What is Hypnosis?

When you hear the word hypnotist, the most likely image that comes to mind is a sinister stage-villain who brings about a hypnotic state by swinging a pocket watch back and forth.  The hypnotist does not hypnotize the individual.  Rather, the hypnotist serves as a sort of coach or tutor whose job is to help the person to hypnotize themselves..  While hypnosis is often described as a sleep-like trance state, it is better described as a state of focused attention, heightened suggestibility and vivid imagination.

While definitions can vary, the American Psychological Association describes hypnosis as a cooperative interaction in which the participants responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist. While hypnosis has become well-known, thanks to popular acts where people are prompted to perform unusual or ridiculous actions, it is important to know that the technique has also been clinically proven to provide medical and therapeutic benefits, most notably in the reduction of pain and anxiety, phobias and self-doubt. It has even been suggested that hypnosis can reduce vision issues and the symptoms of dementia.  Hypnosis is a trance state characterized by increased suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It is a normal state that most people experience on a regular basis, such as when daydreaming or when “losing yourself” in a book or movie. Just as when daydreaming or being absorbed by what you are reading, you are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. This gives you the ability to focus on the situation at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought.

Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxation where the subconscious mind (the part of your brain responsible for your habits) can be worked with to make positive changes. A qualified hypnotherapist understands how to help you work with your subconscious mind in order to help you make the positive changes that you desire and will work with you to help you accomplish your goals. 

Hypnotherapy has a high success rate when compared to many other different types of treatment for the same issues, with many people reporting added benefits such as increased self-esteem, improved sleep, and decreased stress.

How does Hypnotherpy work?

Hypnosis works by altering your state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. Since the unconscious mind is a deeper-rooted, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient’s behaviour to alter.
For example, an individual who consciously wants to quit smoking may try everything they consciously can to do it, but could still fail as long as their unconscious mind retains the urge to smoke.

Progress can be made by ‘reprogramming’ the unconscious so that deeply seated urges are diminished and beliefs that they cannot quit are abolished.

How many sessions will it take to work?

The number of sessions required depends on the type of problem, severity, and your motivation to change. Most people can see dramatic improvements, if not a complete change, in just one session.  Habits such as smoking are usually cured in 1 or 2 sessions, whereas ongoing issues such as learning to eat healthier are most effective if done a few times a year.   That is the reason I take each client on a personal session by session criteria.

Most of my clients have experienced results in one session, while others feel they need more to succeed.  Some change will occur with each session.  Each person improves and grows at a different rate and it important that we recognize and celebrate each new step in self-change.  Hypnosis is a gentle, non-invasive, chemical free, natural way of achieving so many wonderful and exciting outcomes.

Is being Hypnotised like being asleep?

Although you are in a very relaxed state, hypnosis is not like being asleep since you are aware of everything around you.  Hypnosis is much more similar to meditation, where you have a strong internal focus and are very relaxed, yet you are in complete control.  Unlike sleeping where you feel as if you are a passive recipient of your dreams, you can actively choose what to visualize and can be hyper-attentive to the topic at hand.

Do I need to feel like I have been hypnotised for it to work?

Some people come out of a session and do not believe that they had been hypnotized because they do not have a clear conception of how hypnotism is supposed to feel.  Since a person is completely aware under hypnosis and they do not experience a loss of control, some people will claim that they did not go “under”.  Interestingly enough, it is very common for these people to completely change their habits after being hypnotized, claiming that they just “suddenly realized” how important it was for them to change.  Do you recall the last time you pulled into the driveway and couldn’t remember the drive home?  That is a perfect metaphor for how a hypnosis session works.

Will Hypnosis work if you do not believe in it?

In my experience, hypnosis is extremely effective even for those who claim not to believe in it.  However, as with anything else, telling yourself that you cannot change can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Medical research has shown time and time again that even widely accepted treatments are less effective for those who do not believe that they will get better.

Will I become stuck in Hypnosis?

That is impossibility.  Many people put themselves in a minor trance all the time. Have you ever gotten so wrapped up in something that hours flew by like minutes?   That is a case of light Hypnosis.  You are constantly aware of your surroundings and can bring yourself ‘out’ at anytime. If something were to happen to disturb the hypnotic state, your mind would wake up automatically

Will I be groggy and numb?

Hypnosis is not like being drugged.  Even when you are in hypnosis, you are aware.  Regardless of the experience, most clients tend to report feeling ‘alert and refreshed’ after each session.

Will I cluck like a chicken/bark like a dog?

I have to admit that this is the number one question that I am asked.  What the question really comes down to is, “Will I do or say anything I don’t want to?”  And I have to respond, “No, nobody does anything while in Hypnosis that they would not do while out of Hypnosis”.  You are in complete control while in Hypnosis.  If a suggestion goes counter to your beliefs, desires or personal choices, you will reject it.  Consequently, if you have a secret, you will keep it secret.  Hypnosis is not a ‘truth drug’.

Is Hypnosis safe?

Hypnosis is 100% safe and is something that the mind naturally already does. In fact, everyone actually goes in and out of hypnosis all day long without even being aware of it because our minds operate on a conscious and a subconscious level simultaneously.

Can we use Hypnosis to change our lives?



Our habits and behaviours are controlled by the subconscious mind, even when they are habits we prefer we didn’t have. We predominantly use our subconscious mind which can sometimes be in conflict with our conscious wants. For example, a person might suffer from stage fright (a subconscious reaction) when they actually want to feel comfortable on stage (the conscious want).

Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxation where the subconscious mind (the part of your brain responsible for your habits) can be worked with to make positive changes. A qualified hypnotherapist understands how to help you work with your subconscious mind in order to help you make the positive changes that you desire and will work with you to help you accomplish your goals. 

Hypnotherapy has a high success rate when compared to many other different types of treatment for the same issues, with many people reporting added benefits such as increased self-esteem, improved sleep, and decreased stress.

Hypnosis is not…

  • Weakening of will
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Loss of control
  • Mind control
  • A process that requires a weak mind
  • Magic
  • Something that “controls” you

Hypnosis is…

  • An effective, non-chemical method of changing habits and improving skill
  • A natural process that occurs in everyone.
  • Focused concentration
  • A deeper feeling of relaxation of the mind and body

For further information please contact me to see how I can help you.