Hypnotherapy is a healthy and natural means of enhancing performance, altering self-limiting beliefs, removing creative blocks, increasing relaxation and gaining insight into the wisdom of your unconscious/higher self. Rather than what is portrayed in Hollywood movies and popular culture, the hypnotic trance state is a normal part of everyday consciousness (e.g. when you are driving and don't notice how you arrived at your destination; when you are so engrossed watching the story on the screen, you stop attending to your surroundings). Hypnotic trance is a paradoxical state where one's attention is both focused and dispersed, where the ego identity takes on more of an observer role as deeper, more unconscious levels of awareness are accessed and engaged.
Trained in Ericksonianian hypnotherapy during my clinical psychology graduate practicum, I have furthered my expertise through ongoing training in Dr. Stephen Gilligan's Generative Trancework. Dr. Gilligan was a student of Milton Erickson, father of modern medical hypnotherapy, as well as an early contributor to Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).
My approach to hypnotherapy is integrative - often used in conjunction with talk therapy - and focused on building client autonomy.
All states of hypnosis may be seen as a form of self-hypnosis, as it impossible to be hypnotized without the permission of one's unconscious. As such, I frame the hypnotherapy sessions as a mutually generated trance state in which I facilitate positive change through agreed-upon suggestions. I train my clients in methods to self-induce trance as an internal resource, and encourage them to utilize this state to re-energize, tap into the flow state (the "zone"), and release tension or negative blockages.