Frequently asked questions

How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis works at the alpha frequency of the brain. This is a relaxed state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. By working at this relaxed frequency, suggestions are more readily assimilated by the individual. The American Psychological Association has this explanation: “Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals who have undergone a procedure designed to relax them and focus their minds." “Although hypnosis has been controversial, most clinicians now agree it can be a powerful, effective therapeutic technique for a wide range of conditions, including pain, anxiety and mood disorders. Hypnosis can also help people change their habits, such as quitting smoking." (Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology)

How long would my session be?

A session is typically 90 minutes in length. I suggest that you allow a 2-hour window for our time together, as occasionally, a session can run over.

How will I feel in hypnosis?

When you are in the hypnotic state, you feel safe and profoundly relaxed. As moments of your life are examined, you feel safe to experience your emotions.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Hypnosis is not advised for individuals with epilepsy, schizophrenia, etc. Alcohol and certain drugs will impact the efficacy of the session; other impediments might have to do with repressed memories.

Will I loose my own power?

No one can make you behave in any manner you don’t want to, or make you believe something you know is false. It is a misconception that you are ‘under the complete control’ of a hypnotist. You continue to be you, even when you choose hypnosis to modify your behaviour and/or beliefs.

Will I remember my session and thoughts?

Yes. The session will not alter your memory of events. However, you may find that your new perspective/understanding of the issue being addressed may change how you reflect on those events.

Will I have to relive my past?

You will not relive any moment of your past. I want you to approach revisiting scenes in your life the same way you re-watch a movie or TV show you’ve seen a couple of times, and you find yourself noticing things you’ve never seen before.

What happens if I find it too much?

Addressing emotional issues can sometimes feel overwhelming. I provide a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere you can relax completely in, whether we work online or in person. If you appear to have a very strong emotional reaction to what is discovered, I will remind you that you are reviewing these moments, not reliving them. I will also direct you to pull away from the intensity of the scene and review it with a detached perspective. Your safety is most important to me. If it becomes necessary, I will bring you out of hypnosis.

Is my treatment permanent?

The hypnosis I practice is geared toward lasting change. Permanence is up to each client. If you listen to your recording daily for at least a month, you can anticipate a noticeable and/or permanent shift in the issue you chose to address. If you don’t listen daily, your change may take longer, or may not be as lasting as you’d like. Additionally, if you never listen to your recording, you may revert to old patterns.

Is it ok to listen to my recording more than once a day?

Yes. Make sure that you are in a safe, quiet place where you won’t be interrupted for approximately 15-20 minutes (the length of your recording plus a few minutes to become fully aware at the end of the listening).

What aftercare to you offer after my session?

After your session, I am available 24/7 on text or email to see how you're doing. You may also contact me should any questions or concerns arise. I will also be contactiong you after 28 days to schedule a 30 minute review.

Are there any side effects?

Some people feel very emotional after and some feel very tired after a session and sleep very heavily too. You may also experience inexplicable feelings of peace, calm, joy, happiness, contentment, like something has ‘gone, shifted or changed’ but you just can’t put your finger on it! Occasionally, there is an adjunct issue that is discovered. Your original recording may likely be effective for any subsequent issues, and our follow-up conversations will also serve to help clarify things. However, an additional session to address the issue may be necessary.