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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:

  • lose weight,

  • stop smoking

  • 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,

  • stuttering,

  • 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 backgroundwhat 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:

  1. Relaxation 
    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.


  2. Connection
    Once you are relaxed, we will connect your conscious and unconscious mind.


  3. 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.


  4. Conclusion

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.


You can read more about what to expect and find some interesting case studies on my blog.

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

  • 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?
    Overcoming trauma Memory aid Clear thinking / goal setting Life course Sleep Grief Depression Anxiety PTSD Pain management Psychosomatic illness Weight Loss Smoking cessation 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.
  • 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. Just remember: never listen to hypnosis sessions while driving!
  • How much does a hypnotherapy session cost?
    One on one, in person sessions are $135.00/hour. The fee is payable at the end of each session through cash, Interac e-transfer, Square or PayPal invoicing (both of which will accept debit and credit cards, but you will be charged an extra 3% service fee for the credit card option).
  • 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 ( with Anny Slegten.
  • How do hypnosis downloads work?
    Hypnosis works by re-wiring your inner voice so you can take back control. Simply find a quiet time and place (preferably first thing in the morning, or last thing at night), close your eyes... and listen. Once a day. 22 minutes. For lasting change, listen for 19 days.
  • How do I maximize my success with this download?
    To answer that, here's note from Janet: "You and I do the work together. Think of us as partners in your success, where we each have a job to do. I can’t do it alone. Your part in your success is having a willing and open spirit. ​ These recordings will work for you: If you truly want and welcome change, and If you commit and listen to the recordings repeatedly until the new behaviour is fully rooted."
  • Why a downloadable session?
    - Great Value- listen ANY TIME (it's like having a therapist you pay once & have on speed-dial forever) - There's nothing for anyone else to accidentally/not-accidentally overhear- a guided audio session is 100% Private and Safe - No awkward disclosures or sharing - Listen in the comfort of your own home (and maybe in your jammies?)
  • How do I access the file to download the hypnosis session?
    After purchase, you'll see a button to save the hypnosis MP3 to your computer immediately. You'll also get an email with the link to download. There's no limit to the number of times you download the file–we're trusting you not to share your download link or file with others ;) –but the download link will expire within 72 hours for security reasons. ​ If you complete the purchase on your mobile phone/tablet ​ iPhone/iPad users: refer back to the email with your download link when you have access to a computer. You can listen to the MP3 on any computer, or use the computer to transfer the file to iTunes to sync it with your device to listen on-the-go. ​ Android users: you can download the file directly after purchase or via the email link to listen immediately.
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