What is It?
Using hypnosis in a clinical manner for counselling and therapy begins with the premise that people are more resourceful than they realize and that everyone has valuable skills and strengths hidden deep within them at a subconscious level. Hypnosis reaches into the subconscious though the most healthiest and strongest way possible so you can connect yourself to these resources and use them as a way to overcome what appears to you to be negative symptoms and conditions.
Hypnosis is a relaxed state which allows the subconscious and the conscious parts of your mind to work together at the same time. When this happens it produces heightened levels of concentration enabling you to generate many more options than you ever thought possible. Most people are truly surprised at how many new choices and insights open up for them. For this reason, hypnosis is often thought of as a “breakthrough therapy” and can be used in various ways.
It enables direct communications with your subconscious mind where you can draw on your inner resources, heal past pains and change old patters that may be plaguing your life and work. Hypnosis is a wonderful way to learn new skills that improve your overall performance and well being, manage stress and anxiety and overcome unhealthy and damaging habits.
What is it Used For?
Some people like to use hypnosis as a way to have their sub- conscious talk to them and receive “emergent guidance” about what to do next. Others find themselves at odds with their thoughts and are conflicted about many things. They use hypnosis to sort things out by dialogue with the competing “parts” to arrive at a clear mediated answer and agreement. There are individuals who are anxious, frightened but so talented they have to use hypnosis to calm down to perform. People such as athletes use hypnosis to improve skills to catapult them to greater heights. There are many who suffer so much pain and discomforts they turn to hypnosis to gently learn subtle motor skill movements focus on energy points and learn self- hypnosis as a way to monitor and control pain. Sometimes there are individuals who come to hypnosis to manage and control substance use and addiction; to find a deeper way to quit smoking, drinking and drugging. Then there are those suffering from deep emotional, spiritual and physical abuse; ones living in a fractured world, who are wonderful humans, yet require the gentle hands of hypnosis to face the complexities and conditions that seem forever limiting.
How Does it Work?
For hypnosis to work, the hypnotist (practitioner) must first put his or her client into what is called a “trance state.” This is a point of mental and physical relaxation in which the conscious mind is encouraged to rest, while the subconscious mind is kept alert.The “conscious mind” is what we usually think of as our operating mind: It is the part that thinks aout what we say or do next, it keeps things in order, calculates, measures distances, volumes and proportions, functions through short term memories and keeps our outward reactions under control. The “subconscious mind” is the name for another type of awareness. It is the creative and emotional part that is open and free to different possibilities, maintains our beliefs, emotional feelings, deep long term memories, and is responsible for automatic motor and body functions, thoughts and reactions.
An effective trance state, or initial state of hypnotic relaxation, has several notable physical results: Slowed breathing patterns Decreased heart rate Muscle relaxation Calm, relaxed speaking voice Rapid eye movement (REM) There are two types of trance inductions 1. Direct where the client is told directly what to do: look at that spot, close your eyes, you will sleep now 2. Indirect where the client and practitioner enter a conversation and trance is generated by words and phrases that suggest and give choices to go into trance. Both styles of trance induction are suitable for different types of personalities.
Hypnotherapy Helps With:
Getting around psychological blocks
Managing fear and phobias
Substance use management
Reducing anxiety and stress-related problems
Chronic pain problems