Hypnotherapy: Change Your Mind, Change Your Life!
Hypnotherapy offers a proven complementary health method of working successfully with certain conditions and symptoms that involve a mental, emotional, or physical component.
If a person's attitude, expectations, beliefs, feelings, needs, or self-image factor in a way that he/she experiences a particular problem, then that problem may benefit from hypnotism.
What is a hypnotic trance?
Trance is defined as an altered state of focused attention. Being in a trance is a natural, everyday phenomenon that we typically experience several times a day. For example, when we watch TV, or when driving on a freeway and missing our exit, we often are in a trance.
Hypnotic trance differs from natural trances in that it happens intentionally, and it is applied to a therapeutic purpose. Wondering what it's like to be in a trance? Nothing at all like in the movies! Check out >> What is it like to be in a hypnotic trance?.
Thanks to the movies and television, many misconceptions exist about what hypnosis is and what it can and cannot do. Let me debunk some of those myths:
Will I lose control without knowing it? No. I do not possess the power to control other persons' minds. All that I do is guide you to a profound state of relaxation wherein therapeutic change can occur. All of your senses are present; you know are aware of everything.
Will I lose consciousness? Television and Hollywood have promoted this misunderstanding. No you will not lose consciousness when you are in trance. In fact it is normal, natural, and correct that you hear everything I say.
Can I be made to do something against my will? Hollywood films like The Manchurian Candidate would have you think so, but that's nonsense. In hypnosis, you cannot be made to do anything against your will or your values. If the therapist were to give you a suggestion that was against your will or your values, then you would simply ignore it, or bring yourself out of trance.
Can I be stuck in trance? No one has ever been stuck in trance. You can't be stuck in trance any more than you can get stuck in a daydream. Were a client to not be emerged from trance, then all that would happen is that the client would fall asleep and awaken naturally.
Will I reveal my secrets? Some people believe incorrectly that when in trance they can be forced to reveal secrets about themselves and others. This is not true. As a client you are aware of everything while you are in trance, and so this could not happen against your will. You can talk in trance, if necessary. You can fib just as easily.
Hypnotherapy Can Help Many Conditions and Issues
There are so many therapeutic applications for this powerful complementary health modality. A list of some of the more common issues and complaints with which I have worked can be found here >> "Which conditions and issues can hypnotherapy help?". In addition, I offer these four special hypnosis programs:
What happens in a typical hypnotherapy session?
In a typical first session, I will first take your case history. Then I will then take as much time as you need to explain hypnosis to you, so that you feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed. In order to alleviate your curiosity, I also will explain the different steps that we will take during your session.
Then I will guide you into trance. Usually this may take less than 10 minutes. I will then give you therapeutic suggestions that are suitable to your complaint.
At the end of the session, I will give you a CD recording of your session for you to take home. Each time you listen to your recording, you will go into a hypnotic trance, thereby compounding the effectiveness of your work. That way you can continue to benefit from and reinforce your inner work in the convenience of your own home.
What distinguishes my practice from other hypnotists?
Unlike my fellow hypnotherapists, my educational background includes a bachelor degree and a master degree in psychology, and I have been trained in a diversity of counseling modalities. In fact, I also have a private practice as a counselor. Additionally, I am certified as a hypnosis instructor by the National Guild of Hypnotists. This background provides my clients with a relatively uncommon depth of insight into how to work successfully with their complaints.
Consider a complimentary consultation
I believe that it is important that you have the opportunity to explore at no cost to you how hypnotherapy can help you. Therefore I offer prospective clients the opportunity to meet with me for a 50-minute complimentary consultation.
The easiest way to arrange a consultation at a day and time of your convenience is to use this link >> Complimentary Consultation. To arrange a hypnosis session, use this link >> Hypnotherapy Session. Of course you may make your appointment by phone (503.226.2771) or email, but depending upon how busy I may be, I may not reply to you in a timely manner.
Directions and maps to my near-downtown office may be found using this "Portland office location" link.by Michael Nagel MA CHT