What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation, similar to meditation, where your subconscious mind becomes more accessible and suggestible, thus allowing new ideas to be introduced without the conscious mind acting as “gatekeeper.”
Hypnosis is the bridge between your conscious and subconscious mind. You may have a very clear vision of what you think you should be doing, but your behavior isn’t necessarily in alignment with those conscious thoughts. Hypnosis is a way to communicate with your subconscious mind, and bring it into alignment with your conscious desires.
Your conscious mind is the part that you have control over. It’s the critical, thinking part that can analyze information, develop strategy, and make decisions. It's the part that protects you, limits you, and is resistant to change.
The subconscious mind is obedient and non-judgmental, easily taking instruction and running with it. When we can bypass the critical aspects of the conscious mind and communicate directly with the subconscious, change can be swift and effortless.
How can hypnosis help me?
You’re probably able to identify at least one thing in your life that you’d like to change -- whether it’s smoking, out-of-control eating, feeling inferior in relationships, low self-esteem, feeling overwhelmed, needing more self-care, struggling with time-management, or anything else that’s challenging you. You may have tried to change these behaviors time and time again, but feel stuck and unable to improve. You may have even developed a negative story about your behavior: you lack will-power, you’re not good/smart/strong enough, you’re lazy, or you’re incompetent. These stories are your conscious mind trying to analyze and rationalize your behavior; after all, there must be a reason you can’t accomplish what you want to do.
Your subconscious mind is where the old patterns and stories are stored that are dictating your undesired behaviors -- and that’s the part we need to access in order to facilitate change. By calming or distracting the conscious mind, we can access the subconscious and suggest new patterns and new stories that will result in more productive behaviors.
For example, you may know that eating large amounts of chocolate right before bed isn’t serving you very well, but you don't know how to stop doing it. Rather than needing to figure out the reason and create a new habit using willpower, it’s possible to dismantle those old beliefs and replace them with a new story: the chocolate isn’t helping you, you’d rather find a more productive coping mechanism, or that you don’t even like chocolate that much and would be just as satisfied with a good book.
Hypnosis is a solution-oriented modality, so we will focus on your goals rather than dismantling your problems. Once I get a clear idea of your challenges, we will shift to identifying the ideal outcome and spend our time working toward that.
Will I be out of control when I’m hypnotized?
No. You’re always conscious and in total control of what’s happening. You may not even feel like it’s working, because you’re still awake and present with the process. Your participation and willingness are essential components of the process. The more relaxed and receptive you are, the more effective the treatments will be, but you’re always in the driver’s seat.
Can you fix my problems in just one session?
As with anything, the length of treatment depends on your history, how long you’ve been struggling with the specific issue, and your personality type. Many times, a short-lived, rather simple behavior change can be accomplished in a relatively brief treatment period, but other issues may take longer. Hypnosis is exciting and effective, but it’s not magic. We’re still working with the reality of changing deeply held, perhaps very old, beliefs and fears.
Although you will see results immediately, it can take more than one session to ensure lasting change. Just as you wouldn’t expect to be cured after one visit to the doctor or one therapy session, hypnosis can take time.
Hypnosis is a relaxing, pleasant experience, and you may find that having regular sessions can support your ongoing personal development. It’s a form of support that many people find very appealing.
What kind of people can be hypnotized?
You must be lucid, willing, and mentally present to be hypnotized. There’s no one personality type that is better than another, but the willingness of the client and ability to follow instruction are essential to success. I can’t hypnotize anyone who doesn’t want to participate, or isn’t able to participate because of some kind of impairment.
How long does it take?
The first appointment will be between 60-90 minutes, depending on the length of our discussion. Follow up appointments will be between 45-60 minutes.
How much does it cost?
The first session is $175, and follow-up sessions are $125.
My current coaching clients can receive hypnosis during their regular sessions if desired at no additional cost.
Can you do hypnosis remotely?
I prefer to see my hypnosis clients in person, but will consider doing Zoom or Facetime sessions if necessary.