Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist. These suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves.

Does everyone respond to hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the process and feel that you can place your trust in your hypnotherapist. It’s also important to keep an open mind, as any skepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.

What issues can be treated with hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders including but not limited to:

  • relief of pain in surgery and dentistry
  • assistance during all stages of the birthing process
  • smoking cessation
  • alcoholism
  • eating disorders
  • weight loss
  • nighttime bed wetting in children
  • chronic asthma
  • stammering
  • uncontrolled blushing
  • panic attacks
  • obsessive compulsive behaviour
  • stress
  • insomnia
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • psoriasis
  • eczema
  • excessive sweating
  • PTSD
  • depression
  • migraines
  • grief

and potentially much more!

If you don’t see your issue on this list, please contact me to discuss if hypnotherapy might work for you!

How regularly will I see my hypnotherapist?

How regularly you see your hypnotherapist will be something you decide together. Initially, you may wish to meet on a weekly basis, but depending on improvements and how you feel, you may choose to then see them more or less frequently.

How long do hypnotherapy sessions last?

This depends on both your hypnotherapist and your circumstances. One off services such as smoking cessation or gastric band hypnotherapy can last around two hours, while a general hypnotherapy session will usually take 50 – 60 minutes.

Is hypnotherapy covered by my benefit plan?

This depends on your benefit plan. Most extended benefit plans won’t cover hypnotherapy under their paramedical expenses, but you should be able to use your HSA to cover fees.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy involves induction of a trance-like condition allowing the patient to be in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist’s voice. In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed. This allows the therapist to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which become firmly planted.

Hypnotherapy aims to reprogram patterns of behaviour within the mind, helping you to overcome irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts, and suppressed emotions. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.

Will hypnotherapy make me do foolish or illegal things?

A Hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything you don’t want to, even if it’s good for you. Forget what you’ve seen in the movies and on TV, you are actually more in control of your mind & body during hypnosis than at any other time because your attention is focused. Clinical hypnosis is very different from stage hypnosis, so you will not be asked to do anything that is foolish or useless. It is impossible to get “stuck” in hypnosis. You are awake, aware, and in control the whole time. Hypnosis requires your consent and rather than someone controlling you, it enables you to feel more in control of your own life. Stage hypnosis is entertainment, where a willing member of the audience volunteers to demonstrate the power of their imagination.

What training or certification is required?


How many sessions of hypnotherapy will I need?

The duration of therapy depends on your circumstances and the reason for which you are seeking hypnosis. If you are seeking hypnosis for a one off service such as smoking cessation for example, many hypnotherapists will deliver hypnotherapy in a single session of up to two hours. Other issues however, may better suit a longer-term approach with regular weekly sessions. Your hypnotherapist will let you know how many sessions they feel you might need when you start therapy, and will be flexible when it comes to decreasing or extending the number of sessions to correlate with your progress and needs.

Is hypnotherapy for children safe?

Hypnotherapy for children and young people is considered highly effective and is completely safe. Children tend to respond very well to hypnosis as they are naturally quite imaginative and use their subconscious minds a great deal more than adults do. Hypnotherapy can help to address a number of issues commonly experienced in childhood, including:

  • exam nerves
  • sleep problems
  • nighttime bed wetting
  • stuttering
  • uncontrollable blushing
  • fears
  • eating disorders
  • low self-esteem

If your child has an issue that you don’t see listed here, contact me to find out if hypnotherapy can assist them.

How much do sessions cost?

Each practitioner charges different rates and depending on the issue, will depend on how many sessions you may require. Please feel free to contact me to find out further information on fees.

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