Hypnosis is a natural
yet altered state of deep relaxation and focused concentration. Generally speaking, this altered state occurs when electrical activity in the brain has slowed from the alert Beta state to a more creative and relaxed Alpha or Theta state.
While in hypnosis, critical thinking is relaxed, but selective thinking is maintained. As a result, you can choose what to reveal and what to believe, but positive suggestions are more easily accepted than in a normal conscious state.
Hypnosis is also the process of receiving suggestions or affirmations from the hypnotist while you are in the state of hypnosis (a one-way process). Hypnotherapy, by contrast, is a deeper, uncovering process that requires two-way dialogue between you and the hypnotherapist.
What does hypnosis
Hypnosis is similar to the way we feel when we focus intently on one task to the exclusion of all others. You may feel this way while reading, exercising, or daydreaming. Many athletes and artists refer to this state as 'being in the zone'.
What happens in a hypnosis session?
In the first half of the first session, hypnosis is explained, and your issue and concerns are discussed at the conscious level. In the second half of the first session, you experience hypnosis and receive positive suggestions at the subconscious level. In subsequent sessions, your progress is discussed briefly, and then hypnotherapy is used to move you towards achieving your goal.
What is medical
Medical hypnotherapy (also called medical support hypnotherapy or clinical hypnotherapy) is used to control pain, accelerate healing, minimize side effects, and treat chronic conditions. Medical hypnotherapy is also used to overcome fear caused by medical settings or medical procedures and promote acceptance and positive thinking after diagnosis. Karen has worked with a wide range of medical issues from dental phobia to kidney disease to cancer treatment support.
Have you worked with
(my issue) before?
Even if your issue is fairly common, such as insomnia, the subconscious belief driving that behavior varies from person to person. Every mind is unique, so the approach to each client is also unique.
How do I choose a hypnotist?
In the field of counseling, there are a variety of degrees, from MSW to PhD to PsyD to MD, all of which have different educational, licensing, and ethical requirements. These differences are fairly easy to research and understand.
By contrast, the field of hypnosis is not heavily regulated. This not only makes obtaining good information difficult for the consumer, it also means there are low barriers to entry to practicing hypnosis. This has resulted in many poorly trained hypnotists and unsatisfied clients.
Karen Mattison is the most highly trained, experienced, and longest practicing clinical hypnotherapist in Tokyo. Please see About Karen for more information.
Are results guaranteed?
While a guarantee may sound appealing, it actually undermines the likelihood of achieving your goal. This is due to the concept of secondary gain-- not changing would not only be easier, but also risk-free. To make permanent and lasting change, you must be committed to your own success.
Where can I get more information about hypnosis?
Please see the following websites or call for a free telephone consultation.