HYPNOSIS + HYPNOTHERAPY
HOW HYPNOSIS WORKS
To understand hypnosis, we first must understand the role of the unconscious mind. Our unconscious is the part of our mind that influences our behaviors, thought patterns, attitudes, beliefs and many other internal processes. Unlike the conscious mind, our subconscious mind is outside of our awareness. The unconscious mind is believed to make up 95% of our functioning (Williams, 2020) and is responsible for 95% of the decisions we make (Pradeep, 2010).
Hypnosis is a powerful organic tool that works with the power of the unconscious mind to change our emotions, habits, motivations, thought patterns, beliefs, attitudes and undesired behaviors. We go into hypnosis everyday when we zone out, daydream and right before we fall asleep and before we wake up. This is also known as the state of Theta. Theta brain waves operate on a low vibrational frequency. Free flow thinking and the meditative state take place during Theta. When we are in hypnosis, or Theta, we are open to suggestions which allows us to bypass the critical filter, or analytical mind to reprogram our unconscious.
According to leading trauma expert, Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D., we can utilize the trance states for therapeutic purposes. In trance or the hypnotic state, theta brain waves are dominant and we can assign new meaning to specific, distressing stimuli to create new, positive associations. In his #1 New York Times Best Seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Dr. Van Der Kolk provides the example of war veterans becoming activated, or “triggered” by loud bangs and cracks that remind them of gunfire. Through hypnosis, the practitioner can create a new association for the distressing stimuli to something more positive, such as time spent with family, watching fireworks (2014).
Hypnotherapy is a complementary and therapeutic alternative to traditional treatment approaches and is designed to free individuals from maladaptive belief systems and restrictive thought patterns. Hypnotherapy is aimed at improving lifestyle and creating overall positive changes.
Some areas of Hypnotherapy require a medical or psychological referral. Hypnotherapy is not meant to diagnose medical or psychological conditions. A Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist is not a licensed physician or psychologist. Services are non-diagnostic and do not include the practice of medicine, neither should they be considered as a substitute for licensed medical or psychological procedures. Hypnotherapy services will include an undetermined number of private sessions, depending on your individual needs.