Will I be hypnotised in every session?

No, however hypnotherapy is one of my primary methods of practice so you can expect this to be used at various times during our time together. Most of your sessions will be conversational based (talk therapy) and hypnosis is used primarily as a way to overcome blocks, inspire future possibilities, treat such things as chronic pain and deal with deep emotional issues.

Does Hypnosis work for everyone?

Clinical studies report that hypnosis  has an eighty-five to ninety percent success rate and the key to making it work is through your unconditional acceptance of using it as  a viable  way  of  working. The best predictors of success is your willingness to become absorbed in fantasy or imagery and focus to  block  out  the  surrounding  world.

What is conversational based hypnosis?

This is a style of hypnotic induction pioneered by Dr. Milton Erickson which uses a combination of conversation, metaphors, contradictions, symbols, and antidotes to influence behavior rather than the traditional practice of direct orders. As a form of brief therapy,  the focus point of change is generally not on the client’s  past history .

Do you hypnotize children?

Hypnosis works very easily and well with children, however I do not use hypnsis with children unless it is directly requested by a parent, guardian, physician or authorized agency. Generally I tend not to hypnotize children.

Is hypnosis dangerous?

No, there are no dangers or side effects in using hypnosis, nobody ever gets stuck in a trance, or can be forced to do something against  their  will ; it certainly isn’t mind control.

When you are hypnotized you will not and can not be told  to do or act any differently than what you would normally. In many ways you are the one in control and not the practitioner.
You remain completely in control

During hypnosis am I in control or are you?

You are in control, In fact, you are leading the entire process and at any time you have the power to come out or go deeper into the hypnotic state, you manage what you see and experience and interpret. I just facilitate the hypnotic opportunity and make sure you are comfortable and focused.

What is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?

A type of therapy born from the union of cognitive therapy and meditative principles.It is often used to support individuals who suffer from bad mood or thinking about painful memories and difficult emotions. Mindfulness- Based Cognitive Therapy can be summed up as the practice and state of being aware of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions on a continuous basis. It contributes to an acceptance of the self as it is, without attaching value judgments to our thoughts.

How does cognitive behavioral therapy work?

The goal of CBT is to help you discover new and better ways of doing things and how to react and follow new actions and behaviors. There is a very practical edge to CBT in that you are expected to try out different ways of acting and responding. After careful review of the outcomes you achieve we construct a new repretuare of ways to interact and function in the world.

What is parts therapy?

This particular form of therapy is used when an individual is facing internal conflict and opposing thoughts. It uses clinical hypnosis as the medium for mediation between the conflicted “parts” and is always focused on arriving at a satisfactory and practical solutions.

What is narrative therapy?

Narratives are stories inform our life. They are often the foundation for how we see and represent ourself in  the world. Unfortunately, many of these stories  can contain inaccuracies, misplaced  cultural and group norms and  misinterpretations or reality. When this happens, we get lead down wrong paths and into issues and problems that get in the way of our goals, personal development and success. “Narrative therapy is a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling which addresses the narrative stories you live by. It places you at the  centre as an experts of  your own life. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.” Narrative Therapy is designed for you to change the scripts and narratives in your life; the stories that impact your feelings, interpretations, thoughts  and beliefs and replacing them with more efficient and helpful messages.

What are narrative stories?

Stories you hold about yourself and your life. These stories are often informed and created from the things you hear, you read, you are told, you learn and you accept. Many times these stories come from significant others in your life: from family , friends and peers. They also come from popular culture such as the songs and lyrics you listen to, the movies and television programs you watch, the stars and heroes you follow.