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How Hypnotherapy Works

Guided and Focused Concentration

In hypnosis you are guided into a relaxed and focused state of concentration. Hypnosis is not sleep. It is actually a heightened state of awareness in which you are aware of everything that is going on around you.

Hypnosis is used to strengthen positive messages and weaken or neutralize negative messages that are in your subconscious mind. This makes it possible to affect permanent change.Under hypnosis you are provided with positive suggestions that help you achieve your goals.


Hypnotherapy Can Change Neural Pathways

Hypnosis is used to interrupt unwanted thought patterns. Through repetition, new neural pathways become bigger and stronger and the old pathways diminish.

By changing your neural pathways, you change habits, unwanted behaviour patterns and the way you think.

These positive changes create success that allows you to take control of your life.


Hypnosis and Neural Pathways

The more times you think or do something the stronger the neural pathways associated with that thought or activity become, and the more likely you are going to do it out of habit. The reason habits form is because the neural pathways become conditioned to act and respond in a certain way. By changing the neural pathways, you change the way you think. Hypnosis can be used to interrupt damaging patterns and change neural pathways.

Watch the brief video below of new brain neurons being created, your thoughts are more powerful than you think!

Some common negative thoughts:


  • I’m not good enough
  • I can’t do it
  • I can never lose weight
  • I always mess things up – I’ll never get anywhere in life
  • When it rains, it pours
  • It’s all his/her fault
  • I can tell people don’t like me
  • I’m nobody special, anybody could do what I do

Hypnotherapy helps to eliminate these thoughts. Your new positive set of beliefs will encourage self-confidence, motivation, and personal growth!


Create a custom solution to eliminate negative thoughts with a registered hypnotherapist!

“I have been dieting for years with no results. Okanagan Hypnotherapy has allowed me to take control of my anxiety and emotional eating. I’ve lost 15 pounds using the weight loss program. Thank you!”


Age 47, Okanagan Hypnotherapy Client

Hypnotherapy can change neural pathways.


One of the most interesting aspects of using hypnosis is its ability to change neural pathways. The longer you do something repeatedly, the more likely you’re going to do it out of habit. Every time you experience or think about something the stronger the neural pathway connected to that idea grows.

For example, you were bitten by a dog as a child. As you grew, every time you saw a dog you experienced fear or panic. This repeated reaction to dogs creates a very large neural pathway and causes the fear or panic response to dogs to persist.

Neural pathways are not just created in response to fears or phobias.  We can develop strong neural pathways relating to all kinds of things such as anxiety, emotional eating, smoking, nail-biting, insomnia etc. Hypnosis can be used to interrupt damaging patterns. By interrupting the pattern, new neural pathways can form and you no longer respond in a negative way to triggers.

Our mindset is our basic belief system. It determines how we look at our life.  The life experiences we have and the beliefs our parents and family pass down to us determine our mindset.  The more positive those thoughts and beliefs are, the better the outlook we have for our lives.  Conversely, negative thought patterns affect our lives adversely. But we can change these entrenched negative beliefs with the help of hypnosis.

Hypnosis allows us to access our subconscious mind where negative thoughts, habits and feelings reside.  One may seem asleep during hypnosis, but the mind is hyper-sensitive to new suggestions.

Hypnotherapists use this state of suggestibility to help you reframe the ideas that are holding you back.