What services do you provide?
Victoria’s Quit Smoking Clinic offers a variety of hypnotherapy and hypnotherapeutic counselling practices in order to affect individual change. Each session includes ongoing assessments which help inform the therapist of the best method, or methods, needed for each client. Some of these methods may include Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Regressions, or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Whichever method is implemented the client will be informed of the technique as it is integrated into each hypnosis session. It is important to remember that any treatment choice remains dependent on the client, their desired outcome, and their individual circumstances.
What exactly is hypnotherapy?
Have you ever caught yourself day dreaming or being so totally absorbed in a book, that you do not hear someone trying to get your attention. Have you ever been so consumed in thought that you have driven past your destination or ever so focused on what you are doing that everything else is excluded? These are all natural states of everyday trance. We slip in and out of trance many times each and every day. Hypnosis is merely an expansion/extension of this very natural state of relaxation. In a session you, the client, become the observer as the hypnotherapist gives suggestions that ease you effortlessly into a state of intense relaxation.
How effective is hypnosis?
Very effective! In a study conducted by clinical psychologist Dr Alfred Barrios (B.S. Caltech, PhD. UCLA), he notes that “… for psychoanalysis we can expect a recovery rate of 38% after approximately 600 sessions. For [Behaviour] therapy, we can expect a recovery rate of 72% after an average of 22 sessions, and for hypnotherapy, we can expect a recovery rate of 93% after an average of 6 sessions.” SeaSideHypnosis.com and Victoria’s Quit Smoking Clinic mirrors this average and is proud to offer a two-year guarantee to back up our work.
Can I be hypnotized?
States of trance are normal for all of us. These natural cycles allow the mind to “cleanse” itself of daily stresses, concerns and burdens. Other familiar terms for trance are ‘daydreaming’, ‘wandering mind’, or ‘driver’s trance’. It is essential to know that in and out of trance you are always in full and complete control. We cannot make you go into trance, nor can we make you a non-smoker, however, we can facilitate it for you. We are very good at what we do and have a very high success rate to back us up but what we do need is your full cooperation and acceptance. Without it, you can prevent yourself from entering trance and therefore not receiving all that our session potentially holds for you. While in a trance state if ever anyone said something that did not resonate with you, even if you are in a very deep trance, you will come out of trance immediately, simply dismiss the suggestion, or possibly both.
How long does a session last?
Someone undergoing hypnosis may hear everything the hypnotherapist says within a session or nothing that was said. You may find that your mind wanders and you hear bits and pieces of the session. Part of the reason for these differences in recall is the reality that there are many levels of trance (or hypnosis), all of which can be equally as effective.
How will I know that I am under hypnosis?
There are many different ways in which you may know that you are in a trance. Some of these experiences could include:
- certain parts of your body may go numb temporarily
- your body may begin to feel very heavy
- you may experience a sensation of floating
- you may even experience time distortion and feel as though you have been under hypnosis for minutes, when in fact it has been one or more hours
- while no two trances are ever alike, the state of trance is different for everyone; there is generally a pleasant feeling of intense, deep relaxation
Is there a difference between hypnosis and meditation?
Meditation is generally a self-imposed trance where one is typically taught to “empty” their mind of all thoughts. The attainment of this state can sometimes take years of practice to achieve. In hypnosis the impetus comes from the outside, specific suggestions are made which allow the body and mind to enter into trance, a place where the mind and body feel extremely relaxed. What helps you to achieve your goals quickly and permanently is having the conscious mind give permission for the suggestions to be accepted and then stepping out of the way to let the therapist facilitate change for you.
Do you teach hypnosis or hypnotherapy?
As a career for others to practice, no we do not. Saying that, we at SeaSideHypnosis.com and Victoria’s Quit Smoking Clinic are 100% dedicated to a clinical, hypnotherapeutic practice. We often teach individual clients how to recognize and induce their own trance-states and how to use guided imagery in support of their regular sessions with us.
Do you offer CD's for sale?
Every client is given one or more complimentary, professionally recorded CD’s as part of their post-program support. There is no additional charge for these CD’s. Although we do not offer general CD’s for sale at this time, we may be able to make a custom, hypnotherapeutic CD for you. Contact us so that we may discuss your needs.
What are your hours of operation?
|Monday||10:00 am – 8:00 pm||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Tuesday||10:00 am – 8:00 pm||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Wednesday||10:00 am – 8:00 pm||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Thursday||10:00 am – 8:00 pm||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Friday||10:00 am – 8:00 pm||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
Some weekends appointments are available…please check with our office.
What is your cancellation policy?
We understand that schedule changes can be inevitable on occasion. We appreciate your consideration on those rare instances by contacting us at least 48 hours prior to your appointment to cancel or reschedule it.
What happens if I’m late to my appointment?
In order to maintain a smoothly operating schedule, late arrivals will result in a shortened session length so as not to delay the start of the next client’s session.
Do you accept credit cards?
For your convenience, we accept Interac/Debit, Visa and MasterCard. Please no personal cheques. Prepaid corporate and governmental vouchers will be accepted upon prior arrangement with your employer.
Are your services tax deductible?
To the best of our knowledge, yes–they are deductible both in Canada and in the US. We will provide you with the necessary proof of payment in order to deduct the expense on your income tax. However, we recommend that you consult your chartered accountant in order to verify this information and ask about any further requirements.
Do you participate in Medical Tourism?
Yes, we participate in Medi-Tours. We have worked with clients from all over the world while they were visiting Victoria for vacation, business, or education. Many foreign residents find the exchange rate very favourable against our Canadian dollar and opt to seek therapy at SeaSideHypnosis.com and Victoria’s Quit Smoking Clinic. If this is the case with you, please call us as soon as possible so we can schedule your appointments around your stay. SKYPE session are available. Please email and we can address any concerns and schedule your session.
Do you take medical insurance?
We only take direct payments from clients. However, we do provide clients with the necessary proof of payment so they may submit claims to their private or extended health insurance providers. There are a few insurance providers in Canada and the US who may reimburse you for our service fees. If concerned, please review your service provider’s coverage allowance prior to the visit by contacting them directly; specifically request information regarding your coverage and limits for clinical hypnotherapy and/or smoking cessation programs.
I want my employer to pay for my program. How do I go about it?
First contact the Human Resources Department at your place of employment to let them know of your plans. If you are cleared to proceed, contact our office to establish an account for your company. We currently participate as service providers to employee benefits programs for employers of all sizes at the local, provincial and federal levels. Your services may be completely pre-paid, partially pre-paid, completely reimbursed or partially reimbursed by your employer. Always keep in mind that some of our programs require assessments prior to acceptance into them. This necessary stipulation will not be lifted regardless of corporate involvement or group size.
How do you handle ‘quit-buddies’, were two or more people want to quit smoking together?
We do not provide group session for Quit Smoking each client receives individualized attention in different time slots. Ideal for close friends, family members, spouses and co-workers, quitting with a buddy offers you a wonderful automatic support system. If there are several members in your group, we will work with you on consecutive days keeping your experience intact.