What is Hypnotherapy?
Basically, hypnotherapy involves placing you in a state of deep relaxation so that we can access your subconscious mind.
Our subconscious mind stores emotions, long-term memory, creativity, intuition, and the framework for our patterns in relationships, behaviors, and addictions (which refers to more than just alochol or drugs -- we can be addicted to anger, food or work, for example).
Our conscious mind, the intellect, is the part that analyzes, thinks and plans, and stores short-term memory.
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis employs a deep state of relaxation to introduce a "post-hypnotic suggestion" for relief from unpleasant symptoms. For example: guiding the client to associate an unhealthy habit like smoking with a subconscious image or sensory experience that the individual finds repulsive. So in "waking life," the individual no longer finds the habit appealing and ideally, quits doing it.
Hypnotherapy goes deeper than treating symptoms alone. The counselor conducts psychotherapy while the client is under hypnosis, which helps the individual identify what caused the symptoms to develop in the first place. So instead of pulling weeds (the symptoms), we get to the root (the cause) of your issues.
What if I can't be hypnotized, or if I do go "under" and can't come back out of it?
Brain wave research shows that we toggle between the subconscious and conscious mind throughout the day. The ability to enter and leave a state of hypnosis is how your brain is naturally wired.
How will I know if I've been hypnotized?
Some of the signs that you are "under" are that your muscles will relax. Breathing becomes deeper and slower. You might sigh, or notice that your eyelids become heavy and want to close. Your eyes might even begin to water, or you may experience an intense feeling of happiness.
Will I be awake during the process, and remember what happened to me while I was under hypnosis?
Yes. You will be conscious and awake even while in a state of hypnosis. Afterward, you will remember everything that happened during the process. You will be able to "wake up" at any time during the process if you want to.
Are you going to make me quack like a duck?
No. Hypnotherapy is not carnival side-show hypnotism. It is a scientifically validated therapeutic technique. I am a certified clinical hypnotherapist, and have been using the process with positive results for several years.
Unexpressed emotions never die. They will come forth later in uglier ways.