When we shift our attention into a more relaxed, inwardly focused state we go into a hypnotic state which is also called “trance.” If you have ever daydreamed, then you already know how to go into this state because daydreaming is a natural form of trance.

In therapeutic hypnosis, I would guide you into this kind of state. During this process, you can access different perspectives, heal and change difficult patterns, and discover your own creative power which you may not have known that you had. You can then integrate this power into your waking life.

You can keep your eyes open, or if you feel like it let them close, and let your mind go wherever it wants to with my gentle guidance as the therapist. Sometimes I record on cell phones short, self-hypnotic inductions geared to your own language, to help you become really comfortable in learning how to shift yourself into this creative state and to come back to your conscious reality with ease.

Let us say you have a problem and can’t solve it. You make a list of Pros and Cons, lie awake all night, and finally one afternoon you sit back in your chair, take a deep breath, stare out the window at nothing in particular, and then the answer suddenly comes into your mind. That happens and we do it automatically all the time. Your unconscious was at work and helped you solve the problem.

So you already know how to do hypnosis. In hypnotherapy I teach you to actively move into trance states and seek answers when you need them.

Jane A. Parsons-Fein, LCSW, BCD. DAHB, a graduate of Smith College and the Columbia School of Social Work, is President of the Parsons-Fein Training Institute for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis in New York City. In her work she integrates the hypnotic approaches of Milton H. Erickson, M.D., Virginia Satir, and Moshe Feldenkrais.
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