The hypnotic or "trance" state is a normal state of mind that we enter into daily when we are very focused or relaxed, such as when we're watching television, daydreaming, engaged in a creative endeavor, listening to music, driving or reading. Hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention or concentration which results in relaxation and heightened suggestibility. During a hypnosis session a client may appear to be deeply relaxed or even asleep, yet the mind is very receptive and the client is not asleep or unconscious. Hypnosis relaxes the conscious mind in order to re-frame and update the beliefs held by the subconscious mind.
Habits, phobias and self-critical beliefs are a direct result of subconscious programming. A 2010 article by Dr. Bruce Lipton entitled Are You Programmed At Birth? states that scans done of children's brains show that they operate in the theta level, which is also the hypnotic state. So we are basically in a hypnotic trance and highly impressionable from birth until the age of about 7 years. During these years our critical mind is not developed enough to discriminate between the information we are receiving from our parents, culture and community about ourselves, other individuals or our environment. Once a child is programmed he/she will typically be influenced 95% by this programming for the remainder of his/her life. Dr. Lipton states "The problem is that we download our perceptions and beliefs about life years before we acquire the ability for critical thinking. When as young children we download limiting or sabotaging beliefs, those perceptions or mis-perceptions become our truths."
During a typical hypnosis session, the client is guided by the hypnotist into a deep, meditative state also known as the theta state. While in the state of hypnosis, the hypnotist utilizes positive suggestions spoken directly to the subconscious mind. Our minds are so powerful that we can harm or heal our bodies with our thoughts. Positive and nurturing suggestions received while in the state of hypnosis can help to heal the brain. Contrary to popular belief, the client is not induced into an altered state whereby they are under the control of the hypnotist. The client has the ability at all times to reject the hypnotist's suggestions. The hypnotist controls the trance state to help you achieve your desired goals.
The difference between psychiatry and psychology is that these fields deal with the conscious mind, whereas hypnosis deals with the subconscious mind. Hypnosis can transcend the critical, analytical mind and facilitate the acceptance of suggestions, directions and instructions desired by the client.
The use of hypnosis began as early as 3000 B.C. by the Egyptians and has been used successfully by a number of doctors and psychologists since this time.
The American Medical Association has officially supported hypnosis since the 1950s. The United States National Institute of Health found "evidence supporting the effectiveness of hypnosis in alleviating chronic pain associated with cancer, as well as irritable bowel syndrome, oral mucositis and tension headaches."
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Hypnotherapy has the
potential to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of diseases and
conditions. It can be used independently
along with other treatments. For
example, it’s one of several relaxation methods for treating chronic pain that
has been approved by an independent panel convened by the National Institute of Health.”
William Ray, a professor of psychology and researcher of hypnosis at Penn State University states that over 12,000 articles about hypnosis have been published in medical and psychological journals. He asserts that "There's general agreement that hypnosis can be an important part of treatment for some conditions, including phobias, addictions and chronic pain." Stanford University researchers have determined that 95% of individuals can be hypnotized, to some extent.
A survey of psychotherapy literature by psychologist Alfred
A. Barrios, Ph.D., revealed the following recovery rates (source: American Health Magazine):
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions
Hypnotherapy can be used for a multitude of different reasons relating to health, self-improvement, habits, phobias & spirituality. If the reason you would like a hypnosis session is not listed below, please contact me and I will do my best to find the right hypnosis script for you.
Health, Wellness & Habit Control
- Weight management (obesity, anorexia, bulimia)
- Smoking cessation or reduction
- Reduce or quit excessive drinking of alcohol
- Stress management and reduction
- Pain management
- Cancer treatment support
- Overcoming insomnia
Self-Improvement & Personal Growth
- Career & life purpose
- Improved self-esteem
- Overcoming anxiety and panic attacks
- Co-dependency to independence
- Overcoming negative thinking
- Improving relationships or healing from those that have ended
- Healing from abuse
- Overcoming habits such as nail biting, thumb sucking and bed wetting.
- Overcoming fears and phobias, negative thinking, fear of public speaking, procrastination, stage fright, fear of flying, fear of heights, etc.
- Improving concentration, creativity, study and work habits, sports and artistic performance, etc.
- Present life regression
- Accessing memories of past lives
- Connecting to your higher self
- Chakra clearing
- Healing the past
- Manifesting abundance
- Cutting energetic cords
- Discovering spiritual gifts
- Communication with spirit guides
- Accessing the Akashic Records Library