A di er­ent kind of jour­ney

Sub­con­scious thoughts can change be­hav­iour


For Ver­ity Vale, hyp­nother­apy pro­vides pa­tients with a “tool in their tool­box,” which can be used to help with men­tal health and psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues.

Hyp­nother­apy is where a pa­tient en­ters a trance-like state to help mo­ti­vate them to­ward a goal or change cer­tain be­hav­iour pat­terns. ese can in­clude any­thing from anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion to a smok­ing habit.

De­spite hav­ing hypno in its name, hyp­nother­apy pa­tients aren’t be­ing hyp­no­tized; they are still aware of what’s go­ing on around them and have com­plete con­trol over their ses­sion. Vale says peo­ple com­pare it to day­dream­ing.

“ e con­scious part of your brain switches o . Your sub­con­scious just sort of goes on a jour­ney,” she says. “When it’s in that state, the prob­lem solv­ing hap­pens be­cause you’re able to re­lax.”

Un­like some other forms of treat­ment, Vale, a so­lu­tion fo­cused hyp­nother­a­pist, doesn’t fo­cus on the past.

“We fo­cus on the so­lu­tion,” says Vale who opened her prac­tice, Ver­ity Vale Hyp­nother­apy on Spring Gar­den Road in Hal­i­fax last month.

“I give them the tools and help guide them.”

When think­ing of these new so­lu­tions, Vale helps pa­tients build new “path­ways.”

“ at’s what I like about it; it is so pos­i­tive,” she says. “We’re let­ting the mem­o­ries grow over and build­ing these new path­ways.”

Orig­i­nally from the United King­dom, Vale used to prac­tise a cou­ple nights a week. Most of her time was spent as a po­lice de­tec­tive with the Se­ri­ous and Or­ga­nized Crime unit. While the two jobs were quite di er­ent, Vale says she found a connection between them.

“In an en­vi­ron­ment like that, it can be quite tax­ing on men­tal health,” she says, adding she al­ways took part in well­ness panels at her de­tach­ment.

When be­ing asked about what else drew her to the eld, Vale re­called an at­tend­ing event where par­tic­i­pants were asked to score ve ques­tions, for a to­tal of 35, to de­ter­mine how happy they were. Most par­tic­i­pants scored less than 30.

“It just broke my heart; these were peo­ple into their 30s and 40s and they were not happy,” she says.

She spent a year train­ing with the Clifton Prac­tise, lo­cated in Bris­tol, Eng­land, be­fore open­ing her own prac­tise. How­ever, her suc­cess­ful com­bi­na­tion of po­lice o cer by day, ther­a­pist by night came to an end in mid2018, when her hus­band was trans­ferred to Nova Sco­tia with the navy. At the time, Vale wasn’t sure if she could be self-em­ployed on her visa. In July, she found out she could and im­me­di­ately jumped at the chance to turn Ver­ity Vale Hyp­nother­apy into a full-time busi­ness.

Vale is cur­rently look­ing to build her busi­ness. Re­al­iz­ing she is still rel­a­tively new to the area, she wants any­one who has any ques­tions to reach out through email, Face­book or In­sta­gram.

“It’s about help­ing peo­ple to live their lives that is bet­ter for them, so things are a bit lighter and eas­ier,” she says.

For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing con­tact in­for­ma­tion, visit ver­i­ty­vale­hyp­nothe­r­a­phy. com.


Hal­i­fax psy­chother­a­pist Ver­ity Vale uses hyp­nother­apy to pro­vide pa­tients with a “tool in their tool­box,” which can be used to help with men­tal health and psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues.

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