Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
has been said that "If waking is white, and sleep is black, then
hypnosis is gray." Hypnosis is an ordinary, natural state of consciousness,
that we move in and out of, every day. Think of making your way
home and not noticing the last few blocks? How about losing track
of time and place while caught up in a great novel? And what about,
on a day off, that feeling when you wake at the normal work time,
and realizing that you don't have to be anywhere, you fall back
in the bedclothes and just feel a wonderful, dreamy feeling....not
completely awake, but not asleep either. That, also known as the
'hypnagogic' state, is hypnosis.
subconscious mind has been called 'the other 90% of the mind.' It
is the seat of our emotions, of imagination and dreaming; it's where
the involuntary functions of the body are regulated, such as circulation,
digestion, and cell regeneration. It is also the memory bank or
super-computer that stores and catalogues all of our experiences,
life long. In addition to this, the subconscious is the dynamo that
directs our energy, and maintains all habitual behaviors.
the state of hypnosis, we have the best ability to access our very
powerful subconscious mind. We can invite the mind to update old
mental programs, and as a result we can more easily make positive
changes in how we experience and live our lives.
Hypnotherapy is known as 'brief therapy', as it most often takes
a brief number of sessions to reach desired results. The number
of sessions needed to resolve an issue varies, according to the
individual and the type of concern. One may only require four or
five sessions' work for an issue to shift. The therapeutic use of
hypnosis is a process -- a systematic approach to changing or updating
out-of-date or unhelpful thoughts, belief systems or habitual behaviors
in the subconscious mind. There is no magic wand, or switch I can
switch to 'fix' you. It would be difficult for me to accept that
you are broken, in any case. I believe in economy, and with my experience
as a professional hypnotherapist, I am committed to seeing that
we begin with the least number of sessions necessary to affect the
change you want.
Hypnotherapists do not diagnose, prescribe or treat illness.