Frequently Asked Questions

How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis works at the alpha frequency of the brain. This is a relaxed state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. By working at this relaxed frequency, suggestions are more readily assimilated by the individual.

The American Psychological Association has this explanation: “Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals who have undergone a procedure designed to relax them and focus their minds.”

“Although hypnosis has been controversial, most clinicians now agree it can be a powerful, effective therapeutic technique for a wide range of conditions, including pain, anxiety and mood disorders. Hypnosis can also help people change their habits, such as quitting smoking.”

(Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology)

How long is a session?

A session is typically 90 minutes in length. I suggest that you allow a 2-hour window for our time together, as occasionally, a session can run over.

What does hypnosis feel like?

When you are in the hypnotic state, you feel safe and profoundly relaxed. As moments of your life are examined, you feel safe to experience your emotions.

Will I remember it?

Yes. The session will not alter your memory of events. However, you may find that your new perspective/understanding of the issue being addressed may change how you reflect on those events.

Will I be reliving episodes of my past?

You will not relive any moment of your past. I want you to approach revisiting scenes in your life the same way you re-watch a movie or TV show you’ve seen a couple of times, and you find yourself noticing things you’ve never seen before.

How long does my treatment last? Is it permanent?

The hypnosis I practice is geared toward lasting change. Permanence is up to each client. If you listen to your recording daily for at least a month, you can anticipate a noticeable and/or permanent shift in the issue you chose to address. If you don’t listen daily, your change may take longer, or may not be as lasting as you’d like. Additionally, if you never listen to your recording, you may revert to old patterns.

Are there any side effects?

Some people feel very emotional after and some feel very tired after a session and sleep very heavily too. You may also experience inexplicable feelings of joy, happiness, contentment, like something has ‘gone, shifted or changed’ but you just can’t put your finger on it!

Occasionally, there is an adjunct issue that is discovered. Your original recording may likely be effective for any subsequent issues, and our follow-up conversations will also serve to help clarify things. However, an additional session to address the issue may be necessary.

Can I listen to my recording more than once daily?

Yes. Make sure that you are in a safe, quiet place where you won’t be interrupted for approximately 15-20 minutes (the length of your recording plus a few minutes to become fully aware at the end of the listening).

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Roughly 10% of the population is unable to be hypnotised. There are a variety of reasons for this: some might be biological in nature; some individuals may have a mental issue for which hypnosis is not recommended (schizophrenia, etc.); alcohol and certain drugs will impact the efficacy of the session; other impediments might have to do with repressed memories. There is no way to know if you’re part of the 10%, until you have participated in a hypnosis session. Even if you haven’t achieved your desired results with hypnosis in the past, there is still a strong possibility that RTT will be effective for you.

Will I be 'under your power' during hypnosis?

No one can make you behave in any manner you don’t want to, or make you believe something you know is false. It is a misconception that you are ‘under the complete control’ of a hypnotist. You continue to be you, even when you choose hypnosis to modify your behaviour and/or beliefs.

Will I fall asleep?

Most likely not. Please make every effort to be well rested prior to our session. Your participation is needed to obtain optimal results. That said, some people have fallen asleep during the recording portion of the session, which is an appropriate time to do so. At the end of the recording, I bring you out of the hypnotic state.

Is hypnosis safe?

Absolutely – the hypnosis technique that I use are the safest in the world and the training I received was of the highest quality. You enter hypnosis through a deep relaxation technique. You may experience intense emotions but I am fully trained and experienced to support you.

What happens if the session becomes too intense for me?

Addressing emotional issues can sometimes feel overwhelming. I provide a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere you can relax completely in, whether we work online or in person.

If you appear to have a very strong emotional reaction to what is discovered, I will remind you that you are reviewing these moments, not reliving them. I will also direct you to pull away from the intensity of the scene and review it with a detached perspective. Your safety is most important to me. If it becomes necessary, I will bring you out of hypnosis.

How do I know it works?

Each individual experiences change differently. At the end of a session, some clients say they feel lighter, freer; some experience a stronger sense of self; most report that ‘something shifted.’ Generally, clients know their session was successful when they experience the stimuli that previously unnerved them, and discover they are enjoying the freedom of their desired outcome.

What is my involvement after my session?

Yes, it does. After your session is finished, you will have receive your personal recording, reinforcing your desired positive outcomes. It is important for you to listen to this recording daily for a minimum of 21 days for lasting results. You can listen to the recording as you’re falling asleep each night. Doing so easily incorporates/reinforces your changes. Your brain will process the information as you drift off to sleep.

Do you offer any support? What kind?

After your session, I will contact you periodically to see how you’re doing. You may also contact me should any questions or concerns arise. I will also be contacting you after 21 days to schedule a 30 minute review.



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