What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the practice of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Hypnotherapy is a powerful, scientifically proven tool for helping clients access their subconscious and unconscious minds, in an effort to overcome their most challenging mental health issues. The most powerful feature of hypnosis (the trance state) is how it connects our conscious minds to our unconscious minds.
Contrary to how hypnosis is sometimes portrayed in movies or on television, you do not lose control over your behavior while under hypnosis. Moreover, you typically remain aware of and remember what happens during the hypnosis session. You never lose your full sense of awareness or fall asleep in hypnosis. On the contrary, you are more fully awake. There is no mysticism or magic, hypnosis is utilizing the science of the mind.
The State of Hypnosis
Have you ever experienced driving your car and suddenly realize you were so preoccupied or distracted by your thoughts, that you drove for several minutes and you do not recall the distance travelled? That is an example of a trance-like state. We quite naturally have many of these experiences, where our mind and thoughts travel. During a hypnotherapy session, we induce a state of intense concentration or focused attention through a guided process of utilizing verbal cues and repetition. The way people typically describe the feeling of being hypnotized, during hypnotherapy, is to be in a calm, physically, and mentally relaxed state, in which they are able to focus deeply on what they are thinking about.
Hypnosis is being in a deep, safe, relaxed altered state that closes all mental ‘chatter’ and allows your unconscious mind to open. The whole experience is very similar to that of guided meditation. While in this relaxed state, your mind can be retrained through useful suggestions and creative visualizations. And through this process, I also aid my clients in understanding their past and better visualizing their futures.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Because it provides instant access to the unconscious mind, I find that hypnotherapy can be more efficient than traditional therapeutic techniques alone. Sometimes, our limiting core beliefs, trauma, shame or guilt, can be so deeply rooted in our unconscious mind that we are unable to penetrate the wall of the subconscious, and we are left feeling frustrated and helpless. If you continue to struggle with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or stress despite many sessions of traditional psychotherapy, perhaps you may benefit by going deeper with hypnotherapy.
Areas of Focus
I use hypnosis to help my clients overcome a variety of mental and/or physical challenges. The areas of treatment for hypnotherapy are vast. Here are just some of the areas that I can assist you with:
- General Anxiety and Stress
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Fears and Phobias
- Social Anxiety
- Performance anxiety
- Alcohol-12 Step Support
- Grief and Loss
- Health Issues
- Sleep Problems
- Bad Habits