What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the effective use of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool for creating change on a subconscious level. One of the major benefits of hypnosis is relaxation, as it reduces emotional arousal such as anger or fear. Hypnotherapy can be used to decondition or reverse unwanted habits and to create new behaviors instead.
The hypnotic state is a normal, natural state that we move into and out of many times each day when we focus our attention on something that interests us, any activity that absorbs our attention, like reading, watching tv, driving home on the highway, making love, or dancing.
Hypnotherapy has proven to be helpful with:
- Stress Reduction & Management
- Managing Anxiety & Depression
- Regression Therapy – identifying cause of issue
- Weight Loss
- Smoking Cessation
- Overcoming Phobias
- Self-Empowerment ….and more
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is defined as a natural, yet altered, state of mind where communication and responsiveness with the subconscious mind is present. Stephen Gilligan describes hypnosis as “a peaceful, creative and productive state of inner absorption. It is a natural learning state that occurs from within. Hypnosis is a natural human ability, and a powerful tool for change.”
During hypnosis, we can hear everything that is being said, and interact with the Hypnotherapist, but afterwards, we may not remember everything that was said. We are always in control, and can choose to stop and restart the session anytime we wish.
Our conscious mind is the active mind that allows us to think and hold different thoughts of our current and immediate experiences and awareness. This awareness includes our thoughts, feelings, and sensory experiences. Our subconscious mind is the storehouse of our past, present, and future experiences of which we are presently aware. It holds all our automatic, programmed behaviors. “In terms of neurological processing abilities, the [subconscious] mind is a million times more powerful than the conscious mind. If the desires of the conscious mind conflict with the [subconscious], the [subconscious] mind will dominate.” – Lipton, 2005, p128.
What is Regression Therapy?
Regression therapy uses the hypnotic state during Hypnotherapy to recall past experiences, especially traumatic and disturbing experiences that have been suppressed or repressed in the subconscious mind, and to be more able to find solutions and to resolve issues. Resolving and integrating these past experiences allows us to live without the negative impact of that event affecting our present life.