Hypnotherapy

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Hypnosis is defined as an intense state of focus. It is also termed trance and everyone experiences it. One of the most common times is whil driving. Have you ever been driving somewhere and when you get there realize that you don’t remember the drive? That is coined highway hypnosis. In a therapeutic setting it is used to get you to a specific goal. Using a deep brain wave state to you can acess parts of your brain that you are not able to during lighter brain waves. There you can change patterns, emotions and beliefs held in the unconscious mind. Every thought that passes through our minds immediately impacts every cell in our bodies, almost instantaneously, through chemical and electric changes. With hypnosis you can utilize a deep state of focus to change the thoughts towards your goal. It is impotant to note that you don’t actually fall asleep, or lose control, and that your unconscious mind is works to protect you. To learn more about how hypnosis can help you with a specific goal like stress, anxiety, trauma, fears & phobias, depression, addiction, deep sleep/insomnia, guilt, academic performance, sports enhancement, smoking cessation, pain managment, confidence, weight release, migraines, motivation, nail biting, obsessions, organization, public speaking, satisatcion, self-esteem, self-sabotage, shyness, teeth grinding, healing, sexuality/body confidence, realtionships, spiritual pursuits, life’s purpose, past life regressions, and social fears, look below. There is also a link and exerpts to scientific research on hypnosis. Reaching an individual goal can happen within 1-6 sessions.

 

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Using a light brain wave state that fosters a deeper understanding of self to understand the situation, goals, and patterns. Used for longer term situations that involve more support and includes consistent mental & physical training as well as guidance. Coaching is ideally used or professional situations, family dynamics, parenting, and other relationships.

 
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Stress & Anxiety

Stress and anxiey may seem like a natural part of living these days but how you deal with these feelings can be the difference between health and dis-ease. But did you know you can alleviate the stress and anxiety that governs your life? Stress can manifest in different ways such as physically, mentally, and emotionally and if allowed, can consume a person’s life. By recognizing the signs and symptoms of excessive stress and their triggers, you can begin to relax and allow yourself to better handle stress, while ultimately learning how to enjoy life.

TRauma/PTSD

Traumas come in a lot of forms and can leave life long obstacles if not healed properly. Trauma imprints upon the brain and body and can manifest as reckless behavior, chronic shock, physical illness, hypervigialiance, sleeping problems, and a lack of focus. Nightmares, flashbacks, distressing memories, and reactivity to triggers are common ways that trauma interrupts daily life. If you feel a total lack of control over your mind and body, as though the trauma was happening in the present then hypnotherapy can help you. Through hypnosis you will unlock the trauma stored in your body and mind while you bring a new perception into focus.

Fears & Phobias

People develop fears and phobias for a variety of objects and situations. From spiders and birds, to airplanes and heights, straws, or the ocean, and open spaces. Fears and phobias can prevent a person from experiencing a full, uninhibited life and prevent them from connecing witth friends and family. Hypnotherapy provides a solution to this problem through reframing the perspective and instilling fear response techniques that teach you calm ways of reacting to the fear and anxiety associated with the phobia.

Addiction

The first step to teating addiction is acceptance. Then you can take the steps to manage it and live a healthy and full life free from dependence. As you can imagine addiction can be devastating. Whether the addiction is food, sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling or excercise, the extreme behavior has the potential to override all other priorities in a person’s life.

Addictions generally begin at the unconscious level and arise from a lack of fulfillment in a specific area of life. The substance unconsciously seems to fill the void temporarily and is unrelated to the area being neglected. However, the addiction often builds until the substance can no longer quench the real need of the addicted person. Identifying the areas in your life that lack fulfillment and the addictive triggers are key to why it has occured and how to control it. Because addictions begin at the unconscious level, hypnosis is an ideal resource to identify the real reasons behind an addiction and to discover its triggers. Through hypnotherapy you will learn constructive ways to find fulfillment and manage addictive behavior patterns in a positive way.

pain Control & Sensation Management

Free yourself from the frustration of chronic pain. Hypnosis has long been recognized as a highly effective form of pain control and sensorial management. Pain, tension and over sensation can affect mood, body, and health which can then affect every part of your life. It can stem from many reasons including accidents, diagnosed diseases, physical movement or activity, diet and interpersonal relationships. Hypnosis has been recognized as a highly effective form of pain management and controlling the senses. In some cases hypnotherapy is recommended as one of the most effective tools for overcoming chronic and symptomatic pain. Countless clinical studies from respected institutions like Stanford University and the Mayo Clinic consistently show the promising effects of hypnotic pain control. Using hypnosis you will learn how to accept and work through your pain as well as learn to trigger relaxation responses through the use of stimuli to remove and prevent effects to the mind and body. With a healthy view of the sensations you can expect to dramatically imprive the quality of ife even if you have exhaused all other options.

