“You’re getting sleepy. Verrrry sleepy.”

The stereotypical idea of hypnosis is someone swaying a watch in front of your face or hypnosis for entertainment like Reveen. The truth about clinical hypnosis is different.


What Is It?

First, hypnosis is a tool. It is used with other strategies. Hypnosis works by allowing your body and mind to relax, increasing focus. You are better able to reframe the problem, let go of critical thinking, and respond to suggestion. Things become a bit clearer. After a hypnosis session, we’ll reflect on what happened – what worked and what didn’t – so we can make the next session even more effective.

Second, you will not do anything you are not willing to do. So, if you don’t want to run down the street quacking like a chicken, I can’t make you. Besides, you aren’t my older sister so I wouldn’t even make that suggestion under hypnosis. Just saying. (Not to mention it’s unethical and I like to follow the rules.)

Third, you do not fall asleep. You will be relaxed, more able to focus, and be more receptive to suggestion, but NOT asleep. If you do fall asleep, I will gently wake you. Honest!

Fourth, it is NOT for people going to court because anything you recall under hypnosis is not admissible and could interfere with the outcome of your case. Whether you choose to work with me or not, this is a really important piece to remember.

If anyone is promising that you will recall facts or memories as part of hypnosis, this isn’t entirely true. You might recall events or feelings, but they may not have happened. In terms of therapy, this doesn’t matter; we still deal with whatever emerges – it’s there for a reason. BUT, if you are involved in a legal case, it could affect the outcome, so, in my clinical opinion, I wouldn’t recommend using hypnosis if you are involved in a court case.

On the other hand, there is a lot of evidence supporting its use in therapy.

Is It For Me?

Hypnosis is for people with:
• Pain
• Fear and anxiety
• Headaches
• Stress
• And to assist with trauma work

There are other areas, but I don’t work with those specialties (for example, addictions).

What Might Happen?

After a few sessions, you may notice:
• Increased ability to focus and return to calm after stress.
• Better sleep.
• Less pain.
• An overall improvement in functioning, whatever the issue may be.

What's Next?