Are you feeling stuck or out of control? Frustrated because nothing seems to help? Stressed or Anxious? Do you just want to be the best version of YOU?
Rachel O'Rourke, Certified Hypnotist, offers a calming, confidential environment built on trust and personalized solutions - focused on helping you achieve your goals.
Hypnosis is a goal-oriented technique that involves absorption of one's attention and response to suggestions. It is a state of active, unconscious learning, when communication with oneself is heightened.
Many describe hypnosis as a pleasant combination of talk therapy and meditation.
Sessions are typically 90 minutes in length, are virtual via zoom, and are personalized to your unique goals. Half of the session is discussion and half is spent in hypnosis. At the completion of your session, you will be sent your personalized hypnotic recording to listen to on your own. We will explore and uncover subconscious blocks that come in the form of fears and negative beliefs about oneself, which limit an individual’s ability to achieve forward progress. These beliefs create patterns of self-sabotage and defeat due to repetitive programming. Through hypnosis, we change limited thinking to positive and healthy thoughts which reinforces healthy habits and patterns of living.
Virtual or In-Person Sessions Available (In Bend, Oregon)
Below is a model of the mind as delineated by our different levels of consciousness
Our subconscious mind is formed by all the things we’ve learned since we were born; from parents, family, friends, teachers, authority figures, society and culture. Our subconscious stores our beliefs, values, natural aptitudes and talents, fears, long-term memories, emotional associations and habits.
Our higher-level executive functions reside here: logic, reason, willpower, decision making and analytical discernment and desire. When we logically deduce we need to change or want something different, it’s executed from our conscious mind.
If our subconscious is primed differently from what we consciously want, we experience resistance through anxiety, self-sabotage, fear, or other manifestations. Purposefully using hypnosis grants a dialogue with our subconscious; inspiring receptibility to ideas and behaviors in-line with our conscious desires.
The first step to working together is to book a consultation. These are done via phone or zoom, are 60 minutes long, and are completely free.
After the consultation, I will provide you with a recommended package of sessions based off of your specific goal(s).
We will meet virtually or in-person (Bend, Oregon) every other week until your session package is completed. You will receive recordings of your hypnosis and homework prompts to be completed between sessions.
Hypnosis is a co-operative partnership between the client and the facilitator to create change in both the conscious and subconscious space. Rachel O'Rourke is a Certified Hypnotist, not a Licensed Medical Doctor or Mental Health Professional. As such, hypnosis services performed are non-therapeutic and not intended to take the place of professional counseling, medical, or psychological care and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment of any condition. Rachel does not work on pain or diagnosed mental or physical conditions without the referral from a licensed practitioner of the healing arts. If you are under the care of a medical professional for any condition for which you are seeking hypnosis support, please obtain a signed, written referral from your provider prior to engaging me and moving forward with related sessions. Rachel is honored to help you LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT!
Talk therapy focuses on cognitive processes while hypnosis focuses on changing behavior in the subconscious mind. Hypnosis sessions include cognitive dialogue followed by hypnosis. This will be the part where a client either lays down or sits back, eyes closed, and follows along with the hypnosis practitioner’s guided imagery. Treatment is typically short-term, lasting between 3 and 15 sessions compared to weekly talk therapy sessions that can span from months to years. Hypnosis seeks to target the subconscious root cause of the presenting issue to integrate transformation quickly. Both hypnosis and traditional psychotherapy support lifelong behavior change. A hypnosis practitioner will request a medical referral for presenting issues with a medical etiology because they do not diagnose or treat medical conditions or psychological disorders. Nor do they prescribe or suggest medication.
The subconscious mind is like the soil of a garden, whatever the conscious mind plants there grows – whether it be weeds or flowers. It’s where we keep our behaviors, beliefs, emotions, imagination, intuition, and memories. It makes up 90% of our brain, which is why it can be easy to get stuck in what is no longer serving us.
