Dr. Allen is trained in clinical uses of hypnosis. Hypnosis is a cognitive skill. We have within us a method for inner communication to the subconscious mind, and for setting and achieving goals, overcoming self-set limitations, changing negative thought processes, and exploration of psychological issues. Dr. Allen has offered the use of clinical hypnosis for lowering anxiety and stress, overcoming test and performance anxiety and the limitations of self-doubt, quitting smoking, diet support, study and academic success, getting rid of phobias, strategies for helping relieve medical issues (i.e., headaches, TMJ, GI, chronic pain, among numerous other conditions), and other situations where conscious – subconscious intervention may be helpful.
Self-hypnosis uses similar procedures to the process auto-hypnosis (with therapist), but requires absolute concentration, a secluded and quiet atmosphere, and about twenty to thirty minutes for practice to accomplish the goals, preferable twice each day. Self-hypnosis is a worthy skill, and requires disciplined practice, diligence, and motivation to become proficient. With practice, you can learn to accomplish hypnotic work in briefer periods of time, such as several 3-5 minute sessions spaced throughout the day. However, the amount of time will also depend on the complexity of your goals. The best way to schedule your hypnotic sessions would be at consistent intervals (early in the morning, after lunch, during an afternoon work break, and definitely before bed). The brief sessions of self-hypnosis during the day can feel quite relaxing and refreshing. The following are guidelines to follow for conducting a self-hypnosis session.
Before conducting the self-hypnosis session, determine and write down your specific goals: It is more effective to focus on one or two goals for each hypnotic experience. First, write down your goals in very specific terms as you want them to happen. Focus, not so much on a superficial statement of changing traits (e.g., “to be more confident and self-assured”), but on the very specific behaviors that need to change and the new and desirable feelings associated with the change. If you were this new person you desire to be, how would you feel, sound, look? How would you act differently, and in what specific situations? What kind of positive responses would you experience from others?
Hypnosis: An art and a science
Hypnosis is a cognitive skill, innate in every individual. Learn how to use the hypnotic state to create, choreograph, and practice seeing your goals for success. The subconscious mind responds to using the 8 senses in imagery (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, vestibular-balance, proprioception, and interocetion), imagining the feelings and emotions relating to the achieving of the goal in action, words and affirmations, and post-hypnotic suggestions affirming a future success. Learn how to master this skill for overcoming challenges, and enhancing skills and potential.