I am a Certified Hypnotherapist.
Under hypnosis you are aware and in control at all times. It is a ‘do with‘ NOT a ‘do to‘ process. While under hypnosis you can expect to feel relaxed and will not behave in any way that you would not normally.
I cannot make you cluck like a chicken. When you see stage shows for entertainment purposes where people do ‘silly’ things, they are people who would normally be the life of the party or under the influence of alcohol be easily cohearsed into those behaviors. If that’s not you – it won’t be you under hypnosis either.
How does Hypnosis work?
You may have heard that we (humans) only use about 10% of our brains. This portion of our brain is called the ‘conscious mind‘. The conscious mind is responsible for analyzing, planning, thinking and short term memory. It is the essence of who we are and how we show up in the world. The ego.
The remaining 90% is the ‘unconscious mind‘. It is responsible for long term memory, emotions/feelings, habits/addictions, involuntary body function (heart/lungs etc), creativity, spiritual connection and intuition.
The conscious mind is the ‘GOAL SETTER’ and the unconscious mind is the ‘GOAL GETTER’. You consciously set goals and intentions for yourself, your day, your life and your unconscious mind gets to work trying to create experiences that will allow those goals to be achieved.
Hypnosis works with the unconscious mind. Once you are in hypnosis (trance) the therapist is able to speak directly to the unconscious mind and suggest to it the goals you are looking to achieve. We are bypassing the conscious mind that holds all the programming of why certain things can’t happen and asking (installing) the unconsciousmind to create new behaviors or thoughts that are more in alignment with your goals.
Much like the Hypocratic Oath made by physicians, Hypnotherapists also adhere to an oath that all hypnotic suggestions must be for everyone’s best and highest good. Do no harm to self, others or the planet. Therefore one could never be hypnotized to act in a way that morally goes against their beliefs or the general beliefs of society.
What can Hypnosis help with?
The possibilities and number of sessions required are unique to each persons circumstances and will be discussed prior to engaging in the process. Here are a few examples:
- Fears (public speaking, elevators, flying)
- Motivation (nail biting, self confidence, success)
- Weight Optimization
- Pain Management
- Smoking Cessation