About Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state of mind that allows you to tap into your deeper wisdom and unlimited possibilities. In this state of mind, you suspend old beliefs and limitations, and allow the changes you desire to begin.

When we daydream, pray, meditate, listen to deeply moving music, or are immersed in a good movie, our brain waves move from the normal "beta" frequency of wakefulness into a slower "alpha" brain wave - the same relaxed state we pass through as we go in and out of various levels of sleep. Hypnosis accesses this "alpha" state and is used in a deliberate and guided way to achieve your goals.

Ways To Use Hypnosis

Health Issues

Allergies
Fears
Bed-wetting
Deep relaxation
High blood pressure
IBS
Insomnia
Pain management
Sexual fears & insecurities
Smoking
Stress release
Tension headaches
Dental anxieties
Pregnancy & Childbirth – change fear/tension. Create relaxed positive preparation.  
Relaxing during medical procedures
Relieving stress-related pain
Weight control

Many health & medical issues are intensified by stress, fear, worry, etc. Hypnosis works in conjunction with M.D.s and other health care professionals to eliminate these barriers to health, to help you follow appropriate medical advice, to increase your focus on achieving optimal health. Consult with your doctor for info and ask for links to how research has shown that hypnosis can make significant differences with various health issues. Hypnosis does not take the place of medical treatment. It works in conjunction with your other treatments to reduce stress-related pain and reactivity. It also creates a healthy hopeful attitude that assists with your healing.

Performance

Auditions
Improved concentration
Sports performance enhancement
Stage fright
Test taking
Study habits

Self Esteem & Emotional Issues

Care-giver fatigue
Stress
Fears (fear of flying, driving, insects, public speaking, etc.)
Loss of love
Grief
Trauma
Nail biting
Past life regression
Memory improvement
Releasing inappropriate anger
Releasing shame and guilt
Improving self-confidence
Discovering direction, purpose

Hypnosis is not a substitute for appropriate Psychological Services.  Mental health providers often give referrals to our services for many issues, and we refer you to Psychologists and Therapists when their services are most appropriate.  Ask your mental health provider for how hypnosis can assist you to make the changes you need.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis

Can anyone be hypnotized?

Yes, hypnosis is a natural experience. Everyone has times when they are in a relaxed day dreamy state that is very much like hypnosis. The ease and success of you intentionally using hypnosis depends on various factors: how comfortable you are with the person guiding you, the skill level of the hypnotist, how much you can relax and trust in that environment, etc. Also, the more times you use hypnosis or self-hypnosis, the easier it is to relax and go deeper.

The only people who cannot be hypnotized are those with extremely low IQs, people with certain kinds of brain damage, and of course, people who do not wish to be hypnotized and are therefore resisting it.

Why can't I just use willpower to make the changes I want?

Often your subconscious mind is sabotaging your goals. Old habits, fears and beliefs from the past can be holding you back and blocking the changes you seek. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for changing your beliefs at this deepest level, allowing your conscious mind to be aligned with your subconscious mind so they can work together to fulfill your goals.

What happens in a session?

In your first session, we will talk about hypnosis, what it is and what it is not. We'll identify your goals and why they are important to you so I can help you in a specific personalized way. Then with you relaxing in a comfortable recliner, I'll guide you into hypnosis. Your waking brain wave pattern will move to the alpha frequency associated with creativity and heightened awareness. We'll use imagery and positive suggestions to help you reach the goals you desire. Every session is individualized to match your goals and needs.

What will I feel?

People find hypnosis amazingly relaxing and refreshing. You will not be asleep, but will be so deeply relaxed that healing and changing can happen. Your focus will be on your inward experience and the direction we've set; your awareness of your outer environment will be in the background.

Of course, everyone's experience is different. Some people say they were completely relaxed and yet alert and aware. Some people say they felt/imagined reality being altered in a deep healing way.

Will I remember everything that happens?

Yes, your mind will be very focused and you can remember everything that happens. With more experience, some people move into an even deeper, slower "theta" brain wave pattern (the same frequency we are in while dreaming) and their experience will be similar to remembering a dream.

Can a person be controlled in hypnosis?

Absolutely not. Professional hypnosis is quite different from the TV and movie images most of us see. A trained hypnotherapist works with you to help you release old patterns to allow the choices you want; your full cooperation is essential. If you were given suggestions you didn't agree with or were against your moral or ethical beliefs, you would reject them. Many studies have shown this to be true. You will only accept suggestions you agree with and that support your goals.

Is hypnosis safe and medically approved?

Yes. In 1958, the American Medical Association approved hypnotherapy for use by qualified professionals. The American Psychiatric Association and the British Medical Association also adopted hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool. Many renowned hospitals in the U.S. now teach and use hypnosis. Many doctors are familiar with the benefits of hypnosis and will be supportive of you using it. Of course, hypnosis does not take the place of medical treatment. It works in conjunction with your other treatments to reduce stress-related pain and reactivity. Hypnosis has been shown in many studies to be effective in helping with high blood pressure, tension headaches, IBS, etc. It also creates a healthy hopeful attitude that assists with your healing.

How many sessions will it take to get results? Are the results permanent?

For some concerns, change can happen in a few sessions. Other issues might take longer depending on the complexity of that issue, its connection to other issues, and your own level of motivation and readiness. I suggest three sessions to stop smoking and four or more sessions for food issues and weight loss goals.

Some people experience big changes after a short time. But with most of us, the old patterns took a long time to develop and have had many years of repetition to become the problems they are today.

Hypnosis is fast and powerful to make amazing changes, but it's necessary to reinforce these new changes. The more you utilize hypnosis and practice the self-hypnosis you will learn, the deeper and more permanent the changes become.

Will hypnosis work for me if I don't visualize?

Only about 50-55% of people are strongly visual. When we do hypnosis or guided imagery, it isn't necessary to "see" or visualize. Your other senses - hearing, smell, taste, and touch are just as powerful. For each person, one or two are predominant. For some people, it might be motor sensation, kinesthetic sensations, emotional memory, or a combination of different perceptions. We will tailor the hypnosis so that it works best for you.

Is hypnosis covered by my health insurance?

Many health insurance plans cover hypnosis when it is used for medically related issues like stopping smoking, stress reduction, weight loss, etc. It totally depends on your insurance. It's best if you call and ask regarding your particular insurance plan. Also, check with your doctor and ask if they will give you a referral for hypnosis.

Does hypnosis work with children and teens?

Yes, children and teens do extremely well with hypnosis. They have vivid fantasies and powerful imaginations, which are forms of self-hypnosis.

They often identify clear goals for themselves: doing better in school, conquering fear of certain situations, increasing self-confidence, doing well in athletics, music, and many other activities.

Why go to a hypnotherapist? Can't I learn hypnosis from books and CD's?

Of course you can learn self-hypnosis from books or CD's. You can learn almost anything from a book - playing the piano, repairing your car. - but the learning process is much slower and not personalized for your specific needs.

When you work individually with a hypnotherapist, your changes can be achieved more quickly and thoroughly. Each hypnosis session is individualized for each personís specific needs. In the process of working together, I will teach you self-hypnosis so you can continue to use it as a powerful tool.