What Can Hypnosis Be Used For?
The problems that affect most people are “unconscious” ones. Nobody consciously chooses to behave in ways that causes them problems, right!
Hypnotherapist assume all behavior is trying to achieve a purpose, even if the effects of that behavior are counter-productive.
When it is a negative behavior, the unconscious mind has convinced itself that the problem behavior is “good” for us in some way, and persists despite all the evidence to the contrary.
It is almost impossible, to control unconscious behavior through conscious effort alone.
The unconscious mind outnumbers the conscious mind by 9 to 1.
In your conscious mind you may well recognize that your habits, responses or feelings are causing you difficulty, but that lone rational voice will be drowned out by nine unconscious voices saying the exact opposite.
The solution is to get the unconscious and conscious minds to work as a team and believe the same thing.
Hypnosis is all about direct communication with the unconscious mind and is the most powerful tool for bringing about change at the unconscious level.
It can be used in any situation where you need to let go of old patterns of behavior and learn new ones.
Changing unwanted habits such as smoking or nail biting obviously involves changing a pattern of behavior, but so does something like gaining more confidence or dealing with stress – the unconscious needs to learn “confidence” patterns and unlearn “stress” patterns for specific situations.
Here are some examples of what hypnosis can be used for:
Eliminating Negative Beliefs
Identifying and releasing of negative beliefs and behaviors
Stress & Anxiety
Relieving stress and anxiety.
Overcoming and eliminating fear
Improved Sports Performance
Gets you past any mental blocks or performance anxiety to help get your game to the next level.
Confidence For Job Searches, Public Speaking, Presentations, Networking
Overcome any kind of fear of reaching out or stage fright. Interview with confidence.
Let go of cravings and out of control eating to regain control of your body so you enjoy eating and living in your body. Increases your willingness to exercise.
Promoting greater physical and emotional health and change your overall life style
Living The Life You Love
Build self confidence and increase self esteem. Opening doors to creativity and positive change.
Improving Or Letting Go Of Relationships
Improve intimacy and the ability to deal better with frustrations. Figuring out whether to stay or go.
Even when you have tried all other methods.
Overcome Sleep Issues
Learn tools to finally get you regular good nights sleep
Chronic Pain & Healing
Easing chronic health issues and fast recovery from injury and surgery.
Help with fitting in, improving test taking, memory retention and develop laser-like focus, excelling in sports
I was on a mission to get right with myself and conquer that crappy hollow feeling that causes all my problems.
Wendy threw me some curve balls and forced me to think outside of what seems to be the norm. I welcomed your outlook and ideas, because “the norm” wasn’t working fast enough for me. I also liked the way you challenged my thoughts. I needed that in my life.
Thanks to you after 40+ years of smoking I can finally say I am a nonsmoker and it feels great. No more hiding, no more coughing, no more sore throats. I can simply be outdoors and enjoy it. ~ James Parker
So how does hypnosis actually teach the unconscious mind these new patterns of behavior?
In a session, I aim to do at least one of two things.
REFRAMING: First of all, help you perceive things in a different, more helpful way by reframing the meaning you give to it.
Phobias are a good example. When somebody has a phobia, their unconscious mind has labeled an object or situation as literally life-threatening.
Hypnosis can be used to reframe that object or situation in a more realistic way, as something that is safe or non-threatening.
Even physical conditions such as chronic pain can be reframed.
An experiment conducted by the University of Bangor achieved remarkable results with rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
Using self-hypnosis, the participants visualized their pain as a person, bringing them news that something was wrong. They were able to thank that person for the information, before sending them politely but firmly on their way. This technique brought about significant reduction in pain.
In effect, their pain had been reframed, from “permanent condition” to “message delivered – so no longer needed”.
Reframing takes place every time the unconscious receives and accepts new information through hypnosis.
Learning better ways to deal with stress, breaking a dependence on cigarettes or alcohol, developing the ability to speak to the opposite sex without blushing, even learning to relax more deeply – these are all reframes.
I literally help you create a different world, one in which the old ways of going about things no longer applies.
MENTAL REHEARSAL: The second hypnotic strategy is mental rehearsal of preferred behavior or a preferred future called future pacing.
Through the use of guided imagery, I help you re-create the preferred behavior in rich and vivid detail, so that you experience it in your imagination as if it were actually happening.
Somebody who is severely stressed at work, for example, may be future-paced through a typical day feeling calm and in control.
What happens is that the unconscious mind does not discriminate between “real” and “imagined” events – it produces exactly the same physical and emotional responses to each.
If you vividly imagine your favorite meal, for instance, you’ll probably start to salivate. In just the same way, building up a detailed mental picture of yourself acting or feeling better in a certain situation gives the unconscious mind a better template to refer to the next time it encounters that situation.
HARNESSING EXPECTATIONS: This process also harnesses expectation, a powerful force shaping human behavior.
We’re constantly trying to fulfill our expectations, good or bad. If you expect something to be stressful, it usually will be.
If you expect the same thing to be easily manageable, it will usually be that, too.
Setting up positive expectations about a situation or event creates a preferred-behavior shaped “hole”, which the unconscious mind seeks to fill with a preferred-behavior shaped “peg”, made up of the appropriate emotions, responses and behaviors.
It could be argued that all problems are unconscious problems, even those that arise from external events that seem to be beyond our control.
It is our reaction to these events, rather than the events themselves that is crucial.
Through hypnosis, you can learn better ways for your unconscious mind to react to any uncertainties and challenges that are part of your normal living.
Am I Hypnotizable?
The answer is “Yes”
You have been in hypnotic states your entire life whether you knew it or not. It is how you got to be who you are today.