Smoking Cessation

While everyone knows that smoking is a potentially deadly behavior most people don’t realize that smoking is both a habit and an addiction and to find freedom from smoking both aspects must be addressed for optimal success. By reprogramming your subconscious mind, you will be able to remove your nicotine cravings and re-associate your habitual behavior. Many people succeed with little or no withdrawal symptoms. With hypnosis your specific needs are customized to give you the tools to eliminate this life-threatening addiction.

Depression

If you suffer from depression, I know life’s daily tasks can seem unbareable. A sense of overwhelm and despair is usually compounded by a lack of motivation and self confidence. Through hypnosis, you are able to identify the underlying causes of your depression while reprogramming your mind to better cope with everyday life. It will help you to regain the life you once had and find excitement, peace, and contentment within the new opportunities you can create.

Better SLeep/Insomnia

Did you know that the majority of your health is dependant on how well you sleep? During sleep your body is able to repair cells and rejenerate. Not to mention how it affects our mood and relationships when it can be unbareable to get through the day without a good night’s sleep. Generally speaking, chronic sleep disorders are caused by anxiety and stress due to an overburdened mind. Through hypnosis, you will learn techniques to quiet your mind and release the inner chatter, allowing you to enter a state of calm and relaxation imperative for a good night’s sleep.

Confidence

How many times in your life have you watched and envied someone who was so totally relaxed and comfortable in their own skin as they spoke, moved, and responded to others with complete ease? They presented themselves with effortless confidence and people seemed to gravitate towards them. Don’t think you can be like that person? Think again. Hypnosis builds a 'bridge' from where you are now to your destination - doing what you want to do comfortably. The lack of confidence is about uncertainty but once you have done something enough times you build the certainty and you no longer have a lack of confidence. The ability to trust in yourself and abilities can be gained through hypnosis and visualization and give you self confidence in the real world.

Self-Sabotage

Don’t let self-sabotage ruin your dreams. Oftentimes, we self-sabotage as a protective measure based on experiences stemming from childhood conditioning, unhealthy relationships, or negative self-talk. You have a choice though. You can let these voices or memories haunt you for the rest of your life and let them get in the way of your dreams and lose sight of what you want out of life. Or through hypnosis, you can uncover the reasons for your self-sabotage and counter those beliefs and patterns with new affirmations and new pathways. You will find that you can feel more at ease and encouraged by the idea of success and realize that success is a goal everyone deserves. Stop getting in your own way and letting fear and failure win and live the life you want.

Guilt

Excessive guilt can influence every aspect of a person’s life and keep you from moving forward and accomplishing goals. Often a result of childhood patterns taught by parents or caregivers, this deep-seated emotion can stunt emotional growth and hinder building a future because of the obsession with the past. Luckily, excessive guilt can be addressed using hypnotherapy by utilizing acceptance as well as unconscious training of what is in your control and what is not, releasing you to build a future you design.

Sports Enhancement

Hypnosis, your ultimate secret weapon to improving your favored sport. What if you could boost your ability, scores, and consistency? With hypnosis you can. In sports, ‘being in the zone/flow‘, is a natural state of trance when everything on the field or court seems to slow down and everything comes easily.  With hypnosis you will change your self talk to support your goals and learn to create the state of flow naturally with adding a mental training regimen to physical and sport-specific training so you can greatly increase confidence, consistency and ability.

Academic Performance

Increase our academic results and realize your academic abilities when you learn to let go of unhealthy educational conditioning. Fear-inducing standards of academic performance can cause individuals to develop negative reactions to educational demands. With hypnosis you can realize these subconscious beliefs and adopt new learning strategies, motivations and learn how to better deal with academic pressure creating space to learn freely and fearlessly.

Motivation

Motivation takes you from wanting something to having something. Do you find yourself dreaming of something but feel like you can’t arouse the energy to go out and get it? When you are motivated, the work it takes to get to your goal seems almost effortless, you want to do the work it takes and do so by any means necessary. Focusing on your specific dreams, ambitions, and goals in a state of hypnosis to help you access your inner drive so nothing will stop you making your dreams a reality. Hypnosis can spark your passions and hot buttons and give yourself the energy and desire to go out and get what you want. School, career, love or money you can create the life you’ve always wanted

Organization

Feeling cluttered? Do you have piles of paperwork or objects? You may thtink you aren’t a hoarder but did you know that the external environment can often affect your internal environment as well, and your mind mirrors that disorganized state? Hypnotherapy can help you locate the clutter in your head and organize your thoughts and feelings so you can do the same with the papers and objects in your external environment. Woking on your core beliefs as to why you keep, collect and manage your belongings you can find freedom from things owning you to you owning things. Whether at home, work, or elsewhere you will notice the benfits of being organized in all aspects of your life and have more time, energy and room for things your truly desire.

