can be understood as a natural state of focus often reached in daily
life through such activities as daydreaming, reading a good book, or
watching a favorite movie. It accesses our subconscious layer; the layer
of the mind which is essential to access if true transformation is to
occur. These layers are reached only with the client's permission.
Nothing is ever done without permission and desire on the client's part.
This enjoyable talent of imagination and focus can be used intentionally
to access levels of relaxation and motivation that too often remain hidden
in our busy lives. With oneís permission, the automatic conscious mind
of daily living can be allowed to relax for a specified time, and it is
then possible to give real attention to that layer of oneself not often
Hypnosis can assist in reaching those parts of ourselves that have a
higher level of knowledge and understanding than is generally available to
us. By relaxing into ourselves, and listening to ourselves, we have the
ability to come more fully into ourselves.
There are as many uses for hypnosis as there are needs. Some of the more
common uses are : Pregnancy and/or childbirth preparation, stress
reduction, increasing oneís joy and energy, learning to sleep better,
self-discovery, finding a peaceful inner home, working on dreams, improve
relationships, moving through the grief process, improving confidence and
self esteem, performance improvement, accenting oneís artistic talents,
stop smoking... and much more.
Only what is safe and appropriate for the client will be explored: at
times hypnosis is experienced simply as a new and fresh perspective, or as
a deeply relaxing and interesting experience. Too, deep and lasting
transformation is offered.
"I have to say that I really had my doubts about being hypnotized, but
it was nothing like I thought it would be. The relaxation and total calm
of the experience is the most vivid recollection, and Barbara is so good
at making you comfortable during the whole process that you just
enjoy the journey, which to me consisted of a profound remembrance of
my youth and who I used to be and actually still am. This experience for
me seemed to let me see and appreciate my self from all angles and feel a
relaxed peaceful calm with everything around me. The awakening after the
journey is one of the best feelings I have had in a long time, much like a
burden had been lifted from me and left me very peaceful, calm, and
confident about my whole existence. Thank you Barbara."
~ John Stafford
"Hypnotism was the last thing that I thought I would be a part of,
but with Barbara's guidance and much encouragement from my husband,
the experience was not only something I welcomed, but turned out to be a
place within myself I had never really realized before. I
felt I reached the center of love I hold for everyone dear to me, and
could have remained in that state indefinitely; it was very beautiful.
Reflecting afterwards I was in complete awe of the
pure emotion that had flowed so easily, with Barbara's calm reassurance.
For me this session was more than just getting hypnotized, it was in fact a
~ Teresa Stafford
For several years I was unable to get a good nightís sleep. Iíd regularly wake up
in the middle of the night, then toss and turn until the alarm rang. Iíd always
taken sleeping for granted because it had never been a problem until about four
years ago, but now a good nightís sleep seemed impossible, and exhaustion was
affecting my life on every level. I moved through my days on automatic pilot, too
tired to think or feel much joy. It was all I could do to get through each day,
and I wasnít enjoying my life as I always had. I had one hypnotherapy session with
Barbara, and I trusted her completely. Within two or three days, I was sleeping
through the night. I canít even begin to describe the relief I felt! That was a
year ago, and I continue to sleep well. I feel like myself again, and now itís
hard to remember how different my life was when I was exhausted all the time.
That one session returned me to a sense of well-being that I wasnít sure I could
reclaim. I will never take sleep for granted again, and I truly believe in the
effectiveness of hypnotherapy and the gentle guidance of Barbara Heffel.
~ Carolynn Ranch