Hypnotherapy is a type of alternative therapy where I use hypnosis to bring you into a state of trance, focused attention and heightened suggestibility. In this state, I then use repeated positive suggestions and induced mental imagery to help you deal with many concerns and issues.
Oops, it’s out! This word… HYPNOSIS! There are many myths and misconceptions about what actually happens during hypnosis and these have been deepened by “stage hypnotism”. An example of this: you think of people cackling on a stage when you hear this word – Hypnosis, right?
Now, let me address these myths by explaining some of the basics. Hypnosis is primarily a relaxation technique. Using a gentle soft voice and visualization techniques (your imagination), I create a state of mind similar to a deep day dream, like the feeling you get as you drift off to sleep. This is a perfectly natural state of mind and is very easy to achieve.
We are in a state of hypnosis many times a day. Have you ever missed a freeway exit because you were lost in thought? Natural hypnosis. Have you ever read a good few pages of a book and not remembered a word because you were daydreaming? Natural hypnosis. Have you ever washed the entire sink while planning tomorrow’s shopping? Natural hypnosis.
Anyone can be hypnotized because it is about “focusing the mind” and practice. We are in hypnosis every day in one form or another, as you are now, not aware of the environment as you focus on what you are reading here.
As with any therapy, there is the issue of trust. Of course, you will have to trust your therapist. The main obstacles for those entering hypnosis are the fear of being under the control of the hypnotherapist, the fear of having their secrets revealed, and the fear of not waking up from hypnosis.
What these people don’t know is that the hypnotherapist can make suggestions, but they in turn can freely choose to accept or reject them. You won’t do anything you don’t think is acceptable. And the trance state can be ended by you at any time. The confidentiality of the client is always protected. And there is no such thing as not waking up from hypnosis. If anything is going to happen, it’s that you’ll wake up more alert and refreshed, just like you would after a restful sleep.
There are more detailed answers to your possible hypnotherapy questions in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
I use customized hypnotherapy scripts together with various techniques such as Parts Therapy, EmoTrance or Body Map for a wide range of problems, from nail-biting to insomnia, from sports performance to anxiety relief, from smoking cessation to weight loss, from pain management to overcoming fears or phobias.
As your body relaxes in a hypnosis session, your Conscious Mind drifts off to the background bringing forward your Subconscious Mind. This is where your old beliefs are stored. Which old beliefs? “I can’t quit smoking.” “I’m afraid of water.” “I’m not good/smart/kind enough.” Those old beliefs. That are not even yours, believe it or not. They were recorded in your Subconscious through repetition, usually at a very early age, when the rational filters of the conscious mind did not exist. And now you can choose to replace them.
During hypnosis, your Subconscious Mind is more alert and receptive to powerful new suggestions, therefore being able to change those old beliefs. These new suggestions are loaded directly into your subconscious mind, allowing you to take control and change your life.
Remember: all healing comes from you.