Hypnosis is an altered state of mind like the deep relaxation during meditation. As opposed to mesmerism or stage hypnosis, clinical hypnosis or hypnotherapy does not take you to a state where you lose consciousness and control of yourself. On the contrary, under hypnosis the subject would be in a highly focused and aware state. Hypnotherapy is a technique that allows us to connect within and align ourselves to the more wholesome and holistic part of our ourselves.
How Hypnotherapy Works
Hypnosis works through an Induction Process allow you to bypass the conscious level of your mind and access the subconscious mind, which operates much like a computer. Like a computer, your subconscious mind must operate based on the programming that’s been placed inside it. Your subconscious programming is essentially everything that we’ve experienced since birth. The beauty of hypnosis is that it allows us to get rid of the old, negative programming that’s clouding our perceptions or motivating negative behaviors and dis-ease patterns and replace it with positive, life-enhancing programming that allows us to not only feel great, but excel.
For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents the patient from succeeding. Progress can only be made be reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished or altered.
How Hypnotherapy is faster than conventional form of therapies
Research from Dr. Alfred A. Barrios shows 600 sessions of Psycho-analysis brings 38% recovery, 22 sessions of CBT brings 72% recovery and 6 sessions of Hypnotherapy brings 93% recovery. “6 sessions = 93% recovery”? how is it possible? so let us try to understand how other therapies work before we understand how hypnotherapy works.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy : CBT is used to change the way you think and behave. It doesn’t remove the problems, but it gives you valid coping mechanisms so you can learn to manage them more easily.
- NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming): NLP aims to change your behavior (your programming) by altering the way your brain responds to what’s going on around you.
- Psychoanalysis is also widely used to treat anxiety and depression, but with a different approach. Founded by Sigmund Freud, the idea behind psychoanalysis is to uncover repressed emotions and experiences.
Hypnotherapy accesses your subconscious mind, getting to the very source of the issue enabling you to make positive and permanent changes in your life. Hypnotherapy gets to the bottom of whatever the issue is. It bypasses your critical conscious mind and connects with your unconscious. It changes your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors from the inside out. It tackles the root of the problem – not just the symptoms – and deals with it. And it does that better than almost any other form of therapy. Hypnotherapy can be a highly effective form of treatment for many mental, psychosomatic, and physical disorders. For example, through the use of regressive techniques, an adult patient may mentally voyage back to a point in youth that was particularly troublesome, allowing the healing of old emotional wounds.
To sum up about the advantage of hypnotherapy: 1. It gets right to the bottom of the problem. 2. It’s faster than other forms of therapy. 3. In comparison to other therapies like It addresses more issues.
Techniques used in Hypnotherapy
There are various tools used in hypnotherapy session. Below are few:
- Regression therapy: This is a hypnosis technique utilized by hypnotherapists to help patients remember the perceptions and feelings caused by past events that have an effect on their present illness.
a. Inner child healing: whenever we encounter some unpleasant experiences in our life a part of us gets frozen. A part of us who is feeling unhappy and who has never grown up. Commonly when these inner child parts are accessed during hypnotic regression they are fearful, angry, sad or feel abandoned. Without hypnosis you will probably also be able to recall clear memories from your childhood. when you felt afraid, sad, alone, angry or other negative emotions. Inner Child Healing can be a very liberating experience, and can work just as well with logical people as with those more inclined to self-reflection. To read more about inner child healing please refer:
b. Past Life Regression Therapy: Past life regression therapy stands as a very powerful tool in healing a wide array of physical, emotional and spiritual issues. Eminent psychotherapists such as Dr. Brian Weiss and Dr. Michael Newton have spoken widely on how their practice has given them tangible resolutions in the world of Psychiatry and Psychology.
- Suggestive Therapy: While the techniques mentioned above address the negative imprints on the mind, Suggestive Therapy is a totally different league of therapeutic solutions. Hypnotic Suggestions are positive commands that are planted into the subconscious mind in order to reset and reinforce a desired, positive pattern. While Suggestions are positive reinforcements that are planted directly into the subconscious mind under hypnosis, another form of this therapy is through the use of Affirmations. Affirmations are conscious reinforcements that anyone can program into their own system with conscious repetition. Many Psychologists believe that Suggestive Therapy done under hypnosis could be a one stop solution to many issues that we face during our lives. They are unbelievably powerful!
- Emotional Freedom technique: EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem – whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. — and voice positive affirmations.
This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” – the emotional block — from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.
Uses of Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy can be used in:
- Behavioral Resolutions: Hypnotherapy is used in multiple Behavioral Resolutions such as
- Stress Management
- Self Confidence
- Anger Management
- Fears and Phobias
- Self Esteem
- Goal Accomplishment
- Health Resolutions : Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful treatment methods, giving 80+% success rate for abdominal pain and distension. It often results in assisting with other problems such as migraine and tension headaches. With patients who have severe chronic IBS, it was Hypnotherapy patients that showed dramatic improvement in all measures, and they maintained that improvement at a two year follow-up. There are a number of clinical studies and a body of research on the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Further link to IBS and hypnosis can be found at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3207972.stm
- De-addictions: Addiction is a disease that affects an addict’s brain, psyche and body. All the effects of addiction intersect when the addict experiences cravings. Cravings can be intensely psychological and, when they’re accompanied by physical symptoms of withdrawal, they are extremely challenging to resist.
It is these cravings that lead so many addicts to relapse. For anyone addicted to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or any other additive behavior, cravings are tough to beat. Hypnotherapy has given some very good result in these cases.
- Trauma :
Some PTSD sufferers also find that hypnotherapy treatment is beneficial. Though there is no solid evidence to support the efficacy of hypnotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, many sufferers have experienced success with the treatment.The aim of hypnotherapy is to unlock stored emotion so that the trauma can be revisited and explored from a different perspective.
There are various forms of hypnotherapy a practitioner may use and in order to determine which is the most suitable for you, a practitioner will usually begin by performing an assessment of your personal circumstances.