Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) 

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Cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy is an evidence-based psychological approach for managing thoughts and feelings and their impact on our behaviours. The focus could be the past, present or future and enables us to challenge and change our beliefs to create healthier emotions and behaviours for the future 

CBH involves spending time in our imagination working through situations in a holistic way where we are free to practise and experiment with new ways of working in a safe space before heading out to enact them in the real-world environment. 

CBH incorporates mindfulness which allows us to focus on our current experiences without affecting them; recognising, identifying, and exploring how things are by using our full range of senses.
CBH is conducted in a relaxed state of mind and body. In this state, it allows us to use a variety of therapeutic methods to safely revisit memories e.g., past trigger events and resourceful times, stay present in the current in exploring these events fully, and imagine ourselves in the future with or without the new behaviours in place.  
CBH enables us to integrate elements of cognitive, behavioural, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based therapies all within the same session or therapy program if it’s beneficial in achieving the desired outcome.
With CBH we can readily oscillate between association and dissociation depending on how connected we want to be to the emotion, to solve a current problem.
At any stage of the process, we can learn to reframe our experiences/events as we would like them to be with the new possibilities and alternative solutions in place for healthier outcomes.

Once we have imagined implementing the new solutions in our imagination, we have this locked in and the pathways created, making it easier for us to readily implement the new behaviours in real-world situations.
Given new solutions need to be practised to become routine behaviours, we are likely to lapse while we get the hang of it, where we may fall back into our old ways of working temporarily, depending on how often we do the behaviours.

CBH creates a foundation of resourcefulness to be resilient at these times and use effective strategies to bounce back fast to prevent further relapse.
CBH helps to manage weight, quit smoking, control a habit, manage stress, overcome a phobia, build confidence, feel less anxious, or stop having panic attacks. It also helps with performance (e.g., business, sport), decision-making, and much more.

Karen is a highly qualified and experienced cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapist who can help you from the comfort of your own armchair or sofa from anywhere in the English-speaking world. Or perhaps you're within travelling distance to her practice and prefer in-person therapy, from her therapy clinic on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. 


Perhaps you can relate to one or more of the following: 

I want to feel happier

I want to feel healthier

I want to be more confident

I want to relax more

I want to perform better

I need new ways to think, feel, or behave

I want a new approach

It's time for change

I want to be more resilient!

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About Karen Bartle

As someone trained in psychology and a trainer of psychological therapies, including hypnotherapy, you can be reassured that Karen's knowledge and skills of practising cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy are of the highest standard.

Her approach to therapy is all about empowering people to make the change they desire. She offers support, encouragement and guidance. Karen helps her clients to make physically and mentally sustainable changes, to improve their health and well-being over the long term. You will always get a warm welcome here!

Karen is very enthusiastic about her work and works with a wide range of issues. She feels privileged to be able to use her skills and knowledge to enable clients to achieve positive results.

After completing her first psychology degree she spent several years working as a Graduate Psychologist. This included working in specialist units with people with severe and enduring mental health problems and working within a specialist community-based team supporting families and staff caring for adults with learning difficulties and complex needs to learn better communication strategies to manage challenging behaviours. The work was very challenging and incredibly rewarding.

Karen is committed to lifelong learning and continued her studies in psychology at the post-graduate level attaining an MSc in Health Psychology.

Her courses are professionally validated by several Australian & international Associations including the Australian Hypnotherapists Association which is an affiliate member of PACFA

Karen is a member of the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy and a clinical member of the Australian Hypnotherapists Association, fully insured, and has undergone police and working with children screening.

"Karen is a master in this field with a world of knowledge and experience. She is calm, kind and very passionate about what she does."

~ Sarah Rogers

 Karen's qualifications

MSc Health Psychology) 
- a two-year higher university degree
Health psychology is a psychological field that helps to promote good health and prevent disease, as the name suggests, it deals with improving people's health using psychology.

BSc (Hons) Psychology
) - a three-year university degree. As a clinical hypnotherapist, it is especially helpful that I am equipped with the knowledge and the tools for helping clients psychologically. You can have confidence that I have a detailed understanding of mind, behaviour and communication.

AdvDipPH - Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy practitioner & trainer. Demonstrates advancement from initial diploma training and higher level skills and knowledge.
HPD - Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma - externally validated and accredited jointly by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and NCFE.

DipH - Diploma in Hypnotherapy
. This qualification was gained by showing competence as a clinical hypnotherapist by completing an intensive course of over 450 hours. I was assessed on my theoretical knowledge and understanding, and my ability to practice hypnotherapy in a safe and ethical way.

CertHC -
Certificate in Hypnotic Coaching.

NLP Master Practitioner - Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming.

 - Certificate in Stress Management.

 - Certificate in Hypnotherapeutic Supervision. I am a qualified hypnotherapy supervisor.
Please schedule a call for a friendly, informal chat to learn how  hypnotherapy could help you! 

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Karen's unique blend of personal coaching/therapy,  is based on over 2 decades of practice, research & teaching, & incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), hypnosis, mindfulness, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), & coaching.  

Using this special blend of interventions means we can tackle issues more efficiently and effectively by managing things simultaneously on different levels.
CBT & NLP used together with hypnosis helps to make fast and lasting changes by restructuring the way we think, feel and behave. For example, when someone overeats they do so despite knowing consciously the consequences of doing so and wanting to not do so.


The unconscious has different ideas which are hidden from awareness. The person often cannot understand why they overeat and find it difficult to control. This is because the unconscious desire to eat unhealthily silently pesters despite the conscious efforts to stop. Methods of intervening during hypnotherapy help to manage any unconscious triggers contributing to a lack of progress or self-sabotage.


Another example is a smoker who is consciously aware that smoking is harmful and yet finds themselves compelled to smoke.


For many people, conscious knowledge of government health warnings, increasing social unacceptability, the cost, smell, and taste, etc. do not override the powerful unconscious habit. Hypno/therapy tackles the unconscious desire to smoke.

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Learn more about why hypnotherapy is so efficacious and dovetails so well with other approaches.
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CBH is a holistic intervention with wide application.  For example, did you know it can be used for medical problems?

It is well known that stress in the mind can cause or trigger medical conditions and illnesses in the body. Merely thinking about something can make your heart race.

Clearly, the mind and body are one. Hypno/therapy has been used successfully to treat lots of medical complaints including, asthma, burns, wounds, hypertension, diabetes, skin problems, infertility, menstrual problems, IBS and many more. CBH has been used for dental work and even major surgery where people are allergic to the anaesthetic. 

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Kick start your change work today!

Ready to go?! Have a quick chat with Karen to find out how she can help! 
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Looking for better ways to stop smoking? 

Hypnotherapy is a very natural and effective strategy to help you quit smoking. It can be used on its own or in combination with other smoking cessation methods such as nicotine replacement, varenicline (Chantix) or bupropion (Zyban).

Join Karen for a Quit Smoking Hypnosis program like no other, and eliminate smoking and improve your health!

Getting back in control can be simple, easy, and fun!

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Karen is an excellent tutor and therapist. She delivers training in an extremely engaging and thoughtful manner making all the materials interesting and accessible. The pace and delivery of the Diploma was well thought out and made learning almost an unconscious process. 

~ Sue Harper