What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of highly focused concentration or attention, often associated with relaxation and quieting of the critical mind, which increases a person’s level of suggestibility. What this means is that positive suggestions are given to the client that are congruent with their desired outcome and once the session has ended, those suggestions will then be held within their subconscious mind, where lies the driving force of all behavior. Hypnosis is not medical care or designed to replace medical care, but is an adjunct and complimentary modality to medical care. Some clients will require a medical referral.
Is Hypnosis Safe?
Hypnosis is very safe. It is the equivalent of the state of mind that you have just before going to sleep or upon awakening. If you’ve ever driven your car and didn’t quite remember the time traveled or the route you took, it is because you were in a hypnotic state. If you’ve ever watched television or read a book and suddenly two hours had passed, but felt like a much shorter duration, that too is an example of a hypnotic state of mind. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring, relaxed state and your conscious mind will have a complete awareness of what is happening during our session together. You can expect to feel relaxed, refreshed, and an overall sense of well-being upon completion of the session.
What if I'm not hypnotized?
It is not uncommon for first time hypnosis clients to feel uncertain if they’ve been hypnotized. In my practice, I like to give my clients an experience that allows them to eliminate doubts that they were able to achieve this wonderful, empowering state of relaxation. Though it is true that some people are more receptive to hypnosis than others, and are quick to achieve rapid changes, the truth of the matter is anyone can be hypnotized if they want to be, just as anyone who does not want to be hypnotized will not be. Clinical studies have shown that those that have a higher success rate of achieving hypnosis are those that can allow themselves to relax, use their imagination, have a desire for the hypnosis to work and are feeling encouraged, and those of normal intelligence. Hypnosis is highly regarded and holds a respectable place in personal development, as well as in medical and healing communities. Through hypnosis, thousands of people have been able to change unwanted behaviors and habits, as well as create healthier habits, behaviors, and thought patterns.
A hypnotherapist cannot make anyone do anything their conscious mind does not agree to. Your conscious mind will always be aware and in control of what is transpiring and will never allow for your values to be compromised. Sometimes clients can become so relaxed that they just don’t pay that much attention to what is said during the session, and therefore don’t recall the session in its entirety, but in my experience, most clients do and feel a deep sense of satisfaction, success, and gratitude for the process.
Per client’s request, a recording of the session can be made.
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