The Unconscious is the part of human consciousness where most of the work of the mind gets done – it is the repository of automatic skills such as riding a bike, the source of intuition and dreams, the engine of much information processing. It is a reservoir, a complete memory bank, of feelings, thoughts, urges and memories that are outside of our conscious awareness, including feelings of pain, anxiety and conflict. Feeling impressions and perceptions register in the unconscious long before we may be aware of them.
Unconscious factors even affect the way we perceive others. The unconscious mind is not a black hole of unacceptable impulses waiting to trip you up, but it can be the source of hidden beliefs, fears, and attitudes that interfere with everyday life. And it continues to influence our behavior and experience even though we are unaware of it. These feelings that are in the unconscious often come through in dreams.
When someone is out of touch with their unconscious they are only accessing a limited part of their being. In Hypnotherapy it is the person’s unconscious that is brought into dialogue in order to boost or support the conscious behavior in a person’s life and loosen some of the feelings and thoughts that are submerged below the surface, to bring these hidden hindrances into conscious awareness so that they can be worked with.
The trance is a common every day occurrence. We go into trances while driving, while watching television, while daydreaming. We lose track of time, we forget where we are; we are drawn into an unconscious state.
Unlike such typical trance states, Hypnosis is a state of focused attention generated by relaxation practices that gently ease the analytical mind allowing deeper access to more recessed emotional states, memories, and knowings. In this work, the client, while experiencing enhanced responsiveness to suggestion, remains conscious, never doing anything he/she does not wish to do, always in control.
Hypnotherapy is used in many therapeutic arenas, including surgery, pain reduction, addiction treatment,
increased equanimity, weight loss, improved performance, following life’s purpose and core values, to name a few.
As a certified Hypnotherapist I offer Hypnotherapy sessions on their own and I also use them as part of a coaching session to support the breakthroughs a person experiences in their sessions.
Anyone can go into a hypnotic trance if they are willing. Willingness plays the most important of all roles in any practice
oriented around a person’s desire to change something in their lives.
A few famous clients of Hypnotherapy are:
William Shakespeare, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, Mozart, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Sir Winston Churchill, Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Costner, Jackie Kennedy Onassis.