Occasionally, an initial assessment may result in a recommendation that hypnotherapy is not the best path forward for you and other approaches can then be utilized or recommended. A 15-minute phone call can help in finding out the best approach for you, but note this is not a complete assessment and we reserve the right to recommend alternative approaches based on ethics, expertise, and experience.
All Sessions are Online
All sessions are conducted online using Zoom. Upon booking your appointment, you will be emailed a link to a private Zoom meeting for you to join at the time of your session.
Preparation for your session
It’s good to select an appointment time when you will be:
Well-rested (good night’s sleep) and naturally (not from caffeine) high mental energy. If you are not well-rested, the mind has a harder time focusing and accessing positive perspectives.
Not caffeinated. Avoid coffee two hours before a session. Caffeine activates the nervous system and the mind, which can limit your ability to relax, a key aspect of hypnosis.
Less stressed than at other times in your day or week. This makes it easier to relax. For people with a stressful day job during the week, a weekend late morning or afternoon is often an optimal time.
Approach and Philosophy for Sessions
We will start by talking together to identify underlying causes for the thoughts, feelings, or behaviours you are looking to resolve. Most issues we are addressing in hypnotherapy are a result of an old coping or protective mechanism, which at one time made sense, but is now outdated and unhelpful. It is often only through hypnosis that we come to an understanding of our experiences and challenges.
While classic hypnosis approaches often go to work immediately at overriding these mechanisms through giving the subconscious positive programming, this is akin to mowing the lawn to eliminate weeds — its only a matter of time before the energy stored in the root will push up new shoots and soon reestablish the presence of the offending pattern.
Identifying and healing the root emotional cause is the more holistic and sustainable approach. This is like pulling up the weed by its roots, eliminating any chance for revival. Once a root has been identified, we move forward in your first session to transform that root, followed by explaining to the subconscious that there is no more reason to continue the now-redundant pattern. We then wrap up the session with visualizations of success or health in that area of your life extending into the future.
** As always, your health and well-being are in our top priority. We reserve the right to withhold the use of hypnosis until such time we feel it is appropriate for you. For clients in acute emotional distress or presenting significant symptoms of trauma, we may recommend the use of active discussion in the waking state to unravel core issues and complex patterns prior to using hypnosis, or we may suggest you consult with a Registered mental health professional specializing in trauma, harm reduction, or psychiatric medicine. In some cases, we may deem it inappropriate to use hypnosis in the first session, or at all. **