Specializing in Therapy for Adults and Adolescents, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and Spiritual Wellness

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Therapeutic Hypnosis
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I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with training through the National Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Institute for Advanced Counselor Training under the direction of Rick Boyes, Ph.D., LCPC, CCHT.  

 

I'd like to clear up some questions and myths about hypnosis.  Hypnosis is actually a completely natural state of mind.  Although you may not have been formally hypnotized before, you have experienced this state of mind countless times. For example, driving on autopilot, being entranced by the television or social media, states of meditation, and the period of time before completely waking or falling asleep. 

 

I'm worried I can't be hypnotized?

Since hypnosis is a completely natural state of mind, there is no such thing as a person who cannot be hypnotized.  If a person is not comfortable with the goals of the therapy or with the person conducting the hypnosis, then they might not allow themselves to follow the instructions to reach that natural state.

What if I lose control?

Hypnosis has nothing to do with being asleep or unconscious in any way.  Remember, you hear everything, remember everything, and know exactly what’s going on the entire time.  You are always in control.  You can not be caused to do anything in hypnosis that you would not ordinarily do. 

When a person participates in stage hypnosis for entertainment purposes, they have a certain contract with the hypnotist in mind.  They know that they are going to be asked to do a lot of silly things and they agree to that at some level of their mind.  However, in a clinical setting, all suggestions would pertain precisely to the goal of you gaining more and more control in your life and accomplishing the changes for which you were seeking help.

 

What will hypnosis feel like?

Everyone has a different experience when in a state of therapeutic hypnosis but many report it feels like the peaceful feeling they have just upon awakening on a morning when they don’t have to get up right away.  Others have told me they feel a gentle, relaxed, floating or dreamlike feeling.  The way I experience hypnosis is a sense of being cradled and rocked on a boat by gentle, rhythmic ocean waves. 

 

How will I know if I'm doing it "right?"

You only need a light to medium state of hypnosis to bring about positive behavioral and emotional change.

What can hypnosis help with?

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Traumatic experiences

  • Childhood sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or neglect

  • Inner child healing

  • Pain management

  • Performance anxiety/enhancement

  • Spiritual development

  • Connecting with nature 

  • Connection to intuition and higher Self

  • Stress management

  • Enhancing confidence and self-trust

  • Phobias

  • Health conditions (Hypnotherapy can enhance your existing healthcare. Please continue to consult with your physician if treating medical diagnoses.

  • Relationships and communication

  • Stopping unwanted habits

 

*Please reach out if you'd like to address something that is not listed.  Let's discuss if hypnotherapy is right for you!