Tranquility Hypnosis
......healing through hypnotherapy


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 hypnotherapist 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.

How does hypnosis work?

Each person experiences hypnotic trance in their own way.  There is no right or wrong way.  However, most people report feeling relaxed and completely at ease.  While in a 'trance' state, the therapist will give positive suggestions to help make modifications in the subconscious mind…for the life changes will not happen until the conscious mind and the subconscious have the same beliefs.  When you are hypnotized, your unconscious mind is fed new beliefs so these changes can happen.  The person being hypnotized is always aware of their surroundings, of what is being said and cannot be made to do or say anything against their will.  You will be able to adjust positions if you need to, talk with the hypnotherapist and make decisions and choices.  Even though the experience is different for everybody, the majority of people agree that hypnosis is a pleasant state of deep inner calm and physical calm.  Many people even deny ever being in hypnosis until they see the transformations happening before their eyes.  Although the hypnotherapist talks the client through the process, all the work is done by the client themselves.  When your system is reminded that it can heal…it will heal itself.

Will I be in control?

Yes.  Many clients fear a loss of control during hypnotherapy, therefore, it is important to know that hypnosis allows you more control rather than less.  Hypnotherapy may be regarded as an altered state of consciousness, not a loss of consciousness.

Will hypnotherapy work for me?

An important aspect of the success of hypnotherapy is a client's motivation for change.  If you are motivated and willing to work towards your goal with the guidance of your therapist, then hypnotherapy has every chance of working for you.  Hypnosis is not appropriate for a person who has psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, or for someone who is actively abusing drugs or alcohol.  If a person is "clean" and working a program, then hypnosis can be very effective.  Hypnosis should be used for pain control only after a doctor has performed a thorough evaluation for any physical disorder that might require medical or surgical treatment.

What happens during a visit to the hypnotherapist?

During your first visit, you will experience a supported and compassionate environment where I will interview you about what brought you in and what condition you would like address.  I will explain to you what hypnosis is and how it works.  We will also discuss non-hypnotic techniques that you can use at your own leisure, such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  You will be directed through relaxation techniques, using a series of mental images and positive suggestions intended to change behaviors and relieve symptoms.
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