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What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that places you in a deep state of relaxation and taps into your subconscious mind to discover what is driving your behavior and is extremely effective in allowing you to finally let go of limiting and negative beliefs, heal from trauma and negative childhood experiences, and let go of past anger and resentment once and for all so you can finally be free, have unlimited potential and create the life you desire. While in this deeply relaxed state, the mind is very open and receptive to positive suggestions which take root at a deep level to improve your life.

The subconscious mind is very powerful and it drives 90% of our behavior. Willpower usually doesn’t work to stop bad habits or get rid of negative patterns because it is part of the conscious mind which has little influence over behavior. Negative experiences that occurred early in life can get lodged into our subconscious mind and drive our behavior without us even realizing it. Past traumas often hold a powerful influence over our present day actions.

I don't live in the area. Can hypnotherapy be done over the phone?

Yes, I work with many people over the phone.

How is your work different?

I was trained in transpersonal hypnotherapy which is a very holistic form of hypnotherapy. I also have extensive training in the Emotional Freedom Technique which is excellent for removing limiting beliefs and in the Law of Attraction which is used to create a powerful vision of how you want your life to be. I often combine these with my work.

Because I follow a holistic approach, I deal with getting to the root cause of your problem and finding what the underlying emotions are. Then I work with you to heal the root cause and your underlying emotions. People usually do not overeat, smoke or drink because they want to addictive substance, or procrastinate, sabotage themselves, or do other negative behaviors because they like doing those things, it is always about the emotions.

After that, I work to reprogram your subconscious mind with positive suggestions and desired behaviors. I also teach you a lot tools that you can use to deal with and control your emotions going forward. You will be assigned short homework to do in between sessions to reinforce what we did in the session.

I have a strong background with the Law of Attraction and I teach you how to change negative thoughts to positive and program this into your subconscious at a deep level so it becomes more automatic. Worrying is the misuse of the imagination and I teach you how to harness to power of your imagination in a positive way to improve your life. I also work with you to create a powerful vision of how you want your life to be and program this into your subconscious so that you can more rapidly attract this into your life. For five years, I also ran the largest Law of Attraction group in Northern California.

I have also studied astrology for 20 years and if you are very stuck, I can look at what planetary transits are influencing your life, when they will end and you can do to get through it.

Some styles of hypnotherapy only work with reprogramming the subconscious mind. This approach does not get to the root of the problem and usually does not have lasting results as it does not address the negative emotions that are driving the problem. Often the original problem will morph into something else because the underlying emotions were not addressed. By getting to the root of your problem, resolving it, teaching you tools to control your emotions and thoughts, reprogramming your subconscious to automatically change these negative thoughts to positive, and creating a powerful vision so you can attract what you want, I am able to get powerful and lasting results.

How can I get the best result?

The people who get the best results are people who are really motivated to improve their lives, really want to change, are open-minded and are willing to do short homework assignments between sessions. As part of my work, I teach people tools to empower them and reinforce what we are doing in the hypnotherapy sessions. Every client is assigned very short homework assignments to do in between sessions. Hypnotherapy is something that in many ways is not rational or logical and really does require an open mind. Also, people who don’t really want to change have a harder time getting results (ie. A wife books an appointment for her husband to quit smoking but he really doesn’t really want to quit).

What is a typical San Francisco hypnotherapy session like?

When you arrive at my San Francisco hypnotherapy office you will sit in a comfortable chair and be asked to fill out a short intake form and then I will ask you some questions about your problem. After that you will be guided into a deeply relaxed state where a variety of different hypnotherapy techniques may be used depending on what your problem is. You will feel deeply relaxed, be aware of what is going on, be in control and will remember everything that happens. You will be given a short homework assignment at the end of each session.

Below is a testimonial from a client describing what a typical San Francisco Hypnotherapy session is like:

"I am a down to earth person and too get a little too freaked out if someone is too airy fairy. I have been to a therapist before and always found it so lacking in action. I get tired of just rehashing the past with no future plan. That is what I love about Susanne. She helps you shed the problems from the past but she also gives you action steps when you leave . If you have not tried hypnotherapy, it is really effective. It is not what you see on tv. Susanne tailors her treatment to each person. She listens and remembers things better than other therapists I have been to, but the best part is I leave fired up ready to tackle the challenges in your life . She can really help if you are feeling stuck or cant get over negative habits."
-Shilo S, San Francisco

How many sessions does it take?

It really varies. Hypnotherapy typically is much faster than traditional forms of talk therapies because hypnotherapy deals directly with the subconscious mind. A simple problem could take 4-6 sessions and something more complicated could take a couple of months. Often people with multiple issues will choose to work with me for longer periods of time. Packages are available to reduce the cost.

Does insurance cover hypnotherapy?

You have to check with your individual policy but usually it does not. However, many Flexible Healthcare Spending Accounts reimburse for Hypnotherapy. Packages are also available to reduce the cost.

What celebrities and famous people have used hypnotherapy?

Both the actors Ben Afflec and Matt Damon have used both hypnotherapy and the Emotional Freedom Technique to quit smoking according to The Tonight Show. Mel Gibson reportedly used hypnotherapy to manage stress related to domestic problems according to the website Hollywood Life.

What conditions is Hypnotherapy effective for?

Releasing Food Addictions
Releasing Other Addictions (Smoking, Alcohol, Marijuana, Overspending, Love, etc.) Getting Over Social Anxiety Relieving Other Forms of Anxiety (Test Anxiety, General Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Dental Fears, etc.)

Releasing Fears and Phobias (Public Speaking, Flying, Driving, the Future, etc.)

