It's important to explain the differences between hypnotherapy, private practice hypnotism, and stage hypnotism:

Hypnotherapy is the use of a range of hypnotic techniques intended to move a client forward toward health and wholeness when working with clients who have diagnosable problems (physical or mental). That being said, the hypnotherapist does not diagnose, treat, or prescribe solutions. The hypnotherapist helps clients with healthy goal setting regarding problems, challenges or issues by holding sessions during which they induct the client into a self-hypnotic state.

Private practice hypnotism is working on issues that do not involve a diagnosable illness, disorder or injury of the body. In this case, the hypnotist is working with ordinary people to aid them in reaching personal goals, or overcoming common challenges of life. For example, it could be either to help remove a habit, increase motivation, personal performance, or working through all of these ''too much'' behaviours that are creating roadblocks, and keeping you from moving forward, or from living a healthier and more fulfilled life.

*It is to be noted that the tools used for both types of hypnosis are the same: same techniques, same processes!

Stage hypnotism is performed in front of an audience for the sole purpose of entertainment, often turned into a comedy show. Let's be clear that private practice types of hypnosis are in no way related to this. The purpose of the first two is healing, well-being, and personal or professional growth, which is NOT the case with stage hypnosis.

By definition, hypnosis is a heightened state of suggestibility, attained by the bypass of the critical factor. The critical factor is a function, sort of a filtering mechanism that keeps new information from affecting the beliefs and habits contained in the subconscious mind, if and when it is inconsistent with them. More on this will be provided to you should you decide to work with me.

Hypnosis is, in short, a state allowing the rapid unlearning of limiting beliefs and unreasonable fears, followed by new positive learning, all happening at the subconscious level. It's a safe, natural, and comfortable way to change your thoughts, perceptions, and expectations of yourself, by deep-guided meditation and visualisations; it's a process with a purpose. Just as for coaching, an alliance is formed between the hypnotist and the client; a partnership is needed between both parties, in which case the client is required to actively participate in order to get the intended results. In other words, the process is like a dance, where the hypnotist is the leader, and the client is the follower; both need to be fully engaged into their role for the dance to take place. 

Even though the potential benefits of hypnosis are virtually unlimited, common issues resolved by hypnosis are:

Habit change: Smoking cessation, over eating, nail biting, teeth grinding, and all of these other "too much" behaviours.

Health & Well-Being: Increase performance, concentration, memory, and creativity, motivation; build self-confidence, boost self-esteem, eliminate tension headaches and migraines (or other problems), remove erroneous apprehensions or unreasonable fears, gain insight, sleep improvement, weight management, and much more.

Emotional balance: Eliminate limiting beliefs, release traumatic events, remove feelings of anger and guilt, reduce anxiety, forgiveness of others and self, reduce the effect of grief and loss, become more optimistic, etc.

Stress management: Helps the client manage stress by creating a relaxation response, followed by self-hypnosis techniques; similarly to how we achieve habit change. Because stress is often a result of repressed emotions from the past, the client can be helped to move beyond just managing stress, and actually reduce the amount of stress that is being experienced. This is possible by going deeper into trance, using more advanced techniques, and taking the client into "age regression". This technique can also lead to the resolve of many other related problems such as limiting habits, addictions, and even chronic illnesses by regaining self-control. In addition to that, another technique can be used, which allows the client to experience "age progression'' into future events, a process that will reinforce, and really anchor the healing work that has just been completed.

Pain management: Help is also available in this area, but a medical referral must be submitted in order to ensure no interference with proper ongoing medical treatment.