"Since my two-hour hypnosis session with you six months ago, I have not had the desire to smoke and I have not done so.
"Until I met you, I didn't
believe it was possible. .. I had tried other methods and they had all
The art of hypnosis has been a curiosity to people throughout history. Hypnotists have been thought to have magical powers and the process of hypnotherapy was often misunderstood. Naturalistic hypnosis, based largely on the work of Dr. Milton S. Erickson, is a gentle, effective tool for short-term therapeutic change.
The hypnotic state is one of relaxed alertness, in which clients are quite aware of their surroundings, and genuinely have the feeling of choice in their future behavior. Hypnotic work is always conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect.
As humanity progresses through the 21st century, there is an increasing focus on the powers of mind, and the importance of the mind-body connection for health and healing. Hypnotic trance and language are powerful ways to use the fabulous resources for change which lie within each person's unconscious. Hypnosis is gaining recognition by physicians and mental health professionals as an important ingredient in the medicine of the future.
Clients occasionally wonder if they personally will be able to experience hypnosis at a deep enough level. I'm less concerned, in fact, with getting them into trance than I am with getting them out of the trance they may already be in.
In some ways, the therapeutic insights and behavior changes might be considered more realistically, a sort of "de-hypnosis". Consider how many people feel trapped in old, habitual patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. These could be considered the result of inadvertent post-hypnotic suggestions that they made to themselves, or that others made to them years ago.
Learning to communicate with the unconscious, and with different systems in the body, to make new, healthier, more positive suggestions, is a large part of the training clients receive. This contemporary approach incorporates the latest scientific research on using imagery and autosuggestion.
Since being trained and certified in medical and clinical hypnosis in 1988, I have been offering brief, solution-oriented hypnosis sessions in Woodstock and New York City. Most issues and problems can be addressed in 3 to 6 two-hour sessions. Some of the major categories that respond well to this approach include:
• managing pain
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