Client Testimonials

September 29, 2011 by  
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“Hey magic man, she did great this morning with all the needles. Even an IV and epidural!”  L.A. (mother of teen who had fear of needles).

“OMG! Nothing short of a miracle. The memorial service was indeed a miracle. THANKS SO MUCH.”  L.W. (anxiety control and to deal with upcoming funeral of dear friend).

“You’re the greatest hypnotist on earth! Changes lives in an hour!”  M.W. (help with husband’s snoring. Generalized anxiety control, progressive relaxation).

“I couldn’t agree more!” S.E.

“I slept very well.  Emotions and fears all locked in.  This is excellent…. This has been very helpful.”  M.C.

What drives our behavior?

September 28, 2011 by  
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Ever feel like much of your behavior is driven by an inner script? You are not alone. Our subconscious mind drives much of our behavior. From the time we are born, our mind is constantly learning about the world around us: making connections, taking note of “lessons learned” and developing core values and belief systems.

We view the world around us through the filter of those belief systems. Our impression of the world is like a Monet painting – an interpretation of reality rather than reality itself.

Monet Garden

Monet Impressionist Painting

Behaviors that are positively reinforced are more likely to be repeated. The behavior is strengthened and becomes a habit, as neural pathways are wired in our brain. We are all creatures of habit.

Interestingly, our subconscious mind does not distinguish between good and bad habits.

Good habits (e.g., eating well) and bad habits (e.g., smoking) are all known and comfortable to the subconscious mind. And the subconscious mind fiercely defends its “comfort zone” from conscious change, even when we consciously know and agree change would be for the best.

Hypnosis can relax those defense mechanism and open the subconscious mind to good suggestions for positive change that are consistent with your core values.

Yet hypnosis is a subject that most people find cautiously intriguing. What is hypnosis? How does hypnosis work? Why can’t I change my behavior just by trying harder? Why is it that every time I quit smoking, I eventually reach for a cigarette without thinking? Can I be hypnotized? How does that work? Are you going to hijack my brain and make me cluck like a chicken?

This blog attempts to answer these and other questions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Please also click the link to Hyp-Nova TV, to see some of these topics discussed on video.

You will find hypnosis to be a fascinating topic, because it concerns itself with human behavior, personal renewal and growth and reaching one’s truly vast potential. It concerns itself with you!

What is hypnosis?

September 28, 2011 by  
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Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. It is that twilight zone that you go through each night on the way to sleep. But unlike sleep, a person in hypnosis is aware of their surroundings. They can learn in hypnosis and they will generally remember everything afterward.

Ever drive to work only to wonder how you got there? You were in highway hypnosis. What starts as a conscious act (driving on your first day of work) soon becomes a routine that can be performed automatically while you consciously think about other things. Automatic behavior allows us to perform complex functions efficiently and comfortably, while focusing on other priorities.

The subconscious mind prefers pleasure over pain. So it defends habits against change, even bad habits, like smoking, overeating, nail-biting are protected. Try changing any comfortable routine and you will feel the anxiety building. The subconscious “boss” wins most of those battles.

In hypnosis, your subconscious mind relaxes these defense mechanisms, preventing a knee-jerk rejection. Instead, your subconscious mind becomes open and receptive to positive suggestions consistent with your core values. Your core values remain intact in hypnosis. But when a suggestion for positive change is made directly to the subconscious, it’s likely to be accepted on its merits as a good idea.

How do hypnotic suggestions work?

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We know from the placebo effect that even conscious suggestions are about 25% effective, at least if they do not threaten an established habit.

A placebo is simply a sugar pill or other inert substance used as a vehicle to deliver a suggestion. For example, “take two of these pills [the placebo] and you’ll feel better in the morning [the suggestion].”)

In hypnosis, suggestions can be made directly to the subconscious to change problem habits. This is possible in hypnosis because our defense mechanisms are relaxed and don’t reject the suggestion in an automatic effort to defend the habit.

Without interference from defense mechanisms, and with an open mind that considers suggestions on their true merits, the rate of acceptance of suggestions for positive change rises dramatically in hypnosis. Old bad habits can be re-scripted into new healthy ones.

What’s the success rate from hypnosis?

September 28, 2011 by  
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A survey of psychotherapy literature by Alfred A. Barrios, P.hD. revealed the following comparative success rate for hypnotherapy:

  • Psychoanalysis:        38% recovery after 600 sessions.
  • Behavior Therapy:    72% recovery after 22 sessions.
  • Hypnotherapy:          93% recovery after 6 sessions.

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