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Many people have questions about how hypnosis can improve their lives. I provide answers to commonly asked questions below, with more in-depth answers in my Articles section.
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Hypnosis is a process of allowing suggestions to alter your experience. Suggestions are simply invitations to have a particular experience.
Your mind and body adapt to your experiences, which is how you learn, grow, and make changes. Hypnosis amplifies all your natural abilities, including those you may not even realize you have, making change happen faster and more powerfully than normal.
Additionally, hypnosis enhances access to the deeper, "non-conscious" portions of your mind, usually referred to as "the unconscious mind".
Nearly everyone experiences some form of hypnosis on a daily basis, such as when engrossed in a good book, movie, or show, or even while simply daydreaming.
The "unconscious mind" is a metaphor for those parts of your mind responsible for everything that you do outside of conscious awareness. It makes your heart beat and your lungs breathe. It filters and modifies your perceptions. It does everything you have learned to do automatically (walking, talking, driving). It is your imagination, the repository of your memories, and the source of all your emotions. In a very real sense, your "unconscious mind" is who you really are.
Hypnotic coaching is a form of coaching (whether life coaching, executive coaching, or other) where hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming may be used to facilitate certain portions of the coaching process.
Examples include the production of evocative imagery, generating outcomes and goals, overcoming feelings of being "stuck" or "not knowing the answer", or amplifying virtually any client capability (imagination, creativity, relaxation, etc).
This differs from general hypnosis or hypnotherapy in that a coaching relationship is typically an ongoing, longer term partnership focused on wider issues. Within coaching, hypnosis itself is not "the point", but is rather a tool used selectively to facilitate coaching.
Paradigm Hypnosis is not a medical practice, nor am I a psychologist or health service provider, therefore I do not diagnose, cure, or prescribe treatment for medical conditions or disorders. While I may be able to assist formal medical care by a licensed practitioner, such assistance requires a doctor’s referral.
Hypnosis is not about “making you” do anything against your will. You remain in control during and after the session, which means that you must actively desire the change in order for me to help you achieve it.
Self-hypnosis is hypnosis that you perform on and by yourself. Some claim that all hypnosis is a form of self-hypnosis, with the hypnotist guiding you through the process.
A certified hypnotist will typically have significantly more training and experience with hypnosis than a client, however the real difference is that self-hypnosis takes far more sessions and cannot resolve some issues. That is primarily because it is difficult for your conscious mind to bypass itself in order for you to communicate directly with your own "unconscious mind". In short, you get in your own way.
It's the difference between driving and being a passenger while on a scenic drive. Even though the territory is the same, the experiences are completely different.
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In short, no. My focus is squarely on individuals instead of groups of any sort (including couples). While a client's requested change work certainly may improve their relationships, my goal is to help the individual client reach their desired goals. Couples who seek therapy such as marriage counseling are encouraged to contact a professional who specializes in that work.
Stage and street hypnosis are popular forms of hypnosis-based entertainment intended for audiences of all sizes, performed on a “stage” or “on the street”. My specialty is focused change work, so I do not offer these services.
Only when explicitly requested or if it occurs spontaneously within a session.
My approach is largely scientific and agnostic. I do not impose my belief system on you, although I am flexible enough to work with yours.
While I have made exceptions depending on circumstance and desired outcome in the past, I no longer work with minors (including teenagers).