What is Hypnosis?

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Hypnosis is a state of consciousness in which you are deeply aware, focused and more susceptible to creating the change you seek. It is a natural state. In fact, each of us enters such a state (sometimes called trance) many times throughout the day.  The two most common times are upon falling asleep and waking up. Other times include driving (highway hypnosis), when completely absorbed in watching a movie, listening to music, working on a favorite hobby or activity in the "flow" state. These are all "altered states of consciousness." 

What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis to interact with the subconscious mind in an open-reflective process to create positive change in your life. There are many techniques, many styles and many applications of hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy should only be conducted by a trained professional. My mental health education, license and training classifies me as a hypnotherapist versus just a lay hypnotist who does stage shows.

Do you practice medicine or psychotherapy?

 

No. I will not diagnose or treat any physical or mental health problems. I will never suggest that you discontinue any prescribed treatment or medications.

 

If you need to be treated for a mental health condition and are appropriate, I may be able to work with you through the proper channel at the New Ulm Medical Center. We would discuss this option during the free consultation.

Who is hypnosis for?

 

Anyone who:

  • feels stuck

  • has unwanted habits

  • has unresolved childhood issues

  • is burnt out

  • has unmanageable stress

  • keeps repeating unwanted patterns

  • has trouble with sleep

  • feels disconnected

  • who worries too much

  • has physical pain that is exacerbated by stress

  • is otherwise struggling to overcome an issue​​

This list is not extensive. If your issue is different than what is listed above please set up a free 15minutes consultation to discuss our options!

What can't be treated with hypnotherapy?

 

  •  Serious psychiatric or mental health problems will be referred to a qualified psychotherapist or psychiatrist

  • Medical problems with the physical body must always be treated by a physician, who may, at their discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy for pain control or relaxation

  • Drug addiction, clinical depression and other such problems that need to be treated by a doctor and/or mental health professional  may, at their discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy as a supplementary treatment 

How Hypnotherapy Works

When we are in the "normal” waking state, called Beta, our brainwaves primarily vibrate at 13 to 30 Hertz. Beta is associated with normal levels of alertness.  It is also associated with overactive thinking patterns, stress, anxiety, frustration and other undesired states.  People spend most of their daily lives operating on this level.  In this conscious state of mind, people often have wants, needs and desires to change and “think” about making those changes. However, they are unable to make those changes a reality because they have stronger limiting beliefs that are stored in the subconscious mind, which also houses our emotions, attitudes and perceptions.

The subconscious mind consists of Theta brainwaves that vibrate at 4 to 8 Hertz and Delta, the deepest brainwave level that vibrates 1 to 3 Hertz.  Theta and Delta brainwaves are typically only accessed during sleep. This is the state in which the subconscious mind is more susceptible to reprogramming. In this state, the mind is more open to suggestions for change.  Modern technology has shown what ancient traditions have known for thousands of years, we have the capability to access Delta and Theta brainwaves while we are awake.  

I will guide you through mental techniques that bypass Beta and bring you into the relaxed state of Alpha and eventually into Theta and Delta brainwaves.  In this state, you will use your conscious awareness to create changes you want for yourself.  You will create brain connections from the conscious mind to the subconscious mind.

Hypnosis is a skill that some people are more susceptible than others. Your willingness has a lot to do with your success in hypnosis. Hypnosis teaches, among many other things, self-compassion and focused attention, skills that are pertinent to managing your mind and emotions.