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Clinical Hypnotherapist in Vancouver, BC

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. The patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist's voice. In this state, the conscious mind is quietened and the subconscious mind is revealed.

The therapist is able to suggest positive changes, ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which become firmly planted.
In my therapy I use hypnotherapy in many ways, mainly to deepen the experience of positive feelings and transform negative past experiences allowing you to enhance peaceful relaxing states and anchor those in, using the power of your subconscious mind so that when you leave your session its healing power has a cumulative effect.

Hypnotherapy in Vancouver

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How Hypnotherapy works

Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.

Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our 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. The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient's behaviour and physical state to alter. For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to change but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror which prevents them from succeeding. Progress can only be made by reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are removed or altered.

The technique doesn’t involve the patient being put into a deep sleep, and the patient cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do. They remain fully aware of their surroundings and situation. The important thing is that the patient wants to change some behavioural habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so. Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders.

It allows you to journey deeper and access inner trauma without the distress, here we can transmute the cellular memory from the subconscious by using suggestion. This alters the present moment awareness of the trauma to a place where you feel differently about it but might not be able to understand why. The pain of it is diluted to a place where it’s doesn’t bother you and this can take some getting used too but ultimately you come to know the feeling of peace inside and any of the old unwanted symptoms float away. I use Ericksonian techniques in Hypnotherapy.

Milton Erickson was an American psychiatrist and psychologists specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy, who was physically disabled for most of his life. At age 17, he contracted polio and was so severely paralyzed that doctors believed he would die.
While recovering in bed, almost entirely immobile and unable to speak, he became strongly aware of the significance of nonverbal communication – body language, tone of voice, and the way that these nonverbal expressions often directly contradicted the verbal ones. He also began to have “body memories” of the muscular activity of his own body. By concentrating on these memories, he slowly began to regain control of parts of his body to the point where he was eventually able to talk and use his arms and legs again.

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Hypnotherapist FAQs

1What does a hypnotherapist do?
A Hypnotherapist provides a safe and comfortable environment in which you can experience hypnosis. This allows you to relax deeply, which helps activate the innate capacity within us all to heal ourselves. While hypnotized, your subconscious mind opens up to positive suggestions that help resolve problems in a healthy way. A wide range of therapeutic techniques is used in modern-day hypnotherapy. These include guided imagery, visualization and metaphor; indirect suggestion; age regression; aversion therapy; positive reinforcement and many other powerful psychotherapeutic methods. As a Hypnotherapist, it is my responsibility to ensure that the process of hypnosis is a safe one for you to explore whatever difficult issues you may want to resolve. I am also responsible for effectively communicating the process of hypnosis to you, answering any questions that you may have about hypnosis and enlisting your co-operation in the process. Clinical hypnotherapy is a comprehensive treatment that can help with a number of stress-related conditions including the following: Anxiety Depression Trauma PTSD Sleep problems and insomnia. Addictions Hoarding Anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders. And more. By learning how our brains work through hypnosis, we understand the root causes of the unpleasant things we experience in life. We also learn how to change these automatic patterns to be healthier and happier. In this way, Inner Radiance Therapy uses clinical hypnotherapy as a form of mindfulness for living a healthy lifestyle with all systems - mind, body, and spirit. This holistic approach is the foundation of our practice.
2Does hypnotherapy really work?
Yes. Hypnosis has been scientifically proven to work for many conditions, including pain control. However, the power of hypnosis is often underestimated because it works in a way that is different from normal day-to-day conscious activities. Clinical hypnotherapy takes advantage of the fact that the stronger your imagination, the easier it becomes to access subconscious feelings and memories that would otherwise be repressed or ignored. By allowing these blocked feelings to emerge into your conscious awareness during a trance state, you gain insight into why they are there and how you can let them go so they stop having an impact on your life. This process enables change to take place naturally within you while you are in the presence of relaxation and receptivity. Hypnotherapy is not about forcing someone to do what you want them to do. While it is alright for you, as the therapist, to have an idea of the path that the treatment should take in order to bring about change, ultimately it is your client's choice how they respond and let go of whatever needs releasing.
3How much does it cost to see a hypnotherapist?
Generally, one session costs between $150 and $200. This lasts for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Sometimes sessions will be recorded which you can take home with you. Depending on the severity of your condition, it may be necessary to schedule more than one appointment per week. However, this will depend on what progress you are making in eliminating the cause of your problems during each session. As hypnotherapy is widely known as being an effective method for change, there are times when I have several people waiting to begin treatment so appointments tend to book up fast! As such, it is advisable to contact Inner Radiance Therapy to arrange a consultation as soon as possible.
4Is hypnotherapy better than Counselling?
Hypnotherapy and Counselling are both good treatments for stress-related conditions. They contrast with each other in that hypnotherapy often works best for releasing the tension, while counselling is better suited to exploring the reasons why it built up in the first place. Knowing that one of the problems you are dealing with is stress, it is important to learn about what causes stress and why. One way to relieve this pressure is through mindfulness practices like hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is also very effective in treating the symptoms of anxiety. By doing so, it allows clients to become their own therapists by "being gentle" with themselves at times when they might be prone to panic attacks or other episodes. Counselling on the other hand can help you to understand why you become upset by certain things, and what you can do about them. This helps with the symptoms of stress as well as preventing future episodes from occurring. Inner Radiance Therapy uses hypnotherapy in a way that is complementary to counselling so that clients have access to both effective methods for overcoming stressful conditions. Contact IRT today to learn more about our hypnotherapy and counselling services.

