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Deborah Phillips, MA, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist - LMFT52563

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You use hypnosis not as a cure but as a means of

establishing a favorable climate in which to learn

~ Milton H. Erickson ~

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I practice hypnosis in the methodology developed by Milton H. Erickson, combining elements of trans-personal psychology and metaphor to allow my clients to access and activate their own inherent healing capacities.

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In my therapy practice I use hypnosis primarily in three modes: guided imagery, suggestion and regression. Via guided imagery you will be guided through a visual journey for a specific purpose (such as relaxation, health, or emotional release), utilizing all of your senses. With suggestion we talk about places in your life you need extra support or a shift in your experience, and then co-create suggestions together. For regression work, we pick an issue you have been struggling with for a period of time and then we explore where in your history that might originate, and then reorganize your relationship with the issue, healing the emotional trauma or wounding.

Why Hypnosis?    

Many people are hesitant to be hypnotized because they fear losing control. Actually, the opposite is true: hypnosis gives you more control! The process accesses your own personal power. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis! The therapist simply guides you to your power, facilitating the process. 

The process of hypnosis is not about being commanded, rather a new lifestyle is being suggested to you. With your free will, you can take the suggestion, or not. No one ever does anything in the hypnotic state that they don't really want to do. 

Through hypnosis, you are able to access your subconscious power and align it with your conscious wishes. You can change unhealthy habits, discover your true self or your life purpose, find physical pain relief, personal empowerment, overcome traumas, fears and phobias, and "reprogram" your mind to break through fear into achievement, opening yourself to possibilities, attract more of what you want, and disallow what you do not want in your life.  

Today hypnosis is practiced as a person centered psychotherapy which employs guided visualization and suggestion to achieve an altered state of consciousness called trance. Hypnosis is a natural state of the mind, it is a consent state which the person allows themselves to enter and is characterized by an increase in focused attention and concentration.  

The mind is said to be approximately 95% subconscious and 5% conscious. It is the subconscious mind we are accessing and working with in hypnosis. The therapist can facilitate the client to achieve trance rapidly and allow them to focus upon the feelings, emotions and imagery associated with the situation they have come to therapy for. 


During hypnosis the mind relaxes and in this state of increased focus and attention, or trance, the therapist can communicate directly with the sub conscious mind which is often the source of inner conflict. The subconscious mind engages with the situation while the conscious mind with its supreme critical abilities steps aside for the moment allowing the client to accept positive suggestions. These positive suggestions come from the clients own choices and wishes and unobstructed by the conscious critical mind can be accepted to their situation quickly and easily, eliminating or replacing many habits and issues.