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
As someone considering hypnotherapy as a solution, you may have a single issue you would like to work on or you may have a long list of things you’d like to address.
Single Issue Clients
If you are someone who has a single issue that needs healing, we may get to work with the goal of bringing full resolution in your first session. Single issues can include nail biting, quitting smoking, losing weight, anxiety, insomnia, etc.
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in hypnotherapy are a result of an old coping or protective mechanism, which at one time made sense, but is now outdated and unhelpful.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 in hypnosis in the first session, or at all. **
Multiple Issue Clients
If you are someone who has a list of issues that need healing, we will work together in your first session to:
Assess your goals and limitations.
Determine the framework within which we can work and develop a recommended therapeutic approach.
Identify any limiting beliefs around your ability to heal and respond by teaching you about how we can heal with hypnotherapy.
Get you immediate relief by working on the deepest core issue that you are willing to work on. This is typically done by bringing healing to major painful themes and painful events from your past. Often multiple issues are interrelated and by working at the core issues, other issues resolve.
While we generally recommend sessions be spaced 1-2 weeks apart, the timing is ultimately up to you. The content we focus on each time is always determined through discussion and agreement.
Here is an outline of the steps that we generally take with multiple-issue clients:
Examine the list of symptoms in want of healing, and tie them to core themes/issues.
Conduct a general first session addressing all core issues we are aware of at this time.
Evaluate efficacy of session, through (a) your feedback to us of your subjective experience, and (b) you observing yourself over the days following the session and then sharing with us what symptoms were alleviated, and which symptoms remain.
Discuss and decide whether additional session work is wanted (up to you based on your urgency in addressing remaining issues) and likely to be helpful.
Either conduct an additional focused session, or end course of treatment.
** 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 and other hypnotherapeutic frameworks 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. **