HYPNOSIS AND HYPNOTHERAPY FAQS
Facts and information about hypnosis and the profession of hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness that occurs in every person just before entering the sleep state. In therapeutic hypnosis, we prolong this brief interlude so that we can work within its bounds.
Yes. Because hypnosis is a natural state through which everybody passes before sleeping, all human beings have a natural ability to enter a hypnotic state. However, just as it is possible to resist going to sleep, it is also possible to resist hypnosis. But even if one resists hypnosis, that resistance can be overcome with practice.
Completing the hypnotherapy diploma program is the first, and most important step to becoming a clinical hypnotherapist in British Columbia. From there, however, there are still many decisions to make and things to consider, such as how to put yourself “out there” and start attracting clients to your hypnotherapy practice. Don’t worry – we cover all of these important aspects and more as part of our clinical hypnotherapy diploma program. Plus, as a CCAHH alumnus, you’ll have free access to ongoing support as you grow your hypnotherapy practice!
Hypnosis is largely misunderstood. For centuries, it was associated with spiritualism, witchcraft and the like. Furthermore, often-exaggerated claims made by undisciplined hypnosis practitioners have turned many people against it. Stage hypnotists have further eroded the public’s perception of hypnotherapy by giving volunteers suggestions to do foolish things, exploiting their suggestibility for entertainment purposes. Some think hypnosis is dangerous, while in truth it is no more dangerous than sleeping.
Many people expect something spectacular, something akin to being drugged. In actual fact, hypnosis is simply a very relaxed state. Have you ever been so preoccupied with a task that you didn’t hear someone calling your name? Reading, watching a movie and being engrossed in a hobby can all create naturally occurring hypnotic trances. You are not unconscious or asleep – your mind is active, you perceive all stimuli and you are able to communicate. Hypnosis is, in two words, focused relaxation.
Courtenay, BC, is on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, approximately three hours north of Victoria and just one hour north of Nanaimo. Courtenay is the hub of the magnificent Comox Valley, an energetic community of approximately 67,000. In Courtenay, you’ll find all of the amenities you need, with quick access to the beauty and recreation of the Salish Sea, the Beaufort Mountains and the world’s largest temperate rainforest – they’re all right in our backyard!
The Comox Valley is served by the Comox Airport, with direct daily flights from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.