Clinical Hypnotherapy

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy

Simply speaking hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. Clinical Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, therefore, is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance, for therapeutic endpoint. This means that people are not treated with hypnosis but are treated in hypnosis. Hypnosis can be guided as well as taught self hypnosis, it is truly a natural state.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis can be used to assist with personal goals. With hypnosis you can:

  • Develop and express awareness and intuition.
  • Feel worthwhile, self-confident, zestful.
  • Gain a happier home life; become a better husband, wife, parent, or friend.
  • Acquire the ability to relax completely in any situation.
  • Make better decisions.
  • Improve concentration.
  • Overcome procrastination.
  • Increase the quality of your emotional expression.
  • Reduce conflict and stress.
  • Promote health and well-being.
  • Regain your natural ability to sleep easily.
  • Sell yourself, your ideas, and your services with confidence and enthusiasm.
  • Increase your income.
  • Attract and maintain worthwhile friendships.
  • Discover your negative mental patterns and how they affect you.
  • Free yourself from hostility, resentment, fear of rejection.
  • Select your goals in life; chart your course for their realization.
  • Program your mind with positive mental concepts and success attitudes.
  • Develop the ability to construct mental images easily.

Initial session will last up to 1.5 hours (Follow up sessions last up to 1 hour).

Our Hypnotherapy services focus on the below:

  • Stress Management
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Weight Management
  • Pain Management
  • Addictions
  • Anger Management

Get Started in 3 simple steps

If you have any questions for Adrian Parks; your Clinical Hypnotherapist & Life Coach, her process, or hypnosis, you can easily give her a call at 310-735-0455, or e-mail her at aparks@holisticguru.com or through a contact form. Adrian will assist you on your new journey. She will create a safe space without judgement, so all questions and sessions remain confidential.

If all issues or concerns have been settled, the next step will be to complete our Online Intake Form. It will only take a few minutes, and it gives Adrian a head start preparation for your first session. After you have completed the form, it will automatically be emailed to Adrian and kept confidential.

After you complete the client intake form and it is automatically e-mailed to Adrian, then go to Appointment and select an appointment that is most convenient for you. It’s that easy!  To add to your convenience all session are done via the internet/phone. So, location and time is no longer an issue, as long as you are in a quiet and comfortable location your session can take place where ever you are.     

Frequently Asked Questions

Rest assured, Hypnosis FAQs are referenced from The American Association of Professional Hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis to interact with the subconscious mind in an open-reflective process to create positive change in your life. There are many techniques and many styles and many applications of hypnotherapy. They all have several things in common: (1) a strong desire to change, (2) a state of deeply relaxed focus, and (3) language and visualization in relationship to emotions.

Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed focus. It is a natural state. In fact, each of us enters such a state – sometimes called a trance state – at least twice a day: once when we are falling asleep, and once when we are waking up. That kind of fuzzy, timeless state between dreaming and awake is a trance state. When a nine-minute snooze-button seems to give you enough time to have an-hour long dream, that’s a trance state.

There are many other times that people enter a natural state of trance. Driving, watching TV, listening to music, working on a favorite hobby or activity in the “flow” state. These are all “altered states of consciousness,” and all are various levels of trance. Trance is normal, natural and common.

Some people leave their first hypnotherapy session saying, “I wasn’t hypnotized – I knew what was going on the whole time!” Well of course you did! Hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or of no awareness. Just the opposite true, in fact: hypnosis is a state of very heightened awareness and focus.

Hollywood has perpetrated many myths about hypnosis, and not remembering anything from the hypnosis session is one of those myths. Only under special circumstances would a person forget everything from a session.

Much more can be accomplished when the person undergoing hypnosis remembers everything.

Serious psychiatric or mental health problems are referred to a qualified psychotherapist or psychiatrist. Medical problems with the physical body must always be treated by a physician, who can, at his or her discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy for pain control, hypnoanesthesia or relaxation.

Let me guess: you’ve seen a stage show where a hypnotist made people do all these crazy things. Or, perhaps you have ideas from Hollywood’s movies and TV. The stage hypnotist carefully selects his subjects (watch how many volunteers he has sit down), and he chooses people he knows WILL bark like a dog. They will because somewhere inside them is a part that loves to entertain. And they will do it because, deep down inside, they don’t believe there is anything wrong with barking like a dog.

Hypnosis cannot make you do something that is against your morals or ethics. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, in truth, and no hypnotist can make you do something that you really don’t want to do. That’s why some people can be hypnotised to stop smoking and yet they still smoke. You have to want the change, agree with the change, and then hypnosis is an instrument for helping make that change better, faster, and permanent.

This is another Hollywood myth. You always have control, and you can always hear what’s going on. Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus. It is a natural state that you enter at least twice a day (while waking up and while falling asleep!), and probably much more often than that. If at any time you are in trance and you wish to be fully awake, you can just count to yourself “1 – 2- 3” and open your eyes.

There is more to changing a serious habit like smoking than just a few hypnotic suggestions, I’m afraid. In the simplest terms, the person must want the change, and they must have a replacement for smoking. Hypnosis can be used to find a healthy, effective replacement, and then it can be used to help flip the subconscious over to the new, healthy habits.

While sitting in a room with 50 other people in a seminar, or listening to a stop-smoking CD can work, it is usually much more effective to have a personalized session with a hypnotherapist, who can customize the approach, language and replacement suggestions to match your lifestyle and circumstances.

Hypnotherapy has the advantage of being able to communicate with the subconscious in a two-way fashion. Affirmations don’t facilitate direct responses from the subconscious; they only seek to speak to the subconscious.

A post-hypnotic suggestion is also different than an affirmation: effects tend to be more direct, more specific, and more immediate when using post-hypnotic suggestions.

Other than that, the language of hypnosis and of affirmations is similar. Both are always expressed in the present tense, and always in the positive. If you ever meet a hypnotherapist that uses the words, “don’t smoke” as a direct suggestion, choose a different hypnotherapist!

Myths about hypnosis, perpetuated by Hollywood movies, urban legends and fiction books lead people to think all kinds of things about hypnosis, including that it is somehow dangerous. Some people have heard that you can go into trance and not wake up. Or that the hypnotist can make you do things you don’t want to do. These things are untrue. You are always in control, always able to “came back” to full waking state at anytime if you wanted or needed to. The number one job of the subconscious mind is to protect you, and it is always on the job.

Of course, you will want to choose a hypnotherapist that has been well trained and that is trustworthy. Select one that gives you confidence. Hypnosis is a safe and beneficial procedure when facilitated by an ethical and trained professional.

Do always keep in mind that hypnosis is not a treatment or cure for mental illness, and people suffering from psychosis, suicidal depression, or that are on medications for psychological stability should only be hypnotized by their doctors or psychiatrists or by an experienced hypnotherapist with the client’s doctor or psychiatrist present.

All sessions are completed online using Skype allowing convenience and flexibility to all clients.

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