• Does It Really Work? – The Science Behind Hypnosis

    Hypnotherapy has been used for centuries. In fact, in ancient times priests and shamans used altered stated of consciousness as a way to bring about healing. Today, therapists use guided hypnosis, or a trance-like state, to help their clients make changes or regain control in certain areas of their life.

    How Hypnosis Works

    Smart Therapy in Kitchener uses hypnotherapy to support clients in their goals towards relieving anxiety, sleep issues, improving mood and self-esteem, and to do inner child healing work. Hypnotherapy can also be used for pain management, upon the recommendation for hypnotherapy from a doctor for it.

    The therapist first guides their client into a calm and relaxed state. The client is awake the entire time, simply very relaxed. This relaxed state allows the client to access and “speak” directly with their subconscious mind, the part of the mind that controls most of our habits and behavior.

    When a relaxed state is reached, the therapist will assist the client in thinking about experiences and situations in positive ways. This is essentially providing the subconscious with new and positive information that will help the client begin to experience new patterns of thought and behavior.

    Finding the Right Therapist

    Not all therapists are qualified to use hypnosis as an adjunct therapy. If you believe hypnosis could help you with a particular problem or issue you are having, look for a hypnotherapist who’s a Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist (C.Hyp™), certified with Daybreak Therapy and Therapy.

    Beyond qualifications, it’s also very important to find a hypnotherapist with whom you feel comfortable with.

    Final Thoughts

    Hypnosis can work for just about anyone, as long as they are open to the idea and have chosen a therapist they trust. Roughly 70% of the population is open to suggestion and can benefit from hypnosis.


    If you or someone you know has tried other forms of therapy without success and are interested in hypnosis, please get in touch with me by booking your first session here. I would be more than happy to explore with you how I may be able to help you, given your therapeutic goals.

    Rebecca Steele

    Rebecca Steele, MA, MSW, RSW is an individual therapist in downtown Kitchener.


    She specializes in offering insight-driven depth therapy and supports individuals who may be experiencing symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and trauma.


    Click here to learn more about her online Kitchener counselling practice!