Frequently Asked Questions
Many psychiatrists and psychotherapists acknowledge the value of hypnosis. The British Medical Association has acknowledged it as a valid therapeutic tool since 1899. The issue lies in the fact that 'hypnotherapy' is a full time job and a very specialised one. A psychiatrist who hypnotises someone three times a week will never have the skills of a hypnotherapist who works on three people a day. As a result, hypnosis takes something of a backseat.
In the meantime there are hypnotherapists who practice a more metaphysical process - such as past lives work - which may have some therapeutic application, however it is very limited. This type of hypnotherapist does little to add credibility to a modality that is undoubtedly powerful and useful - but is perceived as flakey because of these metaphysical practitioners.
As a result, people wishing to use hypnotherapy need to search carefully for the right kind of therapist. At Vancouver Hypnotherapy we practice a form of Technical Hypnotherapy. In this form of hypnotherapy there is no place for metaphysical hypnotherapy (or crystal balls, or angel cards). It focuses purely on addictions, weight loss, anxiety/stress related issues and depression. We do have therapists capable of the more metaphysical styles, however it is not our focus.
You won’t do or think anything under hypnosis that you wouldn’t normally do or think. You can’t be controlled. If people in a stage show act silly it’s because they want to.
As a general rule, yes - anyone with at least average intelligence and the ability to follow instructions AND wants to enter hypnosis, can be hypnotised.
With that being said, there are certain conditions where hypnosis is not recommended: ie: major clinical depression, suicidal ideations, and psychotic disorders.
Hypnosis provides access to the unconscious mind where most of our behaviour originates. With our guidance, you literally change undesirable emotions, habits, and behaviours into new desirable ones. You create a new you!
Typically, you will be guided into hypnosis about half way through a session. In some complex cases, the first session is spent getting detailed background. Then hypnosis can be used to reinforce your goals, or to uncover and remove troubling issues. A strong counselling element is also likely to play a part in the process.
Hypnosis is refreshing, relaxing, and energising; for some even more refreshing than sleep. Most important is the fact that it works— people get results.
The number of required sessions varies between individuals and the nature of the therapy. As a rule, hypnotherapy is considered short-term therapy compared to conventional psychotherapy, meaning you will spend, on average, 3-5 sessions instead of several months of sessions. Quit smoking is different in that it typically only requires one specialised 2-hour session.
Yes. Most addictions are caused by events deeply buried in the past. While treating addictions many methods fail to address these issues, and so really only deal with symptoms. Hypnotherapy addresses the causes. We specialise in working with clients who wish to manage their alcohol use.
Hypnosis has been found to be very effective with a broad range of issues. That being said, there are certain conditions that hypnosis is not recommended for: ie: major clinical depression, suicidality, and psychotic disorders.
This would include suicidal ideation, delusions, schizophrenia and severe depression.
No, it would be unethical for any hypnotist, therapist, counsellor, doctor, coach, or health practitioner to provide any guarantee.
We cannot guarantee your success as we are not capable of "making" people do anything. Hypnosis can help make changes easier, but ultimately your success is up to you.
With that being said, I suppose if you can guarantee that you will follow every single suggestion we provide, then that would guarantee your success.
As mentioned in the question above, we cannot and do not offer guarantees. The fees we charge are not a guarantee of success, they are the rate we charge for our services, time and business costs.