What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a method used to help a person achieve relaxation, reduce stress, change habits, improve performance and even improve self-confidence.

When the mind is in a hypnotic state, it is in a state of deep focused attention. While in this deep state of focused attention  the individual can more easily access their subconscious mind and get to the root of their issues. While the conscious mind is very good at problem solving, learning new skills, using logic and reason, it only represents the tip of the iceberg of our mind. What lies beneath the surface of the water? The subconscious mind!  This is where our attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, instincts, positive and negative messages about ourselves and the world reside.  Accessing the subconscious allows one to change or undo old habits and programming, release limiting thoughts. The hypnotherapist is simply just a facilitator during the session as the individual . Even though the person will feel very relaxed while in hypnosis he or she still be consciously aware of their surroundings and will be able to make decisions about what they allow themselves to do or accept. 

What is happening in the brain during hypnosis?

The brain normally produces various electrical brain wave patterns throughout the day: Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta.

Beta waves (14 – 30 Hz) occur while we are alert and conscious.  We produce beta waves while we are working, actively thinking and problem solving – under stress.

Alpha waves (9 – 13 Hz) occur while we are calm, perhaps relaxed, but still lucid. We produce alpha waves when resting after completing a task, when taking a “mental break”, while taking a deep breath when we realize we’ve been a beta state for a long time.  Simple breathing exercises can produce an alpha state.

Theta waves (4 – 8 Hz) occur during deep relaxation, meditation and focused visualization. We produce theta waves while daydreaming in class or during a meeting. Long distance runners are often in a theta state when they feel they are “in the zone” or experience a “runner’s high”.  Even driving on long stretches of highway often produces theta brain waves; this explains the experience of being unable to recall driving during the last few kilometers.  

Delta waves (1-3 Hz) occur during sleep and dreaming.

The hypnosis state goes between the alpha and theta states.  The brain feels relaxed but is still consciously alert when it needs to be.  Therefore, most of the general population has experienced being in a hypnotic state at some time or another.

Alpha and theta states are very beneficial to our well-being.

Unfortunately modern life is very stress inducing, and many people spend a lot of time in a Beta state (which increases the stress response) and have a hard time producing their own alpha and theta states.

In a clinical setting, hypnosis creates the alpha and theta states in individuals and use them to their advantage: to make positive changes mentally, physically and emotionally. Furthermore, during sessions with the hypnotherapist, the individual learns how to self-hypnotize and control their own beta, alpha and theta states – thus improving their overall health.

 Why Use Hypnosis?

Why use hypnosis when we can simply tell ourselves to stop bad habits or to “just relax”? Anyone who has tried to simply do this knows it’s not so easy. Here’s why…

While our conscious mind is good at things like thinking critically, planning, solving problems, remembering things short-term and reasoning things out it is our subconscious mind that is responsible for our emotions, inner feelings, fears, “gut reactions” and long term memory. Our subconscious is automatic – it just happens.

Our subconscious mind leads our conscious mind.

Our subconscious mind influences how we perceive and respond to experience. 

Our subconscious mind controls our habits.

This is why people continue to do things like smoke cigarettes, engage in risky activities, fail diets, think negatively etc etc even though they know logically that these things are not good for them.

So, if we truly are our own worst enemy or our own biggest obstacle, hypnosis can help change that.

How are Hypnotherapists trained?

Certified hypnotherapists undergo training that is approved by the National Guild of Hypnosis.  Dr. Ling is a certified hypnotherapist and did her training at the Ontario Hypnosis School and Clinic, Canada’s leading hypnosis training facility and hypnosis clinic under Georgina Cannon , an award-winning, board-certified, master consulting hypnotist.

What can be treated with Hypnosis?

Dr. Ling often integrates hypnosis techniques to enhance naturopathic treatments.  As a stand-alone therapy hypnosis can be used to treat many conditions especially stress and anxiety, habit control (such as quit smoking) and fears and phobias.

Special hypnosis programs:

Hypnosis Enhanced Fertility (for IVF)

Stop Smoking Program

Hypnosis for Anxiety, Fears and Phobias

HypnoBirthing Prenatal and Childbirth Preparation class

As a licensed and registered naturoapthic doctor, hypnotherapy is within this scope of practice. Hypnotherapry received during appointments with EeVon Ling is consider a naturopathic service and may be covered by your employee insurance plan.