Hypnotherapy

How Can Hypnotherapy Help You?

It can eliminate Anxiety, Trauma, Insomnia and more.

If you are looking to overcome unwanted patterns of thinking, feelings or behaviors, an effective and drug free way is hypnotherapy.

Do you feel stuck?  

Have you reached a point in your life where:

  • Worry and overwhelm constantly consume your thoughts,

  • Addictions or cravings have startling control over you,

  • Indecision cripples you from making even small moves forward,

  • Your fears or phobias are holding you back, or

  • You feel tired all day, no matter how much sleep you got the night before.

Know this does not have to BE your NORM. Life is too short to be stuck, unhappy or fearful, especially when you have the ability to do something about it.

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What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy, also referred to as guided hypnosis, is a form of psychotherapy that uses relaxation, extreme concentration, and intense attention to achieve a heightened state of consciousness or mindfulness. In other words, it places the individual into a “trance” or altered state of awareness.

This form of therapy is considered alternative medicine with the purpose of utilizing one’s mind to help reduce or alleviate a variety of issues, such as psychological distress, phobias, and unhealthy, destructive, or dangerous habits (i.e. smoking and/or drinking). The aim of hypnotherapy is to create a positive change in an individual, while he/she is in a state of unconsciousness or slumber (sleep).

During a hypnotherapy session, people are guided through a process to induce a trance-like state that helps them focus their minds, respond more readily to suggestions, and become deeply relaxed. Hypnotherapy utilizes the heightened awareness of the hypnotic state to help you focus on a problem more deeply. Hypnotherapy utilizes techniques including:

  • Relaxation: You will be guided by the hypnotherapist to visualize yourself in a state of peacefulness and relaxation, even when confronting a problematic behavior or the object of your fears.

  • Suggestion: Your hypnotherapist may make gentle suggestions for behavior changes that can help you conquer your issue. For example, you may be taught to see yourself as a supportive advisor during a phobic reaction, thus learning to trust yourself and your ability to get through the situation.

  • Coping skills: You may be taught certain cognitive-behavioral coping skills, such as guided imagery and affirmations, that you can use when confronting fears or anxieties.

  • Exploration of past experiences: You may even be encouraged to talk about the first time you experienced the behavior or problem that you are trying to overcome and how you felt at that moment.

Common Misconceptions

Hypnotherapy is still considered controversial, as many mental health professionals dispute its effectiveness. There are a number of myths and misconceptions about hypnotherapy that can affect how people view this therapeutic tool.

       Hypnotherapy is often confused with stage hypnosis. Stage hypnotists are performers who are excellent at reading people. They seek extroverts who will put on a great show for the crowd. Whether or not their subjects are truly hypnotized is debatable, but they are willing to go along with the sometimes outrageous suggestions of the stage hypnotist.

       Hypnotherapy doesn't cause you to forget what happened. You will remember the things that occur during your hypnotic state, you will not be asleep or unconscious, and you will be able to break the hypnotic trance at any time.

       Hypnotherapy doesn't cause you to lose control. During hypnotherapy, you remain in control. It is not possible for anyone to force you to do anything against your will, even under hypnosis. You will be tuned in to the work at hand, and so may not pay attention to your surroundings, but you will always be in charge of your own actions, behaviors, and statements.

       Being hypnotizable doesn't mean you are less intelligent. While some people believe that they cannot be hypnotized, research suggests that most people are hypnotizable to a certain degree. Only about 10% of people are difficult or impossible to hypnotize.

Investment

20 min consultation FREE
1 hr in person session $90 
1 hr Zoom session $80

Is therapy confidential?

As a general rule, all hypnotherapy sessions are confidential and anything you discuss with me will remain between the two of you unless you request otherwise. This is as per protection rule of law, which I follow, and no information from the session can be disclosed without prior written consent from the client.

There are exceptions to this rule, however, as your hypnotherapist I will disclose information from the session to legal authorities or appointed persons if any of the following are true:

  • If I suspect abuse to a child, dependent adult, or an elder, or is made aware of domestic abuse. These situations all require me to notify legal authorities immediately.

  • If I suspect an individual has caused or is threatening to cause severe bodily harm to another person, I will report it to the police.

  • If an individual intends to harm himself or herself, expressing to me, for example, plans for suicide. While I will attempt to work through this with additional licensed mental health caretakers if it appears to be unresolved or the client does not cooperate, additional action may need to be taken to ensure the safety of the client.