Hypnosis H y p n o s i s    
What is hypnosis?   Will I do things I don't want to?
How does hypnosis work?   Does hypnosis conflict with religion?
Can everyone benefit from hypnosis?   What can hypnosis help me with?
Will I be asleep?   What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?
Can I become “stuck” in hypnosis?   What is EFT?

Will I reveal personal secrets?


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What is hypnosis?

HypnosisHypnosis is often defined as “a state of mental and physical relaxation accompanied by a highly focused awareness”, or an “altered state of consciousness that allows one to bypass the critical factor of the conscious mind in order to reach the subconscious mind directly”.  Some say that “all hypnosis is self-hypnosis”, and the hypnotherapist merely acts as a guide for the client.  These descriptions are just three different ways of thinking about hypnosis, and there is no universally accepted definition.  In truth, hypnosis is actually a very normal state of mind not unlike the experience of driving on the freeway and missing your exit because your conscious mind was otherwise occupied.

It’s been understood for centuries that our mind has both a conscious and a subconscious component.  We tend to describe our conscious mind as the part that does the “thinking”, while our subconscious mind is directing numerous other functions automatically.  When asked to think about it, most people agree that they can only consciously hold onto one thought at a time, and then not for very long because our mind tends to automatically move on to the next thought. Take a moment to consider how many different things your subconscious mind is automatically controlling in order for you to drive your car safely through traffic while your conscious mind is distracted because you’re either in deep thought about something, talking on your cell phone, or enjoying your favorite song playing on the radio.

Hypnosis allows us to communicate with the subconscious mind, the part of the mind that directs the way people automatically feel, think and act.  Hypnosis has proven to be the most effective way to access the subconscious mind, and can be used to resolve conflicts between various parts of the mind and mobilize the mind’s inner resources so that the desired change takes place.  From changing long-standing habits, to changing emotional responses to situations, or designing and moving towards the life of your dreams, hypnosis can help. Our clients find hypnosis to be a relaxing and pleasant way to “tune up” their minds and move more easily towards their goals.

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How does hypnosis work? 

Put simply, hypnosis works by communicating with the subconscious mind, the part of the mind that directs the way we automatically feel, think and act.  The key, however, is to communicate with the subconscious mind in ways that it understands and responds to.  HypnosisMany of the techniques that we use were developed by Jon Connelly, Phd, LCSW. During his thirty years of clinical practice, Dr. Connelly has developed what he describes as an “active, dynamic form of clinical hypnosis that causes the subconscious mind to become responsive to what the person wants”. Using these techniques we work in partnership with the client to develop “activators” that compel the desired response from the inner mind. Dr. Connelly describes it this way: “If we put blue dye into a glass of water the dye compels the water to become blue.  Clinical hypnosis puts what is desired into the subconscious mind compelling positive change.  With these processes success does not depend on strength, courage or willpower.   Instead, perspective is changed, internal conflict is resolved, and the inner mind’s resources are mobilized.  People reach their desired goals as advanced hypnotic processes tune and harmonize the mind so all aspects work together”.

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Can everyone benefit from hypnosis?

Yes.  Hypnosis has enabled hundreds of thousands of people to make changes in the workings of their inner minds and dramatically improve the quality of their lives.  Hypnosis is actually a very normal state of mind not unlike driving on the freeway and missing your exit or becoming so caught up in a movie or television show that you actually shed a tear when something sad happens.

Another question we're often asked is if children can benefit from hypnosis. Absolutely!  From helping to improve academic or sports performance, enhancing confidence or self-image, moving past fears or traumas, dropping bad habits, or any other application, children can benefit tremendously.  In fact, since one of the keys to "getting into" hypnosis is being able to "go along with the story" children often see improvements more rapidly than adults because of their natural creativity and wonderful imaginations.

The potential medical benefits of hypnosis are intriguing…

Scientific research has documented the benefits of hypnosis again and again. Below are some summaries of their studies.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A British study of 18 adults with IBS published in The Lancet found that hypnosis "strikingly" reduced colonic motility, thus decreasing diarrhea and cramping (July 11, 1992).

Erectile dysfunction. In a controlled study of 79 men with impotence from no known organic cause, only hypnosis proved more effective than a placebo, boosting sexual function by 80 percent (British Journal of Urology, February 1996)

Preparing for surgery. A controlled study of 32 coronary bypass patients showed that those taught self-hypnosis pre-operatively were more relaxed after surgery and had less need for pain medication (Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, February 1997).

