Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy uses deep relaxation and a light trance state to access
the subconscious mind.
Clients are safely guided to discover past connections to current issues, patterns
and blocks. Repressed emotions are released and beliefs that no longer serve are
changed by the client while making new, healthier life decisions.
The work takes place in the subconscious mind where the original trauma(s) are stored
so that healing and transformation occur faster than with traditional psychotherapy.
Corrective experiences anchor the new, healthier choices, allowing healing to be
experienced at the deepest level.
This method focuses on an ever-present link with the unconditional love in the client’s
heart center. Each client’s spiritual connection is honored and strengthened in
What is hypnotherapy?
The term "hypnosis" comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning "sleep." Hypnotherapists
use exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness,
also known as a trance. A person in a deeply focused state is unusually responsive
to an idea or image, but this does not mean that a hypnotist can control the person's
mind and free will. On the contrary, hypnosis can actually teach people how to master
their own states of awareness. By doing so they can affect their own bodily functions
and psychological responses.
What is the history of hypnosis?
Throughout history, trance states have been used by shamans and ancient peoples in
rituals and religious ceremonies. Hypnosis as we know it today was first associated
with the work of an Austrian physician named Franz Anton Mesmer. In the 1700s, Mesmer
believed that illnesses were caused by magnetic fluids in the body getting out of
balance. He used magnets and other hypnotic techniques (the word “mesmerized” comes
from his name) to treat people but the medical community was not convinced. Mesmer
was accused of fraud, and his techniques were called unscientific.
Hypnotherapy regained popularity in the mid-1900s due to Milton H. Erickson (1901
- 1980), a successful psychiatrist who used hypnosis in his practice. In 1958, both
the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association recognized
hypnotherapy as a valid medical procedure. Since 1995, the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.
Other conditions for which hypnotherapy is frequently used include anxiety and addiction.
How does hypnosis work?
When something happens to us, we remember it and learn a particular behavior in response
to what happened. Each time something similar happens, our physical and emotional
reactions attached to the memory are repeated. In some cases these reactions are
unhealthy. In some forms of hypnotherapy, a trained therapist guides you to remember
the event that led to the first reaction, separate the memory from the learned behavior,
and replace unhealthy behaviors with new, healthier ones.
During hypnosis, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. Like other
relaxation techniques, hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and changes
certain types of brain wave activity. In this relaxed state, you will feel at ease
physically yet fully awake mentally and may be highly responsive to suggestion. If
you are trying to quit smoking, for example, a therapist's suggestion may help convince
you that you will not like the taste of cigarettes in the future. Some people respond
better to hypnotic suggestion than others.
There are several stages of hypnosis:
· Reframing the problem
· Becoming relaxed, then absorbed (deeply engaged in the words or images presented
by a hypnotherapist)
· Dissociating (letting go of critical thoughts)
· Responding (complying with a hypnotherapist's suggestions)
· Returning to usual awareness
· Reflecting on the experience
What happens during a visit?
During your first visit, you will be asked about your history and what condition
you would like to address. I will explain to you what hypnosis is and how it works.
After answering your questions, I will guide you into relaxation, achieving a trance
state. Some resources will be anchored which will support your further work. After
experiencing heart-centered connection you will be brought back to the ordinary state
of consciousness. The first session is designed to establish connection between us
and the safety within which the work will be accomplished.
In future sessions, you will be guided to return to the source of the issue that
you’ve come to work with, regressing back to the ego-state of consciousness where
old conclusions and behavioral decisions took root, establishing the patterns that
you seek to change now. From that same ego-state you will use your resources to have
a corrective experience and from a newly empowered place, make new conclusions and
decisions for yourself. Where applicable, you will be offered a series of mental
images and suggestions intended to change behaviors and relieve symptoms. For example,
people who have panic attacks may be given the suggestion that, in the future, they
will be able to relax whenever they want. I will also teach you the basics of self-hypnosis
and give you the option of recording the induction and healing part of your session
to use at home so you can reinforce what you learn during the session.
How many treatments will I need?
Each session lasts about ninety minutes – two hours, and most people start to see
results within the first 1 – 2 sessions and resolve the issue within 4 - 10 sessions.
Children are easily hypnotized and may respond after only one or two visits.
What illnesses or conditions respond well to hypnosis?
Hypnosis is used in a variety of settings -- from emergency rooms to dental offices
to outpatient clinics. Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis may improve immune
function, increase relaxation, decrease stress, and ease pain and feelings of anxiety.
Hypnotherapy can reduce the fear and anxiety that some people feel before medical
or dental procedures. For example, hypnosis may improve recovery time and reduce
anxiety as well as pain following surgery. Clinical trials on burn patients suggest
that hypnosis decreases pain (enough to replace pain medication) and speeds healing.
Generally, clinical studies show that using hypnosis may reduce your need for medication,
improve your mental and physical condition before an operation, and reduce the time
it takes to recover. Dentists also use hypnotherapy to control gagging and bleeding.
A hypnotherapist can teach you self-regulation skills. For instance, someone with
arthritis may learn to turn down pain like the volume on a radio. Hypnotherapy can
also be used to help manage chronic illness. Self-hypnosis can enhance a sense of
control, which is often lacking when someone has a chronic illness.
Clinical studies on children in emergency treatment centers show that hypnotherapy
reduces fear, anxiety, and discomfort.
Other problems or conditions that may respond to hypnotherapy include:
“I’ve recommended hypnotherapy to help ease chronic pain, lessen the side effects
of chemotherapy, alleviate symptoms of autoimmune disease, and counteract anxiety
and sleep disorders. Hypnotherapy can also be used to improve performance skills,
as a form of analgesia or sedation for medical and dental procedures – even to stop
hemorrhaging in accident victims. In general, I believe that no condition is out
of bounds for trying hypnotherapy on.”