"Reality is created in the mind. We can change our reality by changing our mind."

- Plato

About Hypnotherapy

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What is trance?

Trance is the naturally occurring state of focus and heightened awareness that all humans experience multiple times every day. You can be in a trance while:

-being absorbed in a good book

-being lost in an amazing movie

-remembering an embarrassing mistake you made three weeks ago

-zoning out while driving down a highway

-feeling anxious about a future event that you are playing over and over in your mind

-being in the zone while playing a favourite sport or creating a work of art

You could think of trance as being a time when your internal story (the one playing out in your mind or imagination) overrides the external one (what is really happening around you).

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What is hypnosis?

While some might argue that there really is no difference, I like thinking of hypnosis as being an induced trance or the purposeful use of a naturally occurring trance.

Hypnosis can be thought of as both a state and a process.

Hypnosis is the process of using your imagination…To enter a state of focused attention or concentration...So that you are able to accept the suggestions that are just right for you…The suggestions and ideas and instructions that will help you achieve your goals.

Hypnosis as a state occurs when the barrier between your conscious and unconscious mind becomes porous, allowing you to access to the vast riches of your own unconscious resources, promoting natural healing from within that is just right for you.

Hypnosis as a process is co-created and maintained by either just you (in the case of self-hypnosis) or you and your hypnotherapist (if you are in a facilitated session) and will make it as easy as possible for you to accept the suggestions that will be most helpful in achieving your desired goals.

Hypnosis is an amplifier of any experience it is applied to and, when applied to change-work, can help you achieve your goals more quickly, more effortlessly and more effectively.

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What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic practice of using the limitless power of your imagination to change your own reality. It involves harnessing the power of induced trances (aka hypnosis) and other effective changework tools (NLP, EFT and more) to find solutions to your problems and produce the transformation you desire. It is a collaborative process in which I, your hypnotherapist, will listen to your story, and then support you to create a better one by helping you rebuild your neural architecture according to your beliefs, values, integrity and goals. It is the art of uncovering the unconscious reasons and root causes that underlie your habits, behaviours and symptoms, and it provides the opportunity to resolve past traumas. It is a collection of tools with which you can align your unconscious goals and desires with your conscious ones, thereby shifting into the powerful state of congruence that will help you achieve your dreams with the greatest amount of ease and effortlessness.

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What can hypnotherapy help me with?

-managing pain and discomfort

-reducing stress/worry/anxiousness

-eliminating fears and phobias

-processing grief and loss

-improving sleep

-changing habits and behaviours

-building confidence and self-esteem

-managing weight

-eliminating addictions

-enhancing performance (sports, creative, professional)

-resolution of trauma

-accessing inner wisdom and resources

-processing emotions

-managing physical symptoms of illness and injury

-and much, much more

If you don't see the specific issue listed above that you'd like to address, please feel free to email me: suz@seachangewellness.ca

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What is a typical session like?

There is no such thing as a typical session. As a client-centred hypnotherapist, I tailor each session to meet the needs of the specific goals of a particular client. Having said that, the initial session usually focuses on establishing a solid foundation of knowledge, skills and comfort for the client. During this initial session, I will delve more deeply into the issue you are looking to resolve, help you identify your specific goals, offer education about how both the mind and hypnosis work, provide imagination training and facilitate an initial experience of hypnosis. Subsequent sessions will involve the exploration of a variety of hypnotic and change-work techniques that are carefully selected to benefit you and help you achieve the specific goals such as:

-neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) tools and techniques

-practices drawn from emotional freedom technique (EFT) tapping therapy

-breath techniques

-meditation

-mindfulness

-and more...

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