What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is an evidence based complementary therapy that uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance or hypnosis. Hypnosis is a natural and pleasant state of the human mind. It involves focused attention: concentration on an object, an idea or an activity with full involvement, while attention to anything else is temporarily suspended. We can experience this “trance-like” state in everyday living, for example: becoming totally involved watching a movie or a sports game, driving on a familiar route where you do not quite remember part of the journey, waking minutes before an alarm clock on a significant day, daydreaming, reading an absorbing book, noticing a smell or hearing a song which takes you back in time reminding you of an event which has been stored in your memory. It is often described in sports as the experience of “flow” or “the zone.”

In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention on specific thoughts or tasks and bring conscious awareness to subconscious mechanisms. Within the subconscious mind resides our imagination, emotions, memories, automatic body responses, habit patterns, and most deeply held beliefs about ourselves and what we believe is possible for us. It is these deeply held patterns and beliefs that drive our decisions and behaviors and shape our perceptions. When we desire to make a lasting, positive change in our lives, it is these subconscious patterns that we must effect, which is why hypnotherapy is such an effective way to bring about lasting change. Furthermore, the more a person practices going into hypnosis, the easier it becomes for them to enter it at will and use it to benefit their daily lives such as in a meditation practice or sports performance.