Frequently Asked Questions

Watch the video below for answers to most hypnosis questions:

What is the current view of hypnotherapy in the professional psychiatric community?

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 or counsellor who hypnotises someone two or 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-life regression, which may have some therapeutic application but is very limited. While past-life regression can be powerful and useful for some clients, in the psychiatric field, it is often perceived as flakey. As a result, people wishing to use hypnotherapy need to search carefully for the right kind of therapist.

Who shouldn't use hypnosis?

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. 

What is a session like?

Typically, we spend the first half of your session discussing history, goals, and/or changes. In the second half of the session, you will be guided into hypnosis, which can be used to reinforce your goals or uncover and remove troubling issues. A strong counselling element is also likely to play a part in the process.

In some complex cases, the first session is solely spent getting a detailed background and setting outcome goals. In these complex cases, there may not be time for hypnosis in that first session.

How many sessions are needed?

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.

Will I do things I don't want to do? Can my mind be controlled?

In our therapy office, we are focused on serious issues and never do any silly things. Hypnosis is not mind control, and you can never be forced to do anything against your will.

Can everyone be hypnotised?

In a therapeutic setting, yes, anyone with at least average intelligence, the ability to follow instructions, and the desire to enter hypnosis can be hypnotised. Luckily for us, in many cases, a deep level of trance is not required; therefore,  the vast majority of people can enter hypnosis for therapeutic reasons.

In the world of stage hypnosis, no. Stage hypnosis requires a very deep level of trance to be attained in a short period of time. 

With that being said, there are certain conditions where hypnosis is not recommended, i.e., major clinical depression, suicidal ideations, and some psychotic disorders.

How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis provides access to the unconscious (subconscious) mind, where most of our behaviours originate. With our guidance, you can literally change (or release) undesirable emotions, habits, and behaviours into new, desirable ones. You essentially create a new you, or at least return to the you that you were meant to be.

 

What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis is refreshing, relaxing, and energising; for some, it is even more refreshing than sleep. Clients almost always state that they enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the next session. Most important is the fact that it works—our clients get results.

Is success guaranteed?

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.

Do you offer refunds?

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. We do not offer refunds for our services.

Packages are offered at a discount rate as they represent a level of commitment to change. As a general rule, we do not offer refunds on packages. *In the event that a refund may be offered, all completed sessions will be charged at their single session rates, and the balance will be refunded (less a 10% office fee). You can read more about our refund policy on our Terms & Conditions page.