What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

History of Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis was first known as “mesmerism” after Dr. Frank Mesmer (1734­-1815) who used hypnosis quite successfully on his patients. The father of hypnosis is James Braid who came after Dr. Mesmer. It was James Braid who established hypnosis as a science rather than an occult. By the 1900’s hypnosis was being practiced by Sigmund Freud, Milton Erickson and Dave Elman, all well known in the psychology field. Hypnosis remains the brief, solution focused practice today as it was used by the early founders and is called hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis comes from the Greek word ‘hypnos’ or ‘sleep’ and ‘osis’ or ‘put to sleep‘. It is a state of relaxation involving focused attention and an increased capacity to accept suggestion. During hypnosis, you concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory or image. Everyone can be hypnotized! In fact everyone drifts into and out of hypnosis all day. Remember times when you were lost in a book for hours reading a page you didn’t really read, in a driving trace or simply daydreaming at your desk. In fact, crying and anger outbursts occur in a state of hypnosis.

Take one hand. Place the bony part of the back of your hand on your forehead. This is your conscious mind. Your conscious mind is less than 10% of your brain.  Now take both hands. Spread your fingers wide. Place your wide spread hands at the back and sides of your head. This is your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is 90% or more of your brain.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

With hypnosis, you are able to bypass your conscious mind and access your subconscious mind. Your conscious mind is the part of your mind that is responsible for logic and reasoning. Your subconscious mind is the part of your mind that is responsible for your emotions, beliefs and memories. Imagine it as being a large memory bank, it stores everything that happens to you, without judgement. The subconscious mind stores and retrieves your data. Do you have an irrational fear, maybe of bees or spiders? Under hypnosis, your subconscious mind could retrieve when, why and how that fear developed. Do often feel you do not deserve abundance in your life? Under  hypnosis, your subconscious mind could retrieve when, why and how that self limiting belief started for you. Can you not release your body weight despite trying any diet? Under hypnosis, your subconscious mind can reveal why you are not releasing your weight.

Hypnotherapy is a therapy that uses the power of your subconscious mind to help you change behaviors determined by your belief system. The state of relaxation allows Sue Fortune as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist to bypass your conscious mind and give positive suggestions directly to your powerful subconscious mind… the part of your mind that is simply accepting and does NOT judge. This allows you to overcome blocks, self destructive behavior and achieve the success you so desperately desire.

Conditions Effective for Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy also uncovers the root cause of self destructive behavior, anxietyphobias, self limiting beliefs and addiction. You are not always aware of your own beliefs.  Actually most people are not aware of their own negative beliefs and the impact they have on our self esteem, confidence, emotions and our day to day behavior. You are capable, deserving and worthy enough to explore the root cause of your self limiting beliefs, to experience happiness, behavior change, success and freedom.

During hypnotherapy, you are always in control! You will not do or say anything you do not want to. You will not cluck like a chicken, unless you want to!  Hypnotherapy is safe and natural when you are guided by an experienced Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Hypnotherapy can be a credible alternative to talk therapies.  Sue uses hypnotherapy for a variety of concerns including smoking cessation, weight loss, addictions, and stress/anxiety management.

Our Hypnotherapist Sue Fortune

Sue Fortune: is registered with the Canadian College of Professional Counselors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP). She also holds a Masters of Science degree in Psychology and is D.B.T. Certified.  As a Registered Counselor, Sue uses person-centered therapy in a safe and non-judgmental environment.  She counsels children, adolescents, individuals and couples.  Her experience includes (but is not limited to) anxiety, depression, stress, bullying, thoughts of self-harm, and cutting behavior.  Sue is also trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist.  Hypnotherapy is used for a wide range of issues such as weight loss and smoking cessation.  Her unique approach of combining hypnotherapy and D.B.T. works well for anxiety, depression, compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders and addiction.  Sue is also fully Certified with the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta and has considerable experience with children and youth.  Her experience includes treating phobias, Restrictive Food Intake (AFRID), anxiety, low self-confidence and mood regulation.