HYPNOSIS AND HYPNOTHERAPY

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 for helping you rapidly change habits and rewire limiting beliefs.

Hypnosis is a natural state that you’ve already experienced thousands of times. Examples of being in hypnosis 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 the internet and several hours have flown by.

Contrary to what the film industry shows us, hypnosis is not a magical thing or mind control, but it is a tool that can help you take back control over your thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the process of working with a trained hypnotherapist or hypnotist for self-improvement. Hypnosis has been used for thousands of years around the world and can help with just about any area you can think of. It is an accelerated way of creating lasting change and can help you move forward through subconscious blocks holding you back. Common areas of help include general anxiety, fears and phobias, changing habits and performance.

Hypnotherapy is different than talk therapy in several ways. During a session hypnotic inductions and techniques will be used while the client is reclining or seated in a chair. Often hypnosis is used as an adjunct to talk-therapy to help reinforce a program of treatment or remove a block.

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.

What is a session like?

A hypnotherapy program is customized for you. We start with a 90 minute intake session, where we discuss what hypnosis is and isn’t, test your suggestibility and how you process information, and you’ll experience a hypnotic induction followed by positive suggestions for improvement. You’ll feel very physically relaxed and mentally alert. In subsequent sessions we’ll discuss what worked for you, and reinforce what’s working. Many issues can be resolved within a short series of sessions (longer for bigger issues or multiple concerns). Even just one session 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. For example fear of public speaking and then smoking cessation.

Working with

  • Adults
  • Teens
  • Neurodivergent, ADHD
  • LGBTQ+ affirming
  • Kink affirming
  • Poly and non-traditional relationships
  • Vitiligo

Areas of Help

  • Anxiety
  • Body-focused repetitive behaviors (hair pulling, picking, nail-biting)
  • Cravings, emotional eating
  • Fears and Phobias (flying, needles)
  • Pre/Post Surgery
  • Releasing trauma and PTSD
  • Sleep issues

Performance

  • Creative projects
  • Career transitions
  • Health and fitness goals
  • Public speaking
  • Productivity, motivation and focus
  • Sports performance

See over 100 ways hypnosis can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of heightened receptivity in which you’re able to refocus your mind and body for success. It’s a collaborative and integrative process for changing habits and behaviors, and rewiring limiting beliefs.

Read more about the Neuroscience of Hypnosis here.

Have you ever found yourself completely immersed in an activity or in the zone, where you were not aware of anything else? This is a natural trance state and you’ve already experienced it thousands of times. Common examples of this are when you’re watching a movie and you become absorbed in the plot. Or when you’re working and realize that a few hours have flown by. It’s not a magical thing or mind control, but it is a tool that can help you tap into the power of your mind and take control of your life.

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.

Can anyone be hypnotized?

Everyone has the ability to be hypnotized if they are willing to be! When working with a trained professional, the techniques and series will be customized for you. Even after the sessions are over my clients report that they are able to use the techniques for continued success.

Will I be out of control?

No. Hypnosis is a collaborative state of mind that requires consent. You’ll be aware of everything I am saying in session and cannot be made to do anything that goes against your morals. I can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do.

One misconception of hypnosis is you may be unable to be hypnotized. In fact, the stronger you are able to focus and concentrate the faster, easier, and more effective the process will be.

Will I be asleep?
No. Hypnosis is actually a heightened state of awareness. You will be fully aware of your surroundings. You may hear street noises from cars and people next door, and this can remind you that you are alert and in control the other time, and won’t affect your ability to take in positive suggestions. I also use a number of techniques that use post-hypnotic suggestions, and you’ll remember everything that happened during your session.
Does hypnosis work online?

Yes. Online sessions are just as effective as in-person, with the added benefit of convenience, comfort and no traffic! Also, because you are in your own space, you might even be in the environment where the issue exists, and now have the chance to create new anchors for positive change in that space where it is happening. All you need is a private space with a strong WiFi connection, headphones and the Zoom app.

Can hypnosis help me with a medical condition?

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 can help many common symptoms including migraines, high blood pressure, IBS, insomnia, cancer, skin problems, and more. Some medical conditions will require a referral from a medical doctor. Please see this White Paper on Hypnosis for Common Medical Conditions for more information.

Testimonials

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