Pain. A review panel appointed by the National Institutes of Health found "strong evidence" for the use of hypnosis in alleviating pain associated with cancer (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 24-31, 1996).

Other studies have found that patients who received cognitive behavioral therapy plus hypnosis for disorders such as obesity, insomnia, anxiety and hypertension showed greater improvement than 70% of the patients who received psychotherapy alone. Hypnotherapy has also proven effective in treating dermatological conditions, gastrointestinal conditions and cardiovascular problems.

Since it is completely safe and there are no negative side effects it makes sense to benefit from clinical hypnosis if you are dealing with any medical condition. 

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Will I be asleep?

HypnosisNo.  In fact, most clients report that they remain aware of everything that occurs during a session.  Although the words “relax”, “deeper” or “in” may be used, and your mind may wander, you won’t be asleep.  Your mind will hear everything that is being said and there is no loss of consciousness or control.

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Can I become “stuck” in hypnosis?

No. Do you become “stuck” when absorbed in a good book or a movie?  Likewise you cannot become “stuck” in hypnosis.

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Will I reveal personal secrets?

No. You will not disclose or reveal anything that you do not wish to.

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Will I do things I don’t want to or be totally under your control? (Like people in stage shows)

No.  Hypnosis is the only healing art that is used as entertainment, and this has led to many misconceptions. A good stage hypnotist is similar to a magician because both are using the art of illusion. Like a casting director for a movie the stage hypnotist asks for a group of volunteers, and proceeds to eliminate all but the few who can vividly imagine and act on the “script” as if what is written is real. 
Like talented actors the participants allow themselves to become so absorbed in their “roles” that they experience them as real. Because of this the audience members confuse what is really cooperation with control over the subject’s mind.  But it is an illusion.  In hypnosis you cannot be made to do or say anything against your will, or anything that conflicts with your personal values, morals or ethics.  Hypnosis has nothing to do with losing control, and is a rapid and efficient method of bringing about desired behavioral change.

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Does the practice of Hypnosis conflict with religion?

No.  Hypnosis is a normal state of mind that everyone enters on a daily basis. If anything, Hypnosis can be used to help us to become better people.  Imagine that you could eliminate all the negativity inside you right now. Wouldn’t you feel more at peace with yourself and the world? We believe that Hypnosis is a gift that was given to us to help us improve the way we live.

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What can hypnosis help me with?

HypnosisWeight Loss, Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence, Positive Attitude, Motivation, Relationship Enhancement, Goal and Success Achievement, Releasing Fears and Phobias, Habit Control (Stop Smoking, Nail Biting, etc.), Insomnia, Depression, Improving Academic and Sports Performance, Stress Reduction, Pain Management, Mind-Body Healing, Releasing Negative Emotions (Anger, Guilt, Sadness, Fear), Spiritual Growth, Self-Hypnosis, and more…

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What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?

NLP is a unique model of how people learn, motivate themselves, and change their behaviors to achieve excellence in any endeavor. The developers drew from the disciplines of Linguistics, Psychology, Neuro-Psychology, Cybernetics, and Information Sciences to create a technology that puts precise management of our mental processes in our own control. NLP establishes a system of empowering beliefs and presuppositions about what human beings are, what communication is, and what the process of change is all about. NLP is about self-discovery, exploring our identity and our mission.  Because NLP reveals the structure of behavior, communication and language it can be used to “model” or reproduce any form of high-quality performance in human behavior.Hypnosis

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What is the Emotional Freedom Technique?

EFT is a technique developed by Dr. Roger Callahan, and refined by his students Gary Craig and Adrienne Fowlie.  Dr. Joseph Mercola describes EFT as “a form of psychological acupressure based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles.  Instead, simply tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy into specific meridians on the head, chest, and hand while you think about your specific problem (whether it is a traumatic event, phobia, addiction, pain, etc) and voice positive affirmations.” Since EFT is so simple and effective, we not only use it with our clients, but teach them how to use it as well.

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What is Light and Sound Therapy?

HypnosisPulsating light and/or sound patterns have been used for thousands of years in almost all cultures to evoke emotional responses, from exciting a crowd to assisting in meditation to encouraging sleep. When using a light and sound system you close your eyes, put on the headphones and the glasses, listen to the pulsating sound, and watch the flickering lights through your eyelids.  By replacing the mind’s normal auditory and visual stimulation with very simple, rhythmic stimulation, the basic rhythms of the mental processes change in response.  Light and Sound systems are used as tools by many professional therapists, and can be used safely by untrained individuals for relaxation, learning enhancement, meditation tools and many other purposes.

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