How Anxiety and Stress Impact Your Brain & Body

Extreme stress, anxiety, and depression can vary for different people in terms of the degree and duration of the experience, but approximately 70% of adults experience some level of anxiety or depression. When experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, a person’s body is essentially operating in “survival mode” or is said to be under “chronic stress”.

Anxiety impacts the body in many ways, and it can cause symptoms including: 

  • Feeling stressed and overwhelmed
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of a stroke or heart attack
  • Increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Headaches and sore muscles
  • Weakened immune system
  • Memory impairment and confusion
anxiety and depression can cause overwhelming stress - Person experiencing overwhelming stress

How the Brain Processes Stress & Anxiety

When someone is experiencing extreme stress, anxiety, or depression, they generally become stuck in a particular pattern of thoughts and feelings, even if they know that pattern makes them unhappy. The reason for this is that our brain starts operating from our ‘unconscious programming’ that has nothing to do with how we want to think, feel, and act. Approximately 95 percent of our thoughts and behaviours are in this ‘unconscious’ area of our brain, and are the result of environmental conditioning experienced through childhood. So, even though you may want change and strive for something better, you naturally snap back into old routines and patterns because they are familiar and seem safe.

This cycle can leave you feeling defeated and frustrated, but this is a completely human response. Your brain simply has behaviours and thought patterns that have been programmed from your life experiences, and those unconscious programs cannot be changed with traditional talk therapy methods.

To get to the root of the problem and actually change those behaviours and thought patterns, you need to reprogram your unconscious brain programming. You can do this, using a combination of hypnotherapy and neurofeedback practices to train your brain to be more resilient, and then overwrite those negative programs with positive ones, resulting in you feeling self-assured and equipped to live a balance and optimal life.

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How Neurofeedback and Hypnotherapy Work Together to Treat Anxiety

When someone is experiencing chronic stress or anxiety it’s not possible to access their unconscious programming, let alone try to reprogram their negative thought patterns or behaviours. We can however, use neurofeedback to train their brain for resiliency and balance, and then when their brain is an a balanced place use hypnotherapy to reprogram those negative programs with positive ones.

Neurofeedback is an effective and safe way to train the brain towards optimal performance and build resiliency. Simply put, it uses some tiny sensors placed on each side of the head and some clips on their ears to train the brain to operate optimally by using subtle cues when it detects inefficient functioning. All of the learning happens outside of the individual’s conscious awareness, while they are relaxing in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music.

Hypnotherapy can then be used to address the negative programming. While the brain is in a balanced state, it is open to positive suggestion. The unconscious does not distinguish between what is real or imagined, and so the hypnotherapist guides the individual through addressing the negative programming and replacing it with positive programming. Similar to how one might direct a play, the hypnotherapist guides, but ultimately it is the individual who decides which directions to take, which suggestions to accept, and whether to explore what is being suggested.

Neurofeedback and Hypnotherapy Package Options

DescriptionCost of PackagePer Session Cost
Free 30 Minute ConsultationFreeFree
Discounted First 60 Minute Session*$99 + GST$99 + GST
Individual Counselling or Coaching$150 + GST$150 + GST
Discounted Individual Hypnotherapy Session
(Regular Rate)
$139 + GST
($150 + GST)
$139 + GST
($150 + GST)
Discounted Package of 3 Individual Hypnotherapy Sessions
(Regular Rate)
$129 + GST
($150 + GST)
$387 + GST
($450 + GST)
Discounted Package of 6 Individual Hypnotherapy Sessions**
(Regular Rate)
$119 + GST
($150 + GST)
$714* + GST
($900 + GST)
Discounted Package of 12 Individual Hypnotherapy Sessions**
(Regular Rate)
$109 + GST
($150 + GST)
$1308* + GST
($1800 + GST)

Note: Counselling, Coaching, and Hypnotherapy sessions can be conducted in-office, via telephone, or via online video conference. Neurofeedback must be conducted in-office. Neurofeedback packages may be shared among family members.

*To receive discounted rate for first session, the session must be booked during the free consultation. 

**Payment plan options are available. Please contact us if you have any additional questions or requests to make a package work for you. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Anxiety & Stress Treatments

What does a Neurofeedback session look like?

Each session lasts about 50-minutes. Your brain technician will begin by collecting basic information from you including how you are feeling and if you noticed any changes since the last session.

You will then sit in a comfortable chair while the technician places a tiny sensor on each side of your head and three ear clips on your ears. These tiny sensors are attached with water-soluble paste which helps pick up the delicate electrical activity of your brain. Much like an EKG or ECG, the system is simply reading the signal. Your technician will then give you a headset and offer you a blanket while you listen to music and watch visuals on a monitor, if you so choose.

The Neuroptimal® will then take a reading of your baseline and then your session will commence. There will be very brief pauses in the sound and image. Sometimes they are so quick you don’t consciously notice them. Your brain uses the mathematics behind these cues to distinguish between efficient and less effective brain activity. Clients tend to find these sessions very relaxing. The Neuroptimal® session itself takes 33 minutes. After it has completed, the trainer will take another reading and compare it to your baseline.

As the sensors are being removed you will be given another form to fill specific to your session experience. Both the baseline and post-session recording will be saved on your profile. If you would like to review the recordings, discuss your experiences or your progress you may set up an appointment with a Neurofeedback counsellor. We recommend doing this at least every ten sessions.

Will the hypnotherapist be controlling me?

No. When some people think of hypnosis they become concerned that they will become controlled to do what the hypnotherapist tells them to do, but this is not true. When a person is in a hypnotic state they are in a hyper-attentive, conscious, and relaxed state. They are free to ignore, give themselves a different suggestion, and decide whether or not to explore what is being suggested.

Will I have to revisit unpleasant or traumatic experiences?

No. Hypnosis does not require that you go back to any negative experiences or trauma. For this reason, hypnosis is very helpful for clients that have experienced any kind of trauma or unpleasant experiences. Rather, the hypnotherapist must reframe the memory in a positive way and give the client a positive experience in the present, and a suggestion for the future.

Are appointments in-person, virtual, or over the telephone?

We offer appointments in-person in our office in North Vancouver, telephone appointments, as well as appointments via a secure online video platform. Your initial 30-min free consultation will be a telephone or online video appointment, you can select whichever you prefer when you book, but appointments after that can be in-person if you would prefer that.

Will insurance cover my appointment?

If you have an extended health insurance plan you may be able to use your benefits to cover part or all of your appointment cost. Plans can vary, so please check if your policy provides coverage for counselling services provided by either a Registered Clinical Counsellor or a Certified Canadian Counsellor. If you do, you can be reimbursed for your appointment cost through your insurance company at the rate that is detailed in your plan.