In addition to being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness characterized by focused concentration. This deeply relaxed state allows access to the highly suggestible subconscious mind and presents the perfect environment for change to occur.
One common misconception is that hypnosis is something that is done to you. You may have witnessed stage shows where the hypnotized person is asked to do silly embarrassing things. Typically, these subjects are going along with the show. In reality, hypnosis will not make you unconscious. You remain in control and will not do anything that you do not want to do.
Hypnotherapy is a very creative and collaborative process. Initially, you will discuss the issue that you want to work on and explore the various motivations and resistances that you are experiencing related to it. This information will help me to create a very personalized and powerful hypnosis session for you. You will then learn some techniques and tools to use on your own to aid in your healing and transformation. The next part involves the induction. The induction is the method used to put you in a deeply relaxed state. This will be tailored to fit your needs. Some people respond quickly and some need more time to reach a subconscious state. Once there, you will have the opportunity to work on your issue while in a deeply relaxed state without the interference of your analytical mind. I will then make a CD for you that you will be able to listen to on your own to continue to support you on your journey.
Hypnotherapy can be incorporated into the therapeutic process or it can also be used alone to help with issues such as: healing, pain management, anxiety, insomnia, phobias, test anxiety, habit control, eating problems, writer’s block, addictions, stress management, and medical issues such as IBS (I follow Palsson’s Standardized 7 Session Protocol for IBS Hypnosis).