What is Hypnosis?

Almost everyone has heard of or has an idea of hypnosis, but often these ideas are far from reality thanks to the ways that Hollywood and the media have misconstrued it. Hypnosis is not making people cluck like chickens, sleep, mind control or some kind of truth serum (sadly, I think there would be a LOT more people studying it if that were the case).

The simplest definition of hypnosis I've come across comes from Grace Smith, whom I have the privilege of studying under, and she defines it as "Meditation with a goal".  And it is that simple.

You see, everyone can be hypnotized because we go in and out of hypnosis naturally throughout the day. Maybe you've caught yourself day dreaming, zoning out on the highway, or coming up with the best ideas while in the shower or cooking dinner, Although you are aware of what you are doing and physically going through the motions, your focus is elsewhere. This is most likely because your brain was in the theta brain wave state. Theta is the state where the part of our mind that does all of the analyzing (our conscious mind) becomes relaxed, allowing us to tap into the part of our mind that controls habits, beliefs and emotions (our subconscious mind).

How I got into Hypnotherapy...

In December of 2018 I picked up a book that I thought would just be fun, light reading. It was called 'Close Your Eyes, Get Free' by Grace Smith. Within the binding were stories of people who had completely transformed their lives with hypnotherapy. From stopping pesky habits like nail biting, all the way to overcoming paralysis. I was completely enthralled in the stories and in awe of how powerful it was. Also included in the book were guides to do self-hypnosis at home. I began practicing and noticed a difference in my mental calmness and clarity immediately. After finishing the book I did some more research into this modality and found that the author ran an accredited school to become certified. It wasn't long after this discovery that I enrolled and started my journey as a hypnotherapy student. 

In April of 2019 I completed the school's beginner training (after which I could take on clients) and have recently completed the school's advanced training. Within the next few weeks I will be submitting my finals, completing the over 250+ hours of course work and will  officially gain my IACT certification.

As a client working with a hypnotherapist I have personally overcome my fear of flying. I love to travel, and do so often, but would have to medicate myself beforehand and have at least 1 drink on the flight to calm my nerves (and sometimes this didn't even do it). I now enjoy flying! I get excited for the trip, for the view from the clouds and the in-flight entertainment- it's pretty crazy when I look back at how different the experience is to what it used to be. And the most amazing part is that I didn't even focus on my fear of flying in any of my sessions!  My maintop of focus was my anxiety that was causing me to break out in hives every few months, but I had no idea decreasing my anxiety tied to my hives would also decrease my flight anxiety. We like to call these "bonus miracles" and they are common with hypnosis healing. Often times we don't realize how one thing in our lives has such an impact on everything else. Oh and by the way- I haven't broke out in hives since 2018 either!

What to expect in your session....

Every session kicks off with an in-depth discussion into the area you want to work on.  This allows us to really hone in on a topic of focus. After we decide on an area of focus, I'll teach you how to do self-hypnosis at home. That's right, you can hypnotize yourself! I'll email you the instructions tailored to you post-session so that you can continue the work whenever and wherever you want.

Once you've dipped your toe in and feel how relaxing it is, we'll do a deep dive where I walk you through relaxation techniques to put your mind into the theta state where all the magic happens!

This all happens from the comfort of your own home. Before our session via zoom, I'll send you some steps to make sure your space is as conducive to having a great session.

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