FAQ

What can hypnosis do for me?

Hypnosis can liberate people from bad habits and stuck states and lead them into doing more of the things they want to do.

Hypnosis is known for helping people reach their most desired goals and realize success with:   becoming a non-smoker for life, managing weight, overcoming fears & phobias, enhancing athletic and academic ability, recovering memories, mitigating pain, recovering from surgery, reducing stress and anxiety, to name a just a few.   You are more likely to yield great benefits quickly, with more comfort & ease, using hypnosis.

You may wonder what it is that makes hypnosis such a great tool for implementing change.   In hypnosis, we engage the Unconscious mind in order to facilitate changes in behaviors, habits, and patterns.   There are no known limits to what hypnosis can help you to improve or create for yourself.   Hypnosis can expedite changes that may ordinarily cost you a lot of time and effort to realize.   This is because hypnosis works to deliver instructions on how to implement those changes you wish to achieve straight to the Unconscious.   So rather than asking what hypnosis can do for you, you might, instead ask: What do I WANT hypnosis to do for me?

What is hypnosis exactly?

Hypnosis is a focused state of awareness, which can often (but not always), include a relaxed physical and mental status.   In hypnosis, one has greater access the unconscious mind and resources of the unconscious (such as memory), through heightened attentiveness to internal processes and insight.

Have you ever watched a movie or television show and found yourself startled, covered in goose bumps or weeping as the scene before you unfolded?   Or have you ever set out for a walk and noticed that just as soon as you left your home, you find you’ve returned, unaware where or for how long you walked because you were so deep in thought, ruminating over a conflict you had with your boss?   These are both examples of hypnotic states.   In these examples you were focused, so intently, on the screen and on the scene playing out in your head, with your boss, that you forgot to notice the other elements in the room, or along your walk and you lost track of time, and were unaware of your reality in the moment.   You may not realize this but as we humans go about our day-to-day we naturally transition in and out of various trance states.   We are experience different states of trance and may lack self-awareness when we are learning a new skill, watching the news, daydreaming, jumping out of our skins when we spot a spider, problem-solving, fantasizing, etc.

Are you going to make me do anything embarrassing such as cluck like a chicken, bark like a dog, or act like a monkey?

No!   Often this question comes up for people who might have heard or seen people doing wild things during a hypnosis stage show.   Stage shows are for entertainment purposes and stage hypnotists seek out volunteers who are uninhibited and willing to accept suggestions to carry out entertaining behaviors as they play along.   In hypnotherapy, I act as a facilitator of hypnosis for self-improvement purposes.   I make suggestions to the subconscious that are helpful and in pursuit of what you want to achieve success with.   Your subconscious will reject any suggestions that you do not understand or that is not suitable to you.   You will not do anything in a hypnotic trance that you wouldn’t do otherwise.   You will not loose control, surrender your will, or reveal your most guarded secrets.

Can I get stuck in a hypnotic state?

No!   Hypnosis is a state of relaxed focus and hyper-awareness.   If a situation occurs that requires your immediate attention you will be able to open your eyes and respond accordingly.   If smoke alarms or other alerts should necessitate immediate action your subconscious will redirect your attentiveness to the situation at hand.

Can’t I just count on my WILLPOWER to effect change?

Do you feel stuck in bad habits, struggling with overall wellness, or otherwise find obstacles in your life that are limiting you from reaching your fullest potential?   Many people have been told they can rely on their WILLPOWER to command desire changes in their life in order to advance and overcome challenges.   We’ve all heard the term willpower and many of us have been lead to believe that if only we had more of it, then we could improve our lives and subsequently reach our dreams.   The problem with relying on willpower to command our successes in life is that willpower is a limited resource.

New studies help us to understand that willpower declines after we’ve resisted a number of temptations or engaged in activities that we do not really desire to do but make ourselves do because we think they are good for us (think: resisting sweets, willing yourself to be diplomatic with an aggressively frustrating colleague at work and smiling through an extended visit with your in-laws, waking up early for a morning jog).   Willpower has been likened to a muscle that can become fatigued by overuse.   A study conducted by the University of Toronto showed that when a person’s willpower was depleted by self-control tasks there was decreased activity in their anterior cingulate cortex, a region of the brain involved in executive function, cognition, and emotional regulation.   This study serves to inform us that the more we flex the willpower “muscle” the more it can potentially alter our biological processes making us less likely to access our capacities to execute control.

Lots of folks get down on themselves when they find themselves stagnating and stuck in the states they do not wish to be in (persistently stressed, overweight, addicted, phobic, ruminating, anxious…etc.).   Fortunately there is Hypnosis!   Hypnosis a powerful tool that can help re-program the mind, illuminate inherent resources and implement change.

Did you know that hypnosis is an extremely powerful tool that can help you to make powerful changes and improve your life?

There are many great benefits of doing hypnosis.   As hypnosis brings awareness to the mind and body connections it serves as an effective mindfulness tool.   You can make shifts in your behaviors and habits, swap out unhealthy paradigms for more constructive ones, and realize positive lifestyle changes, all with hypnosis.