A Bit About Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a safe and natural state of rapid learning and heightened focus. When we change habits and behaviours with hypnosis using our subconscious mind the changes happens easily, naturally and quickly.
Everyone experiences hypnosis daily in moments of zoning out while driving or responding emotionally to a movie, TV show, book, or video game. In a hypnosis session you achieve a similar state intentionally. You’re aware, in control and deeply relaxed. In hypnosis your unconscious mind becomes receptive to new thoughts and behaviors. Hypnosis can also help you access inner resources for creativity, insight and growth.
Scientists have found that we all have many times more mental and physical ability than we normally use. Hypnotherapy provides a tool to unlock and utilize these abilities, releasing you from the negative cycle of behavior, and allowing your full potential to emerge.
Everyone has the resources, but not everyone utilizes them. In hypnosis we tap into your unconscious and unleash the power within. Everyone can benefit from hypnosis. If you need to overcome a habit or phobia, reduce anxiety, pain or perform at your best, hypnosis can help you achieve your ideal thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Hypnosis is not magic, however it can feel magical.
Frequently asked questions
DEFINITION OF HYPNOSIS:
Hypnosis is a temporary relaxing of the conscious mind allowing positive and beneficial ideas to become accepted by the unconscious mind. When these ideas are presented with sufficient skill and connected to an individual’s motivations they become powerful permanent allies for healing, personal development or habit control.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS LIKE:
People describe the experience of hypnosis as highly pleasurable and often comment upon emerging that they feel like they’ve had a refreshing nap. You might feel any number of sensations while in trance. Most people’s muscles grow loose and relaxed. Many report pleasant feelings. Often the breathing grows deeper and slower as a result of increased relaxation. Feelings of warmth or tingling are common. Often people report an increased ability to visualize much like daydreaming. Some people’s perception of time is altered – the trance state may seem much longer or shorter in duration than it actually is. While some continue to listen to the words of the hypnotherapist, others report that the mind drifts away to some pleasant memory or imagined scene. Because the conscious mind may drift away, some report only a general sense of what was said in the trance- just like seeing a movie but not perfectly remembering every scene. Each individual experience of trance is unique.
USES OF HYPNOSIS:
In the hands of a qualified hypnotherapist, hypnosis can be a valuable ally for healing, self-improvement, pain management, habit control and much, much more...Both the American Medical Association and the British Medical Association approved hypnosis as a valid therapeutic modality in the late 1950’s. Though many people are familiar with the success of hypnosis in smoking cessation and weight loss, most are unaware of its powerful uses as an anesthetic and to speed healing. Hypnosis has long been used to help people suffering from trauma and to overcome roadblocks originating from past experiences. Hypnosis can be used to overcome anxieties fear and phobias. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for performance enhancement and goal setting. The hypnotic state is a great stress buster and many situations can benefit from having the powerful unconscious mind on your side.
HYPNOSIS IS A NATURAL STATE:
In fact, we are in hypnosis many times each day. We pass through hypnosis on our way to sleep and when we wake up each morning. When we become absorbed in a good book or movie we experience hypnosis or driving on long trips on automatic pilot is known as highway hypnosis. When you become extremely engaged in something allowing your mind to focus you are experiencing hypnosis. Because of the rhythmic sounds and swaying, riding on the train is often a highly hypnotic experience. So when people ask; Can I be hypnotized? The answer is; You already are.
MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS:
Many people get their ideas about hypnosis from television, books or motion pictures. While the plot lines of these entertainment vehicles make for good stories, they are often inaccurate. Many misconceptions about hypnosis are due to the fact that the term “sleep” is often used when discussing hypnosis. Hypnosis is not sleep but because many times, people experiencing hypnosis are very relaxed and it may outwardly appear like sleep. One difference is – in a hypnotic state – you can think clearly. Some people believe that in order to be hypnotized you must have a weak mind. Nothing could be further from the truth. Because hypnosis is not a contest of willpower, a highly intelligent, strong-willed and imaginative person can make a great hypnotic subject. Many people think that in order to experience hypnosis, they must become unconscious. This is probably the most common misconception about hypnosis. In hypnosis, you are aware and can hear clearly, in fact, hypnosis is a state of increased awareness. In a trance state your hearing may be sharper, you may feel subtler sensations and your imagination and memory are enhanced.
HOW MANY SESSIONS DOES IT TAKE
Hypnotherapy is not meant to be long term, most issues see results after three to six sessions.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE
No, but I can give you a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company.
WHY INVEST IN HYPNOTHERAPY
Initiating change at the conscious level can be very difficult. The conscious mind makes up only around 10-12% of our total mind power. By contrast, the unconscious mind encompasses the other 88-90%. This vast portion of our mind houses the unconscious story or programming that influences virtually everything we do. If it isn't congruent with our conscious desires, it is not hard to see which part of the mind will get its way. Because hypnotherapy is the art of rewriting unconscious programs, it is very effective at turning the subconscious mind into a powerful “goal machine” that works behind the scenes, 24/7, to create positive, lasting changes in our lives. To get an idea of hypnotherapy's efficacy, see this comparison study published in Psychotherapy Magazine (Volume 7, Number 1, Alfred A Barrios, PhD):
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
WHAT IF I HAVE TO RESCHEDULE
Please do so 24 hours in advance.