What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural, self-induced state of deep relaxation.  While in hypnosis, the subconscious mind is open to positive suggestions, and memories, which may be affecting a person’s life subconsciously, can be retrieved and neutralized.

Have you ever wondered where your irrational fear of public speaking/insects/flying/elevators etc. came from?  The answer is in your subconscious mind.  For example,  approximately thirteen years ago, I walked into an elevator and as the elevator began to fill with people, I suddenly started to panic and actually ran screaming out of the elevator.  Prior to this incident, I had never had any fear of elevators.  After that incident, I avoided using elevators for eight years at all costs.

Then, in 2005, my mother was hospitalized and she was receiving treatment on the 14th floor of the hospital.  After three days of experiencing horrible panic attacks going up in the elevators to visit her, I thumped myself on the head and said to myself, “This is ridiculous.  I help clients all the time to get rid of their irrational fears.  I can use hypnosis on myself to eliminate this fear”.

body-castAs all hypnosis is actually “self-hypnosis”,  I began “working” on myself to discover the subconscious source of the fear.  After several attempts (which is the norm), I discovered the memory of being in the hospital myself at the age of nine months, “trapped” in a body cast that extended from the toes of my right foot, all the way up my body to my armpits, which was designed to immobilize my broken right leg.  While I had seen pictures of myself in the body cast, prior to discovering this memory while in hypnosis,  I had no conscious memory of this experience.

As the subconscious mind is designed to protect a person, my subconscious mind decided that the experience of being “trapped” at the back of a full elevator was too much like being “trapped” in the body cast, and created the “flight response” (the first panic attack) to get me out of the elevator.

After discovering this memory, the fear of elevators disappeared!  When a memory is in the subconscious mind only, it has a lot of power.  But by bringing the memory to the conscious mind, I was then able to deal with it rationally, reminding myself that I was no longer a little nine month old baby trapped in a body cast and that I could freely walk in or out of an elevator.

Is hypnosis/hypnotherapy safe?

Being in the state of hypnosis is perfectly safe.  As it is simply a deep state of relaxation and focused attention, a person in hypnosis is still aware of their environment and is in control. Guided meditation is a form of hypnosis. While in the state of hypnosis, you do not “surrender your will”, nor will you reveal secrets. Hypnosis is not a “truth serum”.

There are many myths about hypnosis being a form of “mind control” and these myths are perpetuated by the way hypnosis is portrayed in films, other media, and by stage hypnotists.   While a stage hypnosis show makes it look as though hypnosis is mind control, the biggest factor as to how the hypnotist gets individuals to do goofy things is simply that they are all volunteers and are open to doing silly things even before they get on the stage.  A stage hypnotist will carefully select individuals to participate in their show because if they don’t, their show will be a disaster.

While being in the state of hypnosis is safe, when choosing to use hypnotherapy to deal with issues, it is important to choose a qualified hypnotherapist who you feel comfortable with as they guide you through the process.  As a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, I have undergone 350 hours of training and undergone a police background check.  As the practice of hypnotherapy is unregulated in Canada, it is important to choose your hypnotherapist based on their education, experience and your comfort level with them.

Who uses hypnosis/hypnotherapy?

More and more, hypnotherapy is being recognized as a valuable, alternative modality for facilitating change in people’s lives.  I have worked with children, adolescents, business men and women, dentists, doctors, television personalities, athletes and more.

What do you want to achieve?

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