Hypnosis for Therapy Offers Results
Hypnotherapy, and even most hypnosis, is not a stage show. What I do is termed, clinical and medical hypnosis. The pioneers in this field were mainly doctors and scientists, not showmen as often portrayed on stage or television.
In fact, hypnosis has its roots in medicine. During the US civil war, doctors on both sides used hypnosis to perform surgeries when anesthesia was not available.
Hypnosis for Therapy works by accessing the subconscious mind. It is often referred to as the bridge to the subconscious as it is the only way to deliberately access and change a person’s memories, habits and learned behaviors. It is also known as ‘the brief therapy’ because permanent behavioral change can often be made in as little as 10-15 sessions for the vast majority of common presenting conditions.
How Does Hypnosis for Therapy Work?
Well how does Hypnosis for Therapy work? The human mind can be thought of being divided into two parts, the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind is also known as the critical mind. It is in this mind that we are fully engaged. The conscious mind is responsible for our analytical, verbal and decision-making skills.
The conscious mind has two primary methods to attempt change: willpower and discipline. This is why diets typically only last 72 hours or less and New Years resolutions are rarely, if ever, realized. Willpower and discipline by themselves are not enough because they are unable to address the why. Such as: ‘why do we eat certain foods?’ or ‘why we overeat?’ or why particular sights and smells elicit strong emotional reactions.
The subconscious mind contains our memories, our beliefs, our personality and our only two problem solving mechanisms: creativity and imagination. The subconscious also contains our cognitive maps; which can be likened to our autopilot.
Cognitive maps direct our behavior, good or bad, without us thinking about it. These behaviors are put into our cognitive maps in one of two ways, overt acts or life experiences. Take driving as an example, we were taught to drive a car, or rather we learned to drive a car. This was an overt action that has been repeated so often that it now seems like second nature. It has been imprinted in our cognitive maps and is now undertaken without conscious thought. When there is a potential for us to be involved in accident, we react instinctively, not consciously. This saves us those critical few seconds that could mean the difference between life or death.
To access and deliberately change these cognitive maps requires hypnosis.
Misconceptions Surrounding Hypnosis for Therapy
There are many misconceptions regarding hypnosis. The main one is about people’s fear of losing control.
What’s the difference between a bottle of wine and hypnosis? A bottle of wine can cause you to do things that you do not want to do. Many people believe that hypnosis is somehow a surrender of will. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Hypnosis cannot cause people to act in such a manner. In fact, it is impossible to hypnotize someone into doing something that they do not want to do or that is against their moral compass.
Loss of consciousness is another common misconception. Many people believe that those who are hypnotized are unconscious. This misunderstanding arose from how hypnosis has been portrayed in films and on TV. While deep trance states do exist and are useful for age regression, most clients of a mine will know where they are and will hear my voice.
Another misconception is that only the weak minded can be hypnotized. This myth goes hand in hand with surrender of willpower. The truth is hypnosis for therapy requires visualization and concentration. Studies have proven that the best clients are in fact the educated and intelligent. Simply put… they have the most horsepower under the hood and have ability to use it.
The final misconception that I’d like to address is that hypnosis is done on or inflicted upon people. The fact is, hypnotherapists are merely facilitators to a very natural state of the mind. Hypnosis at its essences is facilitated daydreaming. The average person actual enters a hypnoidal state 4 to 7 times per day without even thinking about it. If you ever become so engrossed in a book that you forgot where you were or driven past your exit on the interstate without realizing it then congratulations you’ve experienced hypnosis first hand.
What is Hypnosis for Therapy Good For?
Hypnosis can be used to treat a variety of clinical and medical conditions. I’ve mentioned that hypnosis is highly effective for permanent weight loss and smoking cessation but how does it help in other areas such as sales and sportsperformance?
We cannot perform in a manner that is inconsistent with how we see ourselves. If your subconscious mind believes you are an excellent salesperson then you become an excellent sales person. Conversely if you see yourself as a golfer that consistently shoots in the low 100’s, then guess what…you’ll consistently shoot in the low 100’s. Self-sabotage in sales is very real; ‘choking’is its counterpart in professional sports. Both of these can be overcome with hypnosis.
Hypnosis can also be used to change limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs were usually taught to us by well intended people, like our family or friends. These beliefs are most likely true for them but may not be true for us. Hypnosis allows a person to move past these limiting beliefs and enables them to overcome obstacles such as fears, phobias, procrastination and lack of self confidence.
Hypnosis for Therapy can be used in the clinical and medical arena as well. Hypnothesia is a very real thing indeed. You’ve already heard me mention it being used by doctors during the US Civil War. Today, it is routinely used by some dentists and doctors for a variety of procedures.
Forensics and criminal investigations is another area of application. Age regression techniques can be used to help witnesses to a crime recall crucial pieces of information such as suspect descriptions and license plate numbers. Hypnosis can even be used to find misplaced objects. Noticed I didn’t say ‘lost’. Has any of you put an object in a special place for safe keeping and then forget where that safe place was? Hypnosis can help!
Hypnotherapy of North Georgia, Your Hypnosis for Therapy Experts
Hypnotherapy of North Georgia is a trusted provider of hypnotherapy services for the Metro Atlanta area. We offer Hypnosis for Therapy from some of the South’s leading hypnotherapists. Contact Us or call us 678-336-1705 to schedule your consultation today so your children can feel better with Hypnosis for Therapy. We are focused on helping you and your children overcome any ADHD symptoms with ease.