Hypnosis is a natural state that we all experience throughout the day. A trance state is characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It's not really like sleep. The person is alert the whole time. Often people compare the feeling of hypnosis like daydreaming, or the feeling of "losing yourself" in a book or movie, and some people even experience this state while running. It has also been referred to as being in the "zone". You are fully conscious, but are able to tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought.
Hypnosis has been successful in the medical and dental community for many years. It has been effective in smoking cessation, weight loss, management of pain, anxiety and stress symptoms. It is equally effective for improving self-esteem, and eliminating sabotaging behaviors that keep us feeling good and in control of our lives.
Counseling and hypnotherapy are both disciplines, which stand-alone or can be used together to create dynamic results.