Hypnosis/Denna J. Shelton, CH, RMP
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a method for helping a wide variety of conditions and personal issues. The techniques of hypnosis can be used on their own or with other forms of therapy. Because it works directly with the subconscious mind, it is a rapid and effective procedure, which can be much faster than other traditional "talk psychotherapy."
Hypnosis in and of itself is very effective and generally enough, but combining it with Reiki has proven to be a powerful combination for mind, body and spirit. Denna J. Shelton is a certified, Consulting Hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists and Reiki Master/13th Octave LaHoChi practitioner with combined experience of over 20 years. During the initial session an evaluation is performed to identify how many sessions are needed and what approach will be most effective.
- Stop smoking/smoking cessation
- Stress reduction and relaxation
- Excessive worry
- Prolonged sadness
- Self-esteem and Self-confidence
- Academic achievement and test stress
- Self-hypnosis training
- Weight management
- Apprehensions or Fears
- Social stress
- Stage fright or performance stress
- Habit patterns and behaviors
- Memory enhancement
- Inner child work
- Sports enhancement for peak performance
Common Myths & Misunderstandings
- "I don't think I can be hypnotized": Anyone can be hypnotized if they are willing and open. Sometimes a person might not realize that they are in a hypnotic trance because it does not feel much different from a normal waking state.
- Losing control: You cannot be made to do anything that you are not basically willing to do. People who "cluck like chickens" for "entertainment" hypnosis are those who don't mind "clucking".
- Hypnosis is "being asleep": Most people are aware of what is happening while they are in a hypnotic trance state. You can hear what is happening and can come "out of" hypnosis if you chose at any time. In cases where pain reduction or anesthesia is needed you will be trained to go into deeper states like somnambulant states, which can be like sleep.
- "I won't remember the session": Although some people do not recall all of the session, most people have memory of what happens in the session. When hypnosis is used for therapeutic purposes, the person usually does recall what is important for them to remember.
Denna will spend time with you to evaluate exactly what is needed and what approaches will be most effective for your condition and establish strategies for a successful session.
Do you need private hypnosis, but in other parts of the country? We can use Skype, FaceTime or phone calls (other forms of video-conferencing may be available. Call for details.)
To schedule a hypnosis session or free consultation with Denna, please email: email@example.com
What a few of many have said:
My hypnotherapy journey for weight loss with
Denna has been interesting, enlightening, fun and
successful to date. My commitment to
lose 1.5 to 2 pounds per week was established with a
goal weight at my first session with Denna. And here
I am several sessions and seven weeks later, 14
pounds lighter and greater every day in every way as
I continue towards my goal. Denna is a
great communicator, listener, and teacher who
radiates the power of positive thinking. I
highly recommend her as a hypnotherapist and healing
arts practitioner to anyone.”
E. K. R. , Western, NC
, Western, NC
I’ve made several attempts throughout my
lifetime to quit smoking.
In only two hypnosis sessions with
Denna, I was easily able to say goodbye to
this 35-year-old habit that was negatively
impacting my health. Thank you,
Denna, for your expertise! ~ Betty C. , Western North
, Western North Carolina
"Denna has been working her magic with Reiki, and Love,
with me. When she suggested Reiki/Hypnotherapy I was
excited to see what might occur. After our
first session I was amazed to find that a life-long
problem with negativity was almost completely
healed..... what a thrilling
I will continue to see what further awakenings happen.
Judy M., Western, NC
Judy M., Western, NC
"Thank you for carving out the time to see my sister. She came back to me very happy and relieved of many pains that plague her and she said she loved you and the session!" Judy M., Western, NC
had no idea that such a few sessions could give such
amazing results! When we started I was
having a difficult time sleeping. "Monkey
mind" was a nightly issue.
This may sound like a small thing but night after
night with less and less sleep takes a toll on your
life. After two hypnosis sessions I have
been able to put the monkeys to bed!
The Reiki work Denna did on my hands has made
a wonderful difference in my daily life from every
day activities to improved participation in my yoga
practice. With so much less pain everything is
easier. Thank you, Denna! I look forward to
more sessions in the future!"
