As a therapist, one of the primary tools I use is Hypnosis (also known as hypnotherapy/hypnosis therapy). It is an amazing tool. In fact, I was so impressed with the power of hypnosis that after learning hypnosis and seeing the results as a client and a clinician, I was determined to become proficient in it and give it the legitimacy it deserved. With that in mind, I returned to school for a MA and spent another 3 years working in the field of psychology in order to become fully licensed so that I could use this remarkable tool with credibility to help people improve their lives.
Hypnosis/hypnotherapy is not at all what you think. In fact, many people who have never been formally hypnotized, are skeptical about it and have outdated beliefs about what hypnosis is and is not so let me explain.
Hypnosis is not
- It’s not scary. It’s not mind control.
- I don’t put a person in a deep, dark trance and uncover their secrets.
- I don’t make them do silly things, bad things, scary things, or anything unkind.
Whenever I work with a person I always ask them to give themselves permission to enter hypnosis. And I always tell them that they will only accept suggestions that are beneficial to them. It is important that a person knows that they are in control and their concerns are being respectfully addressed.
What Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy is, and what it feels like
- Hypnosis is a very peaceful state, where the mind and body are relaxed and passively listening
- In this state, the mind is able to integrate new thoughts and ideas and later, make use of them
- In the light state of hypnosis, a person hears everything that is said to them
- In a mid level of hypnosis, my voice fades in and out, like it does when a person in the state between awake and asleep
- In a deep state, a person feels like they are sleeping, because the mind is resting and venting out the troubles of the day
- But even in this state the subconscious mind is paying attention- similar to when a person is awakened from a deep sleep by the soft whimper of their child or pet or a strange noise
In hypnosis, your mind protects you
The subconscious mind will always protect you. If something is said that is harmful to a person, that person will reject the suggestion or come out of hypnosis. But sometimes the mind thinks it is being protective although it really is not.
A good example is when a person drinks or shies away from relationships because of pain from a past experience. Even though a person may want to stop drinking or find love, the subconscious mind stops the person or fights the change because it doesn’t want any more pain, and it may take a little while for the subconscious mind to accept something new. Hypnosis results improve with repetition.
The subconscious mind is always listening, and it is particularly tuned in when a person is in hypnosis- even if the conscious mind is passively listening or drifting in and out of awareness.
It is easier for a person to make changes with the help of hypnosis because in the hypnotic state they are more likely to accept suggestions to eat less, or to be less bothered by criticism, or to feel less angry than they are in the conscious state because the suggestions bypass the critical mind.
Your first hypnosis session
In the initial visit, we discuss your goals or problems. I will explain how hypnosis works and how the mind works. Together we formulate a plan. Any of the questions I have are asked prior to the hypnotherapy part of the session. During the hypnosis session I carefully construct suggestions that are specific to your goals.
The beauty of hypnosis or hypnotherapy is that it has so many beneficial uses and it makes change seem easier.
- Hypnosis makes a person feel balanced and hopeful. It can be used to influence lifestyle choices and improve health
- Hypnosis can take the struggle out of changing habits and behaviors
- Hypnosis helps dissolve upsetting feelings– such as anger towards a person or situation, or jealousy.
- Hypnosis can help a person decrease panic attacks and anxiety
- Hypnosis can help decrease cravings and change the way a person thinks and feels about foods. It can help a person develop a desire for vegetables, or make fast foods unappealing.
- Hypnosis can help a person break a bad habit and build a better habit. It can help people stop biting their nails, or drink less or exercise more regularly.
- Hypnosis can relieve stress.
Hypnosis helps relieve stress
No matter what a person is dealing with, when a person has a problem, they feel stressed. The truth is that when we are stressed, we are emotionally charged and it is difficult to think clearly. When we are calmer, it is easier to figure things out and find solutions. Whether you are depressed, stressed, anxious, have trouble sleeping, or struggling with health; hypnotherapy can help you make the changes you want in your life.
Contact Achievement Strategies, Inc., Laura B. Temin at Achieve-Able.com for your complimentary phone consult to see how we can help you reach your goals. Call 770.998-3881