Paul Fox B.Sc., MACP, RPOlives

Registered Psychotherapist
Peterborough, Ontario

 

 

What is Hypnosis?

I guess one of the first things that I learned about hypnosis is that the clinical version (used for therapeutic purposes) is different in many ways from the entertainment version that you may have seen through a public demonstration or in a nightclub.

Therapeutic hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state that allows the client to access deep levels of the subconscious to assist with changing behaviours. Hypnosis is a natural state and we slip in and out of hypnotic trances each day. I suspect we have all experience driving somewhere and not being completely aware of the journey, or daydreaming in the middle of a class at school or through the day at work. How about going to the movies and being completely immersed in the experience. These are all examples of the natural state of hypnosis and show how quickly we can move in and out of such a state. The process is safe, effective, and natrual.

To schedule a therapeutic hypnosis session please email me for further details and schedule options. My training comes from Dr. Georgina Cannon, an award-winning author, change catalyst, corporate speaker, international facilitator, and practicing consulting hypnotist at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

Common Questions:

Will you make me “cluck like a chicken”?  … well, no! You may have seen this kind of thing on stage somewhere but it is not productive or therapeutic so will not be part of our session.

How long does it take? … Individual sessions are between 30 and 60 minutes and you will leave the session feeling energized and alert.

Will I remember everything that has happened in the session? … Yes, you will be aware of every word and every action throughout the entire session. You will be conscious at all times, able to make decisions, and in control of the entire experience.

When I am hypnotized will I reveal my darkest secrets? … No, you will only disclose what is necessary for you therapeutic session.

What if I don’t want to be hypnotized? … Then it just won’t happen! The only work we will do is work that you give yourself permission to do and work that you tell me you need assistance with.  All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and you will relax enough to give yourself permission to engage in the process.  

Is hypnosis dangerous? …. No, hypnosis is not dangerous.  It is just a natural state of the mind utilized by the therapist for purposes of changing certain habits or pattern of behavior.  The mind has natural defenses built in which will automatically reject any suggestions it deems harmful.

Is hypnosis "mind control"? ….. No, hypnosis is not mind control.  All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  The therapist cannot make you do or say anything you ordinarily would not do.  You always remain in control and are awake and alert the whole time.

What can hypnosis be used for?... Hypnosis is used in a clinical setting to make positive changes in a person's life.  It is used by some medical and dental practitioners as well.  It is used by psychotherapists as an adjunct to other forms of treatment relating to Anxiety, Depression, Traumatic Events, Adictions, and problem behaviour. Top athletes are using self-hypnosis when they focus during competition to "get into the zone."

 

 

 



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