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How long does each session take?

The initial session lasts one-and-half hours.  Each subsequent session will be between one and one-and-a-half hours, depending on the individual and situation.  Sessions are billed on a pro-rated hourly basis.  This answer pertains to "Go Deeper" hypnotherapy where we are working on core issues.  For "Get a Boost", "Learning Self-Hypnosis", "EFT", "Mindfulness", and "Coaching" are all dependent on the service.  Please call me for your complimentary consultation to learn more.

Is it possible for me to visit your home or office?

I would be happy to.  I offer this for workshops or to individuals who have limited mobility or to companies wanting services for multiple people at their location.  Restrictions apply.  Please contact me for more details.  Time and travel costs are added to my normal fee.

Do you offer sliding scale rates?

Sometimes.  I do offer some rate adjustments when providing services to groups or for special circumstances. 

Contact me to learn more.

How much does it cost?

Everyone has different needs and their ability to effectively benefit from hypnosis is different from person to person. My fee per hour is $175 +HST.  (each session is typically 1.5 hours) As a 5-Path Hypnotist, we have created a proven and structured system that has 5 phases and typically takes an average of 5-6 sessions to fully complete.  For some issues, like smoking and weight management, (varies per situation/person) it could take more or less than this average.  During our first session, I will be able to share more about what your particular situation will be.  This answer pertains to "Go Deeper" hypnotherapy where we are working on core issues.  For "Get a Boost", "Learning Self-Hypnosis", "EFT", "Mindfulness", and "Coaching" are all dependent on the service.  Please call me for your complimentary consultation to learn more.

What forms of payment do you accept?  When is payment made?

Cash, cheque, and e-mail money transfer are available today.  Payment for your first session must be made prior to your first session.  For subsequent sessions, you will pay at the end of that session.  For some services and workshops, full payment must be made in advance of our first session.

Is Hypnosis covered by insurance?

It is always best to check with your insurance provider.  Many insurance companies these days have different approaches to coverage. 

Can I be hypnotized?

Of course you can!  You already have been...many times.  It is easy to go into hypnosis and it is a  normal state of mind that we all experience everyday.  Most of the time we don’t even realize that we are in a hypnotic state, like when you are driving down the road or lose track of time or don’t notice what is happening around you while watching television.  People can be hypnotized at any age.  Anyone  who has the willingness to follow instruction can experience hypnosis and use it to improve their life.  People will vary, however, to the extent or depth to which they can be hypnotized. 

Is hypnosis safe?

Hypnosis is safe.  It is similar in experience to when you daydream.  You will usually feel relaxed when doing hypnosis.  It is a time to let go of other thoughts of the day and focus on the issues you came in to work on.  Scientists, medical professionals, psychologists, and hypnotherapists have been using hypnosis for many years and no one has ever been hurt by simply going into hypnosis.  You cannot be hypnotized against your will.  You must be a willing subject.  You will not do anything while in hypnosis that you would not do in your waking state.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of focused consciousness.  It is a voluntary state of relaxed and attentive concentration during which the conscious critical mind is relatively inactive.  When this occurs, the doorway to the subconscious mind opens enabling suggestions to have a heightened effect. 

Think about it like this - your mind as an iceberg.  The 10% of the iceberg that is above the surface is your conscious mind.  The part below it is your subconscious and unconscious mind.  The vast majority of your mind, the powerful part responsible for who you are as a person, your beliefs and habits, your emotions, your autonomic nervous system, and your fight or flight responses are all

below the surface.  You have a protective layer that protects what is below the surface and its called the critical factor.  This layer operates as a filter which compares new information coming in through the conscious mind with the old beliefs and perceptions already held within the subconscious mind.  It either allows the information to be stored as "data only" or is allowed to either weaken or reinforce the beliefs and habits that already exist.

This is where hypnosis comes in.  Through hypnosis, you can bypass your critical factor and help reprogram the mind to create new positive beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, and behaviours.  With this knowledge, hypnosis has been used as a tool to help millions of people take back control of their lives.

Hypnosis versus Hypnotherapy - Are they the same?

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are not the same thing. Think of hypnosis as the tool and hypnotherapy as the use of that tool.  Hypnosis has been around since humans began to speak and involves going into a "trance". Hypnotherapy uses the hypnotic "trance" as a tool to help you achieve a goal, or create a positive change in your thinking, to help solve a problem.

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