HYPNOTHERAPY

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic modality that uses guided relaxation and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness or trance. In this state, the individual can access their subconscious mind more readily, which can help address various issues, such as anxiety, phobias, and habit change, and achieving goals. The therapist guides the client to use the power of their mind to change behaviors, perceptions, and emotions. Hypnotherapy is often used in conjunction with other forms of therapy and is considered a complementary approach to traditional mental health treatments.

Areas that I specialize in include:

  • General anxiety related to social or work settings
  • Body-focused repetitive behaviors such as hair pulling, picking, nail-biting
  • Cravings and emotional eating
  • Fears such as flying, public speaking, needles and others
  • Grief and loss
  • Support with releasing past trauma*

 

  • Goal achievement for creative projects
  • Health and fitness goals, including smoking cessation
  • Organization and productivity
  • Sports hypnosis for recreation and competition
  • Stage fright and writer’s block, being seen

*Some areas of psychological or medical concern will require a referral from a licensed psychotherapist or medical doctor

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of heightened receptivity, similar to a guided meditation, in which you are more open to suggestion. It’s a collaborative process between client and hypnotherapist.

Hypnosis is a natural state that you’ve already experienced thousands of times. Examples are when you’re watching a movie and you become so absorbed that you feel what the characters are feeling. Someone could be talking to you and you tune them out. Another example is when you are scrolling on your phone and several hours have flown by. Or being in the flow when you are practicing an instrument or hobby.

What is a session like?

Each session 60 minutes (with the exception of the first one which can be up to 90 minutes). In the first session we’ll discuss what hypnosis is and isn’t, test your suggestibility or how you process information, followed by hypnosis and positive suggestion. In each session we’ll discuss your issue, followed by hypnotic techniques, guided imagery, and coaching to support and reinforce. Many issues can be resolved within a series of sessions, spaced about a week apart. Even just one tune-up can help!

I may assign tasks between sessions to help you progress more rapidly towards your goals. As we work together you will learn self-hypnosis tools that you can apply on your own.

Many clients begin hypnotherapy for one specific issue and then choose to work on other areas as they experience results.

How is hypnotherapy different than talk therapy?

Hypnotherapy:

  • Focuses on inducing a trance-like state to access the subconscious mind. Techniques involve relaxation, concentration, and guided imagery to address issues.
  • Involves an altered state of consciousness where the individual is deeply relaxed and highly focused, similar to a daydreaming or meditative state.
  • Aims to create subconscious changes in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, or feelings.
  • Often results in shorter treatment durations for certain issues, as it aims to directly access and influence the subconscious mind.
  • Can be effective for certain specific issues like phobias, habits, and some types of pain management.

Talk Therapy:

  • Focuses on verbal communication between the therapist and the client. Techniques include conversation, exploration of thoughts and feelings, and developing coping strategies.
  • Does not require an altered state of consciousness; the individual is typically in a normal waking state.
  • Aims to increase insight and understanding, develop coping strategies, and promote positive changes in thoughts, behaviors, and emotions through conscious understanding and effort.
  • May involve longer-term treatment, as it focuses on conscious processing, understanding, and changing patterns of thought and behavior.
  • Suitable for a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, and relationship problems.

How can hypnosis help?

The subconscious mind controls 90% of our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. You may be aware of a change that you’d like to make, and even the steps to get there, but change is uncomfortable. It’s the unknown. It can bring up feelings of fear and most of us find that we are unable to break free of the automatic patterns and stick to doing what’s comfortable, postponing what will really benefit us in the long run.

Hypnosis puts you back in the driver’s seat, by helping you rewire the  subconscious programming from the past. Your brain is always forming new connections and pathways, and you may have heard of something called neuroplasticity. Hypnotherapy provides a safe, rapid and effective way to engage this natural ability to re-learn more directly. Through this process it is possible to create deep and lasting change — and it doesn’t have to take years.

Learn more about the Neuroscience of Hypnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does hypnosis feel like?

The hypnotic state can feel like  a total escape from physical tension and emotional stress, while still being very present. You will remain alert and aware of the process and everything that is going on. You will be able to speak, move, and open your eyes at any time. Some clients report hyper-awareness of their surroundings. Many clients report a feeling of profound relaxation and better sleep.

I don't think I can be hypnotized? Will this work for me?

Everyone has the ability to be hypnotized if they want to be! The benefit of working with a trained hypnotist, is we take into account personality and learning styles so that the techniques will be customized for you. There are other factors such as readiness for change. If you can watch a movie or get in the zone you are able to be hypnotized.

Will I be out of control or do something I don't want to do?

Nope. Hypnosis is a collaborative process that starts with consent. You are aware of everything during a session and cannot be made to do anything that goes against your ethics and morals. You can always move, speak and open your eyes as well.

Does hypnosis work online?

Yes! All we need is a space where you can be free of distraction, with a laptop and headphones. The benefits of online sessions are convenience, comfort and no traffic! Also, you will have the ability to create powerful anchors for positive change in your personal space where your issue might be taking place.

Can hypnosis help with medical conditions?

Hypnosis has been officially recognized by the American Medical Association since 1958 as a legitimate and safe therapeutic approach to assisting with medical and psychological problems. It has been used for many common health concerns which include migraines, high blood pressure, IBS, insomnia, cancer, and even skin problems. Certain medical conditions will require a referral from a doctor, and of course hypnotherapy should never be used in place of medical advice. Please see this link regarding Hypnosis for Common Medical Conditions for more information.

I had struggled with severe anxiety around needles and blood since my childhood. Now that I need weekly injections, this anxiety began to impact my life on a regular basis. Even watching the medication be prepared put me in a state of panic. My wife suggested I try hypnotherapy to mitigate these symptoms.

Jordan was kind, welcoming, and genuine. Before my treatment, she spent time really getting to know me and the intricacies of my particular issue. It was very easy for me to relax in her office once the hypnotherapy began. Afterwards, I felt a little groggy, like waking up from a nap.

I had three sessions with Jordan over the course of three weeks. After my second session, my wife and I both noticed the effects of Jordan’s hypnotherapy. I’m now able to quickly enter a relaxed headspace when I’m receiving an injection or having my blood drawn.

-Rylee

I have heard many success stories about hypnotherapy but I just did not know if it would work for me. As a strong-willed and heady person, I was worried that I would struggle to fully let go and let myself be in the zone. However, I was blown away by the entire experience! Jordan’s calm and professional tone made me feel so comfortable and I was easily transported to a new space in my body and mind. I was in a safe and relaxed place that let me open up and guided me to want to change and work on myself. At the end of a 90 minute session, I felt like I had gotten a solid eight hours of sleep. I am so grateful for this experience and look forward to the next one!

-Marina

Jordan is one of the most transformational people I have had the pleasure of coming into contact with. I came to hypnotherapy after more than almost 20 years and at least that many talk therapists, CBT specialists, EMDR experts, etc. couldn’t help me stop the main behavior holding me back since I was 11 years old (I am almost 30 now). After just a few sessions with Jordan I started seeing results in reduction of self-harm in the form of picking. We quickly moved past that blockage and have been working on my overall confidence, peace of mind, positivity, and ability to trust myself to really go after the things I want in life.

Hypnotherapy feels a bit like someone casting a wonderful spell on you where you feel great and believe in yourself. 11/10! Especially for any long-term therapy clients who would like to try something new, perhaps dig one layer deeper into the subconscious to make the changes that are only possible there. My greatest thanks and hugest respect to Jordan.

-Tate