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    Hypnotherapy is an educational and self-improvement process that facilitates access to a person's internal resources to assist in solving problems, increasing motivation, or altering behavior patterns to create positive change. Simply, it is learning to use the power of your own subconscious mind to achieve your goals. It has been used effectively for centuries and is recognized today as an important adjunct for medical and mind-body issues.  The powerful techniques of hypnosis make it easy for you to succeed and evolve to your next level. Through hypnosis, you discover important keys to your hidden potential.  You experience surprising ease and joy in your life.  You find struggles and challenges simply fall away, like clothes you have outgrown. You take positive steps toward creating the life you desire and deserve.  And it is all done with the power of your own subconscious mind.

   What is hypnotherapy? 
   Why use hypnotherapy?
   What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?
   What are some uses for hypnotherapy?
   What does hypnosis feel like?
   Is it safe?
   Is it effective?
   What are hypnotherapy sessions like?
   What is self hypnosis?
   Is there any research to support hypnotherapy?

What is Hypnotherapy?

    Hypnosis is a relaxed state of focused attention into which you can naturally shift. In this state, you experience deep relaxation of the body and conscious mind. This allows access to deeper parts of yourself than are normally available. While in hypnosis, you gain clarity, insight, and a profound connection with yourself. By using these naturally occurring states, you harness your powerful subconscious mind to achieve your goals, better understand your habits, behaviors, and emotions, and expand your physical well-being. This allows a balancing of body, mind and spirit to create a happier, more satisfying, and peaceful life.  return

Why use Hypnotherapy?

    Research has shown that hypnosis is an excellent complement to medical treatment. Hypnosis, a technique practiced for thousands of years, was approved by American Medical Association as a viable healthcare practice in 1958 because it accesses the power of the subconscious mind to achieve a desired and specific outcome. A suggestion given during hypnosis is much stronger then a command given in a conscious state. Furthermore, a person’s consistent and reoccurring positive reaction to a suggestion while in hypnosis can actually change their behavior and become a permanent habit.  return

What are the Benefits of Hypnotherapy?

     Hypnosis can be used to further any human endeavor. With hypnosis you can:
        • Develop and express awareness and intuition.
        • Feel self-worth, confident, and a zest for life.
        • Gain a happier home life; become a better husband, wife, parent, or friend.
        • Acquire the ability to relax completely in any situation.
        • Make better decisions.
        • Improve concentration.
        • Overcome procrastination.
        • Increase the quality of your emotional expression.
        • Reduce conflict and stress.
        • Promote health and well-being.
        • Regain your natural ability to sleep easily.
        • Sell yourself, your ideas, and your services with confidence and enthusiasm.
        • Increase your income.
        • Attract and maintain worthwhile friendships.
        • Discover your negative mental patterns and how they affect you and change them.
        • Free yourself from hostility, resentment, and fear of rejection.
        • Select your goals in life and chart your course for their realization.
        • Program your mind with positive mental concepts and success attitudes.
        • Develop the ability to construct mental images easily.
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What are Some uses for Hypnotherapy?

    Learn natural anesthesia Overcome phobias, anxiety and fear
    Accelerate healing Overcome stage fright
    Improve health Stop negative self-thoughts
    Prepare for surgery Remove mental blocks to prosperity
    End chronic pain End bad habits
    Loose Weight Experience a calmer, more comfortable childbirth
    Improve self-esteem Get motivated
    Improve relationships Re-discover happiness
    Improve your game Gain personal spiritual insight
    Get better grades Release/ understand your past
    Improve speech Reverse trauma
    Understand your dreams Stop Smoking

This is a list of some of the more common uses for hypnotherapy. Since hypnotherapy assists you in using the power of your own subconscious mind, the possibilities are as infinite as the mind!  return

What does Hypnosis Feel Like?

     Since the hypnotic state is such a natural state, many people may not notice a difference in how they feel during hypnosis. For instance, have you ever been so absorbed in something that you lost track of time? That is a light trance state which we go into naturally every day. It is all that is necessary for successful hypnotherapy. A deeper trance feels similar to the state that occurs just before drifting off to sleep. During hypnosis, you often experience a deep sense of relaxation of your body and mind. During this time your body may feel very heavy like it is sinking into the chair or very light like it is floating or you may lose conscious awareness of your body. You may remain aware of the noises and activities around you but they do not disturb your tranquility. You have heightened attention, imagination and receptivity. It allows you to experience feelings, thoughts, images, and memories with more clarity and absorption.  return

Is it Safe?

