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.
The term "hypnosis" comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning "sleep." Hypnotherapists use imagery exercises that help bring about deep relaxation and a deeply focused state that is highly responsive to an idea or image. Like other relaxation techniques, hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and changes certain types of brain wave activity. Your conscious mind becomes less alert and your subconscious mind becomes more focused.
The clinical value of imagery has been well documented in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions such as cancer, migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress, and immune system disorders. (1)
Nursing expert Dorothy Larkin Ph.D. describes hypnosis as "a process of therapeutic communication, awareness, and behavior within the context of a therapeutic relationship." (2)
Nursing research has shown the positive impact hypnosis can have for a variety of conditions. It has been used by nurses in hospice care, palliative care, home care and critical care, as well as in burn units and oncology, obstetrics, medicine and surgery units. (3)
Prior to your first session, you will be sent our Confidential Intake Questionnaire. We ask you to fill it out in advance so that you and your hypnotherapist can be well prepared at the initial session. We recommend you avoid caffeine on the day of your appointment. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes.
Please Plan Ahead On The Day Of Your Appointment
1. We encourage you to plan ahead on the day of your appointment. Allow extra time for road construction and other delays. Try to arrive a few minutes early to enjoy a cup of herbal tea and take advantage of our comfortable relaxation areas.
2. Clients who arrive 15 minutes after their scheduled appointment time will need to reschedule and pay a $35 rescheduling fee. While we will do the best we possibly can, accommodating late arriving clients unfortunately causes clients scheduled after you to be late.
Prior to experiencing the profoundly relaxed state of hypnotic trance, your hypnotherapist will review the Confidential Intake Questionnaire with you. Together, we will explore any obstacles that might have hindered you from achieving your goals in the past. During this conversation you will also learn how hypnosis works and can ask questions.
After the intake consultation, you are seated in a comfortable chair and will be gently guided into a relaxing trance that will help you examine ideas and beliefs which will assist you in overcoming and resolving identified life challenges. While in this trance, you can come out of it anytime you wish to resume regular consciousness. Most people find that they enjoy the deep relaxation and want to stay in this stress-free, peaceful state. You will consciously hear what the hypnotherapist is saying and can accept or reject any of the positive suggestions they will be making to you.
To ensure optimal success and outstanding results, we take a holistic approach to helping all clients and ask you to be prepared to implement basic, yet important healthy changes in your lifestyle to achieve your goals.
Based on your individual needs, you will receive resources about sleep habits, nutrition and exercise, all in an effort to build a solid foundation which will support your wellness journey. Following each session, for additional support and guidance, you can receive emails with positive affirmations and resource articles (per your request).
(1) (2) (3) Holistic Nursing - A Handbook for Practice by Barbara Montgomery Dossey and Lynn Keegan
Gilda (Jill) Cook CHt is a Member of NATH - National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists