What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is completely natural. Have you ever been driving and missed your exit on the freeway? Or, been deeply absorbed in a movie and no longer aware of your surroundings? Or perhaps you've zoned out and daydreamed while someone was talking to you. All of these are all examples of being in a state of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a focused state of awareness where the body is fully relaxed, but the mind is awake. This state allows the hypnotist to access your subconscious mind where the positive change you desire for yourself can begin to take place through the use of hypnotic suggestions.
What Hypnosis is NOT
When most people hear the word "hypnosis" they think of swinging watches and the hypnotists telling someone to bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken on command. While that kind of hypnosis does exist, it is for the sole purposes of entertainment that you would find on the stages of a Las Vegas show.
This is very different from clinical hypnosis. You are completely alert and in full control of your mind and body while in the hypnotic state. You can hear, speak, and even walk around. Your body is relaxed and comfortable. You will never be asked to disclose any secrets or do anything you do not want to do. We use hypnosis strictly as a healing tool.
Does hypnosis really work?
Absolutely. In recent years hypnosis / hypnotherapy has become an accepted medical treatment to address a wide variety of issues and conditions. Researchers and professors in universities such as Stanford, Harvard, and Penn State, just to name a few, have conducted clinical studies in hypnosis and found that hypnosis does in fact alter the brain and can be used for a multitude of conditions. The use of hypnosis has been extremely successful in helping clients with a multitude of issues including improving self confidence, helping them to stop smoking, achieving significant weight loss, reducing or even eliminating anxiety. Hypnosis is an extremely powerful and effective tool and it's results are long lasting.
How does hypnosis work?
When you are in a hypnotic state, your conscious mind has been relaxed. This allows the hypnotist to work directly with your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind holds all of our "programming", much like a computer. You can "know" in your conscious mind that you want to make a change and be determined to make that change, but if your "computer is programmed" to keep doing what you are doing it will be nearly impossible to make lasting change unless you change the programming. That's precisely what hypnosis will accomplish. When you change the subconscious programming, the behavior follows.
Will Hypnosis work for my specific issue?
There is a very high likelihood that hypnotherapy will work for your issue. It is almost impossible to list ALL the possible uses of hypnotherapy.
How much do the sessions cost?
Most sessions are $200.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis is a very comfortable, peaceful and pleasant feeling. Your body is extremely relaxed but your mind is aware. You will feel a sense of rejuvenation and feel refreshed after your hypnosis session .
Will I lose control of myself?
Absolutely not! Hypnosis is a way of giving you more control, not less. You cannot be hypnotized unwillingly, and you cannot be prompted to do something that is outside of your moral code or say or reveal anything you do not want to.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No, you are able to come out of hypnosis any time you wish. For practical reasons, as hypnotists we do end our clients' trances, but if we didn't the clients would naturally either return to full alertness or fall asleep. And once alert, will be completely back in control.
What happens in the first hypnotherapy session?
The first session is the longest one at 70-90 minutes and consists of the following 4 main components:
In depth consultation to understand what specific challenges you are currently dealing with, what you feel the blocks are (if known), and what your desired outcome is from our hypnotherapy sessions together.
Detailed description of how hypnotherapy works in the human mind for your specific issue, and what you should expect to feel and experience while in hypnosis.
Suggestibility Testing - In order to best create the most significant and powerful changes in mental programming, it is of the utmost importance to understand how you personally take in suggestions and information. This testing allows us to know exactly what type of hypnotic suggestions can make the most impactful positive changes in your subconscious mind.
The last part of the first session is the hypnotherapy itself in which your subconscious programming will begin to change.