Hypnotherapy Services

Integrated Fertility Counselling & Hypnotherapy

" Regardless of what you’ve been told about your fertility, you need to know that your ability to conceive is profoundly influenced by the complex interaction among psychosocial, psychological, and emotional factors, and that you can consciously work with this to enhance your ability to have a baby. "

  Dr. Christiane Northrup

Often times, infertility is seen and treated as a physical problem.  This approach has the unfortunate consequence of artificially severing the mind from the body, it obscures the fact that there is intercommunication happening between the mind and the body and that what affects us emotionally also affects our body. 

People who experience infertility issues often experience a wide range of emotions such as frustration, powerlessness,  anxiety, anger, and even depression.  Left unresolved, these emotions can potentially take over our  lives and place undue stress and strain on our relationships. 

Research has shown that psychological distress may impair fertility and depressive symptoms may reduce the efficacy of fertility treatments.  When we experience stress, our bodies produce Cortisol which can inhibit the implantation of a fertilized ovum, delay ovulation and reduce the number and motility of sperm.

Furthermore, unresolved emotions that are connected to infertility often reside at the subconscious level, operating without our conscious awareness.  It is like an invisible force in the background wielding its powerful influence in shaping the outcomes of our lives.  Failing to address the emotional and psychological aspect of infertility can, therefore, potentially undermine one's effort to conceive. 

Recent studies suggest that by participating in a mind/body program, "infertile" men and women can improve their conception rate.

Dr. Alice Domar, a leader in mind/body medicine for infertility, conducted two studies that showed the efficacy of mind/body techniques in removing unresolved issues about having a baby.  In the first study, published in 1999 in the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association, 42% of 132 infertile women participating in a mind/body program conceived within six months of completing it.  In the second study, published in 2000 in the journal Fertility & Sterility, 55% of the previously infertile women who met regularly in a mind/body program conceived, compared with 20% of the control group who used no mind/body techniques.

The integrated fertility program I offer is a mind & body process that combines counselling and hypnotheray in one to help you to release mental and emotional blocks and achieve a more receptive state for conception and pregnancy.  The program can be used as a stand-alone or as a complement to other modalities (ART, TCM and etc.).

For more information please contact me directly to discuss a customized program for your specific needs.  >> Email Helen 

 

More Information

Women Turning to Hypnosis for Pregnancy - CBS News Article

Couples Seeking Babies turn to hypnosis - Online Article

HypnoFertility Vancouver  Hypnosis for Fertility

HypnoBirthing

Visit: www.HypnoBirthingVancouver.com

I teach HypnoBirthing classes to expectant parents. The HypnoBirthing program is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and gentle method of birthing. This amazing program teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner.

You will learn how to call upon your body's own natural relaxants and thus lessen, or even eliminate, discomfort and the need for medication. When a woman is properly prepared for childbirth and when mind and body are in harmony, nature is free to function in the same well-designed manner that it does with all mothers in Nature.

HypnoBirthing Course Highlights

6How the mind and emotions affect the body

6Why labour hurts and why it doesn’t have to

6Releasing fear, the enemy of labour

6Preparing your mind and body for birthing

6Reducing the need for  artificial induction and episiotomy

6Developing ultimate-depth relaxation

6Understanding the stages of labour

6Preparing your Birth Plan

6Breathing your baby down for birth

The HypnoBirthing program is taught in five 2.5 hour weekly classes (group sessions) or four weekly classes for private sessions. The course fee for the HypnoBirthing program is $380 per couple for group classes or $550 per couple for private sessions.

The fee includes attendance for two people, the official HypnoBirthing book by Marie Mongan, the Rainbow Relaxation CD, the Birth Affirmations CD and class handouts.

I am a Certified Hypnotherapist registered with the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association, and a trained HypnoBirthing Educator.

For more information on Hypnotherapy sessions or private/group HypnoBirthing classes >> Email Helen

 

Weight Management

You know you want to lose weight, you know all the reasons you should lose weight, yet time after time, you find yourself having trouble releasing those extra weight despite your best effort.  You may have faithfully followed some diet program, only to gain back all the weight, plus some more. 

The reason most people fail at managing their weight is because the approach they use is too simplistic.  Dieting alone will end in failure for most people.  This is because often times, weight is an emotional issue for people.  Dieting only addresses the food factor, what food you eat and how much you eat; it does not address why you eat and other factors outside of food. 

Many times, people eat to distract themselves from having to deal with certain emotions like pain, frustration, boredom, stress, anger, guilt and etc.  Other times, food becomes more than what it is when people start to associate it with comfort and love.  Eating is also a habit that we become conditioned to over time, this means we sometimes eat out of habit, instead of hunger.  Over time, our body has been conditioned to expect certain food at certain time, our eating habit therefore becomes an automatic and unconscious behaviour. 

Because weight is an emotional issue for people, programs that address only the physical aspect of the weight management are only going to have limited success.  They are limited because without addressing the deeper underlying emotional factors, the weight loss is not going to be sustainable. 

All of our emotions, beliefs and habits are stored in our subconscious mind, therefore, how we eat, why we eat and other emotional factors as to why we hold on to our weight are driven by forces from the subconscious level.  Food is only part of the equation. Sometimes, despite a healthy eating pattern and a regular exercise routine, some people still have trouble releasing weight.  They often feel that there is an emotional block that prevents them from achieving the outcome they desire.

This is where a combination of Counselling and Hypnotherapy approach can be such a wonderful tool in dealing with deeper, underlying issues related to weight management.  Hypnotherapy enables the therapist to gain direct access to the subconscious mind and affect changes directly at that level.  Through a combination of counseling and hypnotherapy, we will be able to work together to:

6Uncover and examine the real reasons behind why you haven't been able to release those extra weight

6Modify belief system or habits that contribute to weight gain

6Learn about using healthy and empowering strategies to deal with feelings and emotions instead of food or any other substitute

6Create long-term, sustainable patterns of positive eating behaviours and physical routines.

This is not just another attempt at weight loss; you’ll learn to create a healthy and sustainable life style that ultimately contributes to your overall sense of well-being.

For more information on Hypnotherapy sessions >> Email Helen

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