Vancouver Hypnotherapy Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Why Vancouver Hypnotherapy?

Vancouver Hypnotherapy Inc. is without doubt Vancouver’s most trusted provider of hypnosis based therapies. Since 2006 we’ve been providing the most advanced hypnotherapy in western Canada. We have a staff of experienced hypnotherapists, allowing us to get you in swiftly. We train the best hypnotherapists in Canada at our own training facilty, and the best of them end up working here. Our quit smoking methods are considered the best in the business, and we look after our clients with a level of customer service an individual therapist simply cannot provide. If you are looking for the highest quality in hypnosis based therapies, the answer is very simple. Give us a call on 604 484 0346.


What is the current view of hypnotherapy within the professional psychiatric community?

Many psychiatrists and psycho therapists acknowledge the value of hypnosis. The British Medical Association has acknowledged it as a valid therapeutic tool since 1899. The issue lies in the fact that 'hypnotherapy' is a full time job and a very specialised one. A psychiatrist who hypnotises someone three times a week will never have the skills of a hypnotherapist who works on six people a day. As a result, hypnosis takes something of a backseat.

In the meantime there are hypnotherapists who practice a more metaphysical process - such as past lives work - which may have some therapeutic application, however it is very limited. This type of hypnotherapist does little to add credibility to a modality that is ubdoubtedly powerful and useful - but is perceived as flakey because of these metaphysical practitioners.

As a result, people wishing to use hypnotherapy need to search carefully for the right kind of therapist. At Vancouver Hypnotherapy we practice a form of Technical Hypnotherapy. In this form of hypnotherapy there is no place for metaphysical hypnotherapy (or crystal balls, or angel cards). It focuses purely on addictions, anxiety related issues (such as eating disorders) and depression.


I’ve seen hypnotized people act silly on stage. Will I do things I don’t want to do? Can my mind be controlled?

You won’t do or think anything under hypnosis that you wouldn’t normally do or think. You can’t be controlled. If people in a stage show act silly it’s because they want to.


Can anyone be hypnotized?

Yes, anyone who wants to can be hypnotized.


How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis provides access to the unconscious mind where most of our behavior originates. With our guidance, you literally change undesirable emotions, habits, and behaviors into new desirable ones. You create a new you!



Typically, you will be put into hypnosis about half way through a session. In some complex cases, the first session is spent getting detailed background. The hypnosis can be used to reinforce your will, or to uncover and remove troubling issues. A strong counselling element is also likely to play a part in the process.


What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis is refreshing, relaxing, and energizing; for some even more refreshing than sleep. Most important is the fact that it works— people get results.


How long does therapy last? How many sessions does it take?

The number of required sessions varies between individuals and the nature of the therapy. As a rule, hypnotherapy is considered short-term therapy compared to conventional psychotherapy, meaning you will spend, on average, 3-4 sessions instead of several months of sessions.


People use hypnosis for quitting smoking. Can it be used to work with other addictions?

Yes. Most addictions are caused by events deeply buried in the past. While treating addictions many methods fail to address these issues, and so really only deal with symptoms. Hypnotherapy addresses the causes. We specialise in working with clients with alchohol and narcotics addictions.


Is hypnotherapy useful for children?

Most children respond exceptionally well to hypnotherapy. Common applications include:

• Improving academic performance

• Eliminating test anxiety

• Enhancing athletic skills

• Increasing concentration

• Building self esteem and motivation

• Sibling rivalry and disciplinary issues

• Eliminating enuresis (bed wetting)


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