Hypnotherapy is a non-traditional treatment approach to treating individuals who have not found success in other traditional forms of therapy. Hypnotherapy is therapeutic approach that allows an individual to enter into a relaxed state of mind where you may access the part of your mind that you are not aware of, the subconscious mind.
Unlike stage hypnosis, hypnotherapy is set in a therapeutic environment to help individuals get to the root of symptoms rather than just treating the symptom. Your subconscious mind is the storehouse of every experience in your life. This subconscious is ultimately in charge of the automatic reactions within your body.
Have you ever wondered why every time you have a panic attack you have the same physical responses? Or maybe you have questioned why every time you are in a crowded area you suddenly feel sweaty, shaky, and you heart begins racing and it feels like your chest is tight. These automatic physical responses are the road map to the root causes created by the negative emotions and beliefs associated to the events that you have experienced.
Much like a computer has hardware and software your mind is set up the same way. The software is the emotions and conclusions that we have made about our self and or the world around us based on our experiences. Often times, these emotions and conclusions can be negative; thus, resulting in unwanted symptoms in which we are left wondering: “Why am I still depressed.” When negative emotions and conclusions remain in your subconscious, they ultimately present as a mental health condition or a physical illness.
Hypnotherapy seeks to answer “what” rather than “why”. Nine times out of ten you can tell someone “why”; however, the “what”, is the root cause. The “what” is the essence of the negative emotions, conclusions, and behaviors that are fueling the unwanted symptoms. As any computer technician will tell you, you must uninstall faulty software and reinstall the right software for the computer to run optimally. The process of hypnotherapy does just that: it delivers emotional release and allows for reprograming of negative cognitions.
Standard Hypnotherapy or Hypnosis is used for specific purposes such as but not limited to:
• Smoking Cessation
• Social Phobias
• Weight Loss
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There is no emotional release or trace to a root cause, but rather suggestions given while in the hypnotic trance. Individuals that do not have a history of trauma, or any major mental health issues can find relief with this form of hypnosis. It is noted that if emotions are attached to the issue and are not addressed the individual is less likely to be successful with this treatment.
Are you going to take over my mind?
No, we all have a “sentinel” or guard for lack of better words. You do not do anything that you do not want to do due while in a hypnotic trance.
What does it feel like?
You will only be taken to a very light to medium state of the hypnotic trance. It is a very relaxed focused state. Have you ever been driving down the road and you look and see that you are twenty miles from your exit? Suddenly you look up and you are at your exit. That was a state of self-hypnosis. Although you were lost in your thoughts, you were completely aware of everything going on around you. This is exactly what the hypnotic trance will feel like.
I can’t be hypnotized, will it work?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You can be hypnotized, but if you resist the trance and choose not to relax and allow yourself to drift into a state of concentration and trance then it is more than likely a fear based reaction to “what might happen if I let go”.
Am I going to cluck like a chicken?
No, this is the most common question regarding hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Keep in mind stage hypnosis is setup and made for people to laugh. The majority of people on stage wanted to adopt the suggestions. If you have ever been to a stage hypnotist you clearly see that several people often resist the trance and are excused quietly from the stage. Again, going into the trance is in fact a choice.
I don’t want to remember anything can you make me forget?
No. Again the trance is a light to medium trance. Interaction is important part of the treatment as emotional expression is a large piece and ultimately the way to see the truth and reprogram with “healthy software”. In fact, experiencing your emotions at a very high level is the intention so that you can get healthy expression.
How many sessions will it take?
Each person is individual and depending on the individual circumstances will depend on how many sessions are recommended. Typically someone without severe PTSD or other major mental health concerns can get some symptom relief in one to two sessions. It is in fact a process much like an onion that needs to be peeled back a layer at a time.
So what is the session like?
Each hypnotherapy session is 90 minutes. It includes the induction and coping skills. Emotions are then processed from different experiences in life with new conclusions and extinguishing of emotions at the end of the session. You leave the session with a recording of the first half of session and the end of the session without the processing of emotions being recorded.
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