What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural, altered state of focused consciousness like other similar states that occur regularly in you and every human being.
You Mean I’ve Already Been Hypnotized and Didn’t Know It?
Well, sort of.
A hypnotic trance is very similar to things you might not think of as an “altered state,” such as day dreaming, “autopilot” driving (have you ever gotten home and not remembered actually driving there?), extremely focused absorption (been so preoccupied with a task that you didn’t hear someone calling your name?), deep prayer or meditation. All of us access these states regularly but not consciously or intentionally – we just slip into them while in class, reading, watching a movie or being engrossed in our favorite hobby (or avoiding our chores).
In therapeutic hypnosis, you work together with us to intentionally create this trance-like state of mind via hypnotic induction so you can access your inner knowledge and wisdom to solve issues and enhance your life and wellbeing.
So, What are All the Benefits of Hypnosis?
If we said, “the benefits are limitless,” that would be true (because we are tapping into your limitless subconscious mind where your memories, wisdom and answers reside) - but maybe not as informative an answer as you’d like.
So, here are some benefits you may experience from using hypnosis:
These All Sound Great, but How Do I Know if *I* Will Benefit?
Ok, fair question. Do any of these statements ever apply to you…?
I feel stuck, blocked, stressed out or overwhelmed?
I’m in the midst of a transition (relationship, career, retirement, mid-life crisis, menopause, etc.)?
I feel held back by limiting thoughts or past events (regret, guilt, anger, frustration, resentment, shame, fear, abandonment, dismissal, rejection, disempowerment)?
I procrastinate, feel listless or blocked creatively even when I don’t want to be?
I habitually react poorly to certain people, places, situations or events but don’t know why?
I want to take steps to make a positive change (change jobs, change a habit, move, find a new or better relationship) but don’t know how to start, or I drag my feet?
I want to achieve more and am looking to accelerate the skills, abilities and capabilities I already have – or I want to try new skills but am hesitant or afraid to try?
I wish I was better at…sports…music…public speaking…test taking...driving…riding a horse…flying…going to the dentist….losing weight…[or you name it]?
I constantly hear a critical inner voice telling me [take your pick or add your own: not to try, not to bother, I’m not good enough, I don’t deserve it, there’s never enough, it won’t matter, nothing ever works out for me, I’ll never be understood, I’ll never be loved, etc. ] that won’t shut up no matter how hard I try to turn it off?
I want more of the good stuff that life has to offer (happiness, joy, love, acceptance, feelings of safety, security, caring, compassion and forgiveness), but I don’t think I can or will find it?
I keep repeating the same ol’ pattern (in jobs, relationships, etc.) over and over like rinse and repeat?
I’m just super-duper pissed off all the time, and I don't know how to get rid of my anger?
I feel like nothing ever changes?
I don't even know what I want?
Yeah, I thought so. Ok, more than one? Lots? No problem.
Are you a Human Being? Then, You Can Benefit.
Almost every single person on the planet experiences these feelings, thoughts or beliefs at one time or another. Most of us were raised by people who probably did the best they could but who themselves were "walking wounded." You probably heard them say these things about themselves or say them directly to you (or worse). Their feelings, thoughts and beliefs were often accepted by us early on quite unwittingly. And these limiting ideas that took root in our subconscious mind hold us back today from stepping into the full awareness of who we are and how beautiful and powerful we really are - on a soul level. It is your life challenge (and all of ours) to figure out exactly who we are, why we are here and step into that so that our physical person can express and manifest our true inner nature.
I know, this sounds like a lot, but it’s true and possible. Taking a step forward, whether that be making a hypnotherapy appointment or doing something else positive that resonates with you, starts the transformation that you’re seeking. Unlike many other forms of healing, hypnotherapy is a fairly quick and direct approach. People can experience a transformative new awareness in just one session, but typically 3-6 sessions are needed to really release and resolve a major life limitation. For that reason, we offer price-effective 3-session and 6-session hypnosis packages.
So, All I have to do is Show Up and the Hypnosis Works Like ::poof:: Magic?
Come on man.... You already know the answer to this question, and we want to give it to you straight because it's our goal to help you as quickly and efficiently as possible.
You have to be 1) willing to examine your subconscious and then 2) “do the work” (see next FAQ).
For those who are willing to do both, all the above is true and has been experienced by countless others. The one variable that determines which of these will work in your own life is: YOU
Before making an appointment, make sure you're ready to bring an open mind and real motivation to seek change and improve your life. Hypnosis is not a magic elixir that automatically fixes every ailment and issue in your life. “It” doesn’t work – YOU do the work, using the ancient art of tapping into your own wisdom. We simply act as a witness to hold the space for you to do this and use our training and experience to guide you safely and effectively into trance and out, and during hypnosis help you review and navigate various aspects of your current life and memories of this life or past lives.
How does Hypnotherapy work and What is “the Work?”
Your subconscious mind is your secret, hidden superpower. If you imagine an iceberg, your conscious mind would be the visible tip, and your subconscious mind would be the vast, powerful berg hidden below the surface that is quietly and safely floating along and supporting the visible tip. Your subconscious mind is the repository of all your memories, the seat of your emotions, home to your creative force and communicates in imagery.
