The owner and operator of GoldMind LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona, life coach Peter Winslow has spent more than seven years helping people advance their careers and attain their goals. One element Peter Winslow includes in his work is hypnotherapy, a practice which helps individuals who want to change their lives do so more effectively.
Hypnotherapy involves four key steps: explanation, strategy creation, enhancement of suggestibility, and evaluation. In the first two steps, the client actively participates in the process, listening to the hypnotherapist as subconscious motivations are explained and a strategy is developed to change behaviors. During these initial stages, the hypnotherapist might offer a method that changes the perception of the negative stimulus or change a routine to avoid the behavior entirely.
The third step guides the client into a suggestible state of mind in which the client physically relaxes while maintaining awareness of mental events. The hypnotherapist repeats the important parts of the behavioral change during this stage.
The final step, evaluation, often occurs during a later meeting. The client and hypnotherapist evaluate whether the suggestion has successfully changed the behavior and adjust or reinforce the adjustments from there.