How many sessions will I need?
Most people achieve results in 3-6 sessions. Hypnotherapy is a much more rapid alternative to many traditional "talk therapies". A comparative survey of scientific literature found that psychotherapy can be expected to have a 38% success rate after 600 sessions whereas hypnotherapy can be expected to have a 93% success rate after an average of SIX sessions. (Source: Barrios, Alfred A, "Hypnotherapy: A Reappraisal," Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 1970).
I offer one special 90-minute smoking cessation session. Many people get results with just this one session. For best results I recommend following up with one or more hour-long sessions in order to reinforce habits and beliefs that are hard to change.
Is hypnosis safe?
Absolutely. It is a natural state of consciousness we go in and out of every day. Whenever you are absorbed in a film, book, hobby or sport you are in a natural hypnotic trance. You are awake and aware, but your conscious mind is distracted.
What if I can't be hypnotized?
Everyone can be hypnotized as long as they are willing. Keep in mind that we go into natural trance states throughout the day. I like to take a bit longer in the first session to make sure you are in hypnosis. I also let my clients know that what they have thought hypnosis is, isn't. The instant you open the door to the vast world of the imagination you are in trance.
Will I remember what happens?
Yes. During a hypnotherapy session you will hear and remember everything. You are aware of your surroundings, yet you feel so relaxed that the usual distractions fade out. In other words, you are more interested in and focused on your inner experience.
Will I be in control during a session?
Absolutely. You are always in control of what you say and do. In fact, there is an underlying assumption in the field that "all hypnosis is self-hypnosis" because no one can make you relax, nor can you be made to do anything against your will in this state. As a client, you will not be told to do anything but rather asked. Your permission is always required every step of the way. This is how mutual respect and safety are created in the counseling relationship
What happens in hypnotherapy dream work?
In hypnotherapy dream work you are guided back into the dream to uncover what the dream is trying to say. In revisiting the dream in trance, you can make whatever changes you want to the dream. Because dreams often parallel current life issues, making positive changes to dreams produce changes in our lives and how we want them to unfold.
How will hypnotherapy benefit me?
People come to hypnotherapy after trying many things. In whatever ways you're looking to transform your overall health and life my experience has been that hypnotherapy will empower and inspire you. You will learn ways to:
- Incorporate relaxation processes and positive affirming self-talk into daily life
- Address pain, stress, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, addictions and other issues preventing you from achieving health and fulfilling personal goals
- Trust yourself more and cultivate compassion and courage
- Increase openness and intimacy with others
Can you tell me more about self-hypnosis?
Ultimately all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. In the words of Albert Schweitzer, M.D., "Patients carry their own doctor inside. They come to us not knowing that truth. We are at our best when we give the physician who resides within each patient a chance to go to work."
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