Harriet, Western, NC
Harriet, Western, NC
I had phenomenal results with my first hypnosis session for stress reduction with Denna. I felt so relaxed by her calming voice and methods. After our session, I returned to my everyday life finding myself repeating suggestions she had given me reducing my stress levels instantly. Love, love, love my results and highly recommend Denna for hypnosis. Emilee P. Western, NC
Questions & Answers
Can hypnosis be bad for your health? No. I'd guess that all medical practitioners would agree on the health benefits of relaxation. Relaxation helps to bring about a homeostatic balance - a balance within the system of mind, body and soul, emotionally and physically. The problem is that a lot of doctors say to people, "You need to learn to relax," but they never really give them the tools for knowing "how to relax." Relaxation is extremely important for your health.
Can you get stuck in hypnosis and be unable to wake up? No one ever gets "stuck" in hypnosis. Remember that hypnosis is a natural and normal state to be in from time to time. It's not a state which is completely alien to us. Of course, hypnosis is a subjective experience and everyone will experience it differently, but the worst that could possibly happen is that you drift into natural sleep, and after 5 or 10 minutes you wake up naturally. Some people may use hypnosis as a bridge into natural sleep. In my private hypnotherapy sessions, some people have been kept awake by their stress, and when hypnosis relaxes them, they have naturally fallen asleep. This is not a problem. But remember, you'll never get stuck in hypnosis and be unable to wake up.
Will I be asleep or unconscious when in hypnosis? No. You're not asleep and you're not unconscious. You're fully aware of what's happening around you. Of course, everyone's experience is slightly different. Some people feel light, some feel heavy, but almost everyone feels extremely relaxed. Generally, when people are in a deep state of hypnosis, they feel as if their body has gone to sleep but the mind is still alert, awake, and aware. If you do fall into a natural sleep, then don't worry. It's fine.
Will I become dependent on the hypnotist? Remember, you have a conscious awareness during hypnosis, and are in full control. If the hypnotist were to ask a subject to do anything inappropriate, most people would pull themselves out of it spontaneously. The best, most professional and ethical hypnotherapists work in a way that makes the client feel empowered, rather than working in an authoritarian way where problems may result.
In hypnosis, will I be able to recall everything that's ever happened to me? No. Some therapists use specific techniques that may help a person remember certain things from the past if that's going to be useful for them. This is called regression work. But you will not recall all your memories.
What does it feel like to be hypnotized? Hypnosis feels different to different people. Some people feel light and tingly, others heavy, and some people feel numbness. Some people find their eyes tear up or that they swallow more. But most likely, you will feel like you are deep inside yourself but still aware that you are in a room, in a chair, being guided into hypnosis.
Do hypnotists have special powers? The thought that hypnotists have "special powers" originates from Hollywood movies. This is understandable, as there's a deep mystery surrounding hypnosis. The truth is that hypnotists don't have any special powers. They just have knowledge and experience in the skill of inducing hypnosis. With sufficient effort and practice, most people could probably induce hypnosis. Of course, the real skill is in what way you use it, and how you use the hypnotic state to help people.
Does hypnosis only work on certain people? No. While it's true that hypnosis can be more useful for some people than others. I would say it's mainly comes down to the person's motivation, their willingness and their ability to concentrate. I believe everyone is suggestible to some degree. If you're interested in something and it's something that you want, generally you're open to its effects. It's the same with hypnosis. If you want it to work and you co-operate, then you'll reap the benefits.
Are people who get hypnotized weak minded? No. It's quite the opposite. Without doubt, it's the people who can concentrate well and have a creative imagination that are, if you want to use the term, the best 'hypnotic subjects'. These types of people go into hypnosis easier and deeper than anyone else. We're all susceptible to suggestion, but to varying degrees. If someone is offering me something useful, then I will work towards achieving it. It would be really silly to work against something that will benefit you. So it's really not true that people who are hypnotized are gullible or weak minded.
When in hypnosis, can I be made to say or do something against my will? Hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestion. Generally, people won't do anything which goes against their personal values or beliefs. Hypnosis is not sleep. You're aware of everything happening around you. If someone tells you to do something that is really against your values, then you won't do it. You'll come out of the state of hypnosis, and in fact, you'd almost be shocked out of hypnosis.
I don't think I can be hypnotized. Anyone can be hypnotized if they are willing and open. Sometimes a person might not realize that they are in a hypnotic trance because it does not feel much different from a normal waking state.
Will I remember the session? Although some people do not recall all of the session, most people have memory of what happens in the session. When hypnosis is used for therapeutic purposes, the person usually does recall what is important for them to remember.
*Disclaimer: the areas and issues treated by Hypnosis listed above may vary from person to person. We offer no guarantees or claims that everyone will get the same results.