About Us

Marta Lohyn & Merrilly Watson established Hypnosis Today in late 2012. They first teamed together at the beginning of 2010 to revamp and teach the South Australian Society of Hypnosis Training Course in Clinical Hypnosis.

Marta and Merrilly both completed the Australian Society of Hypnosis Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis in the late 80s and early 90s respectively, and have also undertaken many other hypnosis training courses/workshops, including Dr Michael Yapko's 100-hour training in Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy.

Influenced by both the traditional approaches to hypnosis and the more contemporary utilisation approach developed by Dr Milton H Erickson (also known as Ericksonian Hypnosis), they combine aspects from both approaches in their work and in their teachings, helping trainees to gain a clear understanding of their similarities and differences. They are also interested in the overlap between Mindfulness and Hypnosis, particularly in terms of their structures and the styles of suggestion employed in each.

Over the last few years, Hypnosis Today has offered introductory and advanced courses in clinical hypnosis, professional development activiites, and a Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis in Psychotherapy (recognised by the Australian Society of Hypnosis). Currently, they are offering an Introductory Course in Clinical Hypnosis that consists of online training videos (including demonstrations) and three face-to-face training sessions that focus on practice and discussions.

Hypnosis Today's Introductory Course is available to trainees within 24 hours of the receipt of payment.



Marta has been working as a psychologist for almost 40 years in Adelaide, South Australia. She has experience with adults, children and families. Through her training in family therapy early in her professional life, Marta discovered Milton Erickson and the world of hypnosis, and has been incorporating hypnosis into her work since then.

Marta joined the Executive Committee of the South Australian Society of Hypnosis as treasurer in 2009, and in 2010 was invited to undertake the role of Director of Studies. In this position, she developed and coordinated the training course, also taking a significant role in the teaching programme. Marta has also conducted training for the Australian Society of Hypnosis (ASH).

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Merrilly has had close to 40 years of experience in the field of psychotherapy, initially employed as a youth worker, and then as a couple therapist and group counsellor before establishing her own psychology practice in Adelaide, South Australia in 1995. Working with individuals, couples and families, as well as running workplace well-being and resiliency groups, Merrilly has been incorporating hypnosis in her work for the past 25 years. She taught for the South Australian Society of Hypnosis training for a number of years, taking a major role in developing a new, more structured and integrated direction for the course. She has also presented workshops and provided training for the Australian Society of Hypnosis (ASH).

Merrilly was a member of the Executive Committee of the South Australian Society of Hypnosis for 11 years, serving as its chairperson for 5 years. She has also served on the Federal Council of ASH, as well as being the Honorary Secretary of ASH.

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About Hypnosis


Hypnosis is a highly focused state of attention during which we can perceive and experience things differently. It can happen naturally, for example, when we are day dreaming or focusing on something deeply absorbing, like watching a film or reading a book. Importantly however, in the clinical setting, we can also use this experience and capacity to become deeply absorbed to help people make desired changes in their lives. Hypnosis helps people make changes by building or strengthening their own inner resources to overcome difficulties and problems.

Neuro-scientists can now tell us that when we are experiencing this highly focused state of attention, our brains do process information differently, although understanding exactly what happens in the brain during hypnosis is still in the very early stages of development. However, we do know that when we are focused in this way, we can be especially responsive to new ideas and possibilities that can help us make desired changes.

The remarkable thing about hypnosis is that when used skillfully, it can help in a range of problems. For example, hypnosis can be used to help people become less anxious and phobic, as well as to address the patterns of depression. It can also be used to assist with sleep problems and trauma. Another important area of application is for pain management, both in chronic and acute presentations. A further common and successful use of hypnosis is for habit disorders, like smoking.

We also now have experimental evidence showing that hypnosis is an effective adjunct treatment. When it is used as part of the treatment process, hypnosis enhances treatment outcomes in a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, pain, habit control, irritable bowel syndrome, headache and migraine, asthma, sleep disorders, weight issues, eating disorders, cancer and psychosomatic disorders. As practitioners then, we can be confident that hypnosis, when used skillfully and appropriately, is going to be extremely helpful to our clients.

Frequently asked questions

Is hypnosis like being asleep or unconscious?

No, hypnosis is not sleep or being unconscious but generally when used clinically, people are likely to be very relaxed while in hypnosis.

Does the practitioner have power over clients, and can they be made to do things they would not normally do?

No, this myth comes from people seeing stage hypnosis, where subjects are often chosen because of their extreme willingness to go along with the show. In a clinical setting, the purpose of using hypnosis is to help clients achieve their goals, and the relationship between the client and practitioner is one of collaboration and care, not control by the practitioner.

Can everyone be hypnotised?

Most people are capable of experiencing hypnosis and using it for their own positive purposes. Some people are extremely responsive; some are less responsive, but most people will benefit from hypnosis with a trained and skilled practitioner.

Is hypnosis simply relaxation?

No, hypnosis is not just relaxation, although often, when in hypnosis, the person may feel particularly relaxed. However, in hypnosis, the client is mentally active and processing what is being said to them. Also, it is possible to be in hypnosis whilst being physically active. For example, runners can have the experience of "zoning out" whilst running; they are working hard physically, but their minds are highly focused on something else, such as music. There are other examples in war, or sports, where people can lose awareness of pain whilst physically active.

Is hypnotherapy the same as hypnosis?

Although some practitioners refer to themselves as hypnotherapists, hypnosis is really a tool that can be used to deliver or reinforce a particular therapeutic approach. The research shows that hypnosis enhances the outcomes achieved using cognitive behavioural therapy and other psychological therapies. Clinicians find that with the addition of hypnosis, similar or better results are achieved, and in a much shorter time frame.

About Training With Us

Who Can Train With Us?

Training is available to qualified health care professionals, and is particularly designed for those who are interested in using hypnosis in a psychotherapeutic or counselling context. Psychologists, counsellors and social workers, as well as nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and medical practitioners who work with people with mental health issues and everyday life problems will find that hypnosis is a powerful and flexible tool that significantly enhances therapeutic outcomes. It is effective for pain, anxiety, depression and trauma, as well as a range of other problems, and can be incorporated into your work regardless of the models that inform your practice.

What is unique about our training?

The training offered by Hypnosis Today is unique in that it provides a thorough education in all of the knowledge and practice areas of hypnosis, including traditional and contemporary approaches, providing a framework for understanding how to flexibly incorporate strategies from each in order to tailor ones hypnotic intervention to meet the needs of each individual client/patient. Course content and practice sessions are integrated in a sequential order designed to help build skills and confidence. At the completion of our Introductory Course (3 half-days of face-to-face training + 12 hours' online video sessions), trainees will be able to start using hypnosis in their specific work contexts. Advanced workshops focus on specific applications of hypnosis, as well as elaborating on a simple but effective strategy for determining the goals of therapy and how to target these (a strategic approach to psychotherapy that views the person as a unique individual, rather than viewing him/her as having to fit into a specific diagnostic category with a set treatment model).

To ensure that trainees continue to use their new skills, follow-up supervision sessions are offered periodically throughout the year. Trainees are given access to the members' section of our website which contains a variety of resources, including journal articles.

Class sizes are limited to 12 people to ensure that each participant's individual training needs are met.

Contact Us

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P:  0433 020 959 (Merrilly)
P:  0438 429 001 (Marta)

P.O. Box 108
Glenside SA 5065