Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to treat a variety of emotional, physical and behavioral problems. Hypnosis is a state of consciousness in which people are highly receptive to suggestion and direction. Consulting Hypnotists use guided relaxation and concentration techniques to:
1) help clients “self-discover” seminal events and issues affecting their beliefs, attitudes, and performance
2) incorporate helpful ideas and suggestions that are communicated directly to the subconscious part of the mind.
Since it’s the subconscious that drives thoughts and actions, positive changes can be easily and readily made with the guidance and support of a properly-trained hypnotist.
What is Transpersonal Hypnosis?
Transpersonal hypnosis incorporates the belief that there is a dimension to human nature greater than our three-dimensional consciousness. Guidance of our Higher Power and an individual’s innate spiritual resources prevail within a “therapeutic” relationship in which hypnosis helps the client get in touch with the source of his/her problems.
Does Hypnosis Really Work?
Hypnosis is as old as human history, and today it has become an almost indispensable tool of medicine, psychotherapy, and self-development. In 1958 the American Medical Association approved the inclusion of hypnosis instruction in medical schools and post-graduate curricula, but if you look back to early times, the Egyptians, Greeks and others used hypnosis for both therapeutic and religious purposes. Today, the National Guild of Hypnotists now has more than 14,000 members in 80 countries.
The power of the mind is incredible. Your subconscious is the storehouse of every thought and experience you’ve ever had. Hypnosis can help you achieve quick and powerful results because it opens a door to the subconscious mind. Helpful information can be revealed, and a shift in perception or understanding can be made.
Can Everyone Be Hypnotized?
People are naturally receptive to hypnosis, so virtually any normal person can be hypnotized under proper conditions by an experienced hypnotist. The most significant factor in receptivity to hypnosis is the desire or motivation to be hypnotizable. There may be psychological reasons that make it more difficult for a particular person to relax into the state of hypnosis, but given enough time and desire, it should be possible for YOU to be hypnotized.
Hypnosis is Helpful in Many Areas
Apprehensive about a medical procedure?
Hypnosis is easy and effective. It can help you prepare for surgery or invasive tests. You’ll be more relaxed, confident, and enjoy a quicker recovery.
Don’t know what’s troubling you?
Sometimes the cause of problems is pretty deeply buried. A Consulting Hypnotist helps you unlock the door and find the underlying cause.
If you’ve seen hypnosis on TV, a video or “live” on stage, then chances are good that you’ve seen someone being given direct suggestions. It could be as simple as the hypnotist telling a participant to take a deep breath or to sit comfortably in their chair in order to relax. In most hypnotherapy sessions, each client experiences some aspect of the directive style, including post-hypnotic suggestions (often referred to affirmations nowadays).
Once rapport is established between the hypnotist and client, the client is helped to relax physically and mentally, “induced” into a hypnotic state, and given direct suggestions related to the issues at hand in order to help:
- Change your behavior or attitude
- Reduce pain
- Enhance performance (sports, music, tests, memory, etc.)
- Boost your confidence and morale
- Clarify decision-making
It is rare for anyone to experience stress during this process.
Non-Directive Hypnosis (or HypnoAnalysis)
After establishing rapport with the client, the Consulting Hypnotist: 1) helps you relax physically and mentally, 2) “induces” a hypnotic state, and then 3) begins a dialogue. (This is similar to the question-and-answer conversation you might have with a therapist.)
The state of hypnosis allows you to answer/respond from the subconscious mind, accessing an inner wisdom and often providing information or insight not readily accessible through normal conscious awareness. Simply put, hypnoanalysis leads you back to the origin, or cause of the problem. Often, this can include recall of one or more emotionally charged situations from the past.
Combination of Directive and Non-Directive Hypnotherapy
My goal is to help you find the cause of your problem in order to truly conquer it, so I most often use a combination of the directive and non-directive hypnotic approaches. That means that most individual sessions include a question-and-answer time while you’re in a state of hypnosis, followed by a period in which you receive helpful and positive post-hypnotic suggestions.
I serve as an investigator, helping you probe your subconscious memory of past experiences to discover the cause of a problem manifesting in the present. This frequently includes surprises for both of us, and quite often, a remarkable recovery!