Hypnosis is the ability to put a person in a mental state feeling uninhibited and relaxed. It is within this state that a person can be highly susceptible to changing perspectives, thoughts, feelings, behaviors and actions. The neurological reasons behind the changes are unknown but the effects have been documented and used in many studies.
With the help of a trained professional, hypnosis can help with;
treatment of pain
some psychological disorders
getting rid of unwanted habits
creating positive thoughts
change in feelings and thoughts
Hypnosis is said to have the capacity to work on unconscious levels within, allowing for deep levels of change to occur without traditional talk therapies. Some people claim to be healed through hypnosis alone. For others, hypnosis works best in combination with other support to enhance and bring about change in ways that feel right to the individual. For example, working with a life coach, counselor or physician can help a person sustain change and support neurological reprogramming. What is needed depends on the individual.
1 hour session - $195.00
Set of 4 sessions - $740.00
How Hypnosis Works
First and foremost, it is important to know that Hypnosis does work. It has been researched for decades and several clinical trials have shown that it can make a difference in a variety of conditions.
There are two parts of our thinking. One is called controlled and the other is automatic.
"Controlled processing (conscious mind) requires us to pay attention and deliberately put in effort. Controlled processing is intentionally done while we are consciously aware of what we are doing. In other words, we actually have to think about what is going on and make decisions. We are in 'control' of these processes. For example, when we first learned how to ride a bike, we had to pay attention to what we were doing. We had to be consciously aware of where the brakes were, where the pedals are located, how to stop, how to steer the bike, etc. We purposefully paid attention to all of these things, and we put forth the effort to learn how to ride a bike. Some other examples of controlled processing include the first time a person drives a car, writing a letter to a friend, and answering interview questions.
Automatic processing (or unconscious mind) does not require us to pay attention, nor do we have to deliberately put in effort to control automatic processes. Automatic processing occurs without us giving much thought to it. If we practice something long enough, it becomes automatic. For example, as an experienced bike rider, you may be able to do many bike-riding tasks (i.e. shifting the gears of the bike, braking, and steering) automatically without giving it much thought. You can steer, brake, react to cars on the road, and change speeds because all of the years of practice have made it possible for you to do these things automatically without being consciously aware of what you are doing. Some other examples of automatic processing include playing the piano, walking, and singing a song you are familiar with." - study.com
Your automatic processing is called your autonomic system and it is where synapses have wired together to make a process faster for you. It also allows your brain to go into resting states so certain channels turn off or are made less relevant.
This is a great system as long as the system is set up to help you. However, sometimes due to nature or nurture influences, probably both, the brain wires together creating the automatic processing system to feel depressed, unable to accomplish tasks, anxiety, overeating or maybe drinking or smoking to the point where it is a bad habit. There are many issues that can arise from what is suppose to be a helpful system. So, we know this system was built to help us, but it can also cause harm. So, we need to learn how to use the system and then how to change it! Sounds easy, but it is not..
The beauty is many things are malleable so we can learn new ways of being. To be very honest, there are many people who say or believe hypnosis changes the brain patterning after one session however I believe it usually takes more effort than one session of hypnosis to do that. However, hypnosis is a way that powerfully helps us change our perceptions of reality because it works within the autonomic processing or unconscious mind, which is the seat of most of our problems and also the place where we can find solutions.
Hypnosis is when a person enters into a very relaxed state and the brain goes into Theda waves. When we are in this relaxed almost dream-like space our mind becomes more open to suggestions. Meaning, we are inside the automatic processing system and we have the opportunity to adjust how the brain or thinking is operating. This process can not be done simply by the instructor telling the person to change. The client needs to feel deeply and explore what is there for them. The client needs to enter into their own place of imagination in order to find their truth.
Do not be fooled by the term imagination. We need to use this method, just like dreams do, to help us come to resolutions. Imagination is the field that the person creates in order to play with ideas such as, why am I afraid of driving on freeways? Why do I overthink things? Why do I always shame myself or others?, and then decide for themselves if they want to think of a new way of being or thinking. The hypnotherapist guides them there and through things.
Most of the time hypnosis works best when it is accompanied by one-to-one therapeutic sessions. Releasing trauma from the body, creating new ways of thinking, making plans for how this can be sustained, and making the new pathway stronger is a delicate process. Change comes about as a result from many factors.
"Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention, and, even though it is 100% natural and normal, it remains one of the most fascinating phenomena of the human mind. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change. Hypnosis, called by different names in different cultures and times, has been recognized for thousands of years and used for many purposes."
North Carolina Society of Clinical Hypnosis (2013)