pop into my conscious mind just as I need them!) and the positive affect EFT has on me, I have come out the other side of my depression feeling much stronger and better in myself. I am able to approach things in a much more measured and calm way and feel my confidence and ability to manage my emotions is the best it has ever been. I can't thank Manuela enough for her help and would recommend her as a therapist to anyone who needs a helping 'hypnotherapy' hand to get through a difficult time. She is definitely my 'healing angel'."
Stef (Depression and Anxiety), Auckland, NZ
"My experience with Hypnotherapy was so relaxing, calm and the most amazing thing I have ever done. Thank you for helping me rid myself of my phobia!"
Henrieta (Snake Phobia), Brisbane, QLD
"My experience of the Virtual Gastric Banding has been one of surprising easiness. Manuela's supportive and nurturing way has made me feel completely comfortable and relaxed during each session. I cannot believe how much my eating habits have changed, making automatic healthy choices and eating much less therefore losing a reasonable amount of weight each week. I am thrilled at the results and highly recommend it to anyone wishing to be healthier and fitter."
Deb (Virtual Gastric Banding), Templestowe, VIC
"I was so sceptical that the Virtual Gastric Banding would actually work. I have lost 48.5 kgs in 7 months....It's easy and works - better than dieting!"
Mark (Virtual Gastic Banding), Heidelbery Heights, VIC