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Hypnotherapy is the use of therapeutic hypnosis to bring about behavioral change. It results from the simple shifting back and forth between the conscious and the subconscious mind, a natural process that we naturally participate daily without effort. Since hypnosis does not involve the analytical thinking of the mind but rather bypasses it to the more intuitive, sensing, feeling, and relational capacities of the mind, we can use hypnosis for behavioral change by contacting a person through this language. It is the language of the heart.

When the analytical thinking of the mind is at rest (10% of the mind that thinks, plans, and memorizes), what is felt is a deep sense of peace and what is experienced is an acute sense of awareness of the hidden language of the mind. This is the subconscious language of symbols, metaphors, images, and feelings perception. We can easily access our emotions through hypnotic trance. In this state, a person is in control at all times, fully able to talk and direct therapy.

Thus the subconscious mind (nonverbal in nature but responsible for 90% of our life patterns of perception and reaction) becomes highly responsive to suggestion. It is here that we can alter, change, and accept our emotions. The Laws of the Mind are universal principles of belief and action which shape our patterns of thinking and can be worked with to create healing and change. 

Hypnosis is a natural sate of mind that is different from waking or sleeping. Our brain waves show a deep level of relaxation and synchrony when we are in the sate of hypnosis. We have probably been hypnotized thousands of times in our live without really being aware of it. It is deep trance as is the trance that happens in falling in love, reading a powerful book, or having a feeling evoked form watching a movie. When we are in a state of hypnosis, because our perception is so fine, we also sometimes have access to information that we block out with our conscious mind.

Some people think of hypnosis as stage hypnosis where people are made suggestively to do silly things to entertain the audience. This kind of hypnosis is different and is not therapeutic. Therapeutically, hypnosis can be used for deep healing, to change bad habits, for overcoming addictions, and to get in touch with deep feelings at the root of these problems and to understand the beliefs that drive them. That way we can change them. Please see Uses for Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis sessions can be one half hour to one and half hour duration and can be experienced repeatedly with the results of each experience feeling different. For more on Hypnosis, please read Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis.

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