"...hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind."
Q. What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state characterized by concentration, focused attention, and physical relaxation. In hypnosis, you are able to focus on only what's relevant, whether that's a narrow sliver of experience or an expansive connection with the whole world. It feels something like a sustained daydream.
In a state of hypnosis, the critical faculties of the conscious mind take a mini-vacation, allowing the unconscious mind to openly receive communication. Clinical hypnosis utilizes this line of communication to create lasting, therapeutic change in areas of life that are generally controlled by the unconscious mind.
If you want to break a bad habit (smoking, overeating, nail biting, etc.), resolve inner conflict, improve focus and concentration, enhance creativity, manage pain, overcome a phobia, improve sleep, or develop peak performance states, hypnosis is a remarkably powerful tool.
Q. What is regression therapy?
Regression therapy is a cognitive therapy that uses deep breathing, visualization and talk to explore memories. It is a niche of hypnosis although very much its own technique. We're looking back (hence 'regression') to better understand the present and more confidently create the future. Sometimes we explore the memories of what may or may not be past lives. This depends on the client's spiritual inclinations, interest and needs. It is not always necessary. We gain information that is useful in the present.
Q. Will I remember everything that happens?
Yes. You're conscious through the whole experience. You see and feel everything. We keep a dialogue and I act as a guide.
Q. What if I can't be hypnotized?
It's my opinion that everyone can be hypnotized. Even if you have never experienced formal hypnosis, you experience states that are similar to hypnotic trance every day: zoning out, daydreaming, getting lost in a movie... If you are capable of these things, you can experience hypnosis.
There are many different hypnotic inductions — rapid, gradual, structured, conversational. I customize the hypnotic experience based on each client's needs and personality.
The major impediments to experiencing hypnosis are fears and misconceptions about what it is. Feel free to email me at Danielryancrt@gmail.com if you have any reservations or concerns about trying hypnosis.
Q. What is a typical session like?
A typical first session begins with a conversation about what you'd like to work on. I will ask you some questions, and answer any questions you have for me.
After that, we will start using hypnosis. Along the way I'll be teaching you tools of self-hypnosis and mindfulness to use in your own time.
Finally, we will briefly discuss your experience, any follow up measures to take with you and dates for your next appointment if applicable.
Q. How many sessions do I need?
Most people find that two to four sessions is all that is needed to make a significant change in their lives. Milton Erickson, the seminal figure of 20th century hypnotherapy, saw some clients for 6 hours at a time.
Based on the history you provide during a phone screening, we will determine the optimal length of your first session. After the first session, you will likely have an intuitive sense about whether you would benefit from additional sessions. Clients who come for more than three sessions are usually tackling multiple problems in turn.
Q. Will I lose control?
If you have seen people do crazy things at a hypnosis show, it is natural to wonder how much control the hypnotist has. It is important to remember that people who volunteer for stage hypnosis have an expectation about what participating will entail. The hypnotist selects people who seem uninhibited, and sends the reluctant back to their seats.
Context and motivation determine what makes sense as a suggestion. You will reject things that don't make sense. It would be difficult if not impossible to get someone to cluck like a chicken in my office, just as it would be difficult to suggest that the star of a hypnosis show quit smoking.
Hypnosis is a consensual state. I am literally incapable of making you do anything you're not comfortable doing. If I asked you under hypnosis to tell me your ATM PIN number, you would just say "no" and laugh at me (in hypnosis it is completely normal to talk, laugh, scratch an itch, or shift to get more comfortable in your chair).
Q. Will I know what's going on while I am hypnotized?
Hypnosis is very relaxing, but it is not sleep. On the contrary, people become extremely alert during hypnosis. All your senses are heightened, and you are able to think clearly.
Relaxation and alertness may seem mutually exclusive, but they are not. The "deeper" you go into hypnosis, the more relaxed and more alert you become.
Q. I notice you work with past life regression. Do you believe in past lives?
I don't know what happens in the afterlife. I believe our lives unfold in cycles and loops. I've certainly seen a lot that would substantiate reincarnation. That said, I'm missing the empirical evidence that the rest of the world wants to see too.
When I was 16 my father told me he was looking forward to dying. I was incredulous and he grinned. "I want to know if there's past-lives or not." he said. Today I feel the same. I'm privileged to work as a regression therapist, but it has not lead to a belief in reincarnation. Instead, it's filled me with a great love of working with people, a passion for healing and a greater awareness of how important it is to live in the present moment.
Q. What if I don't believe in past lives?
Doesn't matter. The present is what matters. As with everything, openness and a positive attitude help.
Q. Do you accept insurance?
I don't deal directly with insurance companies. If your insurance company offers benefits for out of network providers, see if they accept claims for hypnotherapy. I will give you a receipt that you can submit with your insurance claim.