Now, you can allow your powerful subconscious mind to fill up with ideas, beliefs and memories that are empowering and full of hope and potential, or you can allow it to remain cluttered up with untrue limiting thoughts and beliefs that you adopted earlier on (and typically these unfortunate beliefs come from authority figures, such as parents, older siblings teachers, neighbors). These ideas may have made sense or served you well at the time, but they likely are holding you back today. Are you ready to let go of them? That’s “the work.”
Can Anyone be Hypnotized?
Yes. Because hypnosis is a natural state available to all human beings. However, just as it is possible to resist going to sleep, it is also possible to resist hypnosis. If you really want to come in and dare to be hypnotized and insist you can’t, we can’t make you go into trance. But, why would you want to? There are innumerable benefits available to you. It is true that some people are more naturally responsive than others. However, even if one is not initially or quickly responsive to hypnosis, you can practice (even on your own) and learn to relax.
What Does It Feel Like to be Hypnotized?
Some people may expect something spectacular. In actual fact, hypnosis is simply a very relaxed state – physically and mentally. Physically , you are comfortable and resting – not asleep but fully conscious. Some people report experiencing a sensation of new energy flowing, gentle tingling, some weightlessness in hands and feet, eyes fluttering, eyes moistening, slowed breathing, enhance d senses (imagery, smell, hearing, taste, touch). Mostly, you will experience deep rest and come out feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Mentally, you are not unconscious or asleep – your mind is active, you perceive all stimuli and are able to hear, to remember and to communicate. Your mind is very focused, allowing you to access inner knowledge and wisdom about yourself, about others, about situations in your life and discover answers to problems and challenges.
Can Someone Get “Stuck” in Hypnosis?
No. It is an altered state of consmciousness (not unconsciousness), and you remain in full control at all times of what is said and what happens, including the ability to come out of hypnosis – and to go back in.
What Can I Expect during My First Session?
A good portion of the first session is educational. You will understand how we will work together and how your subconscious mind operates and responds to positive suggestions and imagery. It has been demonstrated that when people know more about hypnosis, they tend to do better in the hypnotherapy process because they allow it to happen.
In a typical session of solution-focused hypnotherapy we follow a series of steps to put you on the path to wellbeing.
First, you set the goals of treatment and decide what you would like to achieve.
We then discuss how the brain works and explain why you feel the way you do.
Next, we help you set achievable goals for the coming week.
Then we work with trance to put the brain into solution-focused mode which will help you achieve those goals.
All this takes place in a restful, comfortable setting in a private office. Before we begin, we will answer all of your questions about hypnosis and the process and generally discuss the recommended approach and its imagery. We will then guide you into a state of hypnotic relaxatio where you will begin the process that will help you to rapidly achieve your desired results. After you emerge from hypnosis, you will spend some time talking about your experience.
What about Other Sessions?
In sessions you will safely explore aspects of your subconscious mind, beginning with a deep, relaxed trance state and followed by proven techniques (including some of the following: positive affirmations, vivid imagery, regression, inner wisdom integration, emotional release, belief examination, pain management, accelerated healing and trauma reversal). These techniques can create deep mental and physical relaxation, reduce stress, refocus motivation on achieving goals achieve or changing habits, reclaim your personal power and gain a deeper appreciate of the power of your mind to heal yourself. You can re-connect, balance and integrate your mental, physical and spiritual aspects. Yes, hypnosis can do all this.
How Long is a Typical Session? And How Many Sessions will it Take?
Hypnotherapy sessions are generally 1 to 1 ½ hours, depending upon what we are working on. Expect your first session to take 1 ½-2 hours. Fees are charged per session regardless of time. Hypnosis is designed to be a direct connection to your powerful subconscious mind, and so some issues may be addressed in a session or two. Other issues, and especially ones that are more longstanding or touch on more deeply held emotions or beliefs, may take more sessions to really get to the core and address or release what we discover together. On issues like those, we would expect to work with you for around 3-6 sessions. For this reason, we offer conveniently priced 3-session and 6-session packages.
Hypnotherapy, in general, tends to be a more direct and more efficient method of addressing many issues. Most issues can be addressed in less than 10 sessions. Some may be addressed in one. There is no way to know in advance what healing and advancement may occur or be possible as it is up to your own subconscious mind. We cannot guarantee particular results or timing, but we do promise to work as efficiently and effectively as we are able in any given client situation.
How Often are Sessions?
It is recommended that sessions be spaced approximately a week apart. You will leave each session with accelerators that reinforce the work we’ve done and/or that will open your mind up to the possibilities you’d like to create. It's best to schedule your next session as you leave so you stay dedicated to achieving your goal. You may schedule sessions directly while in the office or call us. (We’re working on convenient online scheduling software that we expect to have up soon.)
It is our privilege to help people who are committed to improving their lives. Your confidentiality is vitally important and assured. We have all the respect for people who are taking active steps to improve their lives and wellbeing, and we are committed to the confidentiality of your sessions.
How does Hypnotherapy Work with more Traditional Medical Treatments?
People often choose to combine hypnotherapy as an adjunct to their traditional medical services. If you are working with another medical professional, please let us know on our in-take form, and we will coordinate with your practitioner with your permission. The work of hypnotherapy is a deeply relaxing and empowering process which can greatly reduce stress (on your mind and body) and enhance your innate capacity for self-healing. Together, through the relaxing and empowering process of hypnotherapy, we can access your ability to create the changes that are needed to support a healthy and balanced life.
If your question is not answered here, please feel free to give us a call at 505.485.5060.