What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a complementary and alternative form of health care service for the major purpose of avocational or vocational self-improvement and involves the use of hypnosis in a safe, therapeutic environment to create lasting positive changes in the way you think, feel, and behave. Problems of psychogenic or functional origin are treated by psychological or medical referrals only pursuant to California Business and Professions Code 2908.
It’s talk therapy meeting with hypnosis to help you close the gap between your current situation and your ideal outcome by aligning your conscious intentions with your subconscious motivations so you can create, facilitate and reinforce positive changes in your life and relationships.
Hypnotherapy utilizes a process of self-discovery and personal transformation to gain direct access to the part of mind that governs up to 90% of our subconscious behaviors. Research has shown that changes made at the subconscious level are more likely to stick than mere “positive thinking” at the conscious level.
Hypnotherapy is NOT psychology and does not include diagnosis nor the practice of medicine or psychology, nor is it a substitute for licensed medical or psychological services.
Hypnotherapy is a lot like guided meditation and leverages a relaxed state of mind to transform your thoughts, emotions, and even your behaviors.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural and normal state of altered consciousness you likely experience everyday. It’s that groggy, half-asleep feeling you get right before you fall asleep or when you first wake up. It’s that sense of being on autopilot when you find yourself driving to work on your day off. It’s that period of time when you get lost in a good movie or book. It also happens when your mind starts to wonder and thoughts turn into daydreams.
Hypnosis may resemble sleep, but you’re not really asleep at all. If anything, you’re more alert. Hypnosis is a focused state of awareness and concentration in which the senses become heightened and the physical body relaxes deeply. It is in this state when you are most receptive to thoughts and suggestions entering the mind, creating an ideal learning state you can control.
Hypnosis is usually triggered by an abundance of information and messages entering into the mind from various stimuli, such as the body, the environment, conscious thoughts, unconscious thoughts and even social interactions. This overload of information tends to activate an internal fight/flight mechanism, causing the conscious mind to escape into hypnosis when overwhelmed. Some people experience hypnosis everyday without even realizing it!
The result is a deeply relaxed, sleep-like state allowing you to access and override your subconscious programming so that it is working in alignment with your conscious intention to achieve a specific goal. Through hypnosis, you can make positive changes in your life for the purposes of personal or professional self-improvement.