Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool used by a trained hypnotherapist to gain insight and alter behavior. Guided hypnosis is nothing more than moving to an altered state of consciousness reached through verbal repetition, mental images and perceptual cues. This trancelike state heightens concentration and enhances focus making you more open to the power of suggestion to better achieve emotional and behavioral change. It’s important to know that contrary to dramatic portrayals in movies and on TV, you won’t be asleep, unconscious or lose control over your actions.
How Does Hypnotherapy Work?
You will begin by agreeing upon your goals and then discussing how the session will proceed. Debbie, a master hypnotherapist, uses calming speech and guided imagery to help you relax and feel safe. Once you are in an ideally receptive state, Debbie provides suggestions to help you reach the goals you identified for the session. You will remain aware of your surroundings and will return to your normal state of consciousness at the end of the session, often with a sense of calm, purpose and wellbeing.
Uses of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is particularly useful as an adjunct to other forms of therapy, such as couples or individual counseling. Long used to aid treatment of substance abuse, control impulses, and manage stress, anxiety and anger, hypnotherapy is also a way to aid personal growth. It can help facilitate the changes you are working to make by revealing unconscious intentions and allowing for deep self-exploration. In bypassing the conscious thought process, hypnotherapy can help you overcome the blockages, limitations and self-criticism that leave you feeling stuck and frustrated.
As with all therapies, some people are more receptive to hypnotherapy than others and will achieve greater benefits.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is used successfully to treat anxiety, depression, self-doubt, procrastination, rumination. It can also be a useful tool to aid new habit formation, smoking and alcohol cessation, weight loss, etc.
While I have witnessed dramatic changes with hypnotherapy, I believe that lasting change comes from incorporating hypnotherapy as part of a broader program including mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and mind-body work. Humans are fundamentally unified systems and when we make a change to one part of that system, the others will want to shift accordingly. Making purposeful changes to all parts of the system lead to the most dramatic and enduring growth.
Why Debbie Chooses to Incorporate Clinical Hypnotherapy into Her Practice
There is still so much we don’t understand about the human mind but it has become increasingly clear that our subconscious drives our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Hypnotherapy is a compelling method to uncover subconscious patterns that continue to get in our way. Through the use of targeted suggestions, these patterns can begin to shift. I also draw upon my background in Life and Executive Coaching to identify new behaviors that support the desired changes as science has proven that repetition rewires the subconscious most successfully.
Debbie is a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Master Hypnotist.