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Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

Certified Clinical Hypnotist - Alex Dixon

What is Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy?

by Melissa Tijerino

Hypnotherapy - Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic process that helps you gain insight and perspective into intrusive thought patterns, complex emotions, subconscious belief systems, repressed/suppressed emotional and behavioral patterns that will ultimately lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle

Hypnosis - The induction of a state of consciousness in which a person enters a relaxed, suggestible state. Hypnosis is a trance state. Similar to the feeling of being very engrossed in a movie, book, play, or performance.

Let’s Talk About the Benefits

Hypnosis can help a person change certain behaviors, such as stopping smoking or nail-biting. It can also change perceptions and sensations, which can be particularly useful in treating pain. Here are a few more facts about Hypnosis:

  • Hypnosis is considered an altered state of consciousness that allows the rational mind to be more accessible

  • Allows for more heightened state of concentration that will assist with focusing on specific topics

  • Is a very relaxed state to be in and helps to create a calm and comforting environment to engage in therapeutic work

  • You are fully aware of what you are saying, where you are, and you will remember everything about the session

  • You are NOT unconscious in hypnosis, you are working with the subconscious mind

Hypnotherapy, an easy way to think about it is Hypnosis + Psychotherapy = Hypnotherapy

Some other benefits include:

  • Extinguish the intensity of anxiety, panic or fear

  • Develop emotional identification skills and learn to regulate the nervous system and emotional brain

  • Desensitize emotions associated with trauma

  • Dig deeper into the root cause of the distress or get to the source of the issue

  • Develop new healthy belief systems and affirmations that reinforce new healthy behaviors

How you Prepare

You don’t need any special preparation to undergo hypnosis. But it’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothes to help you relax. Also, make sure you are well rested so that you don't accidentally fall asleep during the session. Make sure you aren’t hungry or thirsty, remove all sources of distraction, including your cell phone.

Some lesions from practicing mindfulness may help, stay in the moment allowing your thoughts to pass by without holding onto them. Observe your own mind without making judgements about what you’re thinking. The longer you can do this, the easier you will find it to keep a calm and relaxed state.

What to Expect

Your therapist will explain the process of hypnosis and review your personal treatment plan, your therapist should speak in a gentile, soothing tone and describe images that create a sense of relaxation and security

Generally, when you’re in a receptive state, your therapist will suggest ways for you to achieve your goals, such as reducing pain or eliminating cravings to smoke. The therapist may also help you visualize vivid, meaningful mental images of yourself accomplishing your goals. The client is fully in control of the process and your therapist is there to guide you along your journey.

Once the session is complete, you are able to bring yourself out of the hypnosis or your therapist can help you end your state of relaxation.


Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain.

It’s important to know that although you’re more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don’t lose control over your behavior

You may feel drowsy immediately afterwards and most people sleep afterwards. Some who aren’t used to being relaxed, may associate the new, especially when feeling relaxed with lightheadedness

Hypnosis can be an effective method for coping with stress and anxiety, and because hypnosis addresses the subconscious instead of just the conscious - it may be more effective!

Finding the Right Therapist

While hypnosis can be effective in helping people cope with pain, stress and anxiety, finding the right therapist is such a crucial step in this process!

At Alex Dixon Therapy, My goal is to make getting started as comfortable as possible, the better you feel before we start, the more at ease you’ll feel when the session begins.

Everybody responds differently to different types of therapy and experiences symptoms on different levels which is why my services are individualized to fit your specific needs. I am a certified clinical hypnotist offering Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy and experienced in helping you develop the long-term skills needed to address and manage trauma, anxiety and depression

If the client and therapist are not a good fit, it is unlikely that you will find value out of therapy.

I am not a stranger to hardship and struggles. I know what it is like to wonder if things will ever get better. I have dedicated my life to helping people overcome their pain and to help them feel like themselves again. I became a therapist to help people bring happiness back into their lives and find ways to succeed!

Let’s get started on this journey to better mental health and overall wellness today!

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