Q. How long does it take?
A. Each hypnotherapy session lasts between 60 – 90 minutes depending on the nature of the session. You will be advised in advance of your session how much time you need to allocate.
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.
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 of hypnosis 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. The results are effective regardless of how deep into hypnosis you go.
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 can’t enter hypnosis?
A. Everyone can be hypnotized. As long as you wish to enter hypnosis, you will. It’s an easy and thoroughly relaxing process.
Q. What if I don’t “go deep” enough?
A. Don’t worry about how deep you go. It’s really not important to the outcome. The depth of trance is not linked to your results. So don’t get stuck on “Am I deep enough?” Just tell yourself “This is working” and it absolutely will work. Just know that the process is effective.
Q. What if I think I already know the reasons behind my issue?
A. What makes hypnotherapy amazing is that even if you think you know the reason for your issue, you get to see it in a completely new way. That’s what allows you to change the meaning around your experiences, and ultimately change your beliefs and behaviours. Many clients, even when they think they know their triggers, have great moments of awareness and insight. Your subconscious mind has many answers that your conscious mind is not aware of.
Q. Does hypnotherapy involve regression?
A. Sometimes – as this is 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.
Q. What if I can’t attend a face-to-face session?
A. Online sessions are available for clients who are out of area or who can’t physically make it to an appointment. Online sessions are equally effective as face-to-face. Currently Zoom is the preferred method for online sessions and all instructions for using Zoom will be shared with you.