Hypnosis and Choice Theory Success Coaching
Hypnosis is a form of therapy.
In 1958 the American Medical Association (AMA) accepted Clinical
Hypnosis as an adjunct to standard medical care. Most well-known for its
effectiveness in helping with losing weight, quitting smoking, and
fears/phobias, clinical and medical hypnosis has been found to help with over a thousand different ailments. Studies have shown
that not only is it one of the best tools for changing habits, but it is also
helping doctors and their patients make breakthroughs in pain, depression,
anxiety, panic, addiction and so forth.
Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness that
combines deep comfortable relaxation, heightened, focused, and directed
attention, plus an active sensory imagination. During the state of hypnosis,
the body and the mind are in a relaxed and natural state, while the
subconscious mind is very open and receptive to positive suggestions. This is
where the full power of the mind can be accessed.
Everyone naturally experiences the state of hypnosis on a daily basis. When you
slide into that "not really awake yet not asleep" stage before
dropping off to sleep at night, or before fully awakening in the morning – that
is a hypnotic state. When you become totally absorbed in watching a movie and
lose all sense of time, or when you realize that you just drove the last ten
miles on the freeway on "auto-pilot"- these are also types of
hypnotic states of mind.
“Hypnosis is not mind control. It’s a naturally occurring
state of concentration; it’s actually a means of enhancing your control over
both your mind and your body.”
Spiegel, Assoc. Chair of Psychiatry
University School of Medicine
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis and inner imagery
therapeutically for the purpose of achieving subconscious behavior
modification. The conscious mind that we use daily as a tool, is actually only
about 12% of our total mind, whereas the subconscious mind is a whopping 88%!
The subconscious mind stores all our past experiences, thoughts, feelings, and
When we react to something in our environment, we think we are reacting with
the conscious mind, but often what is happening is that something from our past
is being triggered in our subconscious. As a result, we often over-react to
things in the present, in emotional and fearful ways, and we don’t understand
why we feel the way we do.
Our subconscious mind is actually directing a lot of our actions, reactions,
and feelings about who we are, what we are capable of, and what we deserve in
life. Hypnotherapy is a way of accessing the subconscious and altering those
old "tapes" and behaviors (often called our "life script")
and replacing them with positive feelings and behaviors.
In hypnosis, which is a state of deep relaxation with a focused mind, a
"doorway" to the subconscious is opened. Then, this natural state of
heightened suggestibility and receptivity allows you to absorb and accept new
images of yourself, replace negative thinking with positive thoughts, and get
in touch with your true inner resources and inner strengths. In this way,
hypnotherapy is an extremely effective means for promoting and supporting
changes in behaviors, attitudes, motivation, self-esteem and self-confidence.
When a hypnotherapist, with
your permission only, guides you into a hypnotic state for the purposes of
facilitating the changes you are seeking, she is acting in partnership with you
to harness the enormous power of your mind. Using hypnosis and imagery, you can
begin to align your subconscious with your conscious desires and direct 100% of
your mental power towards your personal goals.
of hypnosis is a therapeutic technique to help you understand and gain more
control over your behavior, actions, emotions, or physical well-being. – The Mayo Clinic
Because it works! Have you struggled with such issues as weight
control, stopping smoking, self-sabotage, difficulty with work or social
interactions, test anxiety, fear of flying, biting your nails, dealing with
anxiety and stress, releasing anger, problems with sleep?
Hypnotherapy is a rapid method for creating change in your life. And it is
gentle, safe, deeply relaxing and effective. Traditional approaches can help
you understand what your issues are - hypnotherapy can take it a step further
into helping you to effect the personal changes you want.
After each hypnotherapy session, most clients come away feeling wonderfully
relaxed, more in control of their lives, more focused and hopeful. We all have
problems and issues in life - some of them are small, and some feel
overwhelming. Hypnotherapy can help you release old negative habits and fears
that keep you from reaching your desired goals.
You can change unhealthy habits, get relief from physical discomfort, and
release fears. You can learn to stop the behaviors and thought patterns that
may be contributing to emotional and physical pain. You can learn to break the
patterns that sabotage weight control. You can learn how to release the
attachments to negative habits like smoking, and replace self-destructive
coping mechanisms with positive ones. You can discover new levels of personal
empowerment and self-expression. You can journey through your inner landscape
and find your true priorities and your own inner gifts. You can regain a sense
of control and forge a new path to real and lasting change.
has the potential to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of illnesses
and conditions. It can be used independently or along with other treatments.
For example, it’s one of several relaxation methods for treating chronic pain
that has been approved by an independent panel convened by theNational
Institutes of Health. – The Mayo Clinic
Can Learn to Be Happy
We all want to be happy. What I have noticed, though, is
that many of us think happiness is a goal to be achieved. I believe that happiness
is a lifestyle and a state of mind, not an end goal.
Being happy is not the same as being happy about something. There will always be
something we are not happy about.
In fact, there will never be a time when we have "all our ducks in a
row" and everything is "perfect". Everything changes in life -
nothing stays the same.
If we go through life saying "I’ll be happy when this happens" or
"I’ll be happy when I get that", then we will never experience real
happiness. The fulfillment of desires never makes anyone happy - it just
creates new desires. Real happiness then remains perpetually just out of
reach...because happiness is about how we feel inside.
So much of what we feel about ourselves, about other people, and about life,
has been based on what we have learned - what was taught to us in many subtle
(and some not so subtle!) ways - taught to us by our families, authority
figures in our lives, and by society.
The wonderful thing is that we can have control over how we feel inside,
because if we learned it, we can UN-learn it! We can replace a lot of the negative
messages with truly positive, healing, and renewing attitudes and
understandings. We can discover what happiness means to us personally, and how
we want to practice that. We can learn how to be happy as happiness is a
Hypnosis and Choice Theory Success Coaching gives us the tools to make
these inner changes.
“In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true is true or
– John C. Lilly, M.D.
offers vocational and avocational self-improvement. Services are not offered
for medical, mental or emotional disorders or diagnosis. Some issues may require medical or
psychological referrals. Hypnosis is meant to be a complement to, not a substitute
for traditional medicine.