MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

Melding the conventional with the alternative in a unique solutions-focused approach

In my practice, I use hypnosis to create a window into the subconscious mind, which is extremely receptive to positive suggestion. With your input and unique knowledge of yourself, I formulate a way to correct those mistaken beliefs, replace those negative feelings or remove those habits while you are in a deeply relaxed state.

To more accurately assess those beliefs and create the right customized suggestions, I have developed a unique approach to the discovery process that leverages my extensive clinical background. The result is a client specific experience that allows me to evoke what is often a profound resolution for you – leading to lasting, positive change in thought and behaviour.

Taking place over what is typically a three to five session duration, you will be led through a process that includes Discovery and Anxiety Reduction, Focused Suggestion, and Strengthening.

Your first session will be exploratory and dynamic, geared towards gathering personal history, current information, and asking specific questions relevant to the therapeutic issue. From mistaken beliefs about ourselves come negative thoughts and feelings. These often lead to maladaptive behaviours and unwanted painful outcomes. Properly identifying these mistaken beliefs is also an important part of the first session. 

Throughout the session I listen for what you say but haven’t yet actually heard yourself. I speak up for what you hint at but haven’t yet articulated. This process requires privacy, respect, curiosity, effort and attention.

Typically, you will be put into hypnosis about half way through a session. The hypnosis can be used to reinforce your will, or to uncover and remove troubling issues.

MY FREQUENTLY USED THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES

the techniques we use in your sessions will depend on your needs

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnotic trance and positive suggestion for therapeutic purposes – a safe, simple and drug-free technique to help you create the desired changes you want. The use of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool is now widely accepted among many health care practitioners including counsellors, psychologists, doctors and dentists. Contrary to common belief, hypnosis is not a “sleep” state even though a person in hypnosis may appear to be sleeping. It is actually a natural state of mind – self-induced in everyday living more frequently than induced artificially. Every time we daydream, zone out in a classroom, become engrossed in a book, movie, or video game, we enter a natural trance state.

Solution-Focused Therapy

Solution-focused therapy, also called “brief therapy,” looks at what a client would like to achieve, rather than focusing so much on their troubles or mental health issues. The therapist will help them envision a desirable future and then map out the small and large changes needed to realize their vision. The therapist will seize on any successes the client experiences to encourage them to build on their strengths, rather than dwell on their problems or limitations.

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy: EMDR helps a person activate their natural healing process through removing the imbalances caused by a disturbing or traumatic event and changing how the brain recalls and processes memories. Traumatic experiences can cause memories to be stored in the brain in such a way that the intense feelings and sensations associated with that trauma are often triggered and re-experienced when a person replays that memory in their mind or even when they are faced with a slightly similar situation in their lives. The EMDR therapist uses bilateral stimulation by having their client visually track hand movements while concentrating on and processing a memory. Through the use of this technique, the client can experience the troubling memory in a different way, and therefore integrate and store it in a better location. This allows them to identify the parts of that memory that were useful – these then become a positive guide for their future. Negative emotions, beliefs, and physiological responses associated with that memory are released and the client is left with a new understanding and perspective that leads them towards healthy thoughts and behaviours.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy, also known as” insight-oriented therapy”, allows the client to bring the unconscious into conscious awareness and therefore promote insight and resolve conflict. Psychodynamic therapy is briefer and less intensive than psychoanalysis but also utilizes the relationship between the therapist and the client as a way to learn about how the client relates to everyone in his or her life.

Adlerian Psychology

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: CBT is an active, directive, structured approach used to treat a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, phobias, sabotaging behaviours such as negative self talk, and many other problems. I find that every person who comes to me has some degree of anxiety underlying their issues, therefore providing CBT is an important part of their treatment. CBT is based on the premise that how a person feels and behaves is greatly determined by the way he or she see’s the world and his or her place in it. I train people to replace maladaptive ways of thinking with helpful thinking patterns along with teaching new behavioural coping skills.

CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: CBT is an active, directive, structured approach used to treat a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, phobias, sabotaging behaviours such as negative self talk, and many other problems. I find that every person who comes to me has some degree of anxiety underlying their issues, therefore providing CBT is an important part of their treatment. CBT is based on the premise that how a person feels and behaves is greatly determined by the way he or she see’s the world and his or her place in it. I train people to replace maladaptive ways of thinking with helpful thinking patterns along with teaching new behavioural coping skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

further information on hypnotherapy and hypnosis

What Is Hypnotherapy?

The use of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool is now widely accepted among many health care practitioners including counsellors, psychologists, doctors and dentists. Contrary to common belief, hypnosis is not a “sleep” state even though a person in hypnosis may appear to be sleeping. It is actually a natural state of mind – self-induced in everyday living more frequently than induced artificially. Every time we daydream, zone out in a classroom, become engrossed in a book, movie, or video game, we enter a natural trance state. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnotic trance for therapeutic purposes – it’s a safe, simple and drug-free technique to help people make positive changes.

HOW DEEP WILL I GO INTO HYPNOSIS?

Hypnosis can be divided into three levels, or states. Light and moderate trances are those most desirable and effective for Clinical Hypnosis. Light Trance: A bit deeper than a relaxed daydream, your imagination is enhanced and your attention turns inwards. Moderate Trance: Your muscles relax to a point where there is an unwillingness to move and a feeling of emotional serenity and peacefulness. This is the level of trance that you will likely experience in a therapeutic session. Deep Trance: Deep physical relaxation to a state of lethargy, which may limit the effectiveness of hypnotherapy as the client loses some mental flexibility and memory retention.
WHAT DOES HYPNOSIS FEEL LIKE?

Hypnosis is refreshing, relaxing, and energizing: for some, even more refreshing than sleep. More importantly, it works and you get the results you want.

CAN ANYONE BE HYPNOTIZED?

Yes, anyone who wants to can be hypnotized

HOW DOES HYPNOSIS WORK?

Hypnosis provides access to the subconscious mind where most of our behaviour originates. With guidance, you change undesirable emotions, habits, and behaviours into new desirable ones. You actively create a new you.

CAN MY MIND BE CONTROLLED AND WILL I DO THINGS I DON’T WANT TO DO WHILE UNDER HYPNOSIS?

While under hypnosis, you are still in control. You won’t do anything that you haven’t agreed to prior to allowing yourself to be put into a hypnotic state.

PEOPLE USE HYPNOSIS FOR QUITTING SMOKING. CAN IT BE USED TO WORK WITH OTHER ADDICTIONS?

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.

HOW LONG DOES THERAPY LAST?

As a rule, hypnotherapy is considered short-term therapy compared to conventional psychotherapy. The average number of sessions is typically 3 to 6 as opposed to several months.