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What to Expect

The Hypnosis

People  respond to hypnosis differently. For some it feels like they are basically sitting there with their eyes closed. This is the case for people who are more analytical in nature. Others will feel some interesting sensations like heaviness or "spaciness". Others will feel like they have had moments of dropping off to sleep.

 

However, it is important to remember that how "deep" you are is irrelevant. Depth is not necessary for effective hypnosis and can, in fact, impede the process. For example, people who go deep can have a difficult time following instructions to do exercises wtihin their mind which means I am limited with regards to my interventions.

What matters more than depth is that what I am saying to you is relevant and useful. This is why  ensure I know what you want by doing a thorough consultation before we work together.  I will ensure you are in a suitable hypnotic state to take in the hypnotic argument I offer and to create the results you want. 

 

People sometimes wonder if they will be talking in hypnosis. That really depends.  It is dependent upon your preference and the technique we are using. Sometimes it is necessary for us to trace back where an issue stems from in which case I give you the option of talking during the session or afterwards. On other occasions you have very little to do as I will be guiding the session. Again, I work according to your preferences.

 

I am comfortable working spontaneuosly if something arises during the session that you want to work on "real time". You are alwys welcome to interupt me during the hypnosis to let me know if somethnig has come up for you that you want to work on. And I am fine with you throwing a new theory or angle at me at the last minute. I pride myself on being able to incorporate new material into a session I have planned and I am often complimented by my clients for my ability to create a powerful and relevant session on the spot.  I am also comfortable throwing my session out all together if things have shifted for you and you want to go in a new direction.

People sometimes wonder if they will hear me or if they will remember what occurs during a session. Hypnosis is not sleep or unconsciousness. You will be aware of what is happening and, in fact, will be able to reject suggestions if you don't feel they are suitable. You are in control at all times while in hypnosis. 

 

Results

Let me start this session on results by giving my pie chart explanation. I look at each client's goal as being a pie chart, each slice representing something that is causing or contributing to the client's symptoms that  needs to be addressed. We don't need to address the whole pie to get results, just a majority chunk. 

 

Sometimes there is one piece of pie we need to work on. For example, a client has a car accident and now they have a fear of driving. I address the accident and the fear resolves. Easy and quick.

In other cases, there are several pieces to the pie that need to be addressed for the client to get results. For example, a client may have several contributing factors to their anxiety that need to be addressed. In the case of there being a complex backstory or several contributing factors, results may not be evident right away as we may need to address several pieces of pie before we tip the scales and we have addressed enough for you to see results.

The problem is that neither you nor msyelf know how many pieces of pie there are right away or what the relative size of each piece is. Even a client who seems really clear about where their symtpoms stem from can be incorrect. This is because the subconscious is illogical so it can be working below the level of our consciousness. This is why I prompt your subconsious for more information right from session 1. We start by uncovering any other pie peices we may need to address.

 

A brief example: I had a client who told me he started smoking at 28 because he got his first job then and it was a way to deal with stress and to bond with his smoking co-workers. We worked on getting his subconsious to find other ways to manage stress and letting his subconscious know he no longer needed to smoke to fit in. But, we were't getting results. So, in our next session, I traced back to the origin of his smoking. What he didn't share during the consutlation, because he had no idea it was sitll affecting him, is that he had shot a friend of his in a hunting accident at 28.  He felt so guilty he didnt think he deserved to have a good life - -and he picked up smoking to punish himself. This event had occurred thirty years ago and, at the time we worked together, was no longer on my client's mind. He was still friends with the guy, who survived the shooting. In his mind, it was in the past. Over and done with. And yet, his subconscious was still responding to that belief he didnt deserve a good life. When I addressed that event, convincing his subconsious that he DID deserve a good life, he quit smoking and also lost weight and changed careers!

Where you are in getting results at any given time is related to how much of the pie we have addressed and how much we still have to discover. This is why I encourage clients to be patient and to understand that it is a process that unfolds over time.

However, the good news is that once we are getting results, the results tend to be stable over time. Once you are done with a goal, you are really DONE!

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