Social Fears

Socializing and connecting with others is a natural and enjoyable part of life. However, for people with social fears, meetings, public speaking, and social gatherings can be cause for anxiety. It can includes an extreme fear of becoming humiliated in social situations and embarrassing oneself in front of other people. Hypnosis can retrain your unconscious mind to respond to social situations with ease instead of anxiety. When your fears linked with social interaction begin to subside, you will find joy in socializing and create a life you may never have thought possible.

Weight Release

Do you over eart or binge-eat as a reaction to stress, anxiety or other emotional triggers? These triggers often lie deep in the subconscious mind and it is not always apparent why you may be eating. Through hypnotherapy you will be able to identify the specific triggers that cause you to overeat and have food cravings while learning positive techniques to handle the emotions and triggers. All while learning the importance of food quality, quantity and the importance of a consistent physical routine. Today you can begin to release weight naturally.

obsessions/OCD

Take control of your obsessions today. Did you know that reoccuring thoughts that create a sense of alarm and fear can become obsessions? Obsessions often take the form of thinking about a perceived fear as opposed to an actual physical situation or threat. Hypnotherapy is the perfect resource to assist in learning to control or eliminate the thought that is creating the obsession in the unconscous mind. Take back your life and overcome your obsessions.

Self-Esteem

Wouldn’t it be great to really like yourself? Many people are walking around as their own enemy. Talking in their head to themselves in a way they wouldn’t dare talk to anyone else. But through hypnotherapy you can build back the low self esteem that is keeping you from accomplishing your goals. You can learn to be honest and objective about your positive attributes and feel confident in your abilities. Hypnosis will help you cultivate admiration for who you are and build a positive outlook on yourself and your future that will help you create the life you want.

Physical Healing

Increase regeneration and decrease physical healing time. Did you know your body has natural healing mechanisms but with factors such as physical or emotional stress it can take longer? With hypnosis you will learn techniques and visualizations that will help you to utilize the unconscious mind in self-healing as well as how to manage and decrease stress to allow your body to heal optimally.

Public Speaking

Heart racing, sweaty palms, and a blank mind. Almost everyone has experienced stage fright at one time or another. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, fear of public speaking afffects 73% of the population. The fear you are caused when public speaking is from specific unconscious responses to receiving adrenaline that should optimize our performance but is perceived as if you are under a physical threat and you become anxious and fearful. This can be disastrous if you are standing on a stage or infront of people trying to sound articulate and informed because now your energy is going to battle your internal response and nonexistent threat. Re-educating the brain to receive the correct reaction can help you enjoy public speaking. Hypnotherapy can reduce or completely rid your self of this sometimes debilitating condition that keeps you from sharing your talents and information with those around you.

Teeth Grinding

Have you been told from your dentist that you grind your teeth and are tired of it? This unconscious habit can occure throughout your day but often peaks during sleep. It can be incredibly hard on your teeth, jaw, and facial muscles. Over time, teeth grinding causes serious damage including broken teeth, damage to the enamel as well as possible jaw and fascial changes. The patttern off tension in your jaw can also afffect different areas in your body causeing tentsion in our shoulders and hips because of the fascia that connects it. Because most habits are unconscious optimal treatment begins with hypnosis you can retrain your unconscious mind to identify the tension and learn to relax to jaw muscle and mouth and begin proper tongue placement in the mouth during the day and while sleeping to alleivaite theis problem.

Satisfaction

Feeling unsatisfied with your life? Satisfaction is a feeling often mistaken for happiness but its actually a more complex feeling because it is a compilation of several emotions like happiness, achievement, contentment and is specific to you based upon your individual values. Satisfaction or lack of satisfaction can affect any aspect of your life. In can be general such as to how you build your life story or specific to an area of life such as work, relationships, life goals and school. The sense of satisfaction in your life is not only based on acheiving your goals, but also feeling content with where you are in the present as you work to acheive those goals. With hypnosis, you will identify the unconscious feelings of dissatisfaction that affect you, while discovering ways to truly be satisfied in your everyday life. Learn how to gain a feeling of satisfaction in all areas and create the balance of wanting something and feeling accomplished today with hypnotherapy.

