How Hypnotherapy Works

First. What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of focused, open attention. You're highly focused on a particular activity while also open to how it unfolds.


Think of times you've been highly focused on a great book, a movie, a conversation, or even a project when the rest of the world outside your focus seems to drop off completely. That's hypnosis.

There is sometimes an emotional involvement in the subject; a feeling of being swept away. At other times, it's just a complete mental concentration.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis as a means to resolve issues rooted in emotional and/or physical pain. Guided relaxation and guided meditation are often key parts of hypnotherapy. The focus and openness inherent in hypnosis helps make hypnotherapy comforting, powerful, and quick.

Examples? Of course!

Hypnotherapy can help with a wide variety of issues:

  • Food cravings/weight loss
  • Anxiety/stress
  • Sleep
  • Smoking cessation
  • PTSD symptoms
  • IBS symptoms
  • Fears/phobias
  • Stubborn unwanted habits
  • Pain
  • Anger/resentment
  • Sexual issues
  • And more

Here's a more complete list of issues that hypnotherapy can help.

A Deeper Explanation

Deeper levels of focus and relaxation, along with guidance by a skilled hypnotherapist enable us to work gently & effectively with parts of our mind that are not usually available to us.  This helps us access and resolve issues in ways that often seem miraculous. 

Is that it?

Not at all. In my no-cost consulting sessions I explain how hypnotherapy works with the brain and nervous system. If you want, we can also explore if hypnotherapy is right for you. There's never any pressure to sign up.