Hypnotherapy uses various techniques to promote deep relaxation in order to take advantage of the mind-body connection to bring about healing and positive changes. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, much like that of deep relaxation or meditation, marked by decreased breadth and increased intensity of awareness. By utilizing states of deep relaxation, I assist clients in uncovering and exploring memories, emotions and past events (root causes) which may be negatively affecting their life. Through activating ones inner resources and healing the past, the desired goals can be easily achieved.
Through this process, your beliefs and thought patterns which give rise to emotional, mental, physical and spiritual challenges will be examined. Once examined and addressed, positive changes can then begin to take place. These changes take place at the very core of your being from which your outer manifestations originate. Once these changes are implemented, your outer projections will change. The phrase “You are what you believe” is a perfect way of illustrating this process.
The answer to this question is “virtually everyone”. Given that hypnotherapy can be utilised to access a person’s inner potential and that probably no one is performing to their actual potential, then this answer is literally true. However, it is not just potential which Hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also one’s inner resources to effect beneficial change. In this regard, it is the innate healing capacity of our own body that may be stimulated by Hypnotherapy. Consequently, the list of problems which may be amenable to Hypnotherapy is far too long and varied but certainly includes: stress, anxiety, panic, fears, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions (e.g. smoking, overeating, alcoholism), disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, allergies and skin disorders, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and more. Additionally, it has proved of value within surgery, where normal anesthetics have not been practical, in the wider sphere of pain management and in the areas of both sporting and artistic performance enhancement. As an adjunct to other counselling techniques, it can also assist in helping to resolve relationship difficulties and be useful within anger management strategies.
Although there remain many other areas of human suffering in which Hypnotherapy may bring relief, there are instances in which it may be contra-indicated. These could include some manifestations of depressive illness, epilepsy, psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia) and some breathing problems.
With stage hypnosis being something that many people are familiar with, there are several common misconceptions about how hypnotherapy works. Many of the misgivings that people have are quite understandable, after all, if you had been lead to believe that hypnosis renders a person in a trance under the control of another person, wouldn’t you be a little bit hesitant to try? The reality of hypnosis is very different then this stage-show hype, however.
As mentioned earlier, being in a state of hypnosis feels very much like being in a very deep meditation. Different people have different experiences, and in fact an individual may also experience natural state of hypnosis differently at different times. Some people feel very light and perhaps even ‘floaty’ while others feel deeply relaxed and calm with a heavy body. During hypnosis, you are allowing your mind and your analytical side to relax and let go of it’s normal grip, allowing your subconscious to come to the surface. A hypnotherapist may guide you through visualization or breathing exercises in order to reach this state of deep relaxation.
Although you are more open to suggestion during this state, you are not asleep, out of your body, or unconscious. You remain in full control over you faculties in much the same way you do when you are lost in a thought. This is much like the trances you fall into in daily life – when very absorbed in a book, driving long distances or daydreaming- you can respond instantly to outside stimuli, even if you feel like you were miles away in your mind!
Joanna’s practice is founded on the core belief that each individual holds the tools to change their lives for the better and her role in this ongoing process is to empower clients to find those tools from within.
Joanna’s passion is to remind people who they are; perfect beings full of potential. She is adamant in saying that people don’t require fixing because they are NOT broken! People have ‘stuff’ that has accumulated through various experiences and over many years, and this has led them to briefly forget who they are. Working with hypnotherapy to address the ‘stuff” allows a person to get a glimpse of the perfect being that they are, which is not only very empowering and often overwhelming but also acts as a catalyst for positive change.
Joanna assists her clients in overcoming their personal barriers by drawing upon compassion and a strong technical foundation which includes advanced root causation techniques such as; Regression Therapy, Ego States Therapy (also known as Parts Therapy), and Time Line Protocol Therapy. These powerful techniques focus on the root cause of client’s issues and as a result, have a lasting effect as compared to “suggestive therapy” (reading scripts), which tend to be less effective and not permanent.
Her environment is free of judgment, creating an extremely effective therapist-client relationship thus accelerating the healing process. Her specialty is working with overcoming fears and limited beliefs, trauma and self-realization.
Joanna researched and practiced elements of psychology, spirituality and alternative healing modalities such as Reiki and hypnotherapy for over two decades. All this has led her to focus her attention exclusively on the benefits associated with hypnotherapy.
This included crystallizing her talents through formalizing her education in the field of clinical hypnotherapy and ultimately earning her credential as a Registered Clinical Counselling-Hypnotherapist (RCCH). Joanna completed her Diploma in Clinical Counselling-Hypnotherapy programme with the Crossroads Training Institute where she graduated with over 750 hours of practical and classroom experience. In addition, she has earned specialty certifications in Hypnoanaesthesia & Pain Management, Time Line Protocol Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Joanna is a registered professional level member of Association Of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists (ARCH) as well as Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) with Canadian Professional Counsellors Associaion, Joanna also served as Vice President on the Board of Directors.
Joanna was a former co-instructor of Master of Clinical Hypnotherapy Program at Crossroads Training Institute, she has founded the ARCH Mentoring Group and is a key liaison and mentor to Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists in the Lower Mainland.