Hypnotherapy is becoming a popular and credible solution for many common issues including smoking cessation, weight loss and overcoming phobias. Hypnosis was approved by the American Medical Association in 1958.
If you are experiencing any or all of the following symptoms, then hypnotherapy may be helpful for you:
• Lack of confidence or self esteem
• Lack of energy or motivation
• Worries or anxiety
Hypnotherapy is also beneficial in helping you achieve certain goals especially where you may have been stuck before such as:
• Smoking cessation
• Weight loss
• Improving your wealth and success
• Overcoming a fear of flying or any other fear
• Becoming a better public speaker
If you would like to impact your life and generate a more positive self-image, then hypnotherapy may be for you.
How Does Hypnotherapy Work?
A hypnotherapist induces a hypnotic state to increase motivation or alter a negative behavior pattern. The focus on a specific goal or behavior is done with precision. A clinical hypnotherapist is a skilled and trained professional who helps you use your own mind to increase motivation or change behavior patterns.
When hypnotized, your mind is operating in its subconscious mode. This simply means that the reasoning, evaluating and judging part of your mind, the conscious ego mind, is bypassed. With the ego out of the way, specific thoughts and/or suggestions are introduced to move the client toward a desired goal or behavior change. Any such suggestions must be acceptable to the client; otherwise, they would have no effect.
Hypnotherapy Brings You To A Natural State Of Mind
Hypnotism is a totally natural state of mind. It is a feeling of deep relaxation and you are very relaxed but still aware. The therapist will work to induce beneficial changes. This may mean that you will picture, as in a daydream, the things that are being spoken of and that you may experience the feelings associated with that dream state.
Professionalism Is Unparallelled
The relationship between the client and therapist is a professional one. A person cannot be hypnotized unless he or she agrees and co-operates. While hypnotized, nobody can make you do anything, which you do not want to do. The hypnotherapist merely helps you to use that incredible hidden power to achieve things in our life such as stopping smoking, losing weight, cutting down on stress, gaining in confidence and happiness, even excelling at your chosen sport. Whatever it is that you want to be!
If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you are encouraged to terminate the session. There is always a debriefing at the end of the session to discuss any experiences you had while you were in a hypnotic state. You are also provided a CD of your session for use at home in a safe place to reinforce your sessions and for future reference.
PreSession Goal Setting Enhances Effectiveness
Prior to hypnotizing the client, the therapist discusses in detail the goals the client wishes to achieve or the problem(s) he wants to resolve. The more the hypnotherapist can share in the experience of the client as s/he experiences it, the more individualized the therapy can be and the greater its impact. A detailed explanation of how hypnotherapy works and what you will experience is also part of the intake helping you relax knowing you are safe. Finally, your hypnotherapist will induce a hypnotic state using individualized methods and techniques based on the results of your suggestibility and the nature of your goal or problem.
When selecting an hypnotherapist, the first question to ask is “Are you a certified hypnotherapist?” Other areas to explore are:
- How much experience the prospective therapist has had in your area of need
- How long have they been in practice
- What are their specialties?
- Do they have experience in addressing the problem you want to address or in attaining the goal you want to achieve?
- How many clients have they successfully treated for this?
Some Common Questions
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Some people find it easier to relax than others. By the same token, some people are able to go into hypnosis more quickly and more deeply than others. Since most people can go into at least a light trance and with most hypnotherapy goals that is enough so everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent.
Will you lose control when under hypnosis?
No. This is another misconception about hypnosis. Nobody can be hypnotized against his or her will. Hypnosis is not about control by the hypnotist. It is about working together so that the client can be empowered to create change in his or her life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against his or her will. The ‘control’ misconception appears to originate from stage hypnosis, which funnily enough also involves people doing exactly what they want to be doing.
We go in and out of hypnosis and other altered states of consciousness (e.g. daydreaming) many times a day but we always come back out of them easily and naturally.
Will you talk about confidential information under hypnosis?
No. You cannot be forced to say or do anything under hypnosis that you don’t want to. Remember that you are completely in control and empowered
Thinking is a function of the conscious; everything else is in the subconscious. Replacing one habit with another more desirable habit usually eliminates the undesirable habit. Some habits are easier to eliminate than others. If they are firmly held in the subconscious, this may require finding the causes and remove them.
The subconscious can be your master or your greatest ally. Who is it going to be in your quest for wellness, health and happiness?