How Hypnotherapy Helps
Often in response to traumatic experiences, the human brain adopts habitual ways of managing deep and sometimes unbearable pain. When unhealthy, these patterned ways of responding, can continue to have negative effects on our health and relationships long after the trauma has passed. Because of the way habits are formed in the brain, they are typically resistant to even our best intentions and efforts for change. Hypnotherapy is one gentle and effective way to access the deeper places in the brain where destructive habits are stored, allowing us to update old memories and allow for the formation of new and healthier habits that better fit your life today.
What Hypnotherapy Is Not
Hypnotherapy is not like stage hypnosis. You will not magically develop the ability to speak Russian. You will not unwittingly share a deep dark secret that you didn't want anyone else to know. You will not find yourself hopping around my office like a rabbit or braying like a donkey, unless of course, you want to... :)
What Hypnotherapy Is
Hypnotherapy is more like "Focused Daydreaming". You are fully awake and in control of your experience, free to accept or reject anything you hear. We will together craft the suggestions and meaning that you want me to focus on and I will show you how to slow your brain wave pattern to the ideal state of receptivity for incorporating new learning and generating creative new connections. This alpha/theta brain wave pattern is how a person feels when having a peaceful daydream or light nap, like when you can hear everything happening around you, but may be uncertain of whether these things are real or imagined.
How I Use Hypnotherapy
Being trained in Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy and certified by the National Board for Clinical Hypnotherapists, I use hypnotherapy only in support of your intentions, beliefs and goals for your life. I use it in a resourcing way, to increase resilience and strengthen resolve. I do not use hypnotherapy to recover lost memories or in a coersive or manipulative way. I choose only to use hypnotherapy with adults 18 years of age or older who request to work with me in this way.
** If you are interested in incorporating hypnotherapy into your current trauma treatment, please let me know. I'd love to have a conversation with you about how it might enhance your therapy.