Why Hypnosis?

Hypnosis has been recognized as an effective, painless treatment for more than fifty years. In 1958, the American Medical Association, along with the British Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association, approved use of hypnosis by trained professionals.
Hypnosis has a proven track record. American Health Magazine reported that a recent study showed hypnosis to have a 93% recovery rate, after only 6 sessions. The study went further to compare hypnosis with Psychoanalysis which had a 38% recovery rate after 600 sessions, and Behavior therapy which had a 78% recovery rate after 22 after sessions.

How does Hypnosis work?

Through a natural state, similar to sleep, the sub-conscious remains aware of many things at once. This awareness, along with the relaxation of the body, enables you to accept positive ideas, bringing about change. Unlike other, more traditional forms of therapy, with hypnosis, the change can be quite rapid.

Can everyone be hypnotized?

Yes. Have you ever driven past your exit on a freeway and not realized it for miles? Your mind was so focused on something else, music or a recent conversation; you completely missed the exit. You were "hyper-focused" on something other than the here and now. Some call it "zoning out" or "spacing out" but it is really a state of Hypnosis.

Does hypnosis really work?

Hypnosis has proven effective in the treatment of a variety of physical and emotional problems including pain reduction, anxiety disorders, stress, high blood pressure, learning disorders, post-traumatic stress, panic, addictions. The list goes on. Success though, relies on you. If your desire for change is sincere, if you are dedicated you will see results.

Can a Hypnotherapist make me do funny or strange things?

No. Even under hypnosis you cannot be forced to do something that you otherwise wouldn't. Stage hypnotists have one objective, to entertain the audience. Their real talent is recognizing willing participants, people who just want to be part of the show and will go along. In contrast, the purpose of hypnosis is to help clients reach their goals and to end unwanted or destructive behavior. Hypnosis will help you gain control, not lose it.

What happens in a hypnosis session?

Sessions last approximately 60 minutes, 30 to 40 of which are spent talking. We discuss your goals and your progress in reaching them. The final 15 to 30 minutes of your session we use hypnosis to create change and build upon your success.

The induction to hypnosis is a 3 minute process in which I place my client in a very relaxed state in a reclining chair. That part can make my clients (especially male clients) feel a little vulnerable. It is a bit like closing your eyes when a female driver is taking charge. When they realize that the whole process is completely safe, then they can actually relax deeply in the next session. I have actually had people snore when they are under hypnosis. When I snap them out of it, they open their eyes and they tell me that they heard everything I said. They cannot believe when I say that they were snoring.

During that sleep, I tell my client the things that they need to hear in order to start making changes in their life. During hypnosis that self-critic who is always analyzing the information that comes in, is half sleep so when I tell you how wonderful and successful you are, that little voice will not argue with me.

Am I asleep when under hypnosis?

No. You are not asleep or unconscious. While you will be very relaxed and may have your eyes closed, you will hear everything that is said, and you will be aware at all times.

Does it work with children?

Absolutely, children are very suggestible.
What I love about hypnosis is what it can do for children. A sad, stressed out, bullied and insecure child can soar after a few sessions of "You can do it" messages. With children I use stories in which they are the main character, the hero, the most beautiful princess, the disciplined student, the greatest athete.
With children and adults I can use direct language like: "you are very disciplined" or metaphors with a lesson in it. Both styles work well.


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