The following is a more detailed explanation of some aspects of therapeutic hypnosis, and my services as they relate to the use of hypnosis. It is difficult to explain hypnosis with 100% accuracy because it is a subjective experiential phenomenon, so experiences differ from person to person.
Again, I encourage you to leave your expectations behind before working with me, except for the expectation that you will have marvelous success and make great progress toward your goal.
With that being said...
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
A natural process of awareness in which the mind becomes entrained to a specific idea or image. When used therapeutically, hypnosis allows you to enter the trance state, which is essentially meditation. While in trance, often the most noticeable experience is profound relaxation of body and mind. The aspect of the conscious mind called the critical factor is relaxed, giving the co-hypnotist (you) direct access to your subconscious mind. This bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind allows the hypnotist and co-hypnotist to plant deep seeds of positivity which, through positive action, grow into healthier beliefs about yourself and the world.
A skill that can be practiced. My goal as a hypnotist is to teach you this skill so you can hone it through regular practice. Ultimately, you will no longer see me because you will become your own self-hypnotist.
Empowering. While in trance, you become more aware of your own mind and body, and so your own thoughts, emotions, and feelings. This awareness becomes stronger and more acute as you continue to practice hypnosis, and results in more conscious choices and behaviors. In effect, you become more confident in yourself and gain more control over your mind and your life.
Hypnosis is not...
Mind control. The co-hypnotist remains in control always, and can come out of trance at any moment by choice. Hypnosis gives you more control over your thoughts, body sensations, and behaviors. Hypnosis is not "mind control", but control of one's own mind.
Magic. Although what some people can achieve with hypnosis may seem magical or otherworldly, hypnosis operates purely within the laws of this universe. Hypnosis does not "just work" like the wave of a magic wand. You must have a desire to change and make positive actions toward the desired goal in order to see positive results.
Sleep. Although someone in trance, especially deep trance, may appear to be unconscious, hypnosis is a completely conscious practice. When in trance, you become more aware of your experience. Sometimes, however, one can become so relaxed that she falls asleep. When this happens, hypnosis ends, and she can awaken normally.
Unnatural. Hypnosis is a completely natural process of awareness, and most people have already experienced hypnosis unintentionally. Have you ever driven a long distance and suddenly realized that you don't quite remember the last five minutes? This is a phenomenon called "highway hypnosis". Or, have you ever been so absorbed in a solo activity — like reading a book or crafting — that you don't hear when someone calls your name? You were hypnotized!
Hypnosis has infinite applications. If you have a feasible goal in mind, whatever it is, hypnosis can help you achieve that goal. Here are just a few: I want higher self-esteem. I want to reduce my stress. I want to get a full night's sleep. I want to understand my dreams. I want to play a better golf game. I want to quit smoking. I want to eat healthier. I want to lose weight. I want to gain weight. I want to treat my kids better. I want greater focus. I want to lessen my pain. I want to overcome my fear of heights. I want a quick recovery after my surgery. I want peace of mind. I want to be happy.
Hypnosis works on the belief level. Often, we know exactly what we want or need, and sometimes we know exactly what we must do to achieve it... yet it is difficult, maybe seemingly impossible to get there. But this is not true! If your goal is feasible, what may be blocking you are limiting beliefs you hold about yourself and the world around you. Many of these beliefs are unconscious and affect your behavior without your knowing. Hypnosis allows you to see these harmful beliefs, and transform them into healthy beliefs.
Hypnotism is complementary healthcare. Although it is often labeled as "alternative", modern hypnotism is not intended to replace the work and expertise of trained medical and mental health professionals. Instead, hypnotists work in conjunction with other healthcare professionals and treat conditions that are otherwise unresponsive to more traditional western techniques, such as psychosomatic symptoms and chronic pain.
Hypnosis is time-tested. Humans have been practicing what we call hypnosis for thousands of years, in all parts of the world. For as long as humans have been aware, natural altered states of awareness have been accessible, whether such states were used to commune with tribal gods, perform shamanic soul retrievals, or enhance the healing powers of the human mind.
Hypnosis is available anytime, anywhere, at will. Hypnosis is an innate ability of all human beings. With enough practice, the hypnotic state can be accessed in seconds. In any free moment, you can use self-hypnosis for deep relaxation, planting therapeutic suggestions, tending to discomfort, and any other feasible application.
Hypnotism is empowering. The hypnotic relationship is educational as well as healing. My ultimate goal as a hypnotist is to teach you the skill of hypnosis so that you can become an effective self-practitioner. During our time working together, you are the co-hypnotist, which means that we are equals within the therapeutic space. You are your own expert. My duty is to facilitate your hypnotic state so that you can access your inner knowledge. Through this process, you come to understand the true power of your own mind.