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Cultivate Wellness. Within.

What does wellness mean to you? How do you cultivate wellness? Do you feel well within or are you looking for new ways to feel grounded and centered?

Often times we recognize the absence of wellness more readily than its presence; when we feel good we're not looking for it! Wellness is that feeling of having a good day, and having more of those days consistently. When you get in touch with what makes you well and do those things more often, sometimes that leads you to wellness. Othertimes, there are roadblocks that prevent you from getting on (or staying on) your wellness path. These roadblocks may be so unconscious you aren't aware or able to access them. Working through them in talk therapy can be a start. Using hypnotherapy to quickly uncover those unconscious roadblocks can feel miraculous. As long as you are ready to try something new, the changes you can achieve are limitless. 

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
— Viktor E. Frankl

 

What Hypnosis is NOT...

The stereotype of a hypnotized person is someone who is completely under the control of another person. Most of us are familiar with the theatrical hypnotists who make you cluck like a chicken or bark like a dog. This is a common misconception of hypnosis, and is not an accurate depiction of what would occur in a clinical setting. Just like any stage show is a form of entertainment, so is stage hypnosis. A hypnotist cannot control your mind, as evidenced by the fact that I have received speeding tickets, and my banker does not add zeroes to my account! Hypnosis has many uses other than entertainment. 

What Hypnosis IS...

Hypnosis is a mental state somewhere between waking and sleeping, often experienced as a deep state of relaxation. In this state, lost memories can be retrieved, reasons for compulsive behaviors can be found, bad habits can be corrected. Hypnosis caters to a wide market of people with issues that they have not been able to resolve through other practices. 

Everyone enters hypnosis at least twice a day as the mind cycles down into sleep and as it awakens. Maybe you’ve been so lost in a book that when someone calls your name you don’t even hear him. Quite often people drift off into light hypnosis while driving. Let’s say you are driving along and your mind begins to daydream, and then before you know it you’ve reached your destination and you don’t even remember the drive, or maybe time has passed so quickly you can’t believe you are there already. That is hypnosis. When you were driving your conscious mind drifted off into a daydream, but your subconscious mind kept you safe on the road. If the car in front of you stopped suddently, your conscious mind would have automatically come back into focus and you would have responded to the situation. 

In hypnosis you are in a heightened state of concentration and relaxation. You will not do or say anything that is against your morals or character. You cannot be talked into doing anything against your will.

How Hypnosis Works...

The mind consists of two parts, the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious mind analyzes and rationalizes. The conscious mind holds short term memory. It is the part of our mind that chatters to us all day long, rationalizes behaviors as good or bad, and solves problems. Will power lies here, as does the ability to think, analyze, process and plan. The conscious mind does only one thing at a time and uses only 10% of your potential. In any type of traditional talk therapy you are basically dealing with the conscious mind. Here you analyze, figure out, and/or intellectualize your problems. Talk therapy improves your awareness, which is the first step in changing.

Your imagination, habits, emotions, and longterm, permanent memory are stored in the remaining 90% of your mind, referred to as the subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind also controls all the autonomic systems of the body (regulates breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, etc.) It can do many things at once. Your subconscious mind is who you are, your belief systems, how you respond to things. Every thing you have ever experienced, felt, heard, smelled, tasted or dreamed is recorded and stored within your subconscious mind. Hypnosis provides direct access to the subconscious mind. In hypnosis, it is possible to quiet the chatter of your conscious mind and allow the hypnotist to deliver positive suggestions into the subconscious. Your subconscious is like a computer. It can be reprogrammed for positive change easily and effortlessly.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a unique blend of traditional talk therapy in conjunction with hypnosis. You will essentially be conducting a therapy session while in hypnosis, and all the memories and experiences in your life will be directly accesible. This is why hypnosis differs from hypnotherapyIn hypnotherapy, you are able to uncover the reasoning behind the unconscious decisions you made long, long ago. At one moment in your life, often as a child, a decision you made served you and made sense at the time, but now that unconscious decision prevents you from reaching your goals. Once those unconscious decisions have been identified and healed, you are free to work on achieving the personal growth you desire. Then, your subconscious mind is open to accept the positive suggestions you are given in hypnosis and this reprograms your thinking. If these decisions were not resolved first, hypnosis alone may prove ineffective because  the hypnotist would be making suggestions you didn’t agree with or like, and your mind would reject them.

There are very few limits to the areas of personal growth that can be enhanced through the use of hypnotherapy. The process is a creative and enjoyable journey that helps to remove old obstacles to self-improvement, and tap into the many resources that already exist so that you find your wellness within. The uses of hypnotherapy are limited only by your imagination. Some issues will benefit from hypnotherapy alone, and others may require the additional incorporation of adjunct therapies such as talk therapy, EFT, or referral to a psychiatrist.


