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How Can Hypnosis Help Me?

Have you ever wanted to achieve a goal really badly, but you just couldn’t make it work? Perhaps you wanted to rid yourself of a bad habit like procrastination or create positive new habits like exercising regularly and losing weight.  You probably worked very hard at reaching your goal - using all of your willpower to get what you wanted, including self-help techniques such as positive affirmations. 


You may even have had some success. But eventually, something failed to work. You lost your feelings of excitement and motivation about your goal, and those positive feelings were replaced with feelings of personal failure.


Incredibly frustrating, right?! Well, you’ve got lot’s of company. It’s happened to all of us. The good news is there are techniques such as hypnosis that have been proven by “evidence based” scientific research to be highly effective for a variety of challenges. To help you to understand how hypnosis  can work for you, I need to explain briefly how the mind works and why it sometimes seems to malfunction.  


Your mind is like a computer in some ways, but much more complicated and amazing in its ability. The largest  portion of your mind (approx. 95%) is running a lot of “programs” and functions in the background without you being aware of it. I’ll refer to this as your unconscious mind. It controls all of your physiological functions such as your breathing, heartbeat, blood pressure, digestion, nervous system, etc. 


Your unconscious mind also has the ability to control everyday tasks just like an auto-pilot computer functions aboard a jet plane. This keeps your 5% conscious mind free to think about the many things that you are consciously aware of -  such as processing this information or solving a new problem. 


Think about how overloaded your conscious mind would become if you had to think about how to actually read the words on this page or how to drive a car. You don’t think about it consciously - you just decide to do it and it happens automatically. Of course, you first had to learn how to perform these skills consciously. But after enough practice, the skill became a habit embedded into your unconscious mind. 


Unfortunately, not all of your unconscious programming is “installed” with your awareness or intention. In fact everything that you are told or have experienced in your life has been stored somewhere in your brain as a memory. So, your parents, teachers, friends, everyone you have ever met, and all of your various experiences have contributed in some way to the “programs” running automatically in your head. 


 As you know, some of your memories are not as significant as others or easy to access. But significant events, especially those with highly charged emotions attached, have a greater effect on your automatic behaviors and emotional responses. 

For instance, if you had a red-haired teacher in elementary school who yelled at you and treated you badly, you might not consciously think a great deal about them as an adult. But because you were young and highly impressionable, your teacher’s behavior probably hurt your feelings a great deal. Your teacher’s image and negative behavior are stored as a significant event in your long term memory because it’s emotionally charged. 

Your brain stores memory patterns similar to a road map with many connections leading to related memory patterns. When the brain receives new information, it creates a new pattern and compares this new information to similar patterns already stored in the brain’s memory. The unconscious part of the mind does this rapid comparison work and generates automatic behavioral and emotional responses - usually before the conscious mind can catch up.


This unconscious processing and automatic response program is designed to help you to make decisions quickly and to keep you safe. And it works quite well most of the time. But what if you must engage with someone in authority (like a new boss) who has red hair and a loud voice, similar to your old teacher? You may instantly dislike and distrust them. You might even feel afraid. 


Your conscious mind may have no idea why you feel this way. But your powerful unconscious mind is instinctively trying to warn you about this potentially “threatening” person and will override any rational thoughts. Most of the serious problems that you struggle to fix are the result of old or outdated programs that don’t serve you well in your current life situation. Many stubborn problems can only be solved by re-writing a specific program in the unconscious mind.  


So, how do I help you to do that? By skillfully utilizing hypnosis and other memory reconsolidating techniques such as EFT and EMDR. Obviously, I can’t erase negative memories altogether as seen in the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” And I wouldn’t want to do that any way. But it is possible to alter memories by reducing the emotional charge attached to that memory. This allows a person to change their relationship to a memory by viewing it differently without the emotional pain or trauma. 


I’ll use the abusive red-haired teacher as an example. After completing a session, the client would still remember the facts of what happened with that teacher and any wisdom gained from the experience would be retained. But the painful emotional feelings would no longer be active in the present. The client would have a much better chance of creating an authentic relationship with the new red-haired boss without an unconscious “knee jerk” reaction.  


My job is to ask a lot of focused questions so that together we can figure out the unique programming errors that are causing your problem or preventing you from achieving your goals. Hypnosis is not a “one size fits all” treatment. In addition to clarifying your challenge, I will determine the best possible language and protocol to create your new customized program. 


If you have issues or challenges that are standing in the way of YOU achieving your goals or your happiness, email me or give me a call at 503-330-3259. We’ll arrange time for a free no-obligation consultation so I can listen and answer any questions you might have.


Let’s create great together! You’ll be amazed at what your mind can do for you! 

Certifications & Training
  • Certified Consulting Hypnotist - National Guild of Hypnotists

  • Northwest Institute of Hypnosis

  • Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy

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