Hypnosis is a state that is actually effortless to enter. All of us (by which I mean “every person”) goes into hypnosis every (by which I mean “every”) day. By the time I finish describing it, you may find that you have been in and out of it while reading this sentence. It is nothing more or less than a state of mind where you stop thinking and just let yourself be. You often experience it in an elevator while waiting for your floor. Have you ever missed your turn off a highway because you just “weren’t paying attention”? That is the state of hypnosis.
When a clinician uses hypnosis, he or she is speaking directly to the unconscious mind for the purpose of creating new thoughts and ideas. Sometimes we do it directly, and sometimes we do this indirectly through the use of story and metaphor. All we have to do is encourage the client into that “dreamlike” state of disconnected thought. To make this happen, we set the conscious mind aside by giving it something to do.
You see, your unconscious mind is like a small child. It likes stories, and it is willing to identify with any person or object in the story that it chooses to latch onto. The hypnotist then makes suggestions about improving the quality of your life, and because your unconscious is like a small child, it wants to please. It will continue to follow those instructions.
Hypnosis is useful for the specific issues of weight management and smoking cessation and to end generalized issues like anxiety and stress. Beyond that, we use it for deeper work like addictions and other unacceptable behavior. With hypnosis we can uncover the root cause of a problem so that you no longer need to act out in negative or self-destructive ways.
We can also use hypnosis to create generative changes such that you can willingly create positive changes for your life in an on-going way.