Even though there are several commonly held myths about hypnosis:
“I'll reveal my secrets or do embarrassing things”
“I might not wake up“
“I can’t be hypnotized, I’m too strong willed”
“It's mind control”
hypnosis is in fact safe, easy and natural. it is one of the most effective and efficient therapeutic modality for permanent behavioral change. Everyone can and does experience hypnosis. It is not a method, it is a natural state of mind where the conscious critical factor is relaxed and suggestions are more easily accepted by the subconscious mind. Hypnosis entails willingness, focus, and imaginary imagery (visual or otherwise). The only requirement is the ability to follow instructions so that you can remain in a state of concentration. You might fall asleep, which is fine, but you will not ‘get stuck hypnotized’.
In 1955 the British Medical Association recognized hypnosis as a valid medical procedure and the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association recognized it in 1958 after a patients thyroid was removed surgically without anesthesia or pain! For over 20 years the National Institute of Health (NIH) has recommended hypnotherapy and endorsed its use as treatment for chronic pain. There are several other Accredited International Organizations who support and encourage the many applications of hypnosis.
BEHAVIORAL CHANGE THERAPY RATES:
*survey of Psychotherapy Literature by Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. published in American Health Magazine
6 Hypnotherapy sessions: 93% recovery
22 Behavior Therapy sessions: 72% recovery
600 Psychoanalysis sessions: 38% recovery
Hypnotherapy can work for anyone who understands spoken language. You do not have to believe in hypnosis for it to work but it does help to dispel disbelief, at least during the session.
During your appointment the priority is that you feel safe and secure. I will create a peaceful environment for you to relax and unwind. Soft lighting, gently music and comfortable seating will help you enjoy the session and leave feeling like you've had a spa trip for your mind.
Under hypnosis you are in control and will only do or say things you would normally do or say. All hypnosis is only self hypnosis. Hypnosis cannot happen against your will. You must be an active participant. Hypnosis will only work if you are willing to allow yourself to be hypnotized. No one except you can control your mind. The experiences you have under hypnosis are because of your efforts to be hypnotized, it cannot be forced.
To read more about hypnosis and how it works, check out the FAQ page or check these pages for more resources:
**DISCLAIMER** I am not a doctor or licensed medical professional. I will not diagnose, treat or cure any medical or psychological disorders. I work only with symptoms.