Your first visit will last 60-75 minutes, and will begin with an interview and intake process. We will explore your concerns, both physical and emotional, and clarify your intentions and goals. We may then warm you up to the hypnosis process using some preliminary techniques. Finally, you will relax and allow yourself to be induced into the state of hypnosis, where inner transformation and healing will begin to take place. You may be also be given some tools for self hypnosis to work on while at home. We will close with an action plan of your personal work and successive sessions, and possibly incorporate other supportive therapies.
Follow Up sessions
You are encouraged to return for consecutive sessions in order to fully receive the benefits of this type of therapy. A standard plan for effective results with hypnosis is a series of 4 sessions. These sessions will last 45- 60 minutes, and will continue with the previously established work.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis works by accessing your unconscious mind, the place where you store your life experiences and the impact they have made upon you. It is also where you have the most power for deep change, as well as access to your imagination and intuition. Unlike the conscious mind, which is logical and judgmental, the unconscious part of the mind is much less rigid, and thusly less limited. This allows for reframing undesirable or problematic “information” and the ability to change and reorient your habits and ways of thinking and feeling.
How do I know if I can be hypnotized?
A very high percentage of people are hypnotizable. The most important thing is that you are willing! No one can hypnotize you if you don't want it. The defenses in your conscious mind will resist and it will not work. The depth of hypnotic trance is different for each person and can vary from session to session. It is a learned skill, and the more you experience it, the deeper and faster you will go into the receptive state of hypnosis. However, even a light state of hypnotic relaxation is sufficient enough to successfully bring about transformational change.
What does it feel like to be hypnotized?
It is a deeply relaxed and calm state of the mind and body, similar to a meditative state or the way it feels just before you fall asleep. You may feel sensations of lightness or heaviness, tingling, or time distortion. The most certain thing is that it’s a wonderfully pleasant experience!
Will I remember everything?
You are completely conscious while in the hypnotic state of deepened relaxation. If you do fall asleep, your subconscious will still retain the messages delivered during the session. Most people remember everything that happens while in hypnosis, but it could seem foggy if you went into a particularly deep state. You may remember things later that you were not consciously aware of immediately following the session. Ultimately, you will remember anything that you want to remember.
Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is a completely safe and natural relaxed state of mind. You are aware and in control at every moment and can choose to open your eyes and stop the session at any time. You cannot be made to do something against your will, nor can you get stuck in a hypnotic state.
What is hypnosis used for?
It is most commonly utilized to help you to do something that you currently cannot or to stop doing something that you currently do. As well, it can be used to alleviate symptoms of medical conditions. Hypnosis is also employed for past-life regression, although I do not offer that service.
How many sessions does it take?
Everyone responds differently. Some individuals may see results after 1 or 2 sessions, while others may benefit from a series of 4 or 5 sessions. The important thing to remember is that it is a process, and it may be unrealistic to expect lasting results in just one session. Be prepared to set reasonable goals. The efficacy rate of hypnosis is directly related to the level of self-motivation you bring to the process. If you are attempting to change for someone else, then there is a much lower likelihood of success.
What do I need to do to prepare for a hypnosis session?
Come with an open mind and a willingness to make a change. Wear comfortable clothing, and refrain from caffeine 2 hours prior to session, as it can hinder your ability to relax.