    The way hypnosis is portrayed in television, movies and stage hypnotism create misconceptions about what hypnotherapy really is. The media’s portrayal of hypnosis is often sensationalized for the purposes of entertainment. Individuals who participate in stage hypnotism are doing so because they want to be part of the show. Hypnotherapy is merely a tool that you can learn and use to access your powerful subconscious mind. One cannot be hypnotized against his or her will because entering a trance requires a willing participation and intention. You are always in complete control. An individual can choose to come out of the hypnotic state at any time simply by making the choice and opening his or her eyes.  return

Is it Effective?

     Decades of research have proven the effectiveness of hypnosis. The efficacy of hypnosis is recognized by:

    The American Psychological Association
    The American Psychiatric Association
    The American Medical Association
    The American Dental Association
    The British Medical Association
    The Mayo Clinic
    Blue Shield
    Stanford University Medical Center
    National Institute of Health
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What are Hypnotherapy Sessions Like?

     I use a client-centered approach which is tailored to the individual’s goals, preferences and beliefs. The client actively participates in the direction of the session. This allows the client’s innate wisdom to unfold and self-healing to occur.

Consultation Session

     The consultation session is a free 15-20 minute session during which you learn about hypnosis, how hypnosis works with the mind and the benefits of using hypnosis.  Your first session can follow the consultation.

    If your issue is medical, you will ask your physician’s approval to use hypnosis in addition to medical treatment.

A Typical Session

     Sessions begin with a detailed interview so that I can fully understand your goals. Getting to know you  is essential for tailoring suggestions to your needs and your goals. 

     As the hypnosis work begins, I gently guide you on a relaxing journey to a safe place within. This can be somewhere you have been or an imaginary place. This starting point allows you to relax into the process, knowing you can return to this safe place at any time. The body of the hypnosis work depends entirely upon the goals for the session. 

     The initial session is typically 60-90 minutes. Additional sessions are usually 45-75 minutes. The number of sessions is determined by what you want to accomplish.  
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What is Self-Hypnosis?

     In a sense, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Even when a hypnotherapist is directing the process, the client’s intention and focus are what make the hypnosis state possible. There are many ways to practice hypnosis on your own. It can be as simple as following the rhythm of your breath until you are very relaxed.   Here is a simple exercise to give you an experience with self-hypnosis.

     1.  Sit in a comfortable chair where you will not be disturbed.

     2.  Find a spot on the ceiling at which to stare.  Open your eyes very wide, breathe in deeply, exhale slowly and say “Relax”.  Keep your eyes wide open.  Repeat this twice more noticing that with each breath your eyelids grow more heavy and tired, wanting to close.  On the third exhalation, let your eyes close and notice how relaxed you feel.

     3.  Repeat a short phrase at least three times.   (Example:  “More and more, I am comfortably relaxed.” or “More and more now, I feel calm and peaceful”.)

     4.  Enjoy this peaceful experience for a moment.  When you are ready, slowly count from 1 to 3.  On 3, open your eyes, take a deep breath and smile.
Now notice how relaxed and focused you feel.  Relaxation feels great and is very important for your well-being. Hypnosis teaches you how to relax at will. 
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Is there any Research to Support Hypnotherapy?

     “A substantial body of research demonstrates the efficacy of hypnosis as part of the integrative treatment of many conditions that traditional medicine has found difficult to treat.”
-50 Years of Hypnosis in Medicine and Clinical Health Psychology American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 2008

    “A growing body of research supports the ancient practice as an effective tool in the treatment of a variety of problems, from anxiety to chronic pain”. 
-Altered States: Hypnosis Can Help with Problems from Anxiety to Pain: How it Works, and What it Does in the Brain, Newsweek, 2004

    “This relatively simple and inexpensive psychological intervention has applications both to a range of immune disorders and for promoting health in the population at large.”
-Hypnosis from a Neurobiological Perspective: A Review of Evidence and Applications to Improve Immune Function, Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, 1999

    “Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions.”
-Hypnosis and Clinical Pain, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2003

    “ Hypnosis has been used in the treatment of pain; depression; anxiety and phobias; stress; habit disorders; gastro-intestinal disorders; skin conditions; post-surgical recovery; relief from nausea and vomiting; childbirth; treatment of hemophilia; and many other conditions.”
-Hypnosis Today – Looking Beyond the Media Portrayal, American Psychological Association, 2008

    “A study led by Dr. Gary Elkins from the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University found that women receiving weekly hypnosis treatments reported fewer and less severe hot flashes than women who didn’t receive the treatments. Hypnosis also improved sleep and reduced anxiety and depression according to participants self reports.”
-Journal of Clinical Oncology Sept 2008
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Hypnotherapy, Ortho-Bionomy and Directional Healing are not the practice of medicine, psychology or psychiatry, and are not intended to be a replacement for diagnosis or treatment of any complaint or ailment. Individuals should seek appropriate medical or professional intervention as needed. The contents of this website are for educational purposes only.