Humans have powerful, astonishing minds. We have a remarkable capacity for love and empathy, kindness and generosity, creativity and compassion. Sometimes we can forget to employ all that potential, as well as our courage, resilience, and benevolence of spirit, to help ourselves when we most need it. Hypnosis helps us do just that.
Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention with a heightened sense of suggestibility. This state helps the conscious mind to relax, bypassing the analytical mind, the part that gets in the way a lot of the time, and connecting directly with the subconscious mind.
Our analytical minds are constantly processing and assessing input and stimulus from a million different directions at once, and we can often find ourselves stuck in habits, ideologies, behaviors, and beliefs that aren’t allowing us to transcend that conscious cacophony, and make intentional, empathetic changes that can bring calm and contentment.
Hypnotherapy: Change From Within
Hypnosis can help you reduce stress, lose weight, stop smoking, eliminate or develop new positive habits, overcome fears or phobias, build self-confidence, pass exams, increase concentration, achieve self-acceptance, and overcome insomnia. Hypnosis can also help cancer patients deal with their pain and marshal their body’s defenses.
During a hypnosis session, I will ask you a lot of questions to get a detailed, and uncluttered understanding of what you ultimately want to achieve. I am looking to understand, "How you want to be once the change is made."
Most importantly, while in hypnosis I work with subtle suggestion and inspiration techniques to help you build a greater motivation for this positive change. Together we are building a map to work with during both conversational (lighter) and deeper hypnosis sessions, using only words and suggestions that come directly from you.
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What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention with a heightened sense of suggestibility.
What does hypnosis feel like?
There is no specific feeling that tells a person they have gone into hypnosis, however some people feel a lightness, while other people feel a heaviness. People who experience hypnosis report feeling relaxed, calm, and refreshed afterwards.
We all experience hypnosis naturally at least twice per day - just as we are waking up, and again as we are about to fall asleep. Similarly, when you find yourself totally engrossed in watching a movie or reading book, your conscious mind relaxes and allows the subconscious mind to emerge and connect with this stimulation. If you find yourself daydreaming and relaxing at any time, you can be described as being in a hypnotic trance, the only difference is that it’s much harder to take advantage of this state without a professional practitioner to help guide you.
When a person is in a relaxed state the conscious mind switches off and the subconscious mind becomes highly receptive to positive and beneficial suggestions. It takes us a long time to develop habits such as smoking or overeating, but through hypnosis our subconscious mind can easily be realigned so that we quickly form new habits, new feelings, and a new self-image.
How long does a session last and how many are needed?
The average session lasts about an hour but initial sessions can last longer. Depending on the client’s situation and desired outcomes, anywhere from 1 to 6 or more sessions may be recommended.
How does it work?
When we enter into the absorbed state of hypnosis or hypnotic trace, we use our thoughts, talents and experiences in ways not usually available to us. With the help of a trained professional, we can develop innate, individual abilities that enable making desired changes in our thoughts, feelings and behaviors possible.
The focused state of hypnosis allows changes to be made intentionally, almost automatically, changes that we could not ordinarily, consciously make so abruptly. The subconscious mind stores a lot of our ideas, beliefs, and behaviors; because the subconscious mind is accessed during hypnosis it is much easier to create lasting desired change.
This state also allows for the Reticular Activating System (RAS) of the brain to readily communicate with the body and promote positive emotional behavior. The RAS is the portal through which nearly all information enters the brain. (Smells are the exception; they go directly into your brain’s emotional area.) The RAS filters the incoming information and effects what you pay attention to, how aroused you are, and decides what is, and what is not, going to get access to your brain.
Can I be made to do things I don’t want to do?
No. Your subconscious will not accept suggestions that are against your morals and deepest held beliefs. When you see people in stage shows doing silly things it is because they want to do them to have fun.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
There are about 1 in 5000 people who clinically cannot be hypnotized, as well as anyone who does not want to be. Hypnosis requires cooperation between the subject and the professional to be successful.
Can hypnosis cause harm, like damage to the mind?
No, absolutely not. There has never been a case of anyone being harmed by hypnosis.
Can a person be left in a hypnotic state?
No, if a hypnotized person were to be left in a hypnotic state for any reason, the subconscious would be aware of this and the person would either awaken or drift into a natural sleep from which they would awaken naturally.
During a hypnosis session, does a person have to divulge personal details they would normally want to keep secret?
A competent professional is able to help resolve a problem or issue without having to know personal details. In fact, some techniques have been developed specifically to resolve problems without even having to know what the problem is.
Is a hypnotized person totally “out of it” and unaware of what is happening?
Quite the opposite, a person in hypnosis is far more aware of what is going on around them than they are when in a normal waking state.
Does a hypnotized person forget what has happened?
No, the person remembers everything that has gone on during a session.
How much do you charge for the sessions?
I offer a Smoking Cessation Package for $400.00 (3 sessions with a initial session of 2 hrs.).
"I came to Sherry with the hopes that she could help me more effectively deal with the chronic pain associated with cancer that had metastasized to bones in my spine, chest, and hips. - Read more testimonials