What would life be like for you if you could get rid of the limiting beliefs, fears, and problems that are holding you back from true fulfillment and wellbeing in your life?
What is hypnosis?
If you’ve never experienced a hypnosis session or been in a formal trance, you might be wondering, “What is hypnosis anyway?”. In short, hypnosis is a relaxed, focused state in which you’re able to bypass the conscious, critical mind and get straight to the unconscious to work through a problem.
The human brain works a lot like a computer (albeit the most sophisticated computer in the universe). As we go through life, our experiences wire our brains in a specific way. While the brain is always looking out for us, we oftentimes get stuck in those “programs” and it can be difficult to know how to re-program them.
In fact, in our daily waking life, those programs (let’s call them the unconscious) run 95% of your behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. The conscious mind is only operating 5% of the time. Changing the unconscious mind with the conscious mind takes a LONG TIME.
That’s where hypnosis comes in.
By working directly with the unconscious mind, we can get right to the root of the problem, often taking care of an issue in a fraction of the time it takes in other therapies. It really is remarkable.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Any time you’re engrossed in an amazing book, absorbed in a TV show, or are driving and can’t remember how you got somewhere…that’s the common, every day trance. So when you experience “formal” hypnosis for the first time, it will likely feel incredibly familiar. The difference is that when in a hypnotherapy session, we take advantage of this amazing natural state to create the change you’re seeking. When we do this, its amazing how quickly problems can resolve.
You’ll likely be alert and aware of everything that happens during hypnosis. You won’t be asleep or forgetful, but you will be in a state of flow and open to change. And don’t worry, there is no loss of control, mind-control, or anything other ridiculous thing that fictional Hollywood portrayals of hypnosis say could happen. Most people report that being in hypnosis just feels really good. It might feel a lot like normal conversation and a little like guided meditation.
Hypnosis is not traditional cognitive behavioral therapy. It is a supportive method of healing that uses techniques that are unique to hypnosis.
Hypnosis is not mind control. You will have complete control over yourself during hypnosis, in fact you could pause a session, get up, or walk away at any time.
Hypnosis is not amnesia. You will likely remember everything that happens during your session. In fact, you’ll want to remember because it is an amazing experience that you shouldn’t forget!
Hypnosis is not sleep. You will be awake and active in your session.
Hypnosis is not pseudoscience. There are countless studies proving the effectiveness of hypnosis for a wide range of problems and it is recognized by the American Psychological Association, Stanford, and countless others.
What can hypnosis help with?
So what can you work through with hypnosis? The possibilities are endless. Common problems that hypnotherapy has been shown to help are:
forgiveness and acceptance
If there’s something you don’t like about your life, chances are that hypnosis can help.
The sessions I do with clients also include coaching your conscious mind to apply some practical tools and resources to help support you in your change. We’ll talk about lifestyle changes, recommended reading, and practical tips for achieving the change you want.