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Lakeside Hypnotherapy

Specializing in Eliminating Fears & Phobias or Old Trauma


Questions and Answers

Is it only weak-minded people who get hypnotized?

Definitely not!! Intelligent people who are able to focus their thoughts, make the best and fastest successes in hypnotherapy. Everyone can experience success in hypnotherapy with enough time, providing they want it. 

What if my family tell me, it is against my religion?

In the bible, it says to not let others control your mind.

Your mind is not controlled by a hypnotherapist. We will guide you to make the changes that you want. You are the one who gets to finally take control of a busy, out-of-control mind.

People often fear the unknown. There is an understandable (though mistaken) fear that people will lose control while in a state of hypnosis. The reality is, everyone experiences this state many times a day. A state of hypnosis is simply the slowing down of Beta brainwaves and the increase of intensity of Theta brainwaves.

You can ask family or friends to attend with you and stay conscious or you can let them know of your experience and success afterwards.

Are in office sessions better than online?

For the most part, yes. In office, I can be sure no phones will ring and no one will knock on the door and no dogs will bark. If you can ensure these things in your online session and if you have noise cancelling headphones and sit comfortably (not lying in a bed) then online sessions are just as good.

What will it be like?

before you agree to a session, we will build rapport. We will talk and when you feel safe and comfortable, we will start your session. You will feel a very safe, and deeply relaxed. It will be like watching a really good movie, where you were wonderfully engrossed and not wanting to leave. I may use sounds like a waterfall, dolphins, horses or a crackling fire to enhance your guided visualization and experience of comfort. You stay aware and engaged as if on the edge of a dream. You will likely not be asked to speak in your session but might be asked to raise a finger to tell me a yes or no response to a question.

Will I go to sleep?

No. It is sometimes referred to as a “hypnotic sleep.” You may look as if you are asleep but your mind will remain very clear and in control. If you do happen to fall asleep you will be gently wakened to a more aware, yet relaxed state for best results.  

How will I know I'm under?

When you have that relaxed, focused feeling and are able to follow the visualizations that I describe, you will know. You just feel deeply, emotionally calm and relaxed, focused and aware. It feels good. It feels a little dreamy. Looking for it, makes it more challenging. Allowing the state of hypnosis to happen in it's own time, will engage it more naturally.

Will Hypnotherapy make me a Better Athlete?

Hypnotherapy is widely used for sports success and in 3 sessions or maybe even less, you will see improvement in your game. For many years now, For many decades, Olympic teams and professional athletes have been using hypnotherapy to improve their game. Competition at any level is 80+% mental.

Will I remember anything after the session?

Yes, you will remember. There are even many cases of people who had surgery while under hypnosis, and felt no pain. Through the guidance of a hypnotherapist, they control not only their level of pain, without anaesthesia, but they also control their own blood flow through the surgery. It is extremely rare for someone to not remember anything. You kind of remember it like a pleasant dream.   

Will I lose control or do things against my will?

Absolutely not! I am here to make you feel good about yourself. The whole purpose of hypnotherapy is to give you greater control over your thoughts and your feelings. You have the control to stop or change a hypnotherapy session at any point.

Hypnotherapy is not stage hypnosis done for the entertainment of others. It would not benefit you or myself to cause you harm or embarrassment. 

Will hypnotherapy work for me?

Yes it will, so long as it is for what you want. In my experience, almost every person I see, notices significant improvement within 3 sessions, unless they actively resist the hypnotic suggestions. Some notice in less and occasionally, someone will take a little more to reach all of their goals. Limitations include, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, severe mental disorders/ illness, and refusal to be hypnotized or to trust. Even children and people with mental disabilities can benefit from Hypnotherapy so long as they can understand the language being spoken and agree to the process.

Is Hypnotherapy Safe?

Hypnotherapy is completely safe. You cannot get "Stuck" in a state of hypnosis. You cannot be made to do something against your will. If that was possible, bank robberies would happen by means of hypnotherapy. Fortunately that cannot be done. Hypnotherapy is a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable experience. It is always in your hypnotherapists best interest for you to have the success you desire. That's how we get referrals.  

How do I find a good Hypnotherapist?

Like other therapists and counselors, Hypnotherapists will meet the needs of different people. One thing to watch for is the training. Is your hypnotherapist certified and registered? Check out their websites and find someone who "feels" right to you. Do you feel like you can trust the person? Do they have an office or will you go into their home and how does that feel? Do they seem knowledgeable? Do they work exclusively as a hypnotherapist or do they use other modalities that suggest they are either not "all in" or maybe the other modalities sound appealing. Ask them if they follow written scripts or if they focus 100% on finding your inner dialogue and working with that. You may very well know even before your first visit, if this person feels right for you. During your first visit, you will know, by how comfortable you are and how safe you feel. This is a good indicator of the trustworthiness and skill of the hypnotherapist. You can always call or set up a time to talk on the phone to get a feel through a voice conversation. You can always ask to get back to them later if you feel pressured to make an appointment.  

Your comfort and trust is most important as this is what will most predict your success. Listen for confidence, knowledge, compassion or ego or distance in the hypnotherapist's voice and information about their understanding of your needs. You have a right to select the hypnotherapist who will most honour and respect your needs and concerns and quickly and respectfully use your own words to guide you to feel and be all that you want for yourself, at a deep subconscious level.

Like you, my amazing, determined clients come because they want inner change and want it fast! I love helping good people to have noticeable success in 3 sessions or less. MANY have had success, even with only one session.