Counselling Services in Calgary

Sometimes, on the pathway of life, you may encounter challenges or obstacles that interfere with your enjoyment of the journey. At times like this, it can be very helpful to work with a psychologist – a travel companion – who can help you discover new ways of looking at things, new skills to manage situations and new resources that can add to the richness of your experience.

Individual or couple therapy can be a gift you give yourself. I would welcome your call if you would like to speak with me about how I might be able to help.

Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical hypnosis can be a very effective tool to help clients achieve their therapy goals. There is an overlap between the principles of Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Clinical Hypnosis. In all cases, the agenda is to use your mind to influence how you feel. The purpose of using hypnosis is to connect with and enhance your inner strengths and skills so that you will be more effective and feel more confident.

The Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis website describes hypnosis as "a natural state of heightened and focused attention." They go on to say that "our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to endless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change… When we enter into a state of hypnosis, we can utilize thoughts, talents and experiences in ways not usually accessible to us." The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis website describes hypnosis as "a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully. Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis is the ultimate act of self-control."

With hypnosis, people first enter a state of relaxation and prepare to focus on the issue they want to address in the session (e.g., managing weight, enhancing self-esteem, managing anxiety or depression). This is called the "induction phase". Next, in the "application phase", they allow themselves to become focused and absorbed in some aspect of the issue. In a fully relaxed state, people typically become open to hearing reminders of their own competency. Hypnosis is a way of building inner resources, as well as helping people to access the resources they may not realize they have.

If you would like to learn more about clinical hypnosis, to see if it might be a helpful tool for you, please call Calgary Psychologist Dr. Beth Balshaw.