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Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is simply a relaxed, meditative state of mind.  Have you ever driven home and realized you don't remember the drive?  Have you ever been lost in thought or told you look a million miles away?  This is the hypnotic state and we each slip in and out of it throughout each day.



The Beta brainwave is the state of alert wakefulness
 
 
The Alpha and Theta brainwaves are states of relaxation and meditation
 
 
 
 
The Delta brainwave is the state of sleep
 
 
What is Hypnotherapy?
 
Hypnotherapy is the technique of inducing hypnosis through relaxation and then focusing thoughts to achieve a heightened state of awareness in the subconscious mind.  The subconscious mind is where events, experiences, beliefs, emotions and habits are stored.  By accessing the subconscious mind  negative thoughts, beliefs and habits can be transformed into positive ones, healing many issues and behaviors in just a few visits, much quicker than traditional talk therapy.  
 
Myths and Misconceptions
 
Myth #1: A person may get "stuck" in the hypnotic state.
    •      Fact: The hypnotic state can be terminated at will.  It is as simple as opening your eyes.
Myth #2: Many people cannot be hypnotized
    •      Fact: 90% of all people can be hypnotized.  Those who "can't" subconsciously don't want to be hypnotized.
.Myth #3: Only the gullible or weak-minded can be hypnotized
    •      Fact: It takes imagination and a willingness to cooperate and take suggestions.  The more intelligent and imaginative you are, the easier it is to induce hypnosis.

You are unique and you need an approach tailored to your exclusive needs.  It’s why pre-packaged, made-for -anybody hypnosis sessions don’t often work.  You are an individual with an individual history of experiences and emotions, which must be addressed specifically to your needs.
 
 
Programming
Hypnosis is an excellent tool for re-learning.  The subconscious mind learns and re-learns by repetition.  After an extensive intake to determine what you are thinking that is not working for you, together we develop the messages you want to think.  I relax you to a hypnotic state, and speak those messages directly to your subconscious mind.  I make a recording of this session so you can take it home and listen to it daily, further enhancing and supporting the learning and re-learning of your subconscious mind.
 
Parts Therapy
“Parts” is a convenient way of talking about the experience we all have when our mind is divided in conflict.  The word “part” refers to a certain set of feelings or behaviors we have, that represent a “part” of us but not all of us.  Maybe you want to do one thing, but you are not sure, and you possibly want to do something else.  For example a part of you wants to commit to a relationship and another part of you knows it’s an unhealthy choice. That can sometimes create internal conflict.  In the hypnotic state, we dialog with the conflicting parts, validate them, understand their motivation and then transform their behavior to work together and mitigate the conflict.  The process often feels like negotiation and clients walk away with an incredible feeling of empowerment and clarity to make the best choice. 
 
Regression
Every experience is stored in the subconscious mind and has the potential to shape in part or whole our perceptions and responses to our world.  Memories of past events and exchanges are stored in your mind similar to how data is stored on your computer’s hard drive— every data bit cataloged several layers deep in subdirectories, directories and on standby for immediate recall in the appropriate (or sometimes inappropriate) situation.  The problem is, we often do not recall storing the data bits in the first place, much less the programs they run on our hard drive. Rather, we just suffer the effects of the program running. Regression is like exploring the directories to isolate the initial sensitizing events or relationships and dissolve the negative emotions and limiting beliefs connected to them. Most of the time, this exploration takes us back to childhood events. Sometimes it takes us back to birth, and even (if you are open to the idea) back to a previous life. Whether real or metaphor, this exploration during hypnosis allows a client the freedom to see events again, reframe the beliefs and negative emotions associated with it and associate more positive and empowering emotions moving forward. The happy result is a transformed physical and emotional sensation associated with “yesterday” and transformed behavior “today.”
 
Breathwork
Breathwork consists of intervals of deep breathing cycles designed to connect with and release emotion stored throughout the body, and to connect negative emotion to it's root cause.   Breathwork safely floods the brain with healthy oxygen, which allows the subconscious mind to access thoughts, pains, memories and feelings that have been blocked by the conscious mind.   It allows them to come to the surface to be released, cleared or resolved. This technique often helps the more analytical client get out of their head and connect with emotion.  It can be used alone, or as a powerful precursor to regression work
 
Guided Imagery and Virtual Protocols
The subconscious mind cannot distinguish between an actual memory and an imagined one.  If you were to hear a story in the first person and use your imagination to visualize it, your subconscious mind would not distinguish between the story as you pictured it and a "real" event.  It is on this basis that Guided Imagery can create an imagined event that your subconscious mind believes is real.  The best example of this is the Virtual Gastric ByPass Protocol for weight loss. In a hypnotic state, I use imagery to guide you through a gastric bypass procedure; your conscious mind knows you did not have the surgery but your subconscious mind believes you have and will respond accordingly so you eat less, the same way you would if you had had the actual surgery.
 
NLP NEURO=LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING
NLP is a set of verbal techniques that allows us to use the connection between the neurological processes ("neuro"), language ("linguistic") and behavioral patterns learned through experience ("programming"). NLP targets changes in thinking, behavior and perspective of past memories and how the patterns from those past events are playing out in the current issue. The goal is to change how the brain views the situation, so the client can experience different and improved physiological and psychological associations and achieve the desired outcome.  It is not necessary to be in a hypnotic state for NLP.