Q. How long does it take?
A. Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes depending on the nature of the work we do. Most sessions allow for both hypnotherapy and cognitive coaching.
Q. How does it work?
A. Hypnosis works by creating that same brain waves that you experience when you are in REM. This is what allows you to access the subconscious mind. It’s very easy and anyone can do it. It’s a very relaxing, meditative type process.
Q. What does it feel like?
A. You may not be aware that the average person goes into a hypnotic state several times a day – it’s called day dreaming! It is a natural state so won’t feel unfamiliar to you. A good example is when driving your car and you can’t remember how you got to your destination. The experience feels different for everyone and there is no right or wrong way. Some people feel a floating sensation, others feel quite sleepy, and some feel very much awake.
Q. Am I in control?
A. You are always in control and cannot be made to do anything that you don’t want to do. You cannot be taken into hypnosis against your will. Contrary to the ‘hypno-tainment’ style hypnotherapy that we see in stage shows, you will not be dancing like a chicken or kissing a lamp shade. You also cannot get “stuck” in hypnosis, You can talk, move your body, get a tissue, even get up and leave or take a bathroom break.
Q. What if I don’t “go deep” enough?
A. Don’t worry about how deep you go or how awake you are. It’s really not important to the outcome or results.
Q. Does hypnotherapy involve regression?
A. Sometimes – as this can be a powerful technique for identifying the root cause of an issue. What you see can bring out certain emotions, but you are simply ‘observing’ not ‘re-living’ events. You are completely safe, and you will be guided and supported throughout the process.
Q. Why do I need more than one session?
A. Just like an onion there are many layers to the issues, behaviours or habits that we would like to change about ourselves. The issues that show up for us (ie. the problems we want to solve) are often symptoms of something bigger going on that we need to address. Accessing the parts of the subconscious that allows us to deal with the ‘big stuff’ means that we need to address each of the layers. This is what differentiates long-time and sustainable change from a quick-fix.
Q. When will I start to see changes?
A. There are phases of change as a result of hypnotherapy. Every person is different and will experience change at their own pace. Change may be:
Immediate – where you experience a huge shift right away – with instant changes in your physiology, thoughts and behaviors, during or just after the session.
Incremental – where you start to notice small shifts every day, over a period of time.
Retroactive – where you don’t notice any significant change right away, then one day you look back and suddenly notice all of the things that are different in your life.