What is Hypnosis?

Contact Joan Teasdale to discover how Hypnosis can help!

What is a Consulting Hypnotist ?

I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified Hypnotist. Every state has a different set of words and regulations for the profession of hypnotherapy.  I was trained in California where they recognize the term hypnotherapist. In NY state I am referred to as a Consulting Hypnotist.


What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of of heightened focus and receptivity with the critical mind in abeyance (not caring) and usually includes deep relaxation. Hypnosis works directly with your subconscious mind to free you from old patterns and hangups and help you create a new way of being in the world. It can be used for almost every issue that requires change and can include general self-improvement, career enhancement, testing and sports performance, reducing stress, anxiety and fears, managing pain, insomnia, changing addictive behaviors, relationship difficulties and much more. Hypnosis is perfectly natural—in fact, you go in and out of it many times a day. That half hour before you fall asleep at night, and after you wake up in the morning, is a hypnotic state. It’s when your conscious mind has its critical guard down, leaving your subconscious open and receptive to new thoughts and feelings. (You’ve also experienced hypnosis when driving home on autopilot—your subconscious is what gets you home safely!) In hypnosis, your body is extremely relaxed and your mind is very calm, yet focused and alert. When you’re in a hypnotic state, you have all the healthy benefits of deep relaxation. Your mind and body are in harmony. In this state, you have incredible potential for personal growth. During hypnosis the mind accepts the new positive thoughts which ultimately create new behaviors in your life. Read more:

How can it help me?

Hypnosis and Guided Therapeutic Imagery bypass all your reflexive defenses and destructive patterns and speak directly to your subconscious, which is open and receptive to suggestions in hypnosis. By changing what’s happening on a subconscious level, you can make stunning changes in your own life. Learning how to create new behaviors and beliefs for yourself allows you to both overcome old difficulties or challenges and create new opportunities and new pathways for yourself. Read more:

Why choose hypnosis over other approaches?

Hypnosis is so effective because it’s a mind-body-spiritual healing—it addresses you as a whole person. In session, I work to help you make lasting changes and create new pathways for yourself—it’s active, dynamic, and fun! Many types of therapy are valuable, and you have to find the right therapy (and therapist!) for you. Personally, I have used hypnosis to make huge changes in my own life, and after I saw its immediate effectiveness, I had to change my entire career (from photographer to certified hypnotist!) so that I could help others. In my practice, I use Guided Therapeutic Imagery—it’s an incredibly powerful tool that speaks directly to your subconscious and helps you completely transform how you think and feel about your life. Read more:

Who does it work for best?

Hypnosis can work for anyone. Even if you arrive at my New York City office nervous or skeptical, you can experience the incredible relaxation of hypnotic trance. We all have a subconscious mind, and our subconscious minds all respond to imagery—it’s just how our brains are created. That said, I find my greatest success is with people who are:

  • seeking to increase their confidence, self-esteem, and motivation
  • pursuing creative endeavors, enhanced relationships
  • rebuilding their lives or starting anew
  • moving through loss or grief

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Is hypnosis safe?

Yes, hypnosis is completely safe! It’s gentle and natural to be in a hypnotic trance—you go in and out of trance state by yourself many times a day, like when you first wake up or when you’re about to go to sleep. As your hypnotherapist, I work with you to decide what suggestions I need to introduce in order to help you succeed with your goals. And no one can leave a suggestion that the person in hypnosis is not in agreement with. You’re a part of the hypnosis and therapy—it’s not being “done to you.” Hypnosis is a dance between the therapist and the client—we’re helping your mind and heart become free and light together. Nothing could be safer, or more free-ingl!

Is there anyone who can’t be helped by hypnosis?

Absolutely! A person who is not ready to change cannot be helped by hypnosis—remember, I can’t make your subconscious do anything you don’t already want to do. A person who isn’t ready to make change won’t even be calling me. Anyone who is willing to try hypnosis—no matter how nervous or skeptical—can and will reap its amazing benefits. Anyone ready for change—everyone who’s had enough of their old patterns and beliefs, anyone ready to make changes, even if they can’t yet see what those changes will be—will see huge success!

Joan Teasdale is a Consulting Hypnotist in New York City offering hypnosis for change. She’s a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in California, and a Certified Therapeutic Guided Imagery Facilitator. Also Certified in Aromatherapy Foundations from the NY Institute of Aromatherapy,  Joan offers hypnosis sessions at her West Village NYC office as well as via Skype from her office in Jackson, Wyoming. Joan shares her skills at various Wellness Retreats from St Barth's to Seattle.