What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is actually a very common state of being. Our minds go in and out of the “alpha level” of consciousness, which is the point right before we fall asleep, many times throughout the day.
Whenever you “zone out” or “get lost in space”, you are in a state very close to hypnosis.
In hypnosis, clients allow their own inner mind to make changes based on suggestions provided by the hypnotherapist. It is a team effort and the success depends on the cooperation and trust between the two partners.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses relaxation, extreme concentration, and intense attention to achieve a heightened state of consciousness or mindfulness. In other words, it places the individual into a “trance” or altered state of awareness.
This form of therapy is considered alternative medicine with the purpose of utilizing one’s mind to help reduce or alleviate a variety of issues, such as:
- anxiety, psychological distress, and phobias.
- unhealthy, destructive, or dangerous habits (i.e., hypnosis for smoking, hypnosis for addiction, hypnosis for weight loss, or nail-biting), and psychological symptoms (i.e. hypnosis for stress, hypnosis for anxiety, hypnosis for ADHD, hypnosis for PTSD, hypnosis for phobias, and hypnosis for depression).
The goal is for individuals, young and old, to live happy and productive lives.
What to expect when you see a certified clinical hypnotherapist?
An initial session with a certified clinical hypnotherapist will look much like the initial session of many psychotherapy sessions. You will complete the intake paperwork and then we will begin to get to know each other and learn about any challenging issues you may be facing.
I will ask you how your life would be different once you heal yourself or solve this issue. The model of the mind will be explained so you can better understand the conscious mind, subconscious mind, and the critical factor. Hypnosis is explained as a natural yet altered state of mind that involves focused attention, heightened suggestibility, and the use of vivid imagination.
This will be an ideal time for me to answer any questions or address any fears you may have about hypnosis.
We will set up future sessions to address the challenges you are facing. I may send recordings of our sessions home with you so you can listen and reinforce the skills we are building.
What hypnosis is not.
Here are a few FACTS about hypnosis:
- Hypnosis is not mind-control. No one can make you do anything in hypnosis that you would not ordinarily do out of hypnosis.
- Hypnosis is not miraculous or faith healing. Although it aids the therapeutic process if the clients have faith in the practitioner, what is actually required is that the clients have faith in their own ability to heal themselves or makes the change they desire.
- Hypnosis helps to teach your own subconscious mind to work productively for you.
- Hypnosis does not weaken the will power. It actually strengthens it.
- Hypnosis does not require sleep or a loss of consciousness to be effective.
- No one can be permanently kept in the hypnotic state against their will.
- Everyone is capable of entering hypnosis.
Will hypnosis help with sexual issues?
Hypnosis for sexual issues is a therapeutic tool to help individuals and couples resolve sexual issues. It has been shown to help with low libido, anorgasmia, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, vaginismus, painful intercourse, and shame surrounding sex or sexuality.
Erotic hypnosis is the use of hypnosis in a sexual context. Erotic hypnosis is not about treating disorders, but about meeting the needs of one’s partner. It creates novelty and the possibility of enhanced intimacy. Erotic hypnosis can create sensitivity to certain sensations.
Ready to make meaningful changes to your life and relationships through hypnotherapy?
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