Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy
What's the difference between Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis allows you to contact your inner, subconscious self, where suggestions or replacement triggers can be implanted to help you:
or become a more confident you (for example).
It’s quick and simple and if you repeatedly listen to the audio recording emailed to you after your session to reinforce the suggestions, hypnosis is very effective for straightforward hurdles.
By comparison, hypnotherapy uses advanced hypnosis to takes you back to the very root of a problem, so that the source of the issue can finally be identified and released. This allows you to move forward when you’re stuck or feel like you're "in it deep".
Hypnotherapy can free you from issues like:
shy bladder syndrome,
or it can take away the anguish from a traumatic experience or decrease pain (to name a few examples).
This technique is extremely effective when you don’t know why something is happening, because the process takes you back to the instant that a seed was first planted, when the behaviour began to take root, allowing you to see it from the very beginning and understand how a small thing could have matured into today’s big problem. Once the root is identified, it can be isolated, treated, released and replaced with something positive.
What can I expect in a hypnosis / hypnotherapy appointment?
You can expect that we will spend some time information gathering: talking a bit about your background, what the problem is, what brought you in, and what you're hoping to get out of the session.
The hypnosis / hypnotherapy session itself can be broken down into four main sections:
During the first section, relaxation, we work together to help you set everything aside and relax so that you will get the most out of the session.
Once you are relaxed, we will connect your conscious and unconscious mind.
Suggestion or Therapy
Once the connection is made and the subconscious is open, we can plant suggestions or discover the roots of an issue, discuss why it's there and remove it. The experience can be quite different for everyone, where some 'go under' quite quickly and experience a very vivid session. Others, not so much.
Interestingly, the depth of the trance has no bearing on the result. What everyone can expect is a heightened sense of awareness. You will be aware of everything at all times. Hyper-aware, in fact, and unless there's a very good reason to 'bury' a memory, you will remember everything that transpires.
You can expect to walk out feeling hopeful and better than when you came in, even if the issue isn't fully resolved and requires another appointment.
How long does a hypnosis / hypnotherapy session last?
The default booking duration is two hours. The session may wrap-up sooner. If additional time is needed, we'll book a subsequent appointment.
How many hypnosis / hypnotherapy sessions will I need?
How quickly you progress & whether it will require multiple sessions depends on a number of factors:
How deeply ingrained is the issue?
How attached are you?
Is trust an issue?
How open are you to 'letting it go'?
Can we approach the problem directly, or do we have to come at it from different angles?
Other Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy
Frequently asked questions about Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation which allows you to access your subconscious on a very deep level. It basically helps you get out of your own way so you can move forward.
Are there any limits to hypnosis?
Yes, contrary to how hypnosis is depicted in pop culture, it's not magic. The most common limitation is willingness. Contrary to popular fiction, hypnosis can’t make you do anything you don’t WANT to do, which is why if you’ve ever watched a stage hypnotist, you’ll quite often see their assistants quietly guiding people off the stage after they’ve ‘snapped out’ of the trance. What’s happened is the hypnotist made a suggestion that they weren't comfortable with and their subconscious mind rebelled.
Are there different hypnosis techniques?
Yes. Many. And I incorporate a lot, based on what's best for you. The two I use most commonly are straight hypnosis and hypnotherapy. The difference is that in hypnotherapy, we work together to find and fix the root of the issue. Once that’s resolved, the problem goes away on its own. Hypnotherapy may take longer initially, but is particularly effective with depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosomatic illness (shy bladder, for example), and weight loss.
Does hypnosis actually work?
Absolutely, as long as you’re willing.
What can hypnosis help with?
Clear thinking / goal setting
Many more. The list is virtually endless.
What CAN’T hypnosis do?
It can’t help you ace an exam if you never go to class or crack a book.
It can’t force you to quit smoking if you really don’t want to.
It can't do the work for you.
Basically, it can’t accomplish magic. You have to be willing, you have to put in the time and you have to want to make the changes.
Is there anyone who can’t be hypnotized?
Yes, but only a very small number and select groups of people. They include those people who can’t access both right and left cortices of the brain, the criminally insane, and other hypnotists (if the other hypnotist chooses not to). That said, if you don’t belong to any of those groups, you can be hypnotized.
About Your Session
Is there anything I should do to prepare?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and come with a willing spirit and an open mind.
Will you make me cluck like a chicken?
Only if you want me to, but I don’t really see the point.
Will you be recording our sessions?
Yes, and I will email you a copy so you are able to reinforce our session at home.
How much does a hypnotherapy session cost?
One on one, in person sessions are $135.00/hour.
Are you covered under my health insurance?
Not at this time, no.
Where did you take your training?
The majority of my training was done at the Hypnotism Training Institute of Alberta (http://www.htialberta.com/) with Anny Slegten.