Roger-Luc Chayer

It was during an interview with Christophe Pilaire, head of public relations for the École de formation professionnelle en hypnose du Québec, that I discovered a totally unsuspected face of hypnosis which, contrary to the clichés that we in fact in the entertainment world, can also help in many other applications and conditions. The subject was so interesting, it had to be talked about and this is a first for Gay Globe Magazine.

As much for stress management, to counter insomnia, for psycho-logical discomforts as for various weanings (tobacco, alcohol, screens, porn or sexual addictions), Ericksonian-type hypnosis is a powerful tool that can relieve and even treat many conditions, sometimes very complex.

According to, “Ericksonian hypnosis induces a mildly altered state of consciousness in which the patient can direct their attention to a specific goal. This technique, created by the American psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson, is renowned for its action on anxiety and addictions. »

Christophe explains to me that this hypnosis technique makes it possible to imprint images in the subconscious of the client, which allows him to find answers to various problems. For example, to help a person quit smoking, we induce in his subconscious disgust for tobacco and each time he sees a cigarette, rather than having an uncontrollable urge to smoke it, his subconscious will repeat to him that the smoking is disgusting, it is bad for the lungs and the person will then feel a deep disgust for the cigarette and a relief from the anxiety of withdrawal.

You can also use hypnosis to increase your personal motivation as athletes do, without doping. Same thing for artists or people who have to perform in public and who feel immensely nervous at the idea of ​​being the center of attention, hypnosis can be effective without the use of any medication or tranquilizer.

Christophe explains to me that Ericksonian hypnosis goes far beyond these conditions. “Some people can go through very difficult times related to their health, cancer or the end of their life and feel such anxiety that they become depressed, sometimes requiring the use of powerful drugs that deprive them of last moments with loved ones. Dear. Hypnosis can be an excellent alternative in these cases and allow the achievement of intense relaxation and a certain serenity, without the use of these sometimes disabling drugs », explains with passion the person in charge of communications who, obviously knows the subject very well.

It must be understood that hypnosis does not produce any side effects like most drugs, that the technique is safe and that the subject is never controlled by the practitioner. The client must want to reach a hypnotic state and is not a prisoner of this state since he can end the accompaniment at any time. The person followed remains completely conscious and lucid of his environment throughout the process.

At the medical level, even if hypnotherapists are generally not associated with the health system, they can still intervene effectively in dentistry, for chronic pain, for outpatient procedures and even in palliative care. They act with the agreement of doctors, anesthesiologists and only at the request of patients.
Obviously, we must distinguish between Ericksonian hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis, which have nothing in common.

The therapist is not an artist but a practitioner, member of a professional association, who has been trained in a serious school and who can also issue insurance receipts since hypnosis treatments are covered by most health insurance companies. ‘assurance. Here is a new tool to explore for people who would like to improve their health conditions in general via a gentle method.

Finally, it is recommended to choose a hypnotherapist who is a member of an association of naturotherapy practitioners. This has the advantage of standardizing the profession and protects the client. Consult the Professional Training School in Hypnosis of Quebec for any reference.