What is Hypnosis And How can it Help Me?
Hypnosis is a safe yet altered waking state that we all go through several times each day. If we daydream while driving, or while sitting at work, or become engrossed in a TV show to the exclusion of everything around us, it’s a form of hypnosis. If we become absorbed in a book, it’s a form of trance. Any time we become highly relaxed yet deeply focused, we approach a state of hypnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does It Work? When a person wishes to achieve a certain goal, the mind in trance is receptive to suggestions that support that goal. We open a pathway between the client’s conscious mind (I WANT) and subconscious mind (I NEED). Integrating these two sides of us breaks down the conflicts that we sometimes experience but seem to have little control over. Let’s take for an example the person trying to lose weight. The conscious mind says: I want to drop (X) pounds. I will drop that weight. The subconscious mind has another agenda, such as: “I need, and deserve, sugar, pasta and chips. When I was lonely, eating helped me to deal with it. Food is my best friend. When I have a reason to change in a way that can benefit me, I’m all in.” By integrating the conscious mind with the needs of the subconscious, old behaviors get released and lasting change happens.
“Who Can Be Hypnotized?” Any person with normal intelligence and a willingness to be hypnotized. We have seen many hundreds of people and have yet to find anybody who cannot be hypnotized
“What if you can’t bring me out of it?” There is no danger of a person being unable to emerge from the hypnotic state. At the very worst, the inductee might drift off into a natural state of sleep and awaken after he was rested.Is There Any danger With Hypnosis?” None whatsoever, except unless someone had their pain taken away when in fact that pain was the body’s own ‘cry for help’. That wasn’t being heeded.”
“Will I do something against my will? In hypnosis you are aware of all suggestions given to you and you simply will not do anything that you are opposed to doing.
“Okay. How Do We Begin?” Once we have both determined that we wish to work together, we will do an intake interview and discuss goals and treatment modalities. We will then continue on into the first treatment session without delay.
“What Can I Expect From A Session” The typical hypnosis session lasts one hour and is targeted toward that which the patient wants to work on. After a full discussion about the client’s target issue and how it can best be addressed in hypnosis, the hypnotist will induce a light trance. At this point the client explores their unconscious resources for change, while the hypnotist reinforces the client’s desire to gain the desired results in a positive and beneficial manner.
“What is the minimum cost for a treatment plan?“ Session price is $275 for an initial consultation and ninety-minute session. Follow-up sessions are one hour and cost $250. Just as every person is different, so is every treatment protocol. The gamut runs from two sessions all the way up to 16 for someone who might need to lose several hundred pounds. No matter what your presenting problem may be, it is invariably beneficial to sign up for a prepaid, two-session $475 package. This protocol is rooted in the idea that no problem can be effectively treated without at least one follow up session. In this second session we assess results, eliminate ineffective suggestions and reinforce effective suggestions. This 2-session package is pre-paid and non-refundable. Certain issues require additional sessions for effective treatment, and there will be a discussion of additional sessions in advance. All sessions after the initial treatment plan are $250, except for hypnopuncture sessions, which are $375.
“How Soon Before I see Results?” The following issues usually take 2-3 sessions for best results: Smoking Cessation, Stress Management, Athletic Performance, Physical Discomfort, Learning and Memory, Performance Anxiety, Childbirth Preparation; Grief Counseling, Enhancing Creativity, IBS/Gastro-Intestinal Issues. The following issues may take from 3-5 sessions for best results: Phobias, Depression, General Anxiety, Weight Control, self Confidence, Panic Attacks, Surviving Sexual Abuse, or other personal issues. Note that hypnosis is not a substitute for either psychological counseling so much as an effective tool for shifting one’s perspective.
“Is There An Alternative To Live Consultation?” Hypnotherapy Using Skype Is Available. It is incredibly easy, and safe as well. Under no circumstances can a client be left in a situation that is less than safe.
“How will the first session be like for me?” Here are some guidelines. You may feel very relaxed, or you might feel extra alert; you might even question whether you’ve been hypnotized.In fact hypnosis is an interactive experience, and we will build the trance together. Your subconscious mind will always lead you to just the right depth of trance to allow you to accomplish your goals. By establishing a level of trust, we’ll discover what suggestions will be most appropriate for you and create a positive expectation around your sessions.
“How Can I Help Myself Beforehand?” By setting realistic positive goals beforehand, once you are in trance we can set positive, achievable goals for your unconscious mind to adhere to. Say you are a golfer experiencing fear of the ball going in the water. Rather than say, “I don’t want the ball to go in the water”, we might rephrase that goal to say something like, “I will experience myself in the zone, able to aim the ball straight and true.” The subconscious always recognizes clear, positive direction.
“What’s an Induction?” An induction is another way of talking about the process of becoming suggestible. There are many types of ways to take a client into a relaxed state, and ultimately you’ll let me know what way is most comfortable for your needs. At times a simple finger signal response is all that is needed when dealing with an issue that you are uncomfortable talking about out loud. At other times, the hypnotherapist and the client may converse back and forth. The client is involved the entire time in creating the desired state. The session always ends with post-hypnotic suggestions to help anchor new behaviors or perceptions.
“How do I come out of hypnosis?” That’s called ’emerging from trance.’ After suggestions to ‘awaken’ are given to you, you will appropriately emerge back into your fully alert state. Typically, you will remember everything that was talked about and feel revitalized from the hypnotic experience.