Migraines

Did you know that migraines are often caused by stress and tension or inbalances in your life? Learning how to cope with these triggers or avoid them completely can often be the best way to prevent the onset of a migraine. With hypnosis you can discover techniques like progressive muscle relaxation and visualization to prevent and relieve discomfort and help you be pain free.

Shyness

Increase your social skills and overcome your shyness. Many people have suffered from this to varying degrees, however, for some it can be debilitating. With hypnosis, you will learn to utilize the unconscious mind to rehears social situations in a relaxed, controlled environment, while removing your natural fear response. You will gain the confidence to approach and engage others and uncover a magnetic and social side of yourself that will allow you to realx in social situations.

Nail Biting

Nailbiting can be painful and an incredibly embarrasing habit but with hypnotherapy you can control your nail biting at the unconscious level. Learn the trigger points that cause the behavior and be able to automatically change and control this pattern without will power while you add in positive habits to heal your hands while increasing your confidence.

Sexuality/Body Confidence

Do you feel comfortable in your skin? Dealing with sexuailty today can mean a lot of different things. Most people don’t realize how much their body confidence and past can affect their ability to deeply connect with others and that it hinder theit intimate and non intimate realtionships and even their goals in life. Your ability to fully exress yourself phyiscally and emotionally stems from the ability to feel comfortable with who you entrinsically are. With hypnosis you will learn how to uncover the beliefs that are holding you back from feeling the pleasure that you truly deserve in every aspect of life.

Relationships

Whether family dynamics or intimate relationships healthy communication and boundaries are an essential foundation to relationships. Each relationship, type and style of relationship may require a different aspect to build the stability, safety, excitement and goals that you may crave from them. As humans we are neurologically wired to create connections with others but have you experienced a connection gone awry? I think everyone has at some point. And at somepoint everyone gets helps from a wiser persepctive. With hypnosis you can utilize your own wise perspective of a higher version of yourself that can help you understand the relationship in deep ways that are meaningfull to you and learn different solutions to creating it in the best way.

Life’s Purpose

Do you feel confused about what your greater purpose in life is? Many people forget what they are meant to do as they get caught up in a life that doesn’t satisfy them. As people we are creators at diffferent levels and we are meant to bring inspiration to this world in some form. But because of generational beliefs, family patterns or timing you can let your life’s purpose pass you by but if you are still living and breathing you still have something to create and share to inspire others. Hypnosis can help you to rediscover what it is and the steps to fulfill your life’s purpose.

Spiritual Pursuits

Enlightenment is not often sought after these days but you may still struggle with your spiritual life. What it is and what it isn’t. If you want one or if you don’t. On some level it is engrained to wonder in curiosity about the meaning of life and you may find you have some level of faith in an outside source. Spiritual experiences can be positive and enhance our understanding and relationship to the world around us leading us to our goals while some can be negative and hinder our realtionships, confidence and increase negative emotions that keep us from truly being a light in the world. Through hypnosis you can understand your personal relationship to your source and create the enlightenment that you need.

Past-Life Regressions

Many people are fascinated by the idea of having a past life. Whether you have had a past life or not there is always a lesson to learn from a past form of your unconscious mind that you can utilize in your present daily life. The information learned during a past-life regression is helpful in your self-discovery and you can find a deeper understanding of yourself as well as a wider range of emotions and empaathy. Use hypnosis to explore a life story that exists within your mind and just for you.


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Excerpts from Scientific Studies and Publications on Hypnosis

As of December 15, 2004 results from more than 3,000 clinical research studies are available showing positive benefits from hypnosis. (According to: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/)

  • According to studies done at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, suggestions given in a hypnotic state, even once, can produce actions in human beings that are the same type of actions that would have resulted from more long-term conditioning and practice.

  • In a research study on Self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users, (Am J Clin Hypn. 2004 Apr;46(4):281-97), individuals who played self-hypnosis audiotapes “at least 3 to 5 times a week,” at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.

  • In a research study done with 60 college student volunteers (Spring of 2004 at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona), using hypnosis with ego-enhancement suggestions showed “significantly dramatic effects” in brain-wave patterns, subjective sense of self-confidence, and test scores.

  • As reported by NewScientist.com news service: “Hypnosis is more than just a party trick; it measurably changes how the brain works,” says John Gruzelier, a research psychologist at Imperial College in London . “Hypnosis significantly affects the activity in a part of the brain responsible for detecting and responding to errors, an area that controls higher level executive functions.” The finding is one of the first to indicate a biological mechanism underpinning the experience of hypnosis. “This explains why, under hypnosis, help cancer patients deal with painful treatments.

