What is a Hypnotherapy Session at Phoenix Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy, at its basic description, is an alpha brainwave. We all spend eight to ten hours a day in this brainwave. When we are watching T.V. or reading a book, we are caught up in the story, visualizing characters and events in our minds, but we know we are still sitting in a chair. This is a prime example of being in a hypnotic state. Another good example is the monotony of a long drive that you have done many times, after a while you are somewhat conscious of driving but you have no idea where you actually are. Lower theta brainwaves are also possible but are more associated with a deep sleep.

Can I be hypnotized? Yes, absolutely. The only requirement is having a brain. The average person can achieve a hypnotic state in three to five minutes. The secret is, ALL hypnosis is “self-hypnosis”. Only when you allow yourself, can the hypnotic state be achieved. The Hypnotist is only the facilitator. The client remains in control of themselves, and will only ever do things that fit within their character. The amazing part of the hypnotic state is the heightened sense of awareness, and the clarity that comes from accessing the mind. When people want to achieve a goal they often say “I will put my mind to…”. People never say that they will put their brain towards achieving goals. People inherently know that they need the mind in order to do something, and the brain is just an organ directed by the mind. Wired individually in each of us based on the sum of our past experiences. The mind is the “I” and the subconscious.

So, we use the mind to set forth and achieve the goal. So, what is inhibiting us from achieving success, and realizing our potential? This is described as the “mental block”. A mental block is a decision frozen in time to manipulate or change our environment. Generally, this decision is made when we are in our childhood years and decisions affecting us are taken emotionally. We are more emotional at this time due to the inability to choose actions for ourselves, both mentally and physically. We are in this very emotional state from birth to our teen years. Then the emotional chart gradually levels out into adulthood. My personal example of this mental block, is I myself developing asthma and allergies when I was two years old. Why? Why would I choose this misery? Logically now looking back, this is a ridiculous way to achieve a means. But at the time I was the oldest child and I received all the doting love of my mother and father. At this time my younger brother was born and I had to share the spotlight. In order to achieve my share of the love and attention, that I had become used to I needed to do something. So with the illness I achieved that goal in a self harming way. Later on in life, understanding how and why I came to this decision the symptoms have gone. Unless of course I chose to get out of doing something. These mental blocks are as individual as the person reading this, and things always depend on our perception of the event. So, the subconscious mind in the hypnotic state guides us to these mental blocks and we update the frame of mind. As these mental blocks (fears, phobias, and unwanted habits) are no longer relevant we can work through the issue. Leaving the mental block in the past, and feeling a sense of freedom that comes with understanding of the mental block.

So, we have looked at the goals, and defined the obstacles (mental blocks). The next step is,  the individual part. That is “allowing” the change to happen. Our pain, suffering, and discomfort can and is used as a safety blanket. It “becomes” our normal, and people can own it. When the discomfort becomes so unbearable that we no longer can live with the suffering, are we ready to let it go. The problem in “allowing” it is we have previously conditioned our brains to the discomfort. In the same way that Pavlov conditioned his dogs to salivate. This is something that I also test during the session, along with a time frame for this change to take place. Making sure that the client has a plan and clarity for a new beginning, leaving my office with self confidence. While describing the “allowing”, this is the one obstacle that can lead a client to a second or third session. So, retraining the brain can be a personal problem and thus a repeat session may be required. Also, a skeptical disbelief in the process, maybe because of the simplicity or denial of the root issue can create a further session. An example would be your older sibling always got to play with your choice of toy and you were always left with the lesser model.

Hypnotism is fantastic for achieving goals,” putting your mind to it”. It is also helpful in dealing with anxiety, phobias, and symptoms such as depression. Also, hypnotism is especially effective for stopping unwanted habits and addictions. As we tend to replace one addiction for another when we do not deal with the initial root problem. I also have specific techniques for dealing with trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, regardless of cause. Once again, our perception and life experience is the key. Or sometimes we need to remove the emotion stored in the memory, releasing the emotion, leaves us with a crystal clear recollection without our feelings distorting them. I am also trained in pain management from accidents, preferably if the accident is more than three years old. Emotional trauma and pain can be stored in the bodies cells. Past life regressions are also a part of what I offer. Remote (or surrogate) sessions are also available if you do not choose to relive the pain yourself, or would like to help someone that you care about, but know they are not open to the idea of therapy.


As always, I look forward to hearing your story. We are all very similar, yet our story, and our perception is as unique as our finger print or a snowflake. No two clients will ever be the same, and that makes my profession the most interesting on earth.

~ Stuart Dyck CCHT.