Lisa Joyce, MA, LPC
Counseling, Consulting and Hypnosis
5527 N. Union Blvd, Suite 203  Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Everything you ever wanted to know about Hypnosis!

 In short, hypnosis is just a technique of gaining access to the subconscoius mind, where all of those scripts are written that impact how we see ourselves and the world.  From there, we are able to rewrite that script and replace the old messages with suggestions that are more effective in helping you achieve what you want to achieve.

I have completed training in Clinical Hypnosis by some of the most well respected experts in the field and participate in regular ongoing trainings and consultation to ensure that I am able to offer clinically sound and effective treatments for my clients.  It is often difficult to identify which providers of hypnosis (or hypnotherapy) are legitimate; some have experience and training ranging from doctoral or master's level degrees in the medical, dental and/or mental health field to individauls with absolutely no higher education and only self training in hypnosis which is why it is important to do your research when looking for providers.  I have a Master's degree, a clinical license, am a member of the Amercian Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and am just finishing up certification requirements, and I have been trained by experts who are Senior Board Members of ASCH and professors with Duke University's Medical School. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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    What types of things do you use hypnosis to treat?
    Hypnosis is a powerful tool that can be used in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy techniques to treat a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, panic, phobias, trauma, and addictive behaviors. It is also effectively use to manage pain (chronic, pre and post surgery, childbirth, etc.).
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    How will I know if I am in trance?
    You actually may not notice at all, and many people say that they only realize they have been in trance when they come out of it. How people perceive the experience of trance is different for everyone, but most of us can remember being in trance at one point or another. In your general everyday life, trance often looks like daydreaming, getting completely absorbed in something like a tv show, or "highway hypnosis" where you kind of go into auto-pilot without being consciously aware.
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    Can everyone be hypnotized?
    Some individuals may struggle with allowing themselves to go into trance. With that said, most people can achieve at least a light level of trance and with practice and experience are usually able to eventually reach greater depths of trance.
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    What is the subconscious?
    One of the best descriptions I have heard is that you can imagine the conscious mind to be Google, and the subconscious mind to be the world wide web. We have access to vast amounts of knowledge, skills to control functions of the body and mind, all at the tips of our fingers, but to access it, you have to know where to look. That is where the heightened state of attention experienced during trance is helpful in figuring out where to start.
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    Will you make me do something I don't want to do or will I do something embarrassing?
    Absolutely not. During trance, your conscious mind is still active, aware and able to make choices. Your morals and values don't go away in trance and you can always come out of trance on your own at any time. Most of the time you see this type of thing in stage hypnosis, and those people are willing participants. There is very rare exception to this, and those exceptions are always unethical. I encourage clients to record their hypnosis session for use at home for self-hypnosis, so if I suggested you quack like a duck, you would know!
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    Will I remember what happens in trance?
    You can if you want to. Again, I can't make you do something in trance that you don't want to do or that isn't in your best interest. While the trance state does allow the ability to create amnesia (the ability to forget something), there are only certain circumstances where that would be helpful (like the experience of severe pain). What's really interesting, is that we can actually use trance to do the opposite of forgetting, and allow you to remember things you forgot or didn't notice that in and of itself changes the experience!