What is hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a highly individualized process that uses a natural state of hypnosis to achieve positive results.
So, you may wonder, what exactly is hypnosis? Is it some form of a “mind control”? Will I “cluck like a chicken”? Can I “get stuck” in hypnosis? Will I inadvertently reveal something I would rather not?
These are common misconceptions about what hypnosis is based on how it’s presented in the media. In fact, hypnosis is a natural state. Have you ever daydreamed about something pleasant or exciting while attending a boring lecture? Have you ever felt so intensely absorbed in an activity you love that everything else ceased to exist and you couldn’t even hear people calling you? Perhaps as you read, watched a great movie, or exercised? Have you ever heard of athletes being in the “zone” so they can achieve their best results? Perhaps you can also recall driving from point A to point B and not remembering how you got there? All of those are examples of spontaneous hypnosis. The difference is that in hypnotherapy you are guided into hypnosis, which is a state of intense concentration and absorption in a task at hand. Since spontaneous hypnosis is a natural state we all experience, everyone has an ability to enter hypnosis with guidance.
So, you may ask, how will entering a state of hypnosis help me to create a positive change in my life?
In fact, creating a positive change in our lives involves a change in our thinking. Here is what happens. Our thoughts generate our feelings and emotions, which then lead to our actions. Our consistent actions lead to our behaviour, which then creates the end result, our life. If we are not happy with some things in our lives, we have to change our thoughts. It is estimated that we think about 50,000-80,000 thoughts per day, most of them are repetitive and majority negative.
Consider the following example.
Ally is a 38-year-old attorney. She is married and has 2 children. Ally doesn’t like her job, but it pays well. Ally loves cooking. She daydreams of having her own restaurant and serving people healthy, delicious food. Ally would love to quit her job and follow her dream of having a restaurant, however, she is too afraid that it may not pay as well. Ally has bills and student loans to pay, therefore, she stays at her current job, unhappy and feeling “stuck”. She has negative thoughts everyday, which generate feelings of powerlessness and unhappiness. Those feelings lead to Ally having short temper with her employees and her family and subsequents feelings of guilt, which then generate more self-depreciating thoughts. Life is no longer fun and exciting, but ordinary and routine, something to endure.
In order for Ally to achieve a positive change in her life, she needs to change her thought process from : ” I can’t open my restaurant, it’s too risky” to “There is a way for me to open my restaurant, I can do it.”
It can be difficult to change our thinking consciously. After many years of thinking the same thoughts, feeling the same feelings and getting the same results, we end up accepting the negative outcome as something that is unchangeable. That leads to more negative feelings because our true desires remain unfulfilled. In our example, if you were to tell Ally that there is a way for her to open the restaurant of her dreams, she won’t believe you. After thinking for years that there is no way for her to open her restaurant and feeling powerless, it’s hard for her to change her mind on her own. That’s where hypnosis comes handy. During hypnosis, we reach different part of our mind and in that process, we let go of our fears and doubts and visualize ourselves the way we want to be or making a change that we would like. The end result is that we now believe that change is possible. Hypnotherapy is a highly empowering process that can change our programming from fear and self-doubt based to confidence and self-trust based.
Okay, I got that, you may think. Now, who can benefit from hypnotherapy?
The answer is: anyone who wants to make a change. It can be a child, an adolescent or an adult. There is a different process that is used with different age groups.
That makes sense, you may say. What kind of things can hypnosis be helpful for?
Well, anything that you want to change really. Some of the examples for adults may include fears and phobias (one example is fear of public speaking), anxiety, sleep disturbances, weight loss, exercise performance, chronic pain and also more globally, discovering one’s life purpose. For children, it could be letting go of habits, s.a. thumb sucking, nighttime bedwetting, tics, fears and worries, functional abdominal pain, functional headaches, test performance and exercise performance. For both children and adults, hypnotherapy teaches self-empowerment so that any goal can be achieved.
Sounds good! Is there any research in the area of hypnotherapy?
Actually, there is plenty of research into adult hypnotherapy and over the last 30 years, child hypnotherapy as well. There are multiple textbooks and professional organizations representing hypnotherapy practitioners. Please ask for any specific references!
Hypnotherapy can help with:
Preparation for surgery
Preparation for birth
Past life regression
Functional abdominal pain
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frequently asked questions:
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural, yet altered state of mind. It allows us to access a different part of our mind. In turn, that leads to a shift in our thinking process so that our goals become within our reach.
How would I feel while in hypnosis?
While in hypnosis, most people feel relaxed, yet very focused on their work. It is the same feeling you get while being intensely absorbed in doing something you like.
Is hypnosis some form of a “mind control”?
It is most definitely not. It’s a myth that you can me made to do something that you wouldn’t otherwise do through hypnosis. You are always in control and in fact, you are more focused on the task at hand than if you are in your usual state of mind.
I don’t think I’m very hypnotizable. Will I even be able to go into hypnosis?
Spontaneous hypnosis is natural and we all have experienced it. Consider yourself doing something you love and feeling intensely absorbed in the task, so much so that you don’t hear people calling your name. Perhaps you also recall driving from point A to point B and not remembering how you got there. SInce everyone experienced spontaneous hypnosis, everyone has an ability to enter hypnosis with guidance.
What’s the first session like?
Initially, we will discuss your goal. I will get some basic information about you, so that I can understand and connect with you. I will answer any questions you may have, so that you can feel safe and comfortable. The second part involves an introduction to hypnosis. I will guide you into hypnosis, then out of hypnosis and obtain your feedback. We will then proceed with reinduction of hypnosis and working on your goal. Eventually, I will teach you self-hypnosis, so that you can practice between session.
How many sessions will I need?
That really depends on your goal. In general, most people need about 6 sessions, some up to 10. Children usually need less sessions, many of them will require just a few.
How long is the session?
Adult hypnotherapy session can range from 45 minutes to 2 hours long. Child session is about 30 minutes to 1 hour long. First session is usually the longest.
How often do I need to come for my sessions?
In general, once weekly is usually sufficient. In some cases, twice a week or even three times a week is advised.
How much does it cost?
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