Therapist opens mind to hypnosis

Therapist opens mind to hypnosis

Leslie McCall of En Route Hypnotherapy on Martin Street says hypnotherapy assists in reaching goals that have been unattainable, using positive, self-empowering suggestions. The therapist can help people use their minds to deal with a variety of issues, including health matters.

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Kristi Patton - Penticton Western News

Published: January 21, 2010 6:00 PM Updated: January 22, 2010 3:41 PM

Don’t expect hypnotherapist Leslie McCall to pull out a gold watch and start wooing you into a state of subconsciousness to get you to cluck like a chicken.

“Hypnotherapy is more of what it is not. You talk about hypnosis and people think Uncle Roy doing the chicken dance,” said McCall. “It’s not that, that is stage hypnosis and that is not what we are about at all. I’m a hypnotherapist and I can do treatments for a multitude of problems.”

McCall opened En Route Hypnotherapy earlier this month in Penticton after graduating from the Pacific Institute of Advanced Hypnotherapy in New Westminister. It was there she took in 160 hours of training learning the theory of the conscious and subconscious mind, how memory works, how brain waves work and practical training hypnotizing people.

The businesswoman and former registered nurse said the brain cycles at about 40 cycles per second when engaged in conversation and drops to four to seven cycles under hypnosis.

“Your conscious mind disengages and wanders while your subconscious mind is what I deal with. When your brain waves are that slow and that relaxed I can put positive suggestions in,” she said.

This is where McCall can assist the client in reaching goals that have been unattainable, using positive, self-empowering suggestions that are accepted by the subconscious mind. Some of the things McCall said hypnotherapy can aid include depression, pain control, allergy relief, fears and phobias, migraines, sports performance, smoking cessation, childbirth, insomnia, exam anxiety and much more.

According to McCall, it is not unheard of to find many top athletes, including Olympians, who use hypnosis to visualize their goals.

“Everybody comes out feeling just great. At my school people would regularly come in just to feel good. You are energized and positive,” she said.

McCall stresses that hypnosis is not mind control and that the client is in control at all times and can get up and leave whenever they wish. And, almost everything that she can help with can be done in one session.

For example someone that wants to quit smoking can book a two-hour session which starts with McCall asking questions regarding why the person wants to quit.

They are then put into a hypnotic state and then she tells the subconscious, which takes the words as truth because it is not analyzed by your conscious mind, how bad smoking is, reaffirms the reasons why you want to quit, provides a method to relax when the client does find they have cravings amongst other things.

“The client often throws their cigarettes in the garbage right away. The change is immediate,” she said.

The client is given a CD to play at night while they are sleeping that reaffirms the positive words McCall has already given.

While there are skeptics out there, McCall said there is overwhelming evidence showing the value of the treatment. She added that in 1958, the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Psychological Association endorsed hypnosis.

En Route Hypnotherapy is located at 461 Martin St. and McCall can be reached for more information or to make an appointment at 250-497-2047 or by email at leslieamccall@hotmail.com.