What IS Hypnosis?

Hypnosis Is…

There are a lot of theories about what hypnosis is and how it works.

What we know is that it is an internally experienced state distinct from relaxation, sleep or meditation, which are pursued for their own sake.

Hypnosis is a completely normal, natural state of deep concentration and focus. The conscious mind remains alert but otherwise engaged while attention is directed toward an internal experience that involves the subconscious.

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The Subconscious and Change

The Conscious and Subconscious Minds

Most people agree our minds are incredibly complex and wondrous. They are designed to constantly seek ways to "make sense of" and "respond to" what is happening both inside and outside of ourselves. They are also designed to "learn" from these experiences and to develop patterns that allow us to deal with these, or similar, events in the future.

Skills and Habits

From our experiences, we learn skills and habits. We develop patterns of thinking, solving problems and behaviors. We develop beliefs and patterns of relating to ourselves, other people, and the world that serve an important purpose for us at the time they were learned.

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Your Hypnosis Session - What To Expect

What to Expect in Your Hypnosis Session


You can expect your first session to be 1.5-2 hours in length. It will include some information gathering, completion of any paperwork, and should answer any remaining questions you may have about the process. You will clarify your goals, discuss what changes you would like to see and craft suggestions before beginning a hypnosis experience.

For some people, hypnosis may be all of the work they do in counseling. For others, hypnosis may be just a small part of the counseling process, and for still others, formal hypnosis may not be a part of the plan at all.

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Your Hypnosis Session – FAQs

How do you hypnotize people?

Just as the act of staring at the road can cause "highway hypnosis", a skilled Hypnotist will use, and teach you, a variety of techniques (inductions) to help relax your conscious mind. As the conscious mind "steps to the side" , you will be assisted to direct your attention on a focused inner experience called a hypnotic "trance", hypnotic "state" or "hypnosis".

What exactly is hypnoTHERAPY?

The use of hypnosis to effect changes in a person's thinking, feeling, beliefs or behavior. Learn more about how hypnosis and counseling work, visit Subconscious and Change.

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How to Choose a Therapist

What to Look for When Choosing a Hypnotherapist

Choosing a hypnotherapist is an important decision

It is important to understand, that at this time, and in most areas of the United States, Hypnosis itself is not a well regulated profession. With minimal training anyone can hang out their shingle as a "hypnotist" and some of these hypnosis practitioners do incredible work and offer a tremendous service to their clients. In Florida, there are no state mandated requirements for the minimal training, background screening or supervision of vocational (unlicensed) hypnotists. They are required to work under the supervision of a licensed health care practitioner when engaged in any work associated with a medical or mental health diagnosis.

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Hypnosis FAQs

Hypnosis Frequently Asked Questions

And Hypnosis Myths

The history of hypnosis is almost as old as man himself; it has been called many things, has roots in many disciplines and has been observed in almost all cultures. While hypnotic phenomena have always been real and observable, our opinions of it have always been subject to our ability (or inability) to understand and explain it. Even today, what hypnosis actually "is", and how it works, remains a topic of hot debate in professional circles.


Hypnosis is NOT the myth that Hollywood, the media and entertaining stage hypnotists continue to present. After all, they have a financial interest in maintaining the "mystery" of hypnosis.

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Hypnosis Research

Hypnosis News & Research

Lay person or professional, you probably have some personal experiences that have shown you that what people "think" or "perceive to be true" in their minds has a real effect on their thinking, feeling and behavior in the outside world. A common pop example is how a belief in "Voodoo" can effect those who believe they are "cursed". On a more positive note-many of us know people who defied all odds against them, motivated only by those things they "believed" in.

Sometimes, what we "think" can even have an impact on our bodies. In scientific research this is referred to as a "placebo effect". It is important to understand that any "placebo effect", that is to say, any change that occurs because of what the subject BELIEVED, is still a change. It is a CHANGE THAT WAS CREATED BY A THOUGHT.

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Why Tampa Bay Hypnotherapy

Tamera is…

A true believer in the resiliency and self organizing capacity of the human spirit, Tamera continually studies philosophy, culture, Read More…

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Tam is an accomplished communicator with children, adolescents, teens, adults and seniors. She works with individuals, couples, families, Read More…

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