“A goal without a dateis just a dream.”-Milton H. Erickson
Hypnosis has multiple definitions, but can simply be described as a state of relaxation accompanied by heightened inner focus.This focus may be upon one’s thoughts, feelings, sensations, or images being held or followed in one’s mind. It is in this state that communication with the unconscious mind, or positive hypnotic suggestions, can be given without the critical conscious mind’s interference. Throughout the experience of hypnosis, you remain in control at all times. In fact, hypnosis allows you greater control rather than less, and you are aware of what is going on around you and can choose to respond to it any time. The effectiveness of hypnosis is largely affected by an individual’s motivation for change.Clinical hypnotherapy,among many things, aims to offer individuals access to inner resources to bring about desired changes, or as a means to develop greater self-awareness to overcome self-defeating patterns in life. Experiencing a state of hypnotic trance is a common, natural occurrence that individuals encounter in everyday life. If you’ve ever been engrossed in a book or a movie, or if you catch yourself daydreaming on the drive home and suddenly become surprised at arriving home without much memory of the trip, you’ve experienced states of hypnotic trance. Despite how hypnosis is portrayed in the movies, or popular “stage hypnosis” shows, individuals are never out of control while in hypnotic trance. These performances are undertaken with individuals who want to participate in the exhibitions and they do not engage in any behaviors they do not wish to.
What is it like to be hypnotized?
Some people are surprised that they remain consciously aware throughout the experience of hypnosis. You may experience a feeling of profound relaxation with a sense of being able to hold your concentration on whatever issue is being addressed. You will hear everything going on around you, but might find that it doesn’t really distract you. You are able to have clear discussions with the therapist, with the ability to ask questions or give answers throughout the session. Sometimes, awareness remains so clear that an individual may wonder if they were in fact under hypnosis. Despite this, individuals can experience change on the unconscious level that the conscious mind may not yet be aware of.
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Hypnotherapy can be used tochange unwanted behaviors,overcome fears, increase self-awareness, and as a meansto communicate hypnotic andpost-hypnotic suggestions toenact positive changes in one’slife. Some issues I address with clients include:•Depression•Anxiety, phobias, fears•Coping with chronic pain or illness•Becoming tobacco-free•Weight loss•Addictions•Enhancing sports performance•Test anxiety•Stress management•Sleep issues•Overcoming procrastination•Self-esteem•And, more
“You use hypnosis not as a cure,but as a means of establishing afavorable climate in which to learn.”-Milton H. EricksonMilton H. Erickson, M.D., a leading20th century authority in applying hypnosis therapeutically, stated that everyone is capable of beinghypnotized and can experienceits benefits.