For example, you reach a state of hypnosis when you remember a past event, mindlessly drive your car, get engrossed in a book, watch a good movie, listen to music, or daydream.
The only difference is that in my office, I purposefully lead you into a hypnotic state to help you get you what you want and to achieve your goals.
When you are in hypnosis, I NEVER take over control of your mind – it is more of a collaboration.
I’m like a Sherpa guide helping you hike in unfamiliar territory. Just like a guide, I suggest to you the steps to take to get YOU where you want to go.
I am very strong-willed. What if I can’t be hypnotized?
Being strong willed is an asset in hypnosis. You can use that strong will to get what you want faster than the average person.
Most of the time, when someone believes they cannot be hypnotized, that belief comes from a lack of knowledge of what hypnosis IS or a fear of loss of control.
Please read the next section to address that concern.
Is there any “mind control” by the hypnotherapist?
Absolutely not. In fact, hypnosis is a state of heightened awareness and self-control.
Study after study has shown that people in a trance state will NOT act at odds with their moral code.
You will be always be aware while in a trance state and my job as hypnotherapist is to ensure that every suggestion is congruent with what you want for yourself.
I always recommend to my clients that they change or fine tune anything I say so that it works best for them. Their feedback is key to my giving them exactly what they need for their issue.
The fact is you are more in control of your mind in hypnosis.
When you are going through your normal day, your mind is filled with distracting thoughts, multi-tasking and is going a million miles an hour trying to live in a world that moves at a breakneck speed.
The main thing to remember is that hypnosis is a collaborative process. In order for it to work, it relies on you joining in with it, rather than allowing it to be done to you.
What does hypnosis feel like?
It is different for everyone. I have some clients who say it feels no different than conversing with someone except their eyes are closed. Some say it is a deeply relaxing and calming.
One description a client shared was that it is like when you are awake in the morning in bed hearing everything around you, but your body doesn’t want to move.
Everyone responds differently and there is no “standard” way to feel.
How is Hypnotherapy different than a Hypnosis Stage Performance?
What most people do not realize is that stage hypnotist use techniques to identify the people in the audience who are willing to do the funny things they suggest.
The stage hypnotist tests for people who will go along with their suggestions and the people who fail the test get sent back to their seats.
In hypnotherapy, you are ALWAYS in control of everything you do and say. You can reject anything that is not inline with your values and beliefs.
What will happen during a session?
Plan on 1.5 to 2 hours for your sessions. The first half hour we discuss what you want to change in your life and you share any updates and successes.
Next, I will teach you some quick and simple methods and strategies that will support you in the changes you want to make. These include emotional mastery tools and a unique 1 minute self hypnosis tool.
The last hour or so will be spent doing relaxation, induction and hypnosis.
All my clients experience trance during their session, although for some clients hypnosis may not feel any different than your normal waking state of awareness.
During Hypnosis you will be communicating with your unconscious mind and that happens in many different ways.
You may be presented with a metaphor or a direct suggestion that will allow you to communicate with your unconscious mind. Your mind is much more receptive in this state.
It is a very enjoyable experience and you will leave your session feeling much better than when they arrived. Most people find it inspiring, emotionally fulfilling and transforming.
Hypnosis is not a substitute for medical care but can be used in conjunction with your medical care – not in place of it.
Does Hypnosis really work?
Yes! Hypnosis really works.
Hypnosis helps us gain control of responses that are normally controlled by unconscious mechanisms.
These responses can help increase motivation or decrease the power of addiction.
The powers of the conscious mind combined with the powers of the unconscious mind gives you a much greater capacity to accomplish your goals.
There are many scientifically designed studies that show the effectiveness of Hypnosis for control of pain, speedy recovery from surgery, weight loss, emotional issues, quitting smoking to name a few.
Hypnosis it is not a ‘magic pill’, but it could be of value in every situation. If you’d like more information about how hypnosis may help you in your particular situation, please contact me.
How long are sessions, and how much does a session cost?
Because these sessions are so in-depth, please plan on up to 2 hours. The cost per session is $175.
How many sessions will I need?
The techniques and methods are very targeted and so it is NOT long term therapy.
Most people only need on average 4 sessions for a specific issue, sometimes less. I recommend you plan on at least 2 sessions, particularly if you have not done hypnotherapy in the past.
Some people like the process so much they choose to continue and work on other things or simply use regular hypnosis sessions as an ongoing health and wellness program.
How long does hypnotherapy last?
Hypnosis always works when you are wanting to make changes. Lasting change depends on your desire and willingness to follow through on simple strategies.
I do not create dependents that need to see me for years. My clients learn self-hypnosis to keep the change that they create with my assistance forever.
Is Hypnosis Anti-Christian or Anti-Religious?
No, there are no major religions of the world that have a problem with Hypnosis. Even the Catholic Church officially recognized Hypnosis as “licit of licit purposes” according to the New Catholic Encyclopedia
Hypnotherapy supports both physical and emotional healing as well as creating positive change and personal growth.
Through the use of hypnotherapy, I will help you harness the power of your unconscious mind to work towards accelerated healing and change.
You may think that Hypnosis might not work for you, because you have a very unique problem. Don’t worry, because the process of Hypnosis can be adapted to your specific needs.
If you don’t find your situation addressed here feel free to contact me to discuss it.
I believe in your ability to grow, create lasting change and heal in ways that will allow you to live your life more fully.
Together, through the relaxing and empowering process of hypnotherapy, we can access your ability to create the changes that will support the life you want to live.
How Do I Set Up An Appointment?
If you’d like to have your most powerful ally, your unconscious mind working toward achieving your goals…call me at 425-691-8402 or contact me here.
I’d be happy to answer any questions that you might have so that you’ll be comfortable coming in for a session.