What do you do?

I help you to make positive changes in your life. If you have been feeling stuck then we find a way of moving forward. I look for any patterns that may have been getting in the way, then we find new ways of thinking and being. I use a combination of Brain health coaching, Clinical hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and art therapy to acheive this.

What is hypnotherapy, NLP and strategic psychotherapy?

What is hypnotherapy?

​Hypnosis is a natural, safe and effective form of therapy. It helps you to relax deeply and then helps to change your mindset so that you can manage behaviours or way you respond to things. Some of the behaviours we have are due to unconscious conditioning. We then help find other ways of thinking that serve you better.

You are completely in control at all times. We are often in trance, sometimes when daydreaming, or even whilst zoning out watching Netflix. PLEASE READ THE 10 MYTHS about Hypnosis.

​What is NLP?

NLP is the study of excellence and models successful thinking and behaviours. It looks at our patterns and the use of our language. For example, transforming: "I can't" into" I can!"

What is strategic psychotherapy?

We look at the patterns that have kept you stuck.

We check out where you are now and where you would prefer to be.

Together we map out a step by step plan on how to get there.

What are your credentials?


  • Over 20 years experience

  • In private practice since 2013

  • Chief Assessor for the Institute of Applied Psychology

  • Previously a therapist for Barnardos Children's Charity and Mission Australia.


  • Brain Health Coach (Amen Method)

  • Clinical Hypnotherapist

  • Strategic Psychotherapist

  • Master NLP Practitioner

  • NLP Leadership and Strategic Coach

  • Adolescent & Family Therapist

  • Art Therapist

  • Certified Massage Therapist

  • Trainer and Assessor


  • B.A (Hons) Dip C.H, NHRA, AHA AthR ATMS

  • ​AHA (Australian Hypnotherapy Association) Clinical Member

  • NHRA (National Hypnotherapy Register Australia)

  • ANZATA (Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association)

  • ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society)

Can I use my health fund and what is your cancellation policy?

Can I use my health fund?

Yes, but it continuously changes. Please check with your health fund provider to see if you are covered.

  • Medibank Private
  • Australian Unity
  • NRMA Health Insurances (East Coast/Tasmania)
  • CBHS Health Fund
  • Grand United Corporate aka GU Health
  • Health Care Insurance Ltd
  • MBF Alliances Pty Ltd trading as:
  • SGIO Health Insurance (WA)
  • SGIC Health Insurance (SA and NT)

​What is the cancellation policy?

24 hour’s notice is required for cancelling a session or as much notice as possible so someone else is able to be given a place.

What does being in trance feel like and will I still be in control? The top 10 myths.

What does being in a trance feel like?

It is different for everyone. Some people feel the deepest sense of relaxation that they have ever felt. Some people have described it as feeling light and weightless, others feel their body as heavy and very comfortable. Some people say it is similar to meditation. Many people can hear and concentrate on every word, whereas others drift in and out knowing that the session is recorded so they can listen to whatever they think they have missed later on. Often, we take more in when we are open and deeply relaxed.

Will I still be in control?

Yes, you will remain in control. This is not stage hypnotism. You will not be clucking like a chicken in the room. This is for professional and therapeutic use only. Just like in the waking state you are able to pick and choose what thoughts you listen to and take on-board. Even in a hypnotic state of mind you are still able to hear even if deeply relaxed what is said and make decisions and choices for yourself.

TOP 10 MYTHS 1. A hypnotist might turn you into a chicken or make you do other embarrassing things. FACT A clinical hypnotherapist would not do this. A stage hypnotist is very different and will do this because it is expected of them as an entertainer. Participants would also have agreed to be involved in this way. Clinical Hypnotherapy is only used to help fulfill therapeutic goals by enabling the subconscious to make positive changes. 2. I can't be hypnotized because my mind is too strong. Only weak people can be hypnotized. FACT This has been proven to be untrue. An open mind is actually a strong mind. It depends on what people think the experience will be like. It is not something that is “done” to you. Many people are aware of everything that is being said and if they don’t agree with something they can reject that idea just as if they were wide awake. 3. Hypnotists swing a watch in order to hypnotise a subject. FACT This is outdated these days and rarely used. It is actually more like a deep-guided relaxation exercise. 4. What if I fall asleep and have no memory of the session? FACT Hypnosis is often found to be so relaxing and occasionally some people drift off to sleep. However most people are able to relax and also listen clearly to every single word. There are medical studies that show that even in deep hypnosis a person is still aware and are actually concentrating at some level. The hypnosis session is recorded so that it can be listened to as homework to reinforce the benefits, so if someone falls asleep it doesn’t matter. 5. Someone else will be in control of my mind? FACT No, not at all. You will remain in control. Just like in every day life you are able to pick and choose what thoughts you listen to and take onboard and able to disregard things that you may not agree with. Even if deeply relaxed you are able to make decisions and choices for yourself. There is a saying that "all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis" and that really you are always in control. 6. You can remain permanently stuck in hypnosis. FACT You can’t get stuck. Some people may relax so much that they don't want to open their eyes straight away as they are enjoying the feeling so much. It is a bit like watching television and zoning out where you don’t notice things around you but you become aware as soon as you hear someone mention your name, your attention comes back instantly. 7. You’ve never been hypnotized. FACT Many people think they’ve never been hypnotised but actually we often go into a type of trance almost daily. When we are daydreaming for example, or driving long distance or even watching television. Try asking a child a question when they are fixated to their favorite program or engrossed in a game. Meditation is even similar to self-hypnosis. 8. If I can hear the therapists voice during the hypnosis then it hasn’t worked. FACT No not at all. That is a big misconception. Even in hypnosis you are able to listen and follow the hypnotherapists voice, this is evident because as the therapist brings the session to a close the client listens and opens their eyes when asked. Some people may feel like they have drifted off because they g=have been relaxing, but it depends on the person. Even if they are lightly in trance the effects can still be as effective. 9. A hypnotist cured me in one session! FACT Many people have heard this and this can lead to an unrealistic expectation. It is not a magic pill. In reality the person may have considered the changes they have wanted to make for some time and therefore ready to think differently. Often a problem has been around for quite some time and therefore more than one session is suggested to help enable lasting significant change. 10. Hypnosis comes from the "Supernatural." FACT Hypnosis is a very natural state that has been studied scientifically and proven to have significant benefits and successful outcomes. Hypnotherapy is based on many years of clinical research and helps people to focus their mind on the ways they would prefer to think rather than being stuck in old patterns and unhelpful behaviors. When a person is calm they are more open to new ideas and have clarity. For example it is known that some people listen to classical music whilst studying to help them relax and therefore concentrate better. Hypnotherapists are not magicians. (Although the results can feel magical :) copyright 2016 Melissa McLeod

