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About Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a somewhat altered state of consciousness and awareness, although the conscious mind is still present. It is a natural state of mind characterized by deep relaxation, heightened imagination, and focused concentration. Some examples of being in a hypnotic state naturally are when you are focused on a project, concentrated on a certain thought, shopping, reading a book or watching TV. You are relaxed, focused and open to ideas or suggestions and your imagination is engaged.

The therapist facilitates deep relaxation so that the critical censor of the mind can be bypassed and positive, encouraging, suggestions can be given to effect the subconscious part of the mind which cannot reason but accepts the suggestions. You are still aware of what is happening and if you really want to, you can come out of hypnosis at any time, however, because the suggestions are positive and directed at something specific that you want to change, you stay relaxed until the therapist directs you to come back to a waking state. The subconscious will reject anything that is in conflict with its values and beliefs.

Hypnosis can be helpful with the following:

  • Weight gain/weight loss
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Phobias/Fears
  • Stress Management
  • Insomnia
  • Addictions



Michele Honeck, MFT, CHT Irving Street San Francisco, CA 94122 (Sunset District)

Nearby Districts: Richmond District (94118/94121), West Portal (94127), Haight/Ashbury/Cole Valley (94117), Ingleside (94112), St. Francis Wood (94127), Twin Peaks (94131), Lake Merced (94132) Nearby Towns: Sausalito (94965), Pacifica (94044), Daly City (94014) 2011 Michele Honeck