Most of our issues stem from the mind, or involve it in some way whether psychological, physiological, or spiritual. There’s a wide array of reasons why people seek out hypnotherapy:
• Allergies • Analgesic/Sedation for Medical and Dental Procedures • Anxiety • Anger Management • Artists Block • Asthma • Athletic Performance • Autoimmune Symptoms • Bedwetting • Boredom • Blood Pressure Issues • Breaking Bad Habits • Career Enhancement • Chemotherapy Side Effects • Clarity and Purpose • Confidence • Courage • Creative Expansion • Depression • Emotional Release • Fears and Phobias • Fertility and Childbirth • Grief and Loss • Gut Health and IBS • Habit Integration • Heartbreak • Impotence • Manifestation • Memory, Focus, and Rapid Learning • Motivation • OCD and Perfectionism • Pain Reduction • Past Life Regression and Accessing the Past • Performance Anxiety • Pessimism • Psychoactive Experience Integration • PTSD/CPTSD • Rapid Healing and Inflammation Reduction • Relationship Improvement • Release Bad Habits, Behavioral Patterns, and Addictions • Self-Sabotage • Sexual Dysfunction and Satisfaction • Sleep Disorders • Smoking Cessation • Stress • Test Anxiety • Weight Loss and Body Image • Writer’s Block
Our ability to imagine influences everything we do, as the subconscious mind cannot distinguish fantasy from fiction. That’s why we cry during a sad movie, even though we know it's not real. When we focus our imagination on what we want, we are using imagery to bring it to life. Imagery is utilized during hypnosis to support clients desired outcome, improving their livelihood, wellbeing, and reaching personal goals. Imagery strengthens harmony between the body and mind and has been referred to as “medicine for the imagination.”
The goal of hypnosis is to rapidly create positive change for a person. Each hypnosis session leaves a person feeling optimistic and refreshed.
I believe most people are hypnotizable because hypnosis is a hidden ability of the mind. We go into hypnosis multiple times a day without realizing: During our morning routines, while scrolling through social media, when we are emotionally triggered, doing what we love, and falling asleep. Hypnosis is experienced on a spectrum; everyone has their own unique experience. For some, it’s an analytical state of focus while others experience all-encompassing visualizations and amnesia. Like meditations, you are in control the entire time.
Stage hypnosis is a sensationalized version solely meant to entertain. This kind of trance does not work on everybody. I do NOT practice stage hypnosis, only hypnosis for transformation.
An Introductory Hypnosis Session with Rachel lasts 1.5 – 2 hours. Sessions start with extensive conversation and questions so she can gain insight into your story and what motivates you. Once intentions for the session are clear, focus shifts to the conditioning for hypnosis. Some personality types go into trance easily while others experience resistance or simply have a more analytical state of focus. Rachel works with all personality types to develop trust and implement techniques that allow you to relax, as the subconscious is more receptive when your nervous system is at ease. When guided into hypnosis, you’re welcomed to lay or sit back and close your eyes where you will remain fully aware of where you are and what is happening. Suggestions specific to your needs are offered for the purpose of creating new neural pathways for positive change. Sometimes suggestions are literal and direct, while other times they’re metaphorical and reveal their effects in time. Your subconscious transmits these thoughts and images throughout the mind and body. Rachel’s role is to support clients in accessing parts of themselves already available underneath the surface of their cognitive mind and learned personal blocks. The purpose of this work is to integrate change a person wants, be it releasing fear, uncovering personal blocks, increasing self-trust, or integrating new strategies and habits relevant for their journey.
Hypnosis and meditation are in some ways very similar experiences of consciousness. Meditation is the practice of clearing the mind, while hypnosis—when used intentionally—is the practice of focusing your thoughts on a singular goal. A person does not slip into a state of meditation like hypnosis, but depending on the amorphous definition, one can shift between the two. In meditation, a person may focus on their breath or a mantra for the purpose of clearing the mind of busy thoughts. The goal of hypnosis is to use one’s imagination to focus on new possibilities and thoughts to create a desired change. While meditation and hypnosis have different intentions, they are similar in how they create mind and body coherence, activate our parasympathetic response, and empower a person to feel good.
Guided hypnosis is not recommended for people with multiple personality disorder, hallucinations, or those under the influence of drugs/alcohol.
On average between 3 and 10 sessions. Term of hypnosis varies depending on a persons unique needs and motivations. Follow up sessions are one hour long. Even a single hypnosis session is beneficial. A consultation will better inform what is appropriate for you.