I was provided a session for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
Kathryn Jacobsen is a Reiki master, Certified Hypnotherapist (IMDHA) and Registered Therapeutic Counsellor. She has been leading mindfulness and meditation groups for the last 6 years. She is also a mom to 3 so can completely understand how easy it is to get lost in the ups and downs of daily life. I spoke with Kathryn about what to expect when going for a hynotherapy session:
What should a person do to prepare for the session?
There’s not too much to do to prepare, it’s a good idea to read over any information that is sent, and if you have any questions, have those ready. Come with an open mind and heart and ready for change. Is there any specific things to avoid prior to the session? It’s best to avoid alcohol or drugs 24 to 48 hours prior to your session
Is there any specific things to avoid prior to the session?
It’s best to avoid alcohol or drugs 24 to 48 hours prior to your session.
Do you recommend wearing comfortable clothing?
Yes, it’s easier to relax when comfortable.
How many sessions does a client normally attend?
People usually come for anywhere from 2 to 12 sessions.
What myths would you like to de-bunk about hypnotherapy?
There are some fears around your hypnotherapist having control over you or your mind. However, Hypnosis is just simply a state of deep relaxation and focus. We enter a hypnotic state many times throughout our day when we are watching TV, driving, and just falling asleep. During your session you are completely in control, however your subconscious is more open and receptive to new information.
What types of things can hypnotherapy help with?
Hypnotherapy is used for things like Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Add/ADHD, Grief / loss, Fears, Sleep issues, women’s issues, anger, weight loss, pain, and smoking cessation.
What drew you to practicing hypnotherapy?
I have always been fascinated with the power of our minds, and found it incredible that we can shift our own perceptions. I love working with people and building relationships. Every time I leave the office I just can’t believe how lucky I am to be doing the work that I do. I love my job!
Do you have any upcoming classes or workshops?
I run a weekly group called Mindful Momma. This group is a place for moms to connect with themselves, and other moms and to learn tools for well being. Each class will offer a theme, mindful practices, guided meditation, tools for home and an opportunity to share in a supportive community. This group runs every Thursday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The next set starts up on September 12th. I also run a women’s circle. We gather once per month on or around the new moon.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes. Everyone can be hypnotized to varying degrees. The level of hypnosis a person achieves is often associated with their desire to succeed, receptivity to suggestion and ability to respond. Children as young as 6 or 7 can be hypnotized.
Do clients usually feel a specific way after a session?
Most people leave with a feeling of deep peace and relaxation.
Can you hypnotize yourself?
Yes you can! During one of our sessions I can teach you self hypnosis.
What are some other self-care tools or therapies do you take advantage of?
Personally, I have a daily meditation and kundalini yoga practice. I make sure to find time to spend in nature frequently, move my body and reach out for support when I need it. I like to try different forms of therapy, the ones I have found to be most beneficial for myself include somatic experiencing, counselling, and of course, hynotherapy!
I really didn’t know what I was expecting before my first appointment. The only thing I really knew about hynotherapy I had seen on TV or during a Vegas show. This was nothing like that. The office is located within a medical centre but the office didn’t feel clinical at all. It reminds me of being in someone’s living room. Kathryn had me fill out some basic questionaires prior to starting, the questions had basic medical questions and focused on reasons you would want a session and fears and phobias. Once started I laid on the couch with a blanket on me and the lights were dimmed. Kathryn walked me through a deep meditation exercise which I was fully conscious and aware of my surroundings. I do think for myself that the meditation was a bit too relaxing because I feel asleep towards the end of our session. I felt a bit silly at the end because I feel like Kathryn had wrapped up the therapy and turned the lights on and I had just woke up. After the session I felt completely calm and relaxed. The session was completely peaceful and fully plan on bringing my daughter to a session to help aid with the stress of back-to-school.