When seeking to address the root cause of a problem, quite often it begins in the mind.
Hypnotherapy is a unique and powerful tool that I integrated into my naturopathic toolkit over a decade ago to address the limitations our minds can place on us. Hypnotherapy enables us to tap into our deepest potential and the healing power of the mind. It can help us overcome limiting beliefs, emotional baggage and/or undesired behaviours that trap us in unhealthy patterns, and it can positively propel us forward with more confidence and resilience.
To learn more about hypnotherapy and hypnosis, please check out the FAQ below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a broad label that includes various techniques that work with the subconcious mind to create beneficial therapeutic outcomes. Hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Mental and Emotional Release (MER®) and Timeline Therapy are all forms of hypnotherapy.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind simply characterized by a slower brainwave state. In this state there is an overlap between the Conscious and Subconscious mind, creating an expanded state of awareness. Put simply, hypnosis is simply a heightened state of focus and attention.
How does hypnosis work?
The Conscious mind is that part of the mind that allows us to reason, solve problems and make decisions; it accounts for only about 10% of our mind’s power. That explains why our “will power” so often fails us when we depend on it to help us make changes in ourselves.
How does someone get "hypnotized"? Can I be hypnotized?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis so the first thing that is required is a complete willingness to engage in the process. No one can force you into a state of hypnosis.
How will I know I'm in a state of hypnosis?
Can I be made to do something against my will?
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No! Absolutely not! Remember, hypnosis is a perfectly natural state of mind. It is part of our brain wave cycle, as are sleep and fully conscious states. You maintain control.
Will I be unconscious?
No, you are simply in a dual state of mind where the Subconscious and Conscious minds overlap. It is similar to the brain states we are in just before falling asleep or waking from sleep.
How many sessions will I need?
What are some of the conditions or problems that hypnotherapy can assist with?
To name a few: smoking cessation, fears and phobias, behaviour modification, attachment to long held emotions (ie: hurt, guilt, grief, sadness, anger), limiting beliefs (ie: "I'm not good enough", "I'm not loveable"), stuck states (ie: laziness, procrastination), conflicting parts (ie: "Part of me really wants to stay in the relationship and another part of me really wants to leave"), skin conditions, asthma, stress management, weight reduction, pain management, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, sports performance and goal achievement (ie health, fitness, relationship, career).
Can hypnotherapy sessions be done online?
Do you provide your services internationally?
I am licensed to practice naturopathic medicine in Ontario, Canada, so only those living in the province can be a patient.
What is Mental and Emotional Release (MER®)?
MER® utilizes techniques from a branch of hypnotherapy, called Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), which can rapidly allow you to gain emotional control over your life and make fast, effective, long-term changes in behavior. The subconscious mind stores all of our memories, and in doing so creates a "Time Line" which enables us to tell the difference between a past event or a projection into the future. Behavioural change in an individual also occurs at the subconscious level and this is the level at which MER® therapy works. Once the root cause is released, a domino effect occurs, which propels the liberating shift forward through time, preserving any of the necessary learnings along the way. By accessing and working with your Time Line, it's possible to eliminate many types of issues held in the past, thus allowing you to move forward towards your goals and desires.
What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
What does it mean to have a "model of the world"?
Does MER® change or erase my memories?
Not at all. Memories remain intact, the only thing that changes is the attachment to the negative emotion or limiting decision/belief that was created at that time and carried forward. An example would be having a terrible fear of dogs your whole life because as a child you were attacked by one; after MER® therapy, you can recall the attack, but you no longer carry forward the irrational fear of dogs as a result of it.