Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness in which an individual experiences increased focus and suggestibility. When positive suggestions are received in this altered state, habits, behaviours and beliefs can be changed at a subconscious level to align with a desired outcome. The state of hypnosis is created by slowing down the brain wave levels from a beta state, which is your alert, waking state, to an alpha or theta brain wave level (these are the levels at which hypnosis occurs). Delta is the brain wave level experienced when sleeping. In the alpha and theta states, the critical faculty, which acts like a filter between the conscious and subconscious mind can easily be bypassed, allowing the client to work within their subconscious, guided by the hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis is actually a naturally-occurring state that we are all in at least twice a day (as we go to sleep, and when we wake up). Other times we enter a natural state of hypnosis are those moments where we find ourselves engrossed in an activity and lose track of time, or when we’re doing something on autopilot, such as driving and wondering what colour that last traffic light was when we reach our destination. So yes, you absolutely can be hypnotised and a skilled hypnotherapist will be able to put you at ease with the process and have an array of tools and techniques to help you achieve a state of hypnosis quickly and easily!
No, you cannot get stuck in hypnosis. One common misconception about hypnosis is the fear of being permanently trapped or unable to return to a normal waking state. You always retain control and if, for any reason, the connection with the hypnotherapist is interrupted or you need to end the session abruptly, you will naturally emerge from the hypnotic state on your own. You may simply open your eyes and return to your normal state of consciousness, just as you would from any other relaxed state.
It's crucial to understand that hypnosis cannot make you do anything against your will or reveal secrets you don't wish to share. It is a collaborative process where you maintain control over your thoughts, actions, and decisions. The role of the hypnotherapist is to guide you into a relaxed state and offer positive suggestions to help you achieve your desired goals.
I'm a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist with CACHE (The Canadian Association of Counselling Hypnotherapists and Educators) which requires a minimum of 150 classroom jours and 50 practicum hours with annual supervision and continued education requirements to maintain certification, in addition to adherence to the association’s Code of ethics. I also have specialty training including HypnoFertility, HypnoBirth and Sexual Freedom Hypnosis, alongside my academic education in sexology (certificate in sexuality intervention from Université de Montréal and currently completing a Bachelor’s in sexology at UQAM).
A typical session structure is check-in and update since your previous session followed by a live hypnosis session and post-hypnosis discussion. I may also provide other mind-body practices to support the work done in the session. On rare occasions, a session may not include hypnosis. For example, if something comes up for you that requires a lengthy discussion before moving forward with more hypnotherapy, or the need arises to significantly change the course of the hypnotherapy work.
Online hypnotherapy can be a powerful and convenient alternative that allows you to experience the benefits of hypnotherapy from virtually anywhere in the world.
Convenience and Accessibility: Online hypnotherapy allows you to enjoy sessions from the comfort of your own home. Being in a space that’s already very familiar to you can aid the process of relaxation and help you achieve a state of hypnosis more easily. You can attend sessions without the need to travel to a physical location, which can be an advantage for those with busy schedules, mobility issues, or limited access to local hypnotherapists.
Privacy and Comfort: Some individuals may feel more at ease undergoing hypnotherapy in the familiar surroundings of their own environment. Online sessions provide a level of privacy that may enhance your comfort and openness during the therapy process. You can create a personal space conducive to relaxation and introspection, promoting an even more effective hypnotherapy experience.
Continuity of Care: If you relocate or travel frequently, online hypnotherapy provides continuity of care. You can maintain your therapeutic progress and continue working with the same hypnotherapist regardless of your physical location. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals who prefer a long-term therapeutic relationship or require ongoing support.
When considering online hypnotherapy, it's essential to ensure you have a stable internet connection, a private and comfortable space, and compatible technology to engage in the sessions seamlessly. My practice uses Zoom for online sessions and the Practice Better platform for session bookings and document sharing
The number of sessions required varies from person to person. Several factors come into play such as the nature and complexity of the issue you're addressing, your individual progress, and your personal goals. On average, clients often find resolution within the 3 to 6 sessions. However, some individuals may require more sessions, particularly for complex or longstanding issues. Additionally, you may choose to continue working on other aspects of personal development even after your initial goals are met, requiring further sessions. The number of sessions is ultimately a collaborative decision between you and your hypnotherapist.
Yes I do! I am accredited with the ANQ (Association des Naturothérapeutes du Québec) to issue receipts for naturotherapy services that are reimbursed by most major insurance companies under their naturopathy coverage. As coverage does vary greatly from contract to another, I recommend you contact your insurer to verify your coverage. Please reach out if you need further information.