Can anyone be hypnotized?

There are several levels of trance that we go in and out of every day. If you can fall asleep, you can be hypnotized. When we daydream, get very engrossed in a movie, or caught up in a video game, we are in trance, or a level of hypnosis.  So, yes, anyone can be hypnotized.  All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation we enter into every day — while we’re reading, watching TV, falling asleep, waking up, and daydreaming. It is a state of highly focused attention. Being in hypnosis is incredibly relaxing and usually brings a sense of peace and well-being. After the session is over, you will typically feel relaxed as if you’ve just had a full body massage. You you will feel calm, peaceful, and centered. Hypnotherapy clients are aware of their surroundings, and in complete control of their thoughts and actions throughout the entire session.  The terms meditation and pondering are names that are often used to describe states of hypnosis.

What does hypnosis do?

Hypnosis allows the body to relax, and brain waves slow, allowing the conscious and the subconscious part of our mind to be able to ‘communicate’ with each other.  The conscious part of our thinking can discover what the subconscious part of our mind really believes.  The subconscious is the ‘driver’ part of our mind, driving our behavior.  Once those beliefs are in agreement, we can move forward with single-minded purpose.

What makes hypnosis so effective in changing behavior?

Hypnosis is the key to allow access to our conscious and subconscious minds at one and the same time.  In this state we can recognize self defeating beliefs, which manifest as behavioral and emotional issues. We can then redirect the subconscious to accept new and and more appropriate beliefs.  The subconscious can now work in harmony with the conscious, resulting in new behaviors.

Is hypnosis mind control?

Using self-hypnosis in Hypnotherapy sessions, actually allows you to be in control of your own mind.  You can recognize and change behaviors that are not serving you well.  In trance, you are aware of everything that is going on around you.  You do not do or say anything that you would not normally do or say.  

So what makes hypnosis so powerful?

Hypnosis opens up the subconscious mind the way it was when we were children – malleable and open to changes in belief. This is extremely powerful since it allows a skilled therapist to literally undo damage that was done through a person’s misinterpretation of earlier life experiences. While regular psychotherapy (talk therapy) allows a client to understand on an intellectual level how an earlier life experience affects their current psychology (and in the process provides some empowerment), hypnotherapy targets the actual experience, reframes how it is perceived, and completely changes the associated emotional context and belief. Working with the subconscious mind directly also allows incredible changes to occur physiologically. There exists a very strong connection between the subconscious mind and our physical body. Science is only beginning to understand the mechanisms of these connections, yet in the meantime we have found that simple hypnotic and visualization methods can improve or eliminate non-organic pain and health issues.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the name for applying therapeutic techniques while in a state of deep relaxation, or “hypnosis”. Hypnotherapy allows you to access the beliefs held by your subconscious. Once you become aware of a strongly held belief which is no longer valid, a new, more appropriate belief can be accepted.  This collapses the negative emotion, freeing up energy and allowing the conscious and subconscious to be in agreement.

How can hypnotherapy help with my physical pain?

Using hypnotherapy allows the mind to alleviate pain and discomfort.  It is important to have eliminated any organic or physical causes of the pain.  Hypnosis is used by women during childbirth, for dental procedures, etc. When we are in trance, we can access our subconscious, where our imagination, emotions and memory are located.  Our imagination is more powerful than our current moment in time.  The thoughts we generate, are translated by the brain into electrical impulses.  As we change our thoughts, we can change the brain frequency, and reduce the level of pain. We can detach from the pain, and using suggestion therapy maintain the reduced pain level once back in full consciousness.  Often there is an emotional component to physical, which when addressed can significantly reduce the level of pain and discomfort.

What is the conscious mind?

The conscious mind is the analytical part of the mind — it is the part of us that judges, analyzes, scrutinizes and filters the information and experiences we encounter. Our conscious mind is where we experience our running “stream of consciousness”, our self-talk, our fears, our doubts, and our sense of limitations. The conscious mind is rooted in what we generally think of as “reality” and generally only believes things to be possible when they make logical sense in the context of our past experiences.

What is the subconscious mind?

The subconscious mind does not judge or filter experiences. It believes what it is told and generally holds onto those beliefs permanently. The subconscious is where all our memories are stored, where our emotions are generated, and where our imagination lies. As children, we generally don’t have very developed conscious filters before the age of 10, explaining why children believe much of what they are told. Children don’t yet have enough life experience by which to judge or filter new information as being correct or reasonable. This is why so many of our emotional challenges as adults lie in events or circumstances from our childhood.

How many sessions will I need?

That depends on what you are wanting to accomplish. In an average of four – six , 1 1/2 hour sessions, you learn new skills and create new behaviors.  You will clear out subconscious thinking errors and replacing them with new beliefs that you already consciously believe, unaware your subconscious was sabotaging you.   

Many issues, such as nail-biting and bed-wetting can be resolved in 2-3 sessions.