When we dream, our mind is able to grasp limitless possibilities, unbound by the rules of our waking world. Hypnotherapy helps a client find a state halfway between waking and dreaming where you can address your problems with some of that freedom that we have in our dream states while being able to take those tools, lessons, and gains into our waking consciousness. In contrast with stage hypnosis, whose goal can be to humiliate or embarrass, hypnotherapy seeks to heal and create subconscious change in a client in the form of new thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, responses, or feelings by using a trance-like state. Hypnotherapy has been found to be effective in the treatment of a wide array of concerns including chronic pain, anxiety, phobias, insomnia, and grief.
A typical hypnotherapy session includes what is called an “induction,” which helps the client to reach the trance-like, hypnotized state. Once there, the hypnotherapist guides the client through a directed or interactive situation to help address the client’s concerns. The client is then given any post-hypnotic suggestions that may be helpful.
There are many common misconceptions about hypnotherapy. The first is that a person can use hypnosis to “force” another person to do something. In reality, even when in the trance-like state no one can be forced to do anything they do not want to do. Even post-hypnotic suggestions always contain a reminder that anything which was unhelpful in the hypnotherapy session can be left behind or discarded as the patient leaves the trance-like state. A second misconception is that the depth of a trance state determines how helpful the hypnotherapy will be. Research into hypnotherapy however has shown that even relatively light trance states are as effective at creating change as very deep trance states. Finally, some believe that if they are having a poor reaction to the session they can become trapped an unable to escape the trance-like state. On the contrary, it is relatively easy for someone to bring themselves out of a trance state when needed and a good hypnotherapist continually monitors clients for any signs of a negative reaction so that they can bring the client out if needed.
Hypnotherapy is a great way to help make changes that you have otherwise struggled with. I offer individual or group sessions (minimum of 3 persons). Sometimes a single session of hypnotherapy is enough to address an issue but longer term hypnotherapy is also available.