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IN PLAIN ENGLISH …


Consider that like the submerged portion of an iceberg, your conscious mind is only 10% of your brain function.

Your conscious mind, drawing from memory in the subconscious, protects you from putting your hand on a hot stove by telling you, "That's hot! Don't touch it!"

However, when trying to stop smoking or lose weight by willpower alone, the subconscious mind also expresses your current belief to your conscious awareness, "That's too hard! I can't do that!"

Hypnosis bypasses those automatically arising, self-defeating responses by accessing the subconscious part of the mind directly and changing the negative responses.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • HOW DID I FIRST LEARN ABOUT HYPNOTHERAPY?

    Hypnosis helped save my father’s life.

    Contrary to what we all see in the movies, I learned “the truth” about Hypnosis when I was 16 when a psychiatrist at the world renown Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto taught my father self-hypnosis to help control his blood pressure following a near-fatal brain aneurism.

    A former WWII RAF officer shot down over France who evaded capture, my father was a no-nonsense career journalist who wasn’t easily given to psychological “gimmickry.”

    However, although doctors originally only gave my father five years or so of productive life following his stroke - at the time of his death 15 years later, he was an international speaker and writer in civic affairs.

    There is no doubt in my mind that daily self-hypnosis provided my father with nearly 2 decades of productive, healthy life he would not otherwise have enjoyed.

    Formally trained in the science of self-hypnosis in 1986, I used it to enhance my focus and physical endurance during long and arduous surveillances, some of which could go on for days at a time.

    It was also instrumental in helping boost my natural abilities to increase memory retention, logical reasoning and concentration during complicated fraud files.

    Also trained and experienced in Forensic Hypnosis, it’s a service I still offer to the legal community.

  • WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
    Hypnosis is a state of focused awareness that everyone experiences naturally at least twice a day.

    It’s the relaxed but alert state your mind reaches just before you fall asleep (called "hypnagogic"), and again just before you wake up (called "hypnopompic").

    Similarly, when absorbed in a good book or great film, when day dreaming, or when you miss your highway turnoff deep in thought, you're in a light but focused hypnotic state.

    It's a naturally occurring state, and a certified Consulting Hypnotist acts as a guide to show you how to prolong and deepen that state so you can make the beneficial changes and improvements you've chosen to your lifestyle and beliefs.

  • WHAT IS THE SUBCONSCIOUS?
    The subconscious Is your mental “Auto Pilot”

    The subconscious is the seat of all your emotions … it carries habitual conduct, it’s the home to the imagination and it remembers everything you’ve ever seen, done, heard, felt and learned.

    The subconscious is also the home of your belief system, from where both negative and positive beliefs arise automatically.

    Through hypnosis, we bypass the conscious mind and re-programme the negative beliefs you’ve chosen to change so the subconscious tells the conscious mind of your new reality, allowing both to believe the same thing for rapid change.
  • WHAT’S AN EXAMPLE?
    After setting your alarm clock at night and just before falling asleep, have you ever given yourself the last thought of, "I WILL wake up at 6:00 o'clock tomorrow ..." and surprised yourself by waking up minutes before your alarm went off?

    You just embedded a post-hypnotic suggestion in your subconscious when just before falling asleep, you’re in the Theta brain state (vs. the fully vonscious Beta state) which leads to the Delta (sleep) brain states.

    That's how easy it is.

    That's how quick it is.

    And that's how much YOU are in control of the process.

    As a matter of fact, as all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, we teach you self-hypnosis from your very first session.
  • HERE’S ANOTHER EXAMPLE …
    We all grow up with positive and negative experiences which embed themselves in our belief system.

    When young, if you’re constantly told you’re “stupid”, you may go through the rest of your life believing you’re stupid, no matter how smart you are, vs. being told you’re smart and intelligent.

    As an example, I had a client who was the subject of unwelcome attention from a relative when younger and as a child, reasoned with herself that she could protect herself if she became unattractive.

    However, as she grew up and once the danger passed, her mind still adhered to that childlike belief, causing her to go through life inadvertently but reflexively sabotaging potential relationships and jeopardizing her health.

    Hypnosis bypasses those restrictive, automatically arising “belief” defences so you can become open to new and healthy ways of looking at the world and reacting.
  • DO YOU GIVE UP CONTROL OF YOUR MIND?
    No.

    Hypnosis is safer than watching TV.

    Television, movies and commercials throw subliminally masked messages at you in psychologically calculated short bursts for the duration of the show, about lifestyle, about products they want you to buy, about how you should think, act and dress.

    Rather than bombarding you with directions like rapid burst commercials, a certified Consulting Hypnotist is a guide, and we fully discuss any life changes you want to make before any session.

    You have complete control at all times.

  • WILL I “BLURT OUT” LIFE SECRETS?
    No. Hypnosis is not a truth serum.

    The misconception is that one is incapable of lying when in a hypnotic state, and that it robs you of the ability to keep embarrassing secrets confidential.

    While in hypnosis, you will not spontaneously begin talking, nor reveal any intimate secrets you wouldn’t tell while in a waking state as you're always in control with the Consulting Hypnotist acting as your guide, not your interrogator.

    No one in hypnosis can be compelled to blurt out things they don’t want to share. In fact, with a little effort, one can 'fib' while entrained.

    For sensitive life issues, an experienced practitioner doesn’t necessarily even need to know anything about them to guide you into state where the subconscious can be guided to adjust negatively arising thought.
  • CAN I GET “STUCK” IN HYPNOSIS?
    Not any more than you can get “stuck” in concentration, or in a good book, or while watching an enthralling movie.

