Allow yourself to see what you don’t allow yourself to see. ~ Milton Erickson, M.D.
Is Clinical Hypnosis for You?
- Do you believe you have more potential that you struggle to reveal?
- Would you like to make a lifestyle change?
- Do you have issues in depression, anxiety, test anxiety, pain reduction, or finding lost objects?
- Do you have a significant experience that you have difficulty processing?
Hypnosis awakens hidden resources that evoke dynamic potential beyond expectations for health and healing
Hypnosis really works. While it may conjure up feelings suspicion, mind control and even trickery, it is validated in legitimate clinical research. I offer a safe and comfortable environment to help you enjoy your experience.
Imagine those times where you’ve been in a state so intense, so comfortable, that you may not have realized what was going on around you. Driving in a car and realizing that you just passed the exit, or deeply absorbed in an activity. That’s what it’s like to be hypnotized.
Hypnosis is a pleasant state with relaxed feelings. Some describe it as spiritual, and some say it is peaceful. During this state, attention is toward suggestions that alter thought, emotion, behavior or perception. It is in this state where desired behavior changes can be achieved.
Often, hypnosis is referred to as self-hypnosis as only the recipient is in control. The hypnotherapist facilitates the state to make the change happen.
Interesting Facts About Hypnosis
- We all experience hypnosis at LEAST twice a day.
- Hypnosis is NOT sleep, but a natural state of mind.
- Hypnosis was used in World War I and World War II to treat soldiers with combat neuroses. It was also used to replace anesthetics when supplies were low.
- In 1958, the American Medical Association approved a report on the medical uses of hypnosis
- Hypnosis cannot be used against your will.
Can Any One be Hypnotized?
Most people can be hypnotized and most are frequently hypnotized. An example is driving down the highway and bypassing your exit. That was a state of relaxation. Becoming angry or tearful at a movie is a state of trance that provoked the thoughts that produced the feelings. We all know that the movie is not real.
Usually, the person who is unable to be hypnotized are those who have a fear of the process, or those who are resistant to the process.
Can I come out of hypnosis?
In my more than 27 years of experience in clinical hypnosis, this has never been a problem. Some resist coming out of a trance as they do not want to let go of the pleasant experience. Because you are in control, (I only facilitate the depth of the experience for you to achieve to most benefit) you alert easily to achieve your desired results.
People who have been hypnotized:
- Do not lose control over their behavior
- Remain aware of who and where they are
- Remember what transpired
- Will not exhibit behaviors outside of their values
- Can be aware of everything said
- Remember events from the past only if they wish to
- Allows for an experience to receive desired suggestions
- Feel pleasantly relaxed
- Gain improved ego strength
- Feel a sense of empowerment
Clinical hypnosis has proven to be effective in the following areas:
- Smoking cessation
- Stress Management
- Healthy Lifestyle Change
- Eating disorders – bulimia, anorexia
- Test anxiety
- Body image
- Sexual functioning
- Performance anxiety
- Ego strengthening
- Premature ejaculation
- Pain management
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Surgery preparation
- Dental comfort
- Weight management
How it Works: Physiology
Hypnosis creates physical changes. During hypnosis, changes occur in the brain where there is decreased blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and blood glucose levels. Because of this, the technique make it prime for many medical procedures and conditions.
The power of hypnosis suggests that our thoughts can alter our physiology.
An example of what may happen is someone experiencing a fear of public speaking. In this case, the sympathetic nervous system would reflect all the signs of dilated pupils, rapid heart beat with increased blood pressure. There may be the feeling of “butterflies” in the stomach. All of these reactions constitute a state of urgency that prepares the body to fight or take flight.
The sympathetic and the parasympathetic do not operate at the same time. However, hypnosis can activate the parasympathetic response of relaxation to reduce the fear stimulus. While relaxed, calm is heightened and rehearsal of actual walking onto the stage and speaking to the audience takes place. This experience provides the subject with desired control.
The reality is that the autonomic nervous system is controlled voluntarily. Hypnosis can beneficially create autonomic nervous system control.
Celebrities using Hypnosis
- To enhance his golf performance
Billy Joel, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Kate Moss, Ellen DeGeneres, Samuel Jackson, Winona Ryder, Brittany Spears, and many others
- To stop smoking
James Earl Jones and Bruce Willis
- To overcome stuttering
Julia Roberts, Princess Diana
- To increase confidence and public speaking
- To compose the famous opera “Cosi Fan Tutte”
- To develop ideas and his theory of relativity
Jackie Kennedy Onassis
- To relieve tragic events in her life
Winston Churchill (prime minister)
- To work, plan, and strategize
Kevin McBride (boxer)
- To be focused before every fight
Jack Nicklaus (professional golfer)
- To improve concentration
Lord Tennyson Alfred (poet)
- To increase his
Kevin Costner (actor)
- To cure sea-sickness
Clinical hypnotherapy is best done in conjunction with traditional therapies. It is helpful for individuals seeking to overcome an obstacle that they’ve been unsuccessful in changing. Make sure to seek out a trained professional. Three great organizations to seek are American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (www.asch.net/), Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (www.sceh.us/), and The International Society for Hypnosis (www.ishhyponosis.org).
I have helped hundreds of individuals since 1991 overcome obstacles and reach their potential. In addition, I offer a free recording of the hypnotic experience to each person for their ongoing personal use. You want to know what my voice sounds like? Go here for a sample.