Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to assist in self change. In 1958, the American Medical Association approved hypnosis as a valid modality. Hypnosis is not sleep, but a perfectly safe and natural waking state of mind that we all experience every night just before we fall asleep and every morning as we awaken. Daydreaming, reading a book, or performing any enjoyable task where time appears to pass quickly are all mini-states of hypnosis.
Meditation, prayer, Lamaze breathing, and yoga are other examples of hypnosis, which can be defined as a focused state of awareness with purpose. In fact, it is such a comfortable and familiar feeling that some who have undergone hypnosis actually question whether they were truly hypnotized!
Any negative belief in the subconscious mind can conflict with our efforts to make a change in our behavior. Hypnotherapy is simply a method of relaxing the physical body and setting aside the conscious (analyzing) part of the mind for a while so that suggestions can be made to the powerful subconscious which controls much of our behavior, reactions, emotions, belief system, and body systems.
In the hypnotized state, the subconscious can readily accept and act on new information and suggestions for healing, growth, change and attainment of the client’s individual goals and ideals. Hypnotic suggestions may stay with some individuals indefinitely. Others may need reinforcement by occasional sessions, compact disc, or self hypnosis training.
Hypnosis is a relaxing and refreshing experience. There is no loss of control, memory, or awareness, and you cannot be made to say or do anything you would not ordinarily say or do. The hypnotized person can accept or reject any suggestion made, and can leave the hypnotic state at any time.
A qualified hypnotherapist has high ethical conduct as well as high professional standards. All sessions are held in confidence. A hypnotherapist does not have magical powers, but is a person who has mastered the skill of utilizing suggestion to bring about desired results.
Hypnotherapy can help with: