What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy – Psychological Therapy, taking a deeper dive into patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. May involve talk therapy and somatic therapy (involving the body, noticing where you hold emotions and traumas in the body). Usually explores how trauma from the past is impacting you in the present.
My approach – At the initial appointment I will explain that the client is in the drivers seat, if the client does not like the direction or focus of the treatment I invite them to share this feedback as often as possible. This allows me the opportunity to either explain the reason for the focus/direction and allows the client to redirect the focus mid appointment/treatment. My goal is for the client to reach their desired goal, if that means they are only comfortable staying on the surface and addressing their concerns using a solution focused lens I will be right there beside them. If the client wants to dig deeper and understand where the patterns may have started then I can support them in that deeper dive. We can also fluctuate between the surface and diving deeper in sessions to make sure the client feels safe and they are working towards their desired outcome.
I practice as an eclectic therapist which is an open integrative approach that focuses on the clients individual needs. I am trained in a variety of different styles of therapy and I pull on different tools and theories from each as I see appropriate. I am always open to feedback in sessions, after sessions even days, weeks, months after sessions. I have often heard of people stopping counselling/therapy because they didn’t like or understand the direction it was going, please allow me the opportunity to explain and/or change the direction.
What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy allows you to experience deep relaxation and focus while interacting with your subconscious mind. Being able to attain this level of relaxation and focus can be difficult in our day to day lives where we are usually over stimulated with distractions (competing demands, technology). Hypnotherapy has an endless list of issues it can address, if there is something you are struggling with and wonder if hypnotherapy can help do not hesitate to contact me and we can discuss how hypnotherapy might be able to assist.
What is the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist and psychotherapist?
A Psychiatrist is a medical doctors who specialize in mental health and mental disorders. Psychiatrists often prescribe medication to help their clients manage their symptoms. Requires doctor referral & covered by OHIP.
A Psychologist provides psychological assessments, diagnoses and treats mental health disorders. A psychologist does not prescribe medication. Sometimes covered through OHIP (family health teams), inquire with your doctor. Sometimes covered through benefits/insurance.
A Psychotherapist either has a degree with combined counseling experience and or a Masters degree in Social Work or counseling. A psychotherapist provides counseling and psychotherapy, they are often more affordable for ongoing sessions in comparison to a psychologist but they cannot provide a diagnoses. Psychotherapist can be accessed through community programs or private practice.
How many sessions do I need?
Short Answer: You get to choose!
If you are seeking hypnotherapy for relaxation you can book sessions one at a time, as often as you need. If you are seeking hypnotherapy for therapeutic reasons I suggest you book an initial appointment to try a relaxation hypnosis and use that appointment to discuss a plan for what you want to address specifically. The plan will include another session with a hypnosis focused on the issue. You can then purchase a recording to listen to on your own time as often as you feel needed. If you feel you want to continue using hypnotherapy as a modality for addressing your concern then we can continue to book sessions and develop on your individualized hypnotherapy plan.
What does trance state feel like?
A trance state is a natural state of mind that occurs naturally every 90 mins, this may occur when you are driving, when you are focused on a good book, movie, or project. Where everything around you does not exist and you are solely focused on your internal experience.
A trance state involves lower, slower brain waves, your limbs may feel heavy, breathing becomes slower, and you are able to focus on what the hypnotherapist is saying without interrupting thoughts like the grocery list.
What is the difference between stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Stage Hypnosis is designed for entertainment, it is where the hypnotist uses hypnotic suggestions to elicit a physical response (cluck like a chicken) for people to watch.
Hypnotherapy is designed for the individual to have an internal experience, the hypnotherapy suggestions are intended to create a psychological/internal response.
What if I can’t be hypnotized?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis which means you as the client decide if you are comfortable with and open to being hypnotized into a trance state. For some people it takes a few sessions to feel the full effect of hypnosis as you need more time to become comfortable and trusting in the process. If there is intentional resistance or a desire to “prove” that you cannot be hypnotized then it will be near impossible to reach a trance state.