Hypnosis: Will I Cluck Like A Chicken? Only If You Want To!

There are a lot of misconceptions about what hypnosis can get people to do. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of consciousness that results in an increased receptiveness and response to suggestion. It is an ideal way to change or modify a variety of problem behaviors, including personal things like stress, depression, anxiety, fears, habits, sadness and more. Hypnotherapy is a team-based approach to behavior change. You, your hypnotherapist and sometimes other healthcare professionals work together to solve your issues. Medical problems that can be helped through hypnosis include weight management, stop smoking, pain, medication compliance, blood pressure, and sleeping issues. Emotional issues like PTSD, OCD, mood swings, worry and anxiety can be helped. Success and career goals, plus help with test anxiety, memory, procrastination, confidence and fear of failure are things that many people like to work on. Sports performance can also be enhanced through the use of hypnosis. Everyone has something they would like to change, whether it be improving a skill, lessening anxiety, getting rid of a bad habit, or any of a number of other things. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to find out what kind of help is available? During your first visit, you will go through a simple assessment and have a short discussion of issues you would like to work on. This will help your hypnotherapist get to know you. A short hypnosis session will follow that attends to some of those issues and prepares you for future visits. The most important question that people usually ask is, “Will I cluck like a chicken or bark like a dog?” Answer: “Only if you want to.” During hypnosis, the client remains completely aware of what he or she is going on the entire time. You cannot be made to do anything that you don’t feel comfortable doing. Bryan C. Dunn has been a resident of the High Desert for 26 years. He has been performing hypnosis and hypnotherapy since 1992, and is associated with the Hypnosis Motivational Institute in Tarzana. To book your first appointment, call (760) 985-8270. Or visit for more information.

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