Questions and Answers

How does the Transformers program differ from a life coaching program?


The Transformers Program is both a coaching program and a therapeutic journey and, depending on your needs, can also include training elements as well. It puts tools in your hands that can help you heal from years of negative messages, build self-confidence and a positive self-image and create a winner's mindset.


One of the most significant differences between pure life coaching and therapeutic techniques, including those I use, is that coaching is forward-facing, empowering you to evaluate your present and create your future, while therapeutic techniques work by helping you to resolve negative programming that originates in your past. I aim to give you both, putting the most powerful processes at your disposal to help you create your aspirational and authentic life. If you have failed in the past, either by going it alone or with support that either didn't enable you to address the underlying causes of your internal blocks or create a powerful, actionable plan for your future, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised by the difference my difference in approach can make!



Who did you design the Transformers program for?


I designed it for anyone who yearns for a life beyond the one they are currently living.

  • It is for you particularly if the work that you doing doesn't reflect your talents, your interests or your creativity and leaves you feeling dead inside.
  • It is for you particularly if this is something that you have wanted for a long time and, for whatever reason, you have not been able to act on it.
  • It is for you particularly if you have experienced times when you just wanted to be free from yearning for something that it felt like you just can't have.

It is for you if you are ready to take responsibility for your life and your results and, with a little help, you are ready to be unstoppable.



The issue that I'm struggling with isn't to do with my life's path or feeling unfulfilled. Do you work with other issues?


I work with people facing a range of different issues - for many, finding a way to create a life that authentically expresses their uniqueness and their gifts is one of those issues, but not always. Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a powerful approach that has helped many people to overcome many obstacles - including ones very similar to those you are struggling with. If you would like to get in touch, we can arrange to have a conversation about what you would like help with and to see whether I can help you.



I notice you don't quote a price for an individual session. Can I get just one or two sessions or do I have to buy a program?


There are a number of reasons that I generally work with people within the context of a course or a program of sessions. The first is that, while Cognitive Hypnotherapy can achieve very rapid results, it can take a while for the change to become our new normal. By spacing sessions over a period of three or six months, for example, we are allowing the change to bed in and for you to catch up to who you are now and not be dragged backwards by old habits or by your environment, be that work or family or friendship circles.  The second reason is that, by contracting for a package of sessions, you are making a strong commitment to your dreams, your goals and to yourself. The third reason is that it enables me to plan our work together. Think of it as a journey - when we know how many miles we need to cover in order to reach our destination and we know over what period of time we will be travelling, we are able to make a plan that tells us how many miles we need to put in at each stage of the journey.


That said, no two people are the same - in terms of the scale of their ambitions and in terms of the issues they need to overcome to achieve them. After we have our initial conversation, I may suggest that it is possible to achieve your desired results in a smaller number of sessions or I may suggest that it could take longer to get where you want to go. It is also possible that over the course of working together, other issues arise that you decide to work on and so we may decide to work together for longer than we had originally anticipated. Let's have a conversation about what you want to achieve and decide together whether we're a good fit. I'll give you my honest assessment of how long I think we will need to work together to get the result you want and then you can decide how you want to proceed.



Do you offer group programs?


Yes, I do. Head over to Vancouver Transformers to learn more about them.



I have never been hypnotised. What's it like?


One of the main differences between Cognitive Hypnotherapy and other hypnotherapy approaches is that we believe that hypnotic trance, rather then being a special state that a hypnotherapist 'puts' you into, is a natural, everyday occurrence. If you have ever been driving a familiar route and arrived at your destination unable to remember anything about the last 10 minutes of the drive then you are familiar with trance. In fact, it has been estimated that we run on autopilot (meaning that the unconscious mind is in control) up to 90% of the time. And that includes the times we are 'doing' our issue.


My own experience of hypnosis is that it feels very like a meditative state - very peaceful and very relaxing. Before experiencing it for themselves, people sometimes have concerns - about not being fully in control while being 'under' hypnosis, about not being capable of being hypnotised or about not emerging from a hypnotic trance at the end of the session. You are always in control - of what you do or say in a hypnotic state, of being willing or not to be hypnotised and of emerging from that state. Far from taking away your power to choose, Cognitive Hypnotherapy puts the power back in your hands - by enabling you to take control in those times when you might feel you are being emotionally hijacked by experiences and messages from your past.



How do I choose the right hypnotherapist for me?


First of all, make sure you can have a chat and get to ask your questions - for free. The methods your prospective hypnotherapist uses are very important, but perhaps more so is whether you like and feel comfortable with them - do you like their approach? do you feel heard? are they asking good questions that make you think about things in a different way? Choose a therapist who is properly trained, has insurance and is a member of a reputable professional organisation - you should be able to find them listed in the therapist finder sections of their training organisation and professional organisation.

Here are some other questions you might like to ask:

  • Do they use scripts or are their hypnotic suggestions tailored to you and your unique situation?
  • Do they provide you with hypnotherapy recording to listen to between sessions?
  • Do they use tools or processes other than hypnotherapy?


How do I know that Cognitive Hypnotherapy will work for me?


The fact is that, no matter how successful an approach is proven to be (and a pilot study indicates that Cognitive Hypnotherapy is very successful), there is no one approach that works for everybody. It may not be the right approach and I may not be the right therapist.

But there is another very vital ingredient, without which failure is a almost certain. Have you heard the light bulb joke that goes, "How many therapists does it take to change a light bulb?" The answer - "Just one, but the light bulb has to really want to change." I have had clients in the past who believed that the magical power of hypnotherapy would somehow compel them to change a behaviour that they were not ready to be free from, with little participation from them. I sincerely believe that if you are sincerely ready to change, I am a powerful ally to have on your team and Cognitive Hypnotherapy will help you make that change more easily than you might ever have thought possible. But you have to want to change.



Do you offer a guarantee?


No - no therapist can guarantee that they are able to help you solve your problem. When you and I contract to work together, I make this undertaking: if at any point in the process you feel that you are not making the level of progress that would satisfy you, I will work with you to figure out what is getting in the way and to get the process back on track. If you are still dissatisfied with the results you are achieving, I will refund payments you have made for any sessions not taken and, if possible, refer you on to another therapist. Does that sound fair?