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CLINICAL HYPNOSIS

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS? (Will I bark like a dog or quack like a duck?)

Believe it or not, hypnosis is a very natural state that we go in and out of every day, most of the time without knowing it. For instance, like when we're driving on the freeway and miss an exit; or when we become so engrossed in a movie we start to cry or laugh with the characters, even though we know it's not real. Every night we go into a state of hypnosis about 30 minutes before we fall asleep. And every morning when we first awaken we are in hypnosis. It is that dreamy feeling, in between being asleep and fully awake. When we are in hypnosis, we are in an altered state of consciousness, which is really just a heightened state of awareness. We feel physically relaxed, mentally alert and fully aware of our surroundings. Because this is a time when both our conscious and subconscious minds are present, it is a state where we are more suggestible and the subconscious is open and receptive to positive suggestions and sensory experiences. Consequently, we use the hypnotic state therapeutically to give powerful positive suggestions that the subconscious will accept and act upon, ultimately aligning with the conscious desires to change. And NO! You won't start barking like a dog, or quacking like a duck! Unless, of course, you actually WANT to do that. In hypnosis, you will not do anything that is against your values or belief system, or anything that you just don't want to do!