Judith Velez, PhD LCSW Hypnosis Children, Adolescents and Adults

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestibility; a process of achieving a progressively deep level of relaxation. It is brought about by shifting the balance between two different parts of the mind. They are Conscious Mind and Sub-Conscious Mind.

The Conscious Mind – which is always active and deals with the outside world through our sensory experiences in an objective way; while,

The Sub-Conscious Mind – is passive and accepts information subjectively and serves as a resource. The sub-conscious is the storehouse of all our memories and beliefs and is also the Control Center for the automatic functions of the body (Heart Rate, Respiration, Perspiration, etc.)

During Hypnosis, the Conscious and the Sub-Conscious parts of the mind undergo a tremendous shift in balance. The Conscious part of the mind recedes and becomes Passive, and the Sub-Conscious part becomes Active and accessible. While in this state; the power of Critical Conscious Criticism is suppressed and suggestions go directly to the Sub-Conscious mind, and is taken as fact, as long as it is not contrary to the subject’s Ethical or Moral values.

Let me give you an illustration:

Let’s say you are a salesperson that enters a building wanting to see the president of that company. Upon entering the building you are stopped by the receptionist, who asks:

1. Who are you?  2. Who are you here to see?  3. Why?

The receptionist then decides whether the salesperson can go any further, more often sending him away.

Now with Hypnosis, we make the salesperson invisible, allowing you to walk right past the receptionist without being challenged. You are then able to proceed directly to the elevators. Upon entering the elevator, you notice that you now have direct access to the executive offices and when you exit the elevator you welcomed by the President of the company. 

During the first session of hypnosis, which usually lasts about 1 ½ hours, the client and I begin with a “pre-talk” where the changes you are seeking are discussed. New behaviors are agreed upon before you go under hypnosis.  These new behaviors are then suggested to you while under hypnosis. Thus, you are in full control of what is to be changed. You are the “driver” and I, as the hypnotherapist, have your map in my hands guiding me to your desired destination.  One of the techniques used to help you arrive at your destination is called Parts Therapy.

Parts Therapy is a technique used in hypnosis that is based on the concept that our personalities are composed of various parts, which are aspects of the subconscious. In other words, we all wear different “hats.”  The hypnotherapist guides the client into a state of hypnosis and then talks to the part that controls the unwanted behavior, as well as talking to the positive part of the personality, the part that always does the “right thing” for the client. The new behaviors agreed upon in the Pre-talk are directly