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About Hypnotherapy

Ottawa Family Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a safe and natural state that uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness. Often paired with psychotherapy or counselling, hypnotherapy can very effective in the treatment of many conditions including, but not limited to:

  • phobias, fears, and anxiety

  • sleep disorders

  • depression

  • stress

  • post-trauma anxiety

  • grief and loss

  • weight management

  • smoking cessation

...and more

While in hypnosis, you remain in complete control of your actions and decisions. Unlike stage hypnosis, clinical hypnotherapy is conducted in a private office, clinic, or facilitated through online videoconferencing services. It is important that you find a therapist who is qualified, and with whom you are comfortable working and sharing information. Most conditions can be treated within six sessions, although many people find improvement after just a few.

For a no-fee initial consultation to see if hypnotherapy is right for you, please book at an appointment.

  • What can I expect?
    Where are sessions held? In-person: (Downtown Ottawa & Kanata North) Online: through a secure online platform How long are sessions? Your first session is used for intake and assessment so that a specialized plan can be developed uniquely for you. We will schedule 90 minutes for the first visit and following appointments will be approximately 60 minutes. How many sessions do I need? That will depend on your individual goals and situation. Many people begin to see improvements in only a few sessions, but on average most people benefit from five to six sessions. We will evaluate your progress regularly and make adjustments as necessary. How do I prepare for my session? In-person: You will be seated in an adjustable reclining chair so most people find wearing comfortable and/or loose clothing is best. Sanitized, heated blankets are available in the office but you are also welcome to bring your own blanket or covering if you prefer. Online: Ensure you are in a private and quiet place without interruptions. It is important to ensure you can speak freely and confidentially with access to a computer/tablet and a stable internet connection.
  • What can be treated with hypnotherapy?
    Hypnotherapy is considered an adjunct or complimentary therapy although it can be used as a standalone technique depending on the individual, issues, and desired outcomes. While there are almost limitless use-cases for hypnotherapy, it is commonly used for: Coping with grief, death, and/or loss Anxiety Confidence and personal growth Limiting beliefs Overcoming negative or destructive habits Weight management Because hypnotherapy addresses the subconscious mind directly, many people see positive results for many issues that may have been long-standing, or otherwise resistant to change. It is important work with a therapist with whom you feel comfortable, and takes the time to develop a wellness plan that is unique to your needs.
  • What is the cancellation policy?
    Your appointment is reserved specifically for you. If you are unable to attend the session, we require 24 hours notice to cancel or reschedule the appointment. Missed appointments with less than 24 hours notice will be charged 50% of the full fee. This includes appointments that are made same-day.
  • What is the confidentiality policy?
    Client confidentiality is kept in accordance with the ethical guidelines and standards of practice set out by the Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists. Personally identifiable information regarding clients is not discussed or disclosed, directly, or indirectly, without the prior consent of the client. By law, I am legally obligated to protect the safety of a client or individual in the following circumstances: 1) risk of harm to self, or others; 2) suspected child abuse or neglect of a minor under 16; 3) a court of law subpoena of clinical records regarding an incident.
  • What will we do in sessions?
    Goal Setting: a key component of hypnotherapy is setting goals
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