Sage Creek Therapy
Initial Hypnotherapy Session and Follow-up Session - $125
Subsequent Sessions- $60
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Let’s take the mystery out of hypnosis. For the moment, imagine dividing your mind into two parts. One is the conscious mind, those things you are fully aware of and focusing on at any given moment and the second is the subconscious mind. Hypnosis is a completely natural state of mind. We enter states of hypnosis on a daily basis although you might not have realized that's what's happening. Our minds work like a tape recorder, Taking every moment of every day. Of course it would would overwhelming to be actively aware of all that information all of the time. That's why we have been given a subconscious mind as a filing system to store that information. Hypnosis is used to access that filing system so we can bypass the conscious mind. If you have ever cried during a movie because you were feeling emotional about what was happening to the character, your mind was able to allow you enter a state where your conscious mind wasn't saying "Why are you crying? You know the actor is just fine. You saw them on the Today Show this morning." We have that ability to go into and out of our subconscious mind all day long. We enter that state every time we are involved in some creative endeavor, every time we daydream, every time we get wrapped up in our emotions, every time we drive along in our car and suddenly realize we don’t remember the last mile we drove, every time we are acting out of some previously formed habit.
The subconscious mind also controls those bodily functions over which we do not need to exercise conscious control over, such as heart rate, breathing, digestion and so forth. With practice, you can gain the ability to bring many of these “involuntary” bodily functions under your voluntary control.
Imagine a filter, screen or network which lies over the subconscious mind. I will call it the critical factor. You can think of it as a kind of protective mechanism so that every single thing we are exposed to does not become accepted as truth by the subconscious mind and become acted upon. In hypnosis we are purposely bypassing the critical factor of the mind so that ideas which are beneficial to us can make a deep and lasting impression on the subconscious mind. In hypnosis, the critical factor of the mind merely becomes less active through a variety of methods but it never disappears. It is simply less active and it will return to full activity should any suggestion be presented which your mind did not deem to be in its best interest. You are not a blank slate in hypnosis and you will not accept just any suggestion which is presented.
How do I know if can even be hypnotized?
Since hypnosis is a completely natural state of mind, there is no such thing as a person who cannot be hypnotized. If a person is not comfortable with the goals of the therapy or with the person conducting the hypnosis, then they might not allow themselves to follow the instructions to reach that natural state.
Will I know what is going on while I am hypnotized?
Absolutely! Hypnosis has nothing to do with being asleep or unconscious in any way. You hear everything, remember everything and know exactly what’s going on the entire time. You are always in control.
What will I feel like when I am hypnotized?
Everyone has a different experience so I can only give you some of the common reports. Some people liken it to the peaceful feeling they have just upon awakening on a morning when they don’t have to get up right away. They are fully aware of where they are and what’s going on but its just very peaceful and relaxing to lie there; sort of a grey area between waking and sleeping. Most individuals think that hypnosis should be more like the state of deep sleep itself where we are not consciously aware of anything. They expect to “wake up” from hypnosis as they would from a sound sleep. Since we are never ‘asleep” in hypnosis, we don’t need to “wake up” from it. It is simply a very comfortable and natural state of mind which we enter into and then come back out of.
Think of it this way. If we gathered a group of people around a swimming pool and asked them to enter into the water, we would see a wide variety of methods. Some would dive right in. Some would head down the steps at the edge of the pool while others would test the waters gently with their big toe. The same is true with a group of people entering into hypnosis. Some will dive right in and enjoy a deeper quality of relaxation than they ever have before in their entire lives and they will love it. Others will just gently test the shallow waters. The point is, it doesn’t matter which you do. You only need a light to medium state of hypnosis to bring about positive behavioral change.