Medical Hypnosis - A Powerful Tool for Healing and Change

When mentioned in conversation, the topic of hypnosis can give rise to many different reactions and opinions.  From stage hypnosis to past-life regression, it is not uncommon to hear of this technique being used for entertainment purposes.  However, the applications of hypnosis in a medical setting are extensive, and as the research indicates, very effective.  Hypnosis can be defined as an altered state of mind that bypasses the critical conscious mind and allows direct access to the subconscious. It can be used to change deeply rooted beliefs or habits, to ease chronic pain and improve physical healing, to prepare for labour or surgery, for weight loss, smoking cessation, stress management, to improve confidence and self esteem, and for many conditions including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, erectile dysfunction, phobias, headaches, IBS and to lessen side effects of chemotherapy. 

Common Questions

What should I expect from a session?

A deep state of physical and mental relaxation is achieved.  The word “sleep” may be used during the session, but it is simply a cue for the subconscious mind. You will not be asleep, your mind will remain aware, the body is deeply relaxed, and you will remember the entire session.  You may feel that you are unaffected by what is being said, but in fact you will be deeply affected because the subconscious mind is listening and making changes at a very deep level.

I don’t want to say/do something I’ll regret.  Will I lose control of myself?

You are in control at all times.  The mind will only accept that which goes along with established morals and ethics.  The person in a hypnotic state will respond only to suggestions to which he/she is in agreement. In fact, any suggestions that arouse sincere moral indignation immediately cause the client to come out of hypnosis.

What if I can’t be hypnotized?

90-95% of adults can be hypnotized to some degree.  Some will respond more rapidly than others, and will go into deeper depths of trance.  The main requirements for a successful session are: ability to focus, willingness to use your imagination, and your desire to allow yourself to go into deeper states of calmness.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on the condition being treated and how well you respond.  Some issues, such as simple phobias, can be resolved in 1-2 sessions, while deep-rooted conditions such as depression may take 8-10 sessions.  The average number of sessions required to work on an issue it 4-6.