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What is hypnosis?


Hypnosis is a safe, natural state of focused consciousness that results in an unusual openness to change or suggestion. It is really just a deep learning state. We experience it many times a day throughout our lives - we just don't call it "hypnosis" because it's just the way we are. Typically, when we use the word "hypnosis" we are referring to a deliberately-induced state of elevated openness to suggestion.  Christian Skoorsmith will assist you in learning how to achieve this state by guiding you into it. You will know you are hypnotized and be amazed by the power of your own mind.

Once this has been achieved, you will then receive what are called hypnotic suggestions.  These suggestions will enable you to use the power of hypnosis in your life and make the changes you desire.

Hypnosis is a tool that can help you, just like it has helped millions of other people to take back control of their lives. 

Hypnosis can help you change old habits and to provide you with motivation to do the things that you may have been putting off.

Hypnosis has been sanctioned and used by the medical community since 1958 to help patients overcome chronic pain, create anesthesia, and heal psychogenic illnesses.

Hypnosis and self-hypnosis have been shown to be effective in reducing stress and stress-related illnesses, reduce or alleviate pain, and provide a context for insightful understanding of oneself, along with the ability to deeply "reprogram" one's expectations and behavior.

Is hypnosis safe?

Hypnosis is safe and natural.  It is very similar to experiencing a daydream.  Usually you will feel relaxed when doing hypnosis.

Hypnosis in and of itself is a very pleasant experience.  It is a time to let go of the other thoughts of the day and focus on the issues you came in to work on.

Scientists, medical professionals, psychologists and hypnotherapists have been using hypnosis for over 200 years and no one has ever been hurt by simply going into hypnosis.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the applied use of hypnosis.  Therapy can be defined as anything that is done to move someone toward health and wholeness.  Thus, hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to help you move toward health and wholeness.

Hypnotherapy is also used to help you reach goals when nothing else has helped.  (See a listing for some of the many applications of hypnosis.)

Self-hypnosis may also be part of a good hypnotherapy program.  Ask Christian if using self-hypnosis is recommended to help you reach your goals.


Can I be hypnotized?


Of course you can!  You already have been.  It’s easy to go into hypnosis and it is a normal state of mind that everyone has already experienced. 


In fact, hypnosis is such a normal state of mind, most people usually don’t even realize that they are hypnotized.


Normal, everyday hypnosis occurs when you are driving down the road and lose track of time, or, when you are focusing on a book or television program and you don’t even notice something that is going on around you. 


When you come in for hypnosis, all you need to do is to be able to follow the instructions of the hypnotherapist and you can put the power of hypnosis to work for you.


Anyone of at least normal intelligence and the willingness to follow instructions can experience hypnosis and use it to improve his or her life.  This includes children and teenagers.


What are Christian's credentials?


Christian Skoorsmith is a highly qualified professional.  He is Board Certified by and registered with the National Guild of Hypnotists, the oldest and largest hypnosis organization in the world.


In addition, Christian has achieved extra certification in the advanced hypnotherapy system called "Five Phase Advanced Transformational Hypnosis" (or 5-PATH®), as well as 7th Path Self-Hypnosis. He is a member of the International Association of Hypnosis Professionals. Additionally, Christian has received training and certification in hypnosis with transgender clients, hypnosis and tinnitus, and hypnosis and pain management. Rest assured that he will treat you with respect, and that your visits are completely confidential. 

Feel welcome to call and speak to Christian directly so that you can learn more about hypnosis and hypnotherapy.  This will allow you to become more familiar with the programs offered and allow him to answer your questions.

You are welcome to call and ask questions about hypnosis. Christian enjoys answering questions.  It is part of the job!

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