  • Research using positron emission tomography (PET) scans, shows that hypnosis might alleviate pain by decreasing the activity of brain areas involved in the experience of suffering. Scientists have found that hypnosis reduced the activity of the anterior cingulate cortex, an area known to be involved in pain, but did not affect the activity of the somatosensory cortex, where the sensations of pain are processed.

  • Clinical trials of therapeutic hypnosis confirm its potential benefits. Christina Liossi, a psychologist at the University of Wales in Swansea, recently conducted a study of 80 cancer patients aged 6 to 16. She found that those under hypnosis experienced far less pain during treatments than control children, who simply talked to the researchers normally.

  • According to published results of clinical studies (Am J Clin Hypn. 2004 Apr), the use of hypnosis facilitates a more uncomplicated birth process. In a separate research study done by University of Florida counseling psychologist Paul Schauble, it was also found that women who learn hypnosis before delivering babies suffer fewer complications, need less medication and are more likely to have healthier babies than are women without hypnosis. Schauble’s first study involved adolescents getting prenatal care at a public health clinic. A group of 20 patients who received hypnosis preparation were compared with 20 who were given supportive counseling and 20 patients in a control group who received only the standard prenatal care. None of the women who received hypnosis required surgical intervention in their deliveries, compared with 12 in the supportive counseling group and eight in the control group, he said. “Patients who are prepared for labor and delivery in hypnosis are more likely to absorb and benefit from information because they are in a relaxed, highly focused state,” he said.

  • In an ongoing pilot study being done by University of Florida counseling psychologist Paul Schauble, preliminary results show hypnotized patients with hypertension are more easily able to make lifestyle improvements that can lower blood pressure.

  • A study being done by a team of University of Florida researchers is finding that learning self-hypnosis gives a patient greater control over the stress, anxiety and pain of medical operations and childbirth, overall. “Training patients in hypnosis prior to undergoing surgery is a way of helping them develop a sense of control over their stress, discomfort and anxiety,” says Dr. Paul Schauble, psychologist. “It also helps them better understand what they can do to bring about a more satisfying and rapid recovery.” He also said, “We’ve found, in working with individual patients, that they often feel literally stripped of control when they go into the hospital. The surgeon may do a good job of explaining the surgery, but patients’ anxiety may make it difficult for them to absorb or comprehend. This can result in undue apprehension that can create complications or prolonged recovery.”

  • “Children make excellent subjects for hypnosis because they spend more time using their imaginations,” says Florida counseling psychologist Paul Schauble. “But with practice most adults can learn how to enter into a therapeutic hypnotic state quite easily as well.”

  • In 1998 Henry Szechtman of McMaster University in Ontario and his co-workers used PET to image the brain activity of hypnotized subjects who were invited to imagine a scenario in which they were listening to someone speaking to them, and who then actually experienced a scenario in which they were listening to someone speaking to them. The researchers noted that the act of imagining a sound, called hallucinating a sound, was experienced exactly the same as real hearing, both being experienced as coming from an external source.

  • 18 separate studies found that patients who received cognitive behavioral therapy plus hypnosis for disorders such as obesity, insomnia, anxiety and hypertension showed greater improvement than 70 percent of the patients who received psychotherapy alone.

  • Studies Reported Weight Loss Hypnosis: An analysis of five weight loss studies reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 showed that the weight loss reported in the five studies indicates that hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss approaches. The University of Connecticut.

  • Hypnosis became popular as a treatment for medical conditions in the late 1700s when effective pharmaceutical and surgical treatment options were limited. In 1958 hypnosis was recognized by the American Medical Association as a legitimate, safe approach to medical and psychological problems. The American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the British Medical Association (BMA), has recognized hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool as well. Though often denigrated as fake or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses especially in controlling pain. Scientific American July, 2001

  • Numerous scientific studies have emerged in recent years showing that the hypnotized mind can exert a real and powerful effect on the body. The Wall Street Journal in the October 7th, 2003

  • The easiest way to break bad habits is through hypnosis. Newsweek Magazine

  • Hypnosis gives you more confidence. The Magazine Psychology Today

  • U.S. Olympic athletes use hypnosis to win. It only makes sense that hypnosis is a tool to use to increase ones motivation. The Detroit Free Press

  • Hypnosis can be used very effectively for pain reduction. It can also be very useful in treating anxiety in people who are anxious. Hypnosis has been shown to be effective in helping people to stop smoking and in controlling overeating. David Spiegel, M.D. Associate Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University