What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is an empirically-supported therapeutic tool to help people access inner resources to heal and grow. There is nothing magical or mysterious about hypnosis. It is nothing more than a very relaxed state during which a person is more open to suggestions for change.
The “state” of hypnosis is actually an ordinary human experience. Every person goes into a hypnotic state several times each day without realizing it. Have you ever been so engrossed in a book or TV program that you didn't hear a question from a family member? Have you ever missed your exit on the freeway because your mind was somewhere else? These are all examples of hypnotic states. We typically call it "spacing out."
The Conscious vs Unconscious Mind
The conscious mind is thought to control the rational, logical, decision-making processes that are centered in the left side of the brain. The unconscious mind (also sometimes referred to as the subconscious) is thought to operate in the right brain and controls intuition and creative processes as well as autonomic functions like breathing, heartbeat and swallowing.
The conscious mind, in control during the alert state, can only hold and process a few stimuli at the same time. The unconscious, on the other hand, is able to process a multitude of images and impressions in a single moment, as it does throughout a person's life. The unconscious has also been described as the protector. It records and monitors the patterns that we have learned (good or bad), keeps the body systems running, and even urges us to act according to patterns that we have established as a result of our experiences. For example, after dinner a man who had quit smoking a year before still reaches for his breast pocket for the pack of cigarettes he once carried there, an automatic reminder of the extinguished behavior.
It is theorized that the unconscious manages a network of internal wiring that keeps track of our behaviors and the habits we have learned. Some of these behaviors are good for us and some are not, but the unconscious does not seem to discriminate between good or bad; right or wrong.
How does it work?
"The language and process that hypnotherapists use to put clients into trance are designed to help them retreat from the conscious mind into the unconscious. This is done by a combination of coached breathing, muscle relaxation, visualizations, strategic use of language and the soothing cadence and tenor of the hypnotherapist's voice. Very few people cannot be hypnotized, although some may take longer than others to reach a trance state. The deep feeling of relaxation induced by hypnosis is an immediate benefit for those who find it difficult to calm themselves. But the ability to use hypnosis to install positive and lasting suggestions via the unconscious and to change very bothersome habits or behaviors is the icing on the cake." - Dr. Mike Deninger
What can hypnosis do for me?
Hypnosis helps you:
- Control your weight
- Perform in "the zone"
- Boost confidence
- Eliminate irrational phobias (fear of flying, elevators, public speaking etc)
- Improve study/sleep/lifestyle habits
- Overcome procrastination
- Make public presentations confidently
- Quit smoking
- Sleep with ease
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Resolve your inner conflicts (I want to be in a relationship vs. I want to be free)
The Ericksonian approach that I use, departs from traditional hypnosis in a variety of ways. While the process of hypnosis has customarily been conceptualized as a matter of the therapist issuing standardized instructions to a passive patient, Ericksonian hypnosis stresses the importance of the interactive therapeutic relationship and purposeful engagement of the inner resources and experiential life of the subject.
Hypnosis is easily incorporated into your 3 or 6 month health coaching package. However, if you are only interested in hypnosis, a three-session package is available for $275.