Why Hypnosis?

There are two critical concepts for understanding why hypnosis is such an essential tool for creating life changes.

 

Homeostasis: Homeostasis is our innate unconscious drive to "stay the same," that is to say, resist all changes at a subconscious level. While we may desire a change in our feelings, reactions, or habits at a deeper level, our subconscious defense mechanisms seek to preserve the status quo, i.e.… resist all efforts to change. So while talking, planning, discussion, and rational understanding of behavior are all important concepts, they do not address our subconscious need to sabotage our success and/or efforts to change.

Neuroplasticity: On a personal, spiritual, and behavioral level, neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to change throughout an individual's life. Our ability to change beliefs, emotional responses, and behavioral habits depends on our minds' flexibility. Hypnosis, Therapeutic Imagery, NLP, mindfulness, and more are the tools used in Hypnotherapy to facilitate the internal, emotional, behavioral flexibility need to overcome homeostasis and release our subconscious needs to sabotage our success or resist our desires for change.

Think of a Hypnotherapist as a Life Coach for the Subconscious Mind.

 

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation in which the subconscious mind is extraordinarily receptive to positive thoughts and suggestions. Through hypnosis, your behavior can be modified to benefit you by replacing the old beliefs or behaviors you no longer need or want with the new ones you desire. Each of us naturally enters hypnosis several times every day while watching TV, overwhelmed by the beauty of nature, or a new romance, or even while driving long distances. You have actually been in hypnosis several times today. Whether it's driving on auto-pilot, feeling immersed in a movie or story, or daydreaming, your mind is simply more open to suggestions at these times. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness where one has heightened awareness while also being profoundly relaxed. While meditation helps clear the mind, hypnosis creates change. You'll leave the session feeling calm, centered, and empowered towards change. Your mind is now able to focus your attention more precisely on your specific goals and dreams. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis! What I mean by that is, anytime and every time you daydream, your mind wanders, etc. you are putting yourself in and out of hypnosis a few seconds at a time in your aware awakened state of mind. Your conscious mind is aware and alert, but your subconscious is taking you somewhere else for a few seconds. You can easily use hypnosis to Stop Smoking, Lose Weight (and not find it again), Overcome Fears and Phobias, Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Enhance your Focus on Tasks and Goals, Improve Your Golf Game or any Sport you Want to Excel in, Prepare for Surgery and Faster Healing, Success Acceleration in Your Business and so much more.

Why Choose Hypnotherapy?

Because it Works! By harnessing the power of your subconscious mind, Hypnotherapy is often quick and effective in resolving personal issues and improving focus and performance, whether at work or play. With Hypnotherapy, you can effectively replace limiting behaviors with attitudes and actions that promote growth and success. Hypnotherapy helps you focus, direct and maximize your own inner power. It's an effective, relaxing, and drug-free choice for change.

Can I Be Hypnotized?

Yes. Everyone can experience hypnosis, as long as they are willing to be hypnotized. In fact, we all experience hypnosis several times a day. It is a natural state -- the transition period between awake and sleep. With the proper techniques and an understanding of how a client best receives suggestions, a professional hypnotist can induce hypnosis to enhance the therapeutic process. 

 

Does Hypnosis Work?

YES! By harnessing the power of your subconscious mind, Hypnotherapy is often quick and effective in resolving personal issues and improving focus and performance, whether at work or play. With Hypnotherapy, you can effectively replace limiting behaviors with attitudes and actions that promote growth and success. Hypnotherapy helps you focus, direct and maximize your own inner power. It's an effective, relaxing, and drug-free choice for change.

 

 

What is a Hypnotic Experience Like?

Hypnosis is a natural state of profound physical and mental relaxation that is both refreshing and revitalizing. In hypnosis, you are not asleep. In fact, most people report an energizing experience of intense concentration and awareness.

What Happens if I Don't Come Out of Hypnosis?

It is impossible to be stuck in the state of hypnosis—all trances end, whether formally ended by the Hypnotherapist or ended naturally by you.

In Hypnosis, Will I Do Anything I Don't Want to Do or Say Anything I Don't Want to Say?

You cannot and will not ever be compelled to do or say anything under hypnosis that conflicts with your personal, ethical standards and/or desires. As your Hypnotherapist, it is my foremost intention to assist you in achieving your therapeutic goals. You are actually in complete control when hypnotized. There is an even heightened sense of awareness when in hypnosis. Hypnosis can be described as a heightened learning state where an individual is more open to suggestions. In therapy, we use positive suggestions that allow progress towards the desired change. This is very different from "mind control," which is a popular myth about hypnosis. 

 

What are hypnotherapy methods used?

 

Guided Relaxation

Allows the body and mind to rest and relax. The act of imagining evokes physical, mental, and emotional changes within us. Guided relaxation successfully engages our consciousness and allows us to create the lasting change in our life that we desire.

Guided Imagery

We can envision a better future, heal our past, and look deeper within ourselves. This is needed to evaluate our life issues, see the cause-and-effects, identify the stressors in our lives, and more.

Positive Affirmations/ Suggestions

Statements that are positive in nature are used to retrain thinking to effect positive change. But, unfortunately, negativity tends to dwell in our lives more than it should.

NLP – NeuroLinguistic Programming

Use your imagination and the power of your subconscious mind to reprogram your brain and free you from the OCD of self-destructive, sabotaging thinking patterns.

 

What is NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)?

As you get involved in Hypnotherapy, you will become very aware and mindful of the words you think and the words you speak about yourself and others. By being mindful, you can change your communication, whether verbal or nonverbal and in turn change your neurological system to achieve the results you want. With practice, you can create these changes instantly! This is what many of my peers and I refer to as NLP – Neuro-Linguistic Programming. 

Neuro: Our neurological/nervous system through which our experiences are processed through the five senses: visual, auditory, kinesthetic (what we feel; our physical movements/sense of touch), olfactory (what we smell), and gustatory (what we taste).

Linguistic: The words we use and how these words affect the neurons in our bodies. This is our verbal language and nonverbal communication, such as body language, which are the systems through which our neurological representations are given meaning. These systems include pictures, sounds, feelings, smells, tastes, and the words that we think to ourselves and speak.

Programming: Empowering you with the ability to discover and utilize the programs that you run through your senses in your neurological system to reach the specific and desired results you want.

Through implementing NLP, you will also begin to see the world through new eyes. NLP helps you broaden your horizons and create changes on a cellular level in your system, body, and mind.

 

How many sessions would I need?

This varies between individuals, depending on your goals, current stage of change, and commitment to the therapeutic process. Although powerful results can be experienced after one session, another client may prefer subsequent sessions over time. Therefore, 3-6 sessions are ordinary per presenting concern. Depending on what you want to change or enhance in your life, it will determine the number of sessions recommended to achieve your goals. Smoking cessation program: 4 sessions over four weeks. Weight reduction and control program: 12+ sessions over 12+ weeks (with the desired weight loss of 25 lbs. or more).

There is a vast body of research showing how effective Hypnotherapy is! So compelling is the 2007 Comparative Study by American Health Magazine:

 

Hypnotherapy - 93% success after six sessions

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - 72% success after 22 sessions

Psychoanalysis - 38% after 600 sessions

I welcome you to call or message me for a free phone consultation to ask questions and explore whether my hypnotherapy services might be right for you. (805) 267-9556