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How it works

Hypnotherapy starts with therapy. We spend the first half of the session talking about your goals and what we plan to achieve through the use of hypnosis. The second half of the session I guide you into hypnosis using a wide range of gentle techniques. Once in this state, your conscious mind is more relaxed and your subconscious mind becomes more receptive to suggestions and positive affirmations.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not sleep during hypnosis. Though we do use the words "deep sleep"in the process. If I think you're sleeping I will wake you up because hypnosis won't work if you can't hear the suggestions. It's more of an in between sleep and awakened state. You are physically awake, always in control and aware of what's going on around you.


Hypnosis is similar to watching a movie. You know it isn't real but you believe what's happening. When we're watching a show or film our minds are in hypnosis. When we miss the exit on the freeway because our minds were somewhere else, we're also in hypnosis. It's that short period of time between not being fully awake but no longer asleep. Hypnosis is a natural state that everyone enters multiple times throughout a day.


A person can't be forced into hypnosis. You must want to be hypnotized. You also have to truly want to make the requested changes in order for it to work. You need to be ready.


Once you're in this heightened state, I then use your own personal positive suggestions and affirmations to help you make deeply positive changes in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It's the safest, gentlest, most relaxing form of therapy. I simply allow you to tap into your own inner strength and resources to assist you in achieving your goals. 


Leah Amaya, CHt (clinical hypnotherapist)
The Effectiveness of Hypnosis
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