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Tele-hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a form of hypnosis used to explore the subconscious mind in order to change behaviors. During a hypnotherapy session, people are guided through a process to induce a trance-like state that helps them focus their minds, respond more readily to suggestions, and become deeply relaxed. Hypnotherapy utilizes the heightened awareness of the hypnotic state to help you focus on a problem more deeply.

About Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnosis?

  • Hypnosis is a trance-like mental state in which people experience increased attention, concentration, and suggestibility. While hypnosis is often described as a sleep-like state, it is better expressed as a state of focused attention, heightened suggestibility, and vivid fantasies. People in a hypnotic state often seem sleepy and zoned out, but in reality, they are in a state of hyper-awareness.

  • It’s impossible to pinpoint exactly when Hypnosis was discovered, as it has been used almost as long as our recorded history! However, the study of hypnosis is well documented.  Take a look at research by Dr. James Braid, Franz Anton Mesmer, Dave Elman, and Milton Erickson.  These are all people that have helped to change the practice of Hypnosis. 

  • There are three major types of Hypnosis, though there are many sub-specialties.  These are Guided Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, and Self-Hypnosis. 

  • For all Hypnosis, it all boils down to self-hypnosis.  Whether you’re guided by a hypnotist, working with a hypnotherapist, or using self-hypnosis techniques – it is YOUR BRAIN that is doing all the work!  

What is hypnotherapy?

  • Hypnotherapy is a form of hypnosis that utilizes the tenants of hypnosis to effect positive change. 

  • The term “hypnotherapy” is hotly contested in our current age.  This is because, while Hypnosis is accepted by most medical and mental health professionals, it is not a form of psychotherapy.  A hypnotherapist specializes in the subconscious mind.  Psychotherapy utilizes practices that are medical at its base, where hypnotherapy uses scientifically proven methods of coaching and self-hypnosis to effect change.  

  • Hypnotherapy, as a form of hypnosis, is sometimes simply referred to as Hypnosis for the sake of legal standing.  While some hypnotherapists are also medical doctors, psychotherapists, or social workers, this is not the case for a vast majority of those of us in the profession.  Therefore, it is important to note that hypnotherapy is NOT designed to treat, diagnose, or cure any medical or mental health condition.  

What hypnosis is NOT!

  • Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are NOT medical or mental health treatments.  While we do work with barriers that are similar to those in the medical and mental health fields, we are not medical professionals.  We cannot diagnose a medical/mental condition, we cannot treat a medical/mental condition, and we cannot cure a medical/mental condition.  What we can do is give your brain the tools to combat the negative effects on your life from various things.

  • Hypnosis is NOT mind control! One of the biggest questions I get asked is “can I get stuck in hypnosis?” This is often followed up with a reference to either the movie “Office Space” or the movie “Get Out!”. While we love a good thriller or comedy, it’s important to realize that Hollywood is always adding their own flare to things to keep you glued to that screen. No hypnotist is able to control your mind! The suggestions that we use while you’re under hypnosis are either accepted or rejected by your brain’s own self-defense mechanisms. Like Genie from Aladdin, you won’t be forced to fall in love, or kill someone. Your responses to suggestion are only there to help and enrich your life!

  • Hypnosis is NOT a trick! Sure, we have fun with Stage Hypnosis shows, making folks forget their names, getting stuck to their chair, and more – but even those are not tricks. The brain is such a powerful thing that it can take a suggestion and make it reality! There’s no slight of hand or illusion to hypnosis – just your brain, hard at work!