Hypnotherapy FAQs

1Is hypnotherapy good for anxiety?
For many people who are experiencing anxiety, hypnotherapy is beneficial. Hypnosis is able to alter the mental state which can have a calming effect on those who are dealing with anxiety symptoms. Through the power of suggestion, addressing the subconscious mind directly influencing your neuropathways towards creating new habits of thinking, awareness and checking in.
2How often should you do hypnotherapy?
While there is no exact answer to this question, the frequency of your sessions will be up to you and your levels of resistance to change. Whether you decide that one session a week or twice a month is best, it's best to communicate with your hypnotherapist about how often they feel you should come in for sessions based on what may work best to accomplish the goals you've set out for yourself.
3How many hypnotherapy sessions are needed for anxiety?
There are different factors that can determine how many sessions you'll need with your hypnotherapist. One major factor is the severity of your anxiety symptoms and how sensitized your nervous system is. For instance, if you have an underlying mental health disorder that has triggered anxiety then this would require more sessions than someone without a pre-existing condition who experiences situational anxiety leading up to important events in life.
4How long does it take for hypnosis to work?
The process of hypnosis takes time and dedication on your part. Your hypnotherapist will be able to create the appropriate hypnosis sessions in order for you to see lasting results.
5Is hypnosis covered by insurance Canada?
Usually not, but please speak to your insurance provider.
6How does anxiety affect people?
Anxiety can have different effects on different people and how it manifests within them can also vary greatly from person to person. While many individuals feel as though they can't control their thoughts or actions which lead up to feeling anxious, hypnosis therapy offers a safe environment for those dealing with this mental health disorder in which you'll be able to explore any underlying factors that fuel these feelings as well as learn calming techniques which will help you to better manage your anxiety in any given situation.
7How long can hypnosis last?
Hypnosis is not a permanent state and should not be treated as such. You can go into hypnosis and come out of it whenever you feel like you've reached the limits of your comfort zone while feeling at peace and capable of relaxing in any given situation. Depending on what you decide to use hypnosis for, the length of time spent in hypnosis will vary from person to person.
8What does a clinical hypnotherapist do?
Clinical hypnotherapists use the practice of hypnosis to help you tap into your subconscious mind and recognize patterns that undermine your success in overcoming anxiety. By putting you into a trance-like state, they will be able to get a better understanding of why you behave the way you do when feeling anxious or stressed about certain aspects of life. Many individuals who seek out hypnosis therapy in their battle against nicotine addiction have found great results in this area. Smoking is oftentimes used as a coping mechanism and can lead up to compulsive behaviours such as stress eating when one becomes more conscious of what triggers them to smoke so frequently. Hypnotherapy offers a safe environment in which one can explore the underlying factors which fuel their addiction and learn healthier ways to cope with stress. Addiction is an aspect that many therapists focus on whether that be with alcohol, drugs, or another compulsively-driven behaviour such as gambling or sex addiction. Hypnotherapy has been found to be beneficial for those who wish to stop drinking and become more aware and able to cope with underlying factors which fuel their addiction.