Even if you’ve never experienced hypnosis, we’ve all heard of it. Both in movies and on stage, hypnosis is often presented as an almost occult artform where a hypnotist can impart any idea or suggestion into someone’s head a la The Manchurian Candidate. You may be disappointed to find out that it simply isn’t that dramatic.
Hypnosis works not through control, but by communicating with a deeper, more intuitive part of the mind: the subconscious.
While in a state of hypnosis, one retains total control of their thoughts, mind and body. No suggestion can be accepted without your willingness and consent.
What to Expect in Session
Before we begin our session, we first discuss our goals, expectations and what we hope to achieve through hypnosis. The mind is a complex place which must be explored with sensitivity and openness. As such, it’s best to be begin from a place of mutual understanding and clear communication.
At Pure Therapy, we deal with a wide variety of issues for which there is no one right path. Each session is as unique as you are, and may incorporate a variety of techniques which we’ll discuss at the start of each session.
Once we’ve discussed the purpose of our session, we can begin.
Many who enter a state of hypnosis for the first time are surprised at just how relaxing it feels. Once that critical inner voice is set aside, clients find their minds to be a calm and unfrightening place where transformative work can be done safely and comfortably.
Hypnosis uses a combination of visualization techniques, imaginative exercises, hypnotic triggers and affirmations to achieve our goals and create healthier, more adaptable frames of mind. Some sessions involve a lot of talking on the part of the hypnotist, others may be more interactive. No two sessions are ever the same.
In most cases, once the session is over and you return to present awareness, you will remember everything we’ve just gone over. Should you enter a particularly deep state of hypnosis however, you may not remember parts of or, in some cases, the entirety of a session.
Rest assured that even if we cannot consciously recall something, the subconscious forgets nothing. Many clients have reported the most profound and beneficial changes occurring after sessions they’re seemingly unable to remember. Most do remember the entirety of their session or at least the majority of it.
Hypnosis is in many ways a skill, with deeper levels entered into progressively after numerous sessions. First timers usually enter into only a light state of hypnosis, coming quickly in and out of hypnosis at will.
Hypnotists agree that whatever level of hypnosis you reach, that’s the right level for you.