What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation. The conscious mind includes our everyday thinking; such as: responsibilities, job, family, finances, relationships and anything we think about during our day. Hypnosis works with the subconscious mind -the area of our brain which holds our memories, our past, traumas, fears, happiness, milestones of life, addictive patterns, craving, habits and more. Hypnosis bypasses the conscious mind to go directly to the source for the changes we wish for.
For example: Have you ever been humming a song but could not remember who sang it? You begin to ask yourself “who sang this song?” Well, you have now asked your subconscious to help you out. In a quiet moment, when the conscious mind is taking a breather, the songwriter pops into your head. Thank your subconscious for that.
If you have been driving for many years, do you consciously think about starting your car? Probably not. You get into the car and just drive. Why? Because your subconscious holds the memories - you get into the car and automatically know what to do without working through it step-by-step.
There is a misunderstanding that a person loses control under hypnosis, but the opposite is true. You are in total control and, in fact, it is needed for the process of understanding and change. You discover the new information which allows you to learn, understand and make changes that you have always wanted to make.
Can hypnosis help me?
Short answer: yes! Hypnosis is a wonderful tool to change our lives, to decrease and eliminate negative symptoms in a very short amount of time. We know it works, as hypnosis has been used for centuries by many cultures. All you need is an open mind and imagination that change is possible, even if you may have a hard time explaining it or you do not feel you were was hypnotized. So how do we know it works? By example - your life is changed, your symptoms are decreased or eliminated.
I worked with a woman who came into my office wishing to get over the fear of dogs. She was married with three children of different ages and the family wanted to get a dog to complete the bunch. The woman had a severe fear of dogs and, as we assessed the situation, felt it went back to when she was a child and was bitten by a dog. Under hypnosis she was able to let go of the connection between dogs and fear. It only took 2 sessions and the woman later wrote me, telling me her family had just adopted a dog and there were no fears at all. As a therapist, the easiest way was to get to the subconscious mind rather than traditional talk therapy, which would have taken much longer.
Hypnosis works wonders for...
✓ Anxiety ✓ Panic Attacks ✓ Fears ✓ Bad Habits ✓ Weight Loss ✓ Self Esteem ✓ Trauma ✓ And many more!
Fact: Hypnosis is, simply put, a deep state of focused relaxation whereby we allow the subconscious mind to be open and aware for positive suggestions, reinforcements and changes.
Fact: Hypnosis bypasses the conscious mind. The conscious mind is our rational, analytical, thinking side. It is the part of our brain that is responsible for making lists, organizing us, paying bills and all the other things we do in our daily life. Our subconscious mind holds and stores all of our long-term memory which evokes feelings, thoughts and behaviors that may not be rational or needed as we get older.
Fact: We can change our “scripts or themes..." our triggers. We can change what we no longer desire or were used as protective defenses, but we no longer need or want them.
Myth: You will cluck like a chicken and do things you don’t want to do.
Not true! Under hypnosis you will remember everything and will not do something you do not want to do.
Myth: You will not come out of hypnosis. You will always come out of hypnosis. My sessions will instruct you to either fall asleep or to wake fully, depending on your needs at the time you are listening to it. For those clients that are still not convinced, I tell them the conscious mind will tell them to come back no matter what. No one I know has stayed under hypnosis.
Myth: You are sleeping. No, you are fully awake and know everything that is going on. You can always take yourself out of hypnosis. When I do hypnosis on myself and need to come out because one of my kids is yelling “mom”, I immediately come out and go see what has happened.