Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is Hypnosis?

    Hypnosis is defined as a trancelike state, artificially induced, in which a person has a heightened suggestibility. It has also been called an altered state of awareness. In the past, it was thought that it was a sleeplike state (Hypnos is a Greek word that means God of sleep). However, there is a specific state that the brain enters into when we are more responsive to positive suggestion, as if between sleep.

    For a more scientific explanation: When we are awake we are in a beta state, beta wave is the term used to designate the frequency range of brain activity above 12 Hz (12 transitions or cycles per second). As you become more relaxed you drift into alpha (8-12Hz), alpha waves are commonly detected during periods of relaxation, such as two thirds of the time you are in front of the TV. Alpha is the beginning of hypnosis and the alpha waves are thought to represent the activity of the visual cortex in an idle state. There are other more relaxed states called theta and deltTheta (4-8Hz) rhythms are observed during some sleep states, and in states of quiet focus, for example meditation and deep hypnosis. Finally, delta wave is a large, slow (2 Hz or less) brain wave associated with deep sleep.

  • Is Hypnosis Safe?

    Yes. Hypnosis is a natural and normal state of mind which we access many times in the day and are not even aware of this. It’s the same relaxed state that we are in upon awakening and when we go to sleep, or when you ‘zone out’ in front of the TV. This is the natural alpha state.

  • Can Hypnosis Make Me Do Something Against My Will?

    No. You never do anything against you will. If there is a suggestion that is in conflict with your morals or values your mind will simply reject it.

  • Can Everyone Be Hypnotized?

    Yes, we enter this natural state many times in a day.

  • What Is The Subconscious Mind?

    Your subconscious mind is the part of you that stores all the information about you such as your memories, emotions, beliefs and patterns of behaviour. It is also responsible for all automatic bodily functions like breathing, blood pressure and hormone regulation.

  • Can Hypnosis Really Help Me Heal?

    Yes, you have a powerful mind and a reactive body. You are constantly growing new cells and all the cells in your body right now will not be there in a year. Yet every new cell get it's information from the old cell as it dies off, and so in the case of any trauma or injury, the new cell is instructed to form in the same way as the old cell. However, it has been documented and researched that this can change and using hypnosis we can rewire that message as we use the wonderful subconscious mind to direct it towards healing. Healing can become more rapid after surgery, breasts can enlarge and cancer can be reduced. All you have to do is to be open to the process, want it to happen and allow it to happen.

  • Who Can Benefit From Hypnotherapy?

    Everyone. There is an A-Z list of all the issues that hypnotherapy can improve. Such as addictions, anxiety, assertiveness, asthma, blushing, bedwetting, confidence, childhood trauma, dentist fears, eating disorders, habits, headaches, healing, insomnia, IBS, this list is endless going all the way down to weight loss.

  • How Many Sessions Will I Need?

    Everyone is different and so this is hard to judge. You can quit smoking in one session if you are really motivated and have a high level of suggestibility. Typically Claire likes to see people for at least 5-6 sessions. That way you are able address both presenting concerns and also explore and change the underlying issues with the age regression techniques. Each client is given a Hypnotherapy CD to use at home to help the hypnotic suggestions become a permanent state of mind. This is a very brief therapy which will change your life if you are ready.

  • How Can I Spot A Good Hypnotherapist?

    This is very important as unfortunately Hypnotherapy is not a regulated industry. So here are 5 tips to help you in your decision making.

    • From the initial phone conversation with your Hypnotherapist you should be feeling that they are generally interested in your concerns. At this point you have a right to ask a lot of questions, such as how long they have been in business, what their qualifications are and how much training they received. Make sure that your Hypnotherapist is properly qualified and registered. You can ask if they are affiliated with any particular organizations. There are reputable organizations which have their own code of ethics. For example, membership with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) requires at least 100 hours of tuition.

      Surprisingly, there are people practising Hypnotherapy after only attending a weekend course or two. This is not nearly enough, especially when we are working with your mind and mental health. Look for someone who has had around 200 hours of tuition and has completed 100 cases studies.

      Claire has trained with the School of Analytical and Cognitive Hypnotherapy (SACH) in the UK. This involved over 200 hours of tuition, weekly practice groups and 100 case studies completed to achieve the Diploma. Right now, there is nothing like this in Canada.

    • I would recommend seeing a Clinical Hypnotherapist as this indicates that they have a background in a social science, usually a degree. Still there are people using this title without understanding what it means themselves. So once again ask all your questions about qualifications, how many years they have been practicing and what they specialize in. Also, what was their Degree in? There are only a few well trained Clinical Hypnotherapists practicing in Alberta.

      Also be aware of the term and usage of the ‘Master’ Hypnotherapist. This involves attending a weekend course and so therefore it only sounds good.

    • You should also ask if the sessions will be tailored to your needs and if you receive a CD or recording of the session for home reinforcement. Also, ask for references. I have a database of satisfied clients who would gladly make themselves available to anyone who wants to know more about my services.

    • Don’t assume that high prices or hourly rates mean that they are a better Hypnotherapist. Some people are more motivated to make money than by genuinely wanting to help others.

    • Avoid Hypnotherapists who make unrealistic claims such as 100 % success rates or guarantees. This is misleading, unprofessional and dishonest to make unfounded statistical claims. Also, avoid Hypnotherapists who commence treatment immediately without preceding it with some form of Initial Consultation and checking for contraindications to treatment.

  • Is this covered by my Health spending plan?

    Often the client's coverage would cover a Clinical Hypnotherapist, if they have an allocation towards Complimentary Therapies. Sometimes plans will only cover a Clinical Psychologist in Alberta. With a Degree in Psychology from the UK (which is not recognized here in Alberta), Claire can be covered as a Psychotherapist.

    Each plan and provider is different, so you have to check with them. I always recommend verifying this with your provider, as different tiers exist within benefits plan. Also, you can tax deduct the receipts from your personal taxes, so there would be some relief here too.

    Claire is certified and Registered with the OACCPP which is The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists, her number with them is 1205-G. This is the information and number that insurance providers often need and is detailed on her receipts too.

    It's worth noting here, that as ''6 hours of Hypnotherapy is the equivalent to 600 hours of Psychotherapy'', often clients see the Hypnotherapy as a real investment in themselves because they got more out of it than they even originally thought they would. Basically, you will get more from this process than anything else in that period of time. You just might have to make the investment from yourself, for yourself if it can't be covered.


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