"Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart."


Hypnosis is a state that allows for faster learning.  It is also an internal state that allows faster reprograming of automatic responses because it is direct.

Hypnosis bypasses the conscious brain filters that slow down this process. Rest assured, though, that those filters will interfere even in deep hypnosis if the reprogramming is in conflict with deeply held values and beliefs.

What does this understanding of hypnosis mean to you? It means that hypnosis is a better, faster way to create changes.For instance, if you come to me wanting to stop smoking cigarettes.  In the cognitive (or "talk") part of our session, I will find out what your specific smoking triggers are; also how and why they  trigger your behavior, even when an important part of you wants to stop that behavior.

We decide what behavior is preferable to put in its place. We determine alternate responses to those triggers.  We discover what you get from the behavior (smoking) that you believe you can't get in any other way.

For example, it might be that cigarettes represent to you a break from work, a time to change tasks or stop doing tasks,  or a way of comforting yourself. Then we find better ways for you to satisfy these needs.

The smoking habit/addiction satisfies certain needs you do not believe can be satisfied in any other way (other than smoking).  That's why you can't shake the behavior. As you begin to see that there are other ways through which you CAN satisfy those specific needs, you become ready to change.

When you are in the hypnotic state, we can lay down new "blueprints" for response and behavior that replace the old blueprints.  Hypnosis makes this process easier, faster and permanent.

Hypnosis is like a drawbridge that allows travel from one side of a chasm to the other side. Hypnosis opens this drawbridge, blocking interfering filters as well as providing  direct access to the other side (the side that determines behavior).

New programs can be embedded directly into your automatic response mechanism.Smokers become nonsmokers.  Overeaters become healthily slender eaters.  People in pain find that they can either change the pain response to become "nonpain,"  block pain receptors or be distracted from the pain so that it doesn't pierce the consciousness.  People who are anxious come to discover that they have relatively instant control over this anxiety and can trigger a "calm state" anytime they wish.

Though hypnosis is not a magic wand, it often seems as if the results are magical and miraculous.  If you have been trying to make certain changes in your life and have been unable to do so on your own, hypnosis can be a lifesaver as well as a game-changer for you.

Here's to your success...

Susan French

Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy