What is hypnosis?

The hypnotic state is a state of being–a perfectly normal state of being that we experience several times every day, for example, when we’re driving a familiar route, and suddenly find ourselves somewhere with no memory of the journey. We experience the hypnosis state just before falling asleep. It’s a state of very deep relaxation, with our conscious mind at rest.

How hypnosis works

Hypnosis allows us to work within your subconscious mind, to explore and release negative thought patterns, to overcome habits, behaviors, symptoms–your subconscious is in charge of these things.

Your conscious mind is your logical, reasoning mind–that’s its job: logic and reason. It’s not the logical mind that keeps us in old habits that we’d like to change! If it were, making up our minds is all it would take for us to make significant changes in our lives.

Your subconscious mind is a different realm:

  • Habits–habits have some value that your logical mind can’t address, but your subconscious mind can.
  • Involuntary functions–your subconscious can influence involuntary functions, affecting pain relief, maintaining blood pressure, and reducing or eliminating anxiety.
  • Memory– everything you’ve done is somewhere in those memory banks. Under hypnosis, you can go back to where you last saw those lost keys . . . .
  • Emotion–emotions from the past are powerful–they can hold us back, or give us strength.
  • Imagination–the language of the subconscious. Your imagination speaks your goals and your fears.  Using the power of the subconscious, you can create your own blueprint for the future.

Role of the hypnotherapist

I see myself as a facilitator. I help you access what you already know–consciously and subconsciously–so that you can make positive changes in your life.

What happens in hypnotherapy?

Our session begins with a conversation.   I want to know if you have a problem, or if you’re trying to reach a personal goal. If it’s a medical issue, I’d ask you to get your doctor’s clearance first.   I don’t want to give someone techniques for headache pain if the headache could be a symptom of a medical problem.

Based on our conversation, I decide what hypnotherapy techniques to use in our session.   We use 4 basic areas to facilitate change–not necessarily in this order:

  • Post-hypnotic suggestion and guided imagery
  • Discovering the cause of the problem
  • Releasing the cause
  • Learning a new way to handle the problem

I use what I’ve learned in our conversation at the beginning of the session to decide which techniques to use for your situation.


Your session is confidential. That is your right by law. The only exceptions to the confidentiality rule are if you have given your written consent to sharing this information, if you confess to a crime, or if you are a minor, and there is evidence of abuse.

Common myths

  • You can somehow get “stuck” in hypnosis
  • A hypnotist can make you bark like a dog
  • You might divulge some deep dark secret
  • A hypnotist could make you do something you don’t want to do

These myths are not true. Some arise from the tricks a stage hypnotist will use to entertain an audience. But the stage hypnotists know how to select participants who are ready and willing to go along with the hypnotist’s goal: entertainment.

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