Is Hypnotherapy for You?
I was in another world, a new world of consciousness.
~ Bill W. ~
Hypnotherapy is a gentle yet powerful modality used to facilitate healing, change, growth and empowerment. A hypnotic state of consciousness is ancient and intrinsic to the human mind, mysterious yet also very accessible. We all move in and out of trance several times a day though we are often unaware of when this occurs and usually do not think of it as hypnosis. For example, you may be driving on the freeway and suddenly realize that you have missed your exit, lulled by the rhythm of the road and immersed in your reverie. Or perhaps you are so engrossed in a project that you are suddenly surprised at how much time has passed. These are everyday examples of a light hypnotic state in action. You are temporally entranced and "in-trance".
Hypnosis is much more than a healing modality; on a more expanded level great works of art, creativity and invention rise from the ability to access a deep state of trance. Hypnosis offers this significantly enhanced ability to be creative and insightful.
Hypnosis can be described as becoming more open to suggestion; as a daydream with intention. It is a means to give your subconscious a voice. In an interactive hypnotherapy session, knowing what your intention is and choosing to follow it is key. My role as your hypnotherapist and guide is to "hold space," to support and help you develop in this process.
Making this mutually interactive agreement involves high a degree of trust, and is a significant way that makes working with a hypnotherapist different from experiencing a hypnotic trance on your own. However, because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis in actuality you are in control. It is your trance. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not mean that you relinquish control; quite the opposite is true!
Hypnotherapy may be done on its own, or in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy.
How It Works
We take in reality with our senses. Our minds and bodies absorb a billion pieces of information per second and only about 1% of it reaches our consciousness. We often see what our culture has trained us to see, what we have been programed to see. Because many of us are already hypnotized in a familial or cultural sense—not always in our best interests—hypnotherapy often involves becoming de-hypnotized, more awake and aware, perhaps for the first time.
Hypnotherapy can be very deep work, yet it is not necessary to be in a deep trance state for it to be effective. You will allow your mind to step back and find a different perspective. Thorough hypnosis, you will access the highly creative part of your mind known as the subconscious—by definition, beyond your conscious awareness. In this heightened state, your inner senses become honed and more acute. You will discover the answers and solutions that already exist within you that your conscious mind did not know existed. Your intuition will be strengthened. Ultimately, you will develop a more balanced and aware relationship with yourself. Conscious and subconscious may then work in tandem as you begin moving forward in partnership and in harmony for your highest success and greatest good.
Hypnosis is not magic, but a skill that can easily be developed through familiarity and practice. You will find the more you practice it, the easier it becomes.