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Frequently Asked Questions
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.”
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. Your conscious mind protects you and is resistant to change.
Conversely, the subconscious is obedient and adaptable, and automatically responds to instruction. Hypnosis is a way to communicate directly with your subconscious, and easily create new habits and thought patterns.
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 with your daily tasks, not prioritizing your 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 stop doing it 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 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.
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 much 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.
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.