Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a powerful modality that combines talk therapy and counseling with hypnosis, and is used to help you create positive changes in your life. Together we come up with strategies to clear roadblocks and overcome limiting beliefs so that you can move forward towards your goals. Hypnosis is a highly focused state where the body is relaxed and the mind is alert.  Through hypnotic suggestions we can access the strongest part of our mind, the subconscious where deep transformation can happen. You will leave each session feeling better and with tools you can use immediately.

Studies show that the conscious mind controls only 10% of our behaviors and thoughts while the subconscious mind actually controls about 90% of everything we do.  When we realize that something is not working and want to make a change, we often find ourselves repeating what feels comfortable even if it does not benefit us. This is because we are used to reacting based on conditioning from back in our formative years from our primary caregivers, family, society and the media.

Hypnosis is such an effective modality and works really quickly as compared to other modalities,  because of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. If we can learn a behavior, we can also unlearn it or learn a new response. 

Sessions include a cognitive portion along with 15-30 minutes of hypnosis.

 

Applications include:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Body-focused repetitive behaviors (trichotillomania, picking, nail biting)
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Creative problem solving and blocks
  • Emotional eating and cravings
  • Goal achievement
  • Fear of success/failure
  • Health and fitness
  • Insomnia and sleep

 

  • Motivation
  • Pain management
  • Phobias (needles, insects, dentist, flying)
  • PTSD and trauma recovery
  • Public speaking and stage fright
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sports performance
  • Social anxiety
  • Test anxiety

*some psychological or medical conditions will require a referral.

FAQs

 

Why do hypnosis?

Hypnosis is used by top athletes, business professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, performers, students, speakers, community leaders, parents and folks from all walks of life. Common uses are Smoking Cessation, Phobias, Goal Achievement, Problem Solving, Focus, Confidence, and Habit Change.

From 2007 Comparative Study, American Health Magazine:

  • Psychoanalysis: 38% success after 600 sessions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 72% success after 22 sessions
  • Hypnotherapy: 93% success after 6 sessions
What makes hypnotherapy different than talk therapy?

A hypnotherapy program of treatment is generally shorter than traditional talk therapy.  The benefits can be felt even after one session. (For example smoking cessation – 1-2 sessions, phobia – 1-3 sessions, weight release – 8 sessions). Results vary depending on the presenting concern, commitment to weekly tasks outside the session, and the motivation for change. Sometimes it could take just one!

Hypnotherapy is for vocational and avocational self-improvement, and is considered alternative or complementary. Some psychological or medical conditions will require a medical doctor or licensed therapist referral.

Hypnotherapy is often used along with talk therapy as part of a support system. Ex. someone with a specific block or limiting belief might use hypnosis to clear it then continue with therapy.

What is a session like?

In the first session (90 minutes) we take a brief history of your presenting concern, and learn the fundamentals of how hypnosis works with the conscious and subconscious mind, we test your suggestibility, and do an induction and deepening techniques, followed by positive hypnotic suggestions.

A regular session is 60 minutes. In follow up sessions we reinforce positive suggestions, make any tune ups, and give you immediate tools for self-improvement. In between sessions there may be tasks and/or audio recordings. A hypnotherapy program is tailored to your learning style and goals/outcomes and may include an undetermined number of sessions based on individual needs. Sessions are recommended to take place weekly and then as needed or desired.

All sessions are currently taking place online through Zoom.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Many describe the hypnotic state as a complete and total escape from physical tension and emotional stress, while remaining completely alert. You are always completely aware of everything that is going on. You will always be in control and able to speak, move or open your eyes at any time. In fact, you may experience a hyper-awareness where visuals and sensations are enhanced. Even after just one session clients report a feeling of profound relaxation and better sleep.

What if I can't be hypnotized?

Everyone has the ability to be hypnotized if they want to be. Even if you feel you are “in your head” most of the time, it just means that we use a specific way of speaking to give you suggestions. No need to worry if you’ve tried in the past and it “didn’t work”. It’s a process like any modality, it’s possible that it might not have been the right time, or you weren’t even aware of the shifts that took place. Hypnosis is a a beautiful modality and it’s not for everyone. But like anything else in life, if you are ready to make a change and do the work, you will achieve your goal. Even just one session can help!

Will hypnotherapy help 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.

Resources: White Paper on Hypnosis for Common Medical Conditions

Will I do something I don't want to do? (Ex. quack like a duck)?

Hypnosis as seen in the movies and experienced in stage shows, while they are highly entertaining, are not quite what you’ll experience in our sessions together. As your hypnotherapist, coach and mentor, it is my intention to help you achieve your goals or outcomes efficiently and help empower you along the way. I cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do, or anything that goes against your personal or ethical standards and morals.

What is NLP?

NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a system or modality that is used to help you reprogram the images and patterns in the mind. How we perceive an event creates a behavior or reaction and an emotional state. As we change the pictures and the strategies in our mind we can then change our behavior and how we feel. As an NLP Trainer I apply many tools and techniques which can help you to reprogram unwanted habits and limiting beliefs, so that you can improve relationships and meet goals easily.

Applications for NLP include sales, public speaking, phobias, and modeling behavior for success.

Are online sessions as effective as in person?

sessions: Are they effective?

Online sessions are just as effective as in person sessions. Online sessions take place through Zoom, and we’ll always use the same link. Also, an online session can feel more comfortable and convenient as you are in a space of your own. It is best to have a laptop on a desk and to use headphones. Make sure that you will be undisturbed for our time together (no roommates or pets please. Unless the pets are on the calm side.)

Still have questions? Please schedule a discovery call here.

The purpose of a program of hypnotherapy is for vocational and avocational self-improvement (Business and Professions Code 2908) and as alternative or complementary treatment to healing arts services licensed by the state. A hypnotherapist is not a licensed physician or psychologist and hypnotherapy services are not licensed by the State of California. Services are non-diagnostic and do not include the practice of medicine, neither should they be considered as a substitute for licensed medical or psychological services or procedures.