Does Hypnotherapy work? 

Some people are harder to hypnotize but we can work on relaxation and deepening techniques with those clients, as well as try different scripts that cater to right or left brained individuals. 

It may be contraindicated to use hypnosis on people with certain mental health conditions.

Everyone responds differently to hypnosis, the same way every individual responds differently to any therapy or drug.

Your brain is a powerful instrument. The more you believe hypnosis will or won’t work, the more it will or won’t work.

It takes an average of 1-7 sessions to get the desired results.

 

 The process of hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a relaxed state of mind, induced by the self, or a practitioner through a guided meditation, where you have heightened focus and concentration through the subconscious mind by subduing the conscious mind. It is very similar to the meditative state if you have meditated before.

In this relaxed state, the subconscious is more open to suggestion. The suggestions placed to the subconscious mind during a hypnosis session are made by the client and therapist together, before the session.

 

 Hypnotherapy is a therapy that can be used by itself or in conjunction with other therapies, such as talk therapy, to work on a behavior/habit change.

 

 All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, the practitioner is a catalyst to help promote this state and guide the subconscious to the desired outcome.

 

Myths and misconceptions about hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy cannot make you do anything you wouldn’t normally do. Furthermore, it is highly unethical for a practitioner to suggest anything to the subconscious that is not already known to and decided upon by the client and practitioner together, beforehand. 
 
You will not stay in a trance state. A trance state is very much like the state of meditation. You may feel a little drowsy for a short time, or relaxed after a session.
 You may or may not fall asleep during a hypnosis session, just as you may fall asleep while you meditate. If you do fall asleep, know that you are in a deeper trance and your subconscious will still pick up the agreed upon suggestions. 
 
 Your subconscious will continue to work on the stated suggestions even after the session.

 

You will remember your hypnotherapy session.

Interesting facts about hypnotherapy

The average person experiences forms of hypnosis (altered mind states) daily, while driving, daydreaming or watching television. 
 

Hypnosis has been around officially for hundreds of years, unofficially for thousands of years.

 • Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions

● • Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions

● • Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions

 

What can hypnotherapy do for clients? What value does it provide?

Hypnosis can help manage pain, anxiety, addictions and phobias by helping the client discover the triggers that intensify their experience, identify alternative ways to handle or manage the triggers and to implement the new responses.

 Hypnosis can assist clients and self through changing habits, such as smoking or overeating, or habitual reactions and patterns that we would like to be free of. We can do this by recognizing our triggers and reactions to triggers, realizing new, healthier responses to replace our habitual reactions and then placing those healthier responses into the subconscious mind while in a trance state, achieved by hypnosis.

According to genetic scientist, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Habitual patterns are embedded into our subconscious, therefore, in order to learn a new response or habit, there are several things we can go about it, including repeating these new habits continuously until they are learned, to learn it through our subconscious with hypnosis or to listen to whatever message we are trying to learn with earphones on while we are asleep.

 
NLP Presuppositions
 
The map is not the territory. Each person has their own unique map or paradigm of the world. Each person's map is uniquely dependent on their own specific experiences of the world around them. Thus, each map creates a different representation of how the world looks and operates.


Our maps are drawn through the senses. In NLP we recognize that the map is created through the senses: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and gustatory. These are our input systems through which we experience the world and thus translate that experience into our unique paradigm. Developing your senses so that they become more active gives you better information to act on. Since our maps are created by our experiences of the world through the senses, no one map is correct of incorrect. Our maps change as we change and have new experiences. Have respect for the other person’s paradigm of the world as theirs is just as much truth as your own. How people make sense of the world around them is through their senses and from their own personal experience; this means that each individual's perception of an event is different.


 People make the best choice they can at the time. When we are in a place of making a choice, we make that choice based on our map of the world at that time. Maps do change, however, in the moment of choice we go by the map we have. An example of this would be an instant replay at a sporting event. A play will happen and then a few minutes later an announcer will come on the air showing an instant replay of what happened. They will offer their opinion on how the player made a mistake and should have made the play another way. Do you think the player would have done it that same way if they knew the outcome? Did the player really make a “bad” play on purpose?

Having a choice is better than not having a choice. Having options can provide more opportunities for achieving results. By opening the door to alternative choices, we are enhancing the client’s chances for better outcomes.

 

Doing the same action creates the same results. If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll most likely get the same results. This is like the cliché: “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.” If we want to create different outcomes, we must create a new strategy with different action.

Change makes change. As we begin to create new action, the new action typically leads to additional change. In order to create the outcomes we desire, we must have sensory acuity to the rippling changes in order to make adjustments.


 You cannot not communicate. We are always communicating either verbally or nonverbally. Even the absence of a response is information. The meaning of the communication is the response you get. If you don’t like the response you are getting, then adjust your communication. Often, we have a tendency of making someone else wrong for their ‘incorrect’ response. With NLP