– Milton Erickson
You’re not “going under” – but you can go deeper.
You’ve likely experienced trance-like states many times. Experiences of peak flow or being enraptured by a song, dance, or story are examples of naturally occurring trances.
Thoughts or feelings about these experiences may stay with you long afterward. It’s the same idea with hypnotherapy.
I base my style of hypnotherapy on the work of Milton Erickson, the great American psychiatrist whose profound belief in the healing potential of the human unconscious is something I share.
This approach evokes the wisdom of your unconscious mind, a vast storehouse of knowledge and resources. Rather than “putting you under,” you will experience a trance state like those you’ve naturally experienced throughout your life.
Change comes from within.
Ericksonian hypnotherapy is an “inside-out” experience because it does not impose on you from the outside. Your conscious and unconscious mind knows far more about your life, needs, and strengths than I could ever learn.
Your mind even knows things passed down through your ancestors. Therefore, any solution I might suggest has less chance of being helpful than something arising from your unconscious.
Entry into a trance is an invitation, and each one is unique. Because we are opening the door to possibility, there is no way to know exactly what it will be like for you. However, I will not ask you to do anything more than be as you are while making any adjustments for comfort that you want to make.
Your eyes can be open or closed, and you can listen to every word I say or not. Your unconscious mind will gravitate to the helpful things and leave behind what is not.
What else might there be?
Part of a hypnotherapy session might involve me reading you a story or a poem.
We might have something like a conversation, where you tell me what’s going on inside.
You might not realize you’ve been in a trance until you come out of a trance (That almost always happens to me!). It might feel like a dream, vision, or movie.
Most everyone reports feeling deeply relaxed.
– Milton Erickson
Gain comfort and heal from the inside out.
Hypnotherapy does not tend to be a “miracle cure,” but most clients report that something lingered with them, consciously or unconsciously, that helped them shift in the direction they want to go.
We will schedule at least two sessions. The first session helps me know you a little and hear how you hope to benefit from the trance. The second session is for the actual trance.
Together, we decide how to proceed after that. It could be more hypnotherapy, or you might decide that investing in psychotherapy will benefit you.
Contact me for a free consultation to talk more about hypnotherapy and answer any questions you may have.