YOU USE HYPNOSIS NOT AS A CURE BUT AS A MEANS OF ESTABLISHING A FAVORABLE CLIMATE IN WHICH TO LEARN.
— MILTON ERICKSON

Ways Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are used

  • Weight loss
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Codependence
  • Trauma (Simple and Complex)
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Abandonment
  • Fertility Issues
  • Agoraphobia/Claustrophobia
  • Physical Complaints (Chronic pain, migraines, TMJ, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia)
  • Compulsive Behaviors (Nailbiting, Skinpicking, Hair/Eyelash pulling)
  • Birth Preparation
  • Pre and Post Surgery
  • Procrastination

 

  • Athletic Performance
  • Dental Anxiety
  • Intimacy
  • Grief/Mourning
  • Decrease Procrastination
  • Enuresis (Bedwetting)
  • Improve Memory
  • Public Speaking
  • Addictions
  • Respiratory Conditions such as Asthma
  • Ulcers
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual Concerns
  • Insomnia
  • Relationship Issues

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Everyone Be Hypnotized?

Yes, people put themselves in a state of hypnosis practically every day. It is a normal state that happens to everyone right before going to sleep. It also happens when we’re reading a book, watching television, or driving long distances. Have you ever been on the freeway and suddenly found yourself at your exit without realizing how you got there? That’s what basically happens in hypnosis, you’re put in a trance state. In therapeutic hypnosis the trance state is prolonged in order to work within its bounds.

It is possible to resist hypnosis just as it is possible to resist sleep. However, even if a person resists hypnosis, with practice the resistance can be overcome.

Will I Be in Control Over What I Say and What I Do?

Absolutely, you will have complete control over what you say and do in the session.

Can a Person Get Stuck in the Hypnotic State?

It is impossible to get stuck in the hypnotic state. You will always come out of it naturally, just as you do every day when you sleep. As your mind cycles down at the end of each day and as it begins to come back to consciousness each morning, you are naturally entering and leaving a hypnotic state. 

What Does it Feel Like to be Hypnotized?

When you are in hypnosis you feel completely and totally relaxed. You are not asleep, anesthetized or unconscious. Your mind is active, you are alert, you can hear every sound in the room and your thoughts are under your control. Some people feel a heightened sense of sounds during hypnosis, others find they catch their mind wandering into other thoughs because they feel so relaxed. For most, hypnosis feels wonderful and enjoyable. After emerging from hypnosis people feel rested even though they were not asleep. Fifteen minutes of hypnosis can feel like eight hours of sleep.

How Quickly Does Hypnosis Work?

With hypnosis, you can experience relief and positive transformation in a relatively short amount of time. Although every client is different, and change takes as long as it takes for each individual, results with hypnotherapy generally occur in a much shorter amount of time than talk therapy alone. I specialize in a solution focused, brief therapy approach, meaning my goal is to help you achieve your goals quickly and then move on in your life. When many goals exist, we will work togther to prioritize and focus on one change at a time.

Please contact me to discuss your specific issue and I can attempt to give you an average number of sessions required based on your needs. Each person is unique, and your issue could require more or less time to find resolution. Until we work together, it's impossible to know exactly how many sessions you may require. 

You May Not Have Heard...

For thousands of years the power of suggestion has played a major role in healing in cultures as varied as ancient Greece, Persia, and India. Between 1955 and 1958 the British Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association all approved the use of hypnotherapy as a valid medical treatment.  In 1995 the National Institutes of Health acknowledged hypnotherapy for its effectiveness of treating chronic pain and insomnia. Research has even demonstrated that a person's body chemistry actually changes during a hypnotic trance.

Todays increased understanding of how hypnosis works and what it does makes it a legitimate option for those whose needs have not been met by more traditional methods. In using both the power of suggestion and trancelike states, hypnotherapy can access the deepest levels of the mind to effect positive changes in a person's behavior as well as treat a range of health conditions. Hypnotherapy is a widely accepted means of treatment for many emotional and physical ailments, but there are quite a few uses for hypnosis you may not have known about, including:

  • Anesthesia
  • Physical Complaints (Chronic pain, migraines, TMJ, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia)
  • Habits (Nailbiting, Skinpicking, Hair/Eyelash pulling)
  • Birth Preparation
  • Pre and Post Surgery
  • Sexual Concerns
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Athletic Performance
  • Decrease Procrastination
  • Enuresis (Bedwetting)
  • Memory Improvement
  • Respiratory Conditions such as Asthma
  • Ulcers
  • Smoking Cessation

 

Contact Lauren for a phone consultation and to schedule your first appointment.