Psychotherapy

1. How do I know if Psychotherapy is right for me?

If you have the curiosity and intent to understand yourself better, psychotherapy may be a beneficial option for you. It can help you to make a decision by meeting your therapist beforehand to see if you feel comfortable sitting and talking with them.  You don’t have to know exactly what to say and do in the beginning - if you are open to come to sessions and talk, this can be a great start.    

2. How often should I come?

At first, it is recommended to come every week to give yourself a chance to build on the work we do in the previous session.  Like learning anything new, your chances of succeeding are much higher based on your level of commitment.  Eventually, you will know when you’re feeling better, and when it’s time to move to move to less frequent appointments.  

3.  How many sessions will I need to start seeing changes?

It is difficult to know how many sessions you will need as each case is unique depending on what is being worked on.  Psychotherapy can go on for years, depending on how much you want to learn and explore.  Generally, a commitment of 6-10 sessions is recommended in the beginning, to start feeling and seeing change.

4.  Is Psychotherapy covered by OHIP or extended health care?

Psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP but you may have coverage in your extended health care plan.  Please check with your insurance provider to see whether you have coverage for Psychotherapy.

Hypnotherapy


1. How do I know if Hypnotherapy or Psychotherapy is right for me?

Hypnotherapy is ideal for individuals who are ready to make changes in specific behaviours, or ready to accomplish specific goals.  Remember, Hypnosis is not a magic cure - but if you’ve already made the decision to change, it can be a great help in moving you towards your goals.

2. What if I can’t be hypnotized?

Don’t worry - almost everybody can be hypnotized!  You most likely enter hypnotic states throughout the day without even realizing it - for instance, have you ever driven somewhere and arrived without consciously remembering how you got there?  That’s a good example of entering a trance state, where the subconscious mind is doing the work.  That being said, you cannot be hypnotized against your will, so as long as you are willing,  you are able.


3. What’s it like to be in hypnosis?

Being in hypnosis feels like you are in a deeply relaxed state, almost like taking a nap, without actually sleeping!  Your body will feel relaxed, and your mind will feel relaxed, but you’ll always have conscious awareness of where you are and who you are.

4. How many Hypnosis sessions will I need to achieve my goals?

Hypnosis is a subjective experience, and there is no way to guarantee changes or results.  The willingness to change is one of the most important factors in the process.  If the willingness to change is there, you can start to feel and see results after just one session.  It is generally recommended to complete 5-6 sessions to reach your goals.  In some cases, we will break your goal down into smaller steps, and build on the changes each week to move towards a bigger goal.  

5. How often should I come?

In the beginning, it is recommended to come every week to continue to build on the changes you are making.  Depending on your progress, you may decide to eventually come every two weeks to help maintain the new behaviour(s).