Changing Patterns of Negative Thinking to Positive Releasing Blocks and Self-Sabotage Around Money and Abundance
Increasing Self-Confidence

Releasing Blocks and Increasing Confidence Around Job Interviewing Insomnia
Resolving Relationship Issues Getting Over Sexual Problems Releasing Traumas and Healing Bad Memories
Releasing Anger Issues Finding Your Life Purpose Getting Over Procrastination
Inner Child Healing Getting Over Grief and Loss Relieving Stress Based Illnesses
Removing Writer's and Creative Blocks Increasing Sports Performance Managing Stress
Surgery (Preparing and Recovery) Managing Chronic Pain Guided Imagery
Understanding Recurring Dreams Past Life Regression Achieving Goals and Releasing Blocks to Manifestation

Can anyone be hypnotized?

We are hypnotized all of the time. Anytime you planned on stopping at the store on your way home from work, but kept on driving, you were in a trance. Anytime you intended on watching tv for a half an hour but 3 hours passed, you were in a trance. Any time you intended on just eating a couple of potato chips but before you knew it the whole bag was gone, you were in a trance.

Hypnotherapy is simply being in a deep state of relaxation, similar to meditation, and following instructions. If you can close your eyes, relax and follow instructions, you can be hypnotized. Some people are not able to go as deep as others but as long as you feel relaxed you will get the benefits.

Stage hypnosis shows however, are a different story. Often when a person tells me that they don't think they can be hypnotized, they are referring to stage hypnosis which is totally different and has absolutely nothing to do with hypnotherapy. In these shows, which many people have seen, people are often made to do strange things like bark like a dog or quack like a duck and then remember nothing or claim to remember nothing afterwards. This only works on a very, very small percentage of people. This small percentage of people are very suggestible and will do whatever they are told even if they are not in a trance. Stage hypnotists are very skilled at reading body language and carefully selecting these people. It is not always real though as the person on stage is under a lot of pressure to put on a good show and often just plays along. These shows create a lot of misconceptions and confusion about what hypnotherapy really is.

What about people who are very uptight and can’t relax, can these people be hypnotized?

If a person is very uptight and has difficulty relaxing, hypnotherapy is exactly what they need, as it is an incredible tool for stress management. These people can go into a hypnotic trance, it just takes a little longer, and it does get easier with practice. If these people practice self-hypnosis or meditation in between sessions, they will have an easier time relaxing and going into a trance.

How do I know if I have really been hypnotized?

Hypnotherapy is simply a state of deep relaxation. If you feel deeply relaxed during the session, you are in a state of hypnosis, and will get the benefits.

Does hypnotherapy work if someone is not a visual person?

Hypnotherapy definitely works even if you are not a visual person. People are primarily visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. A good hypnotherapist will capture all five senses in a hypnosis session. Visual people see pictures very clearly with their eyes closed, auditory people hear things, and kinesthetic people feel things. There are some rare people who have access to all of them, and a small number of people who have difficulty accessing any of them; however, everyone has the ability to use their imagination.

Hypnotherapy is really all about using our imagination. If you do not see the picture, you simply imagine that you do, if you do not hear the sound, you simply imagine that you do, if you do not feel the feeling, you simply imagine that you do, if you do not smell the aroma, you simply imagine that you do; it is just as effective.

Will hypnotherapy work for people who don’t have good imaginations?

Worries and anxieties are generated by the imagination as well as daydreams. If you worry and daydream, you have a good imagination and can therefore have excellent results in hypnotherapy.

How is stage hypnosis different?

Stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy are completely different. Hypnotherapy is a healing modality designed to improve people's lives.

Stage hypnosis is a form of entertainment where people “appear” to be made to do things that most people would not want to do that appear crazy. The stage hypnotist very carefully picks an extremely suggestible person who is also usually drunk and brings them up on stage, and in no time, has them barking like a dog or quacking like a duck. Once on stage, these people are put under a lot of pressure to put on a good show. There are a small percentage of people who will do whatever they are told to do and these people would bark like a dog even if they were not in a hypnotic trance. Other people are not very suggestible, are strong willed, hateto be embarrassed and would never bark like a dog or do anything similar no matter what kind of trance they were put under. Stage hypnotists know this and would never pick on of these people.

The first hypnotherapy class that I took 18 years ago was taught by a person who was both a hypnotherapist and a stage hypnotist. He explained to me exactly how people are chosen. They purposely pick people who are very open, suggestible, will do what they are told and are drunk. They are highly trained to at reading people's body language. They can also tell when people are very strong willed and don’t like to be embarrassed or look stupid and they will never pick these people.

Stage hypnosis creates a lot of misconceptions and confusion about what hypnotherapy really is.

What is the cost?

$130 - First session, $95 per subsequents sessions

The first session is 75 minutes.
Subsequent sessions are 60 minutes but can occasionally run a little longer to 70 minutes so please be sure to allow extra time.

Package Discounts Available

Purchase a Package of 5 sessions, get one free ($510)
Purchase a Package of 8 sessions, get two free ($795)
(Sessions can also be used for Massage, Reiki, or EFT)

Call me today to make an appointment at my San Francisco Hypnotherapy office at
415-336-6128. Sessions can also be done on the phone or on Skype if you do not live in the area.

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San Francisco Hypnosis Clinic, 915 Irving Street, SF, CA 94122 (415) 336-6128




“True healers know that wellness is the order of the day, so they do not allow themselves, even for a moment, to see anything other than that. So, the power of the healer is in the power to influence the one who needs to be healed into a vibration that allows the healing that they are summoning.”
- Excerpted from a Abraham-Hicks workshop in San Francisco, CA on July 30th, 2005

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