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Frequently Asked Questions on Hypnosis
 

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What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a sate of relaxation, where the mind rests and allows the subconscious mind part  to communicate without the blocks of the conscious mind. The subconscious mind understands the language of symbols, metaphors, and imagery. Decreasing the chatter of the conscious mind, allows access to the rich world of the subconscious mind. Hypnosis uses the power of suggestion and trance-like states to access the deepest levels of the mind to effect positive changes in a person’s behavior and to treat a wide range of conditions.

The physical effects of hypnosis, such as changes in vital signs and subtle eye movements are easily observable, but the feeling is one of deep relaxation. Hypnosis can lead to positive changes in behavior. Hypnotherapy is the use of the state of attentive and focused concentration to therapeutic ends depending on the history and goals of the client.

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that is different from waking or sleeping. Our brain waves show a deep level of relaxation and synchrony when we are in the sate of hypnosis. We have probably been hypnotized thousands of times in our live without really being aware of it. It is deep trance as is the trance that happens in falling in love, reading a powerful book, or having a feeling evoked form watching a movie. When we are in a state of hypnosis, because our perception is so fine, we also sometimes have access to information that we block out with our conscious mind.

Some people think of hypnosis as stage hypnosis where people are made suggestively to do silly things to entertain the audience. This kind of hypnosis is different and is not therapeutic. Therapeutically, hypnosis can be used for deep healing, to change bad habits, for overcoming addictions, and to get in touch with deep feelings at the root of these problems and to understand the beliefs that drive them. That way we can change them.

Since hypnosis does not involve the analytical thinking of the mind but rather bypasses it to the more intuitive, sensing, feeling, and relational capacities of the mind. Hypnotherapy is the sophisticated application of the laws of the mind to work directly and effectively applying the laws of the mind to remove psychological blocks and heal deeply.

When the analytical thinking of the mind is at rest (10% of the mind that thinks, plans, and memorizes), what is felt is a deep sense of peace and what is experienced is an acute sense of awareness of the hidden language of the mind. This is the subconscious language of symbols, metaphors, images, and feelings perception. We can easily access our emotions through hypnotic trance. In this state, a person is in control at all times, fully able to talk and direct therapy.

Thus the subconscious mind (nonverbal in nature but responsible for 90% of our life patterns of perception and reaction) becomes highly responsive to suggestion. It is here that we can alter, change, and accept our emotions. The Laws of the Mind are universal principles of belief and action which shape our patterns of thinking and can be worked with to create healing and change. 

What is The Subconscious
Getting to know the subconscious mind is getting to know your true self. The subconscious is the gate keeper of the mind. It is the driving force behind the ego that makes all decisions. The decisions have no strength without the support and agreement of the subconscious. The subconscious mind is that part of our mind that was formed with emotions and impressions, and deep seated beliefs. the language of the subconscious is metaphor, image, symbol, and emotion.

Is Hypnosis Safe?
The client is absolutely safe. Hypnosis feels much like the space between waking and sleeping with a heightened sense of awareness and sensitivity to the surroundings, including inner sensations. One has full control of a process that feels like relaxing flow. Self monitoring the process will tend to interrupt the benefit. The benefit of the choice to relax the mind becomes very apparent. There can be no hypnosis unless the client is willing to participate in their process. Entering the hypnotic state is very natural and very simple with a few words or actions from the therapist.

Who Benefits from Hypnosis?
Children
Adults
Couples
Groups

Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is the use of therapeutic hypnosis to bring about behavioral change It results from the simple shifting back and forth between the conscious and the subconscious mind, a natural process that we naturally participate daily without effort. Since hypnosis does not involve the analytical thinking of the mind but rather bypasses it to the more intuitive, sensing, feeling, and relational capacities of the mind, we can use hypnosis for behavioral change by contacting a person through this language.

Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy
Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy integrates healing mind and body. It requires in depth training as psychotherapist and advanced hypnotherapy techniques. Deep emotional states are accessed and healed. The clinician uses he client's own emotional process to access deep, hidden beliefs, and move through subconscious resistance, and learn effective tools for personal application.

How does Hypnosis differ from Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation where the mind is open to suggestion and deeper states of inner knowing become more apparent. There are different levels of relaxation. The clinician assists the client to be able to interface with suggestions and access inner material dependent on this level, directly communicating with the subconscious mind. Strategies for communicating with the mind are employed.

Advanced clinical hypnotherapy involves working effectively managing the trance state of hypnosis at the various levels with strategies that allow for deep healing and personal integration. The clinical is skilled in psychological counseling and working with deep emotional states.

What Can Hypnosis Treat?
• Phobias and Anxieties
• Psychosomatic illnesses
• Pain Management
• Mental Health Issues
• Self Esteem
• Weight Management
• Smoking Cessation
• Alcohol and Substance Abuse
• Addictions
• Unwanted Habits
• Mental Health Issues
• Compulsions
• Trauma
• Grief and Loss
• Emotional Blocks

How Frequent Are Sessions?
Hypnosis is often integrated into the context of a client’s therapy. Sometimes it replaces counseling, but most often it is in conjunction with counseling. The frequency is the client’s choice but many habit management programs are 4-6 weeks. Sometimes emotional blocks are so effective with one session that a client feels complete. During hypnosis there is an ease of flow between the therapist and the client in a relaxed comfortable environment. The client’s needs and concerns are completely addressed. Sometimes a session can be so effective that the client feels they are complete. Other times a client will prefer more frequent sessions. A smoking cessation, weight management program, or addiction treatment usually takes 4-8 sessions.

How Long is a Session?
A session can be as short as 10 minutes and as long as 2 hours, depending on the client’s goal. Often multiple strategies and techniques will be included in a session so that the client can integrate the experience in a beneficial and lasting way. The most effective approach is with emotional release where deep feelings are worked with for lasting change. In this case, blocking out a 2 hour period of time for a session conducted in 1.5 hours is ideal.

Hypno-Behavioral Therapy
It is in the subconscious mind that emotions can be experienced, changed and accepted. In addition, the subconscious mind also holds our habits and beliefs. Most people try to change their habits on the conscious level of functioning. Hypnosis works to change habits and beliefs of the subconscious level where they're stored.
Hypno-behavioral therapy is directed to revealing the source of feelings leading to dysfunctional patterns. It is directed to releasing blocked energy in a productive way. It can be used to extinguish unproductive feelings and to learn new ways of expressing emotions. Hypno-behavioral therapy is an excellent tool for releasing deep seated emotions that negatively influence self and others, for changing negative attitudes and habits that are often deeply ingrained through past stress and trauma. It is completely safe and very results oriented. It is highly experiential and client centered, often proving amazing results.
 

What is Emotional Health?

 

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