What happens in a session? How long is each session? How many sessions will I need? Do I get given an audio recording?

What happens in a session?

The first session begins by talking to you about Hypnotherapy and answering your questions. We will then discuss in some detail what has been happening for you and what you would like to gain from your session. I may take a few confidential notes at this time.

A combination of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Strategic Psychotherapy and NLP may be used. You will then be invited to relax by sitting on a very comfortable chair. Then you will be guided to help quieten your mind and thoughts, by concentrating on your breath.

I do not read from a script as your session is unique to you and is tailored specifically for your needs. Knowing now some details about you beforehand the changes you would like to make, I will then begin to help construct new patterns and more helpful ways of processing your thoughts.

You will then be directed gently back from your pleasant experience into the room. Time may then be spent then talking about your experience if you are happy to do so. You may be given tasks as homework to reinforce the session and a copy of the session for you to listen to at home. (Not whilst driving or operating machinery). Often, I record the hypnosis directly into your phone.

How many sessions will I need?

It depends on the person and issue. For some individuals one session is all that is required. Other times it may take three or so to reinforce the new pattern of behaving or thinking. It really depends on the individual and reasons for visit.

I would suggest having the first session to see how it feels and then you can decide whether to upgrade to a package of three sessions.

​How long does a session take?

Please allow between an hour to an hour and a half for the first session. This is to get a good understanding of the issues you are having and to ensure your desired outcomes are established. Subsequent sessions last about an hour, allowing time both the Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy.

Do I get an audio recording?

Yes, if you have a smart phone the recording can be made directly into your voice memo or else you can have it but onto a CD or an MP3 can be emailed to you. When listening to the recording at home please make sure you listen with headphones.

​Each time you listen to the recording it will help reinforce and deepen the message to enhance the results.

Payments and Fees?

PAYMENTS Visa and Mastercard paypass are accepted or cash or direct bank transfer. Payment to be made on the day. FEES 1. Initial 15 minute phonecall is Free of charge 2. A single session is $260 (If you decide within half an hour that it is not the right fit for you, you are free to leave with no payment necessary) (You can decide if you wish to upgrade to the bundle after you have had your first session) 3. Follow up session $180

What is a brain health coach? What is the Amen Method?

As a brain health coach, I ask you questions to see how your brain may be supporting you. There are natural things that we can do to improve overall brain health. It could be simply that you need more sleep to optimise your mind. The brain is like the hardware and our thoughts are like the software. I look at your brain health as it enhances the effect of the hypnotherapy session. The Amen Method was developed by Dr Daniel Amen. As a leading psychiatrist he has looked at hundreds of thousands of brain scans. He uses SPECT (Single proton emission computed tomography) which looks at the blood flow and overall health of the brain. I do not use brain scans, but questions help to get an idea of how you may improve it's function naturally.

Brain health coaching

clinical hypnotherapy 

psychotherapy NLP 

& art therapy

Our mind is like a tree, sometimes we need to prune back the branches that are not supporting us. 

We can then focus and nurture the new branches so they can grow stronger.  Creating a strong core and flexibility to withstand changing weather. 



Fears & Phobias, flying, lifts






Weight loss

Fitness Goals 

Addictions, smoking, drinking


Pain Management

Habits such as nail biting

Overeating sugar/chocolate




Reconnection to self


Promotes calm and wellbeing

Direction in life





Strategic Psychotherapy

Clinical Hypnotherapy

NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)

Brain Health Coaching (Amen Method)

Art Therapy, Massage Therapy

Mentoring & Coaching

Clinical Hypnotherapy Sydney

Hypnotherapy Northern Beaches

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Phone     1300 252 332

Email      hello@melissajmcleod.com

Location  Fisher Road North, Cromer, NSW

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I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands where I work and live. I celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal peoples and their ongoing cultures and connections to the lands and waters of NSW. I pay my respect to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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