    The uninformed fear is that in the unlikely event the Consulting Hypnotist becomes incapacitated during a session and goes unconscious for some reason or another, that the client will be “stuck” there until they’re “brought out.”

    Hypnosis requires rapport and interaction to sustain, and if the practitioner stopped communicating with you, you will simply drift off into a natural sleep and awaken naturally a short time later.
  • CAN I BE MADE TO DO “CRAZY THINGS” LIKE ON STAGE?
    No.

    You cannot be made to do anything against your morals or ethics, even in a stage show.

    In stage hypnosis, presented for entertainment rather than for self-help, people are pre-screened before the main part of the show for heightened suggestibility and willingness to go along with the hypnotist’s suggestions.

    Volunteers tend to be naturally open to exhibitionistic tendencies and know full well they may be asked to laugh hysterically, act like a 7 year old, prance around like a ballet dancer, or think they can speak in a foreign language.

    In other words, by going up on stage, they tacitly give mental permission to be hypnotized in a show where entertainment is the objective.

    In motivational hypnosis, goals and objectives are discussed and agreed upon before the client is entrained, and continuous clinical research has confirmed time and time again you can’t be “made” to do anything against your intrinsic morals, values and beliefs while in a hypnotic state, even while participating in a stage show!
  • “I’M TOO INTELLIGENT TO BE HYPNOTIZED”
    Actually, hypnosis is more effective with intelligent people.

    It’s proven there’s a positive correlation between intelligence and hypnotizability, and as hypnosis requires concentration, the best clients are actually the more intelligent of the population.

    Alternatively, even though all humans enter an entrained brain state at least twice a day (when going to sleep and waking up), it’s difficult and often impossible to hypnotize psychotics, people with an IQ under 70 or severely detached individuals, as they aren’t able to concentrate for any substantive period of time.
  • DO YOU GO TO SLEEP WHEN HYPNOTIZED?
    Not any more than when deeply absorbed in a good book or movie.

    Hypnosis is a state of concentrated focus and although the path into hypnosis parallels the brainwave path into sleep, relaxation is not a requirement to reach an entrained state.

    A marathon runner, for example, will reach a light hypnotic state within one mile.

    Medical studies have also established that the EEG of a hypnotized person is indistinguishable from that of a person who is relaxed and alert with their eyes closed.

    A sleeping person is unresponsive while a person in an entrained state, while deeply relaxed and appearing asleep, is very aware with their senses increasing 6-10 times more than normal.

    After their first session, most clients remark about how clearly they can think while that relaxed.
  • WHAT ABOUT HYPNOSIS VS. MEDITATION?
    Meditation is “mono-tasking” with the conscious mind while hypnosis is “multi-tasking” with the subconscious.

    In meditation, the conscious awareness is used to focus the mind on one thing in particular, a symbol, a candle flame, a mantra, the rhythm of the breath, and then expanded and magnified for a period of time to achieve a sense of balance and inner quiet.

    In hypnosis, we bypass the conscious mind’s critical factor (meaning the “division” between the conscious and the subconscious mind), and introduce “multi-tasking” of thought, memory or feeling at the subconscious level to meet specific objectives you’ve chosen.

    Many who started with meditation call hypnosis “super-meditation” as they’ve found they can relax much more quickly mentally and physically, usually within 5-10 breaths, then go on to objectives they’ve set for themselves, like preparing for a speech, test or presentation, while maintaining their comfortable state of physical relaxation and well-being.
  • WHAT ABOUT HYPNOSIS VS. PSYCHOTHERAPY?
    It is relatively uncommon to find a talk therapist who specializes in brief change techniques.

    Most people go to talk therapy for six months, a year, or even more and with more complicated problems, that may be exactly what the client needs.

    However, I specialize in brief change work, which means we’ll most likely work together for 2 - 6 sessions to solve your issue.

    As a matter of fact, psychotherapists quite often refer clients to me to quickly overcome a “block” so they can continue their talk therapy.

    Another difference is that talk therapy focuses on the conscious mind logically understanding the problem and often learning to live with the issue you went into therapy to resolve.

    Most of my clients already understand they have a life issue they’d like to address, but as with overeating or smoking, no amount of talk has changed that.

    The main goal of hypnosis it is to get the logical conscious mind and the emotional subconscious mind, which have different needs, to agree with each other, which is where the practitioner’s skill comes in.
  • I’VE HEARD ONE HYPNOSIS SESSION FIXES EVERYTHING
    I’ve heard that too, and can’t help smiling when someone says it.

    I’m considered an expert in the field and I’d LOVE to offer “one session fixes”, but that’s only happened five or six times over my years of practice.

    For example, a smoker who’s cut down to 1 or 2 a day on their own can likely walk out of my office that day as a non-smoker, if smoking is even found to be the base issue at that point.

    Unfortunately, to meet the “only one session” promise, some over-confident and lesser trained practitioners make it a point to embed negative suggestions, like every time a client has a cigarette, someone in their family will die.

    That practice, in my opinion, is damaging, irresponsible and criminal.

    We only embed negative suggestions infrequently. For example, at the request of a physician whose diabetic patient COULD NOT give up chocolates, which was slowly killing her, I embedded the suggestion that chocolates taste how she expected fresh cow manure would taste.

    She now quite happily believes that greens are her chocolates.
  • HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE AVERAGE?
    Most clients are 2-6 sessions per issue, and the most I’ve ever done was a two-pack a day lifetime smoker over 12 weekly sessions before the habit was eliminated.

    Bear in mind, if you come in for smoking, or any other readily identifiable issue, the initial sensitizing event may have nothing at all to do with the issue at hand, which is why hypnosis is so powerful …

    … in other words, what the conscious mind believes is the problem may not at all be what the subconscious mind knows to be the cause.
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