What is Hypnosis?
First let me tell you what hypnosis is not. Most people’s information about hypnosis comes from the movies or stage shows. I won’t dangle a watch in front of you or make you stand on your head or quack like a duck. Hypnosis is not being asleep, unconscious, out of it or under it. It is not loosing control, giving up control or being controlled. It does not require relaxation or concentration. It is not magic or mind control.
We naturally go in and out a hypnotic state throughout our day.
Have you ever watched a movie and jumped during a scary part or cried at a sad scene? Have you driven your car safely somewhere familiar and didn’t remember how you got there? Does your mouth water just thinking of some delicious food? Have you been so immerse in reading a book that you don’t hear what’s going on around you? Those are all common examples of a hypnotic state. The conscious part of your mind is distracted or deeply focused, allowing the subconscious part of the mind to be accessible.
Hypnosis is a natural state of creative, focused attention and purposeful communication. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change. Even though it is 100% natural and normal, it remains one of the most fascinating experiences of the human mind.
This is one of my favorite definitions of hypnosis: “Hypnosis is purposeful communication utilizing connection, credibility and effective language to get the desired response from the subconscious.” ~Dr. Jon Connelly founder of Rapid Trauma Resolution
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to create the client’s desired changes in health, thinking, feelings, beliefs or behavior.
The most important fact to remember is that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and all healing is self-healing. My job is to be your guide. I create a safe, nurturing space where you access your True Self to create your best life.
Does hypnosis really work?
Yes. Hypnosis is recognized as a well-researched and powerful modality that helps eliminate negative habits and fears, boost confidence, reduce stress, enhance overall well-being, and promote healing.
The following success rates were reported in Psychotherapy, the journal of the American Psychiatric Association:
Hypnotherapy: 93% Recovery after 6 sessions
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
The Mayo Clinic has proven the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in multiple studies on pain control, pre-surgical anxiety, menopausal symptoms and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
In the 1950’s both the American Medical Association and the British Medical Association accepted the therapeutic use of hypnotherapy.
Can I be hypnotized?
Yes. Since hypnosis is a natural, normal state, everyone has a natural ability to respond to hypnosis. The quality of response varies from individual to individual, and moment to moment. The only things that prevent a full response to hypnosis are fear, misinformation and lack of trust. Once we review and clear all misconceptions and false beliefs about hypnosis, and safety and trust are established your mind becomes open to responding to positive and healthful suggestions. When the body relaxes, the whole system can function more easily. It’s my job to have all the skills to be a good guide for you as we partner together.
Can I get stuck in a hypnotic state?
No. Although some people wish they could! You can come out of hypnosis at any time you want.
The only time someone fails to emerge into full waking state when requested to return by the hypnotist, is when the person is enjoying the relaxation so much that a return to their daily life is postponed, voluntarily, by that subject. You can’t get stuck in hypnosis any more than you can get stuck in natural sleep.
Can I be made to do something against my will?
No. In hypnosis, you are always in control. You cannot be forced or coerced into doing something that is against your personal, moral or religious beliefs. In hypnosis, you have a greater awareness of self. Hypnosis allows you to be more focused, less distracted and more skillful in using your own mental abilities constructively. In this way, you can achieve more of your goals, and consequently, actually achieve more (not less) control of your personal comfort, health, and well-being. The ‘control’ misconception appears to originate from stage hypnosis which actually involves people doing what they want to be doing in a social agreement to be entertaining.
What can I expect in a hypnotherapy session?
A session begins by defining our vision and goals for working together. I’ll explain how the mind works and we’ll identify your areas of strength. We’ll work together to update your mind and create space for wisdom, growth, and transformation.
In the comfort and safety of the Red Tent your nervous system will move with ease from the SYMPATHETIC fight/flight/freeze response to the calm and receptive PARASYMPATHETIC response.
In this calm space, the mind and body become responsive and receptive to new information, integration and healing. Your thoughts, feelings and behavior align to work in your benefit.
Sessions are uplifting and solution-focused. You will gain a fresh perspective to facilitate rapid, positive, transformational change.
Will I have to relive past traumatic memories?
No. Actually reliving traumatic experiences can be more damaging than healing. The brain does not register the difference between what is happening now and what we are thinking about. It responds in the same way to the thought about the event as to the event.
Hypnosis can be used to uncover repressed memories, but hypnosis itself does not, by default, bring them to the surface. Your subconscious mind will never show you anything that you are not ready to handle, and such memories do not surface without such an intention.
Updating your subconscious mind can be exciting and painless.
How many sessions will I need?
Each person and situation is different. The general answer however, would be that hypnosis typically helps you achieve your desired results in 1 to 6 sessions. Depending on your goals, more sessions might be needed.
After finding how well it works, many clients choose to schedule regular periodic hypnosis sessions to promote ongoing health and well being.