Hypnosis is a method, a tool, a way of communicating that induces a trance or a trance-like state. 

During hypnosis I will be addressing you, you can also teach yourself how to induce a state of trance.  Meditation is a great example of this!  During your morning rituals you can actually set a timer for 3 minutes, chant a mantra which is a prayer and when the timer rings you're done.  Trance is a natural process that we all dip into when we want to relax, the thing is that some of us forget how to.  You can set your attention to a mantra like I said, an image or both if you want.

After you practice how to get yourself into a trance-like state through hypnosis, your focus of attention will be so sharp that other noises around you, you will ignore them.  You can come out of trance whenever you want, we all have a protective mechanism.  A great example of this is driving to work!  Haven't you driven to work and wondered... Wow! I'm here already?! 

While you are in a trance-like state, you can scratch you nose, talk, reposition yourself, I will actually be encouraging you to make whatever movement you need to make to help yourself be more comfortable and more relaxed. 

You will remain oriented to person, place and time.  As a psychotherapist, I uses hypnosis to help you enter a relaxed, comfortable and very safe state of awareness.  This state of being is magnificent for obtaining specific therapeutic outcomes such as, remembering the source of your problems that at times don't make sense, reframe certain beliefs that maybe limiting you at this time and to help people stop certain behaviors like smoking. 

With therapeutic hypnosis and with your permission I can make suggestions designed to help you, create internal programming to facilitate positive, wanted internal self-talk that will lead you toward healing.
Therapeutic Hypnotic suggestions can influence behavior when the you are

  • Relaxed and receptive to receiving wanted input

  • An active component in creating the visualizations either visual, auditory and kinetic that will result in future outcomes

These components are facilitated through the use of "hypnotic language patterns." Hypnotic language patterns include: guided visualization, stories, guided memories, analogies, ambiguous words or phrases, repetition, and statements about association, meaning, and cause-effect.

Everyone is different and every experience is unique to the person sitting in front of me.  Some people report experiencing vivid imagery and others do not.  Some people report seeing nothing and sensing nothing during the first session or so, then their imagination gets to work and opens up a whole new experience for them. 

Hypnotherapy is not about mind control or brainwashing.   

Some people’s behaviors change when hypnosis is being used in a therapeutic way because the information presented makes sense to them.  I'll use a way of communication with you while in trance that is influential and conducive to your therapeutic process.  

Hypnotherapy is not sleep.

Although you may feel like you have taken a nap!  Most people do report feeling a sense of calm or elation after a hypnotic session depending on what the your goals are.  No one has fallen asleep during the hypnotic session in my experience.  

Hypnosis will not make you do anything against your moral values or against you will.  

Hypnosis is not magic!  Although, some will differ.  Hypnotherapy is very effective but there is no guarantee like with many therapeutic tools. After a hypnotherapy session you'll wake up calm, elated and or disoriented.  Together, we will make sure you are energized before you leave the office and return to your daily activities.

As always, if you have any questions please call me.  203.823.8476

The type of hypnotherapy that I practice is referred to as "Ericksonian Hypnosis," named after the late Milton H. Erickson, M.D.  

From the 1930's to the 1980's Dr. Erickson was very influential in bringing the use of clinical hypnosis into the fields of medicine and psychotherapy.  He taught and practiced a kind of hypnosis that was gentle, permissive, and respectful of the client.  He established the National Association for Clinical Hypnosis and published the first professional journals and monographs on the therapeutic uses of hypnosis.  The Ericksonian Foundation continues his work.  Hundreds of books and articles have been written about Dr. Erickson and his methods.  Dr. Erickson has been regarded as the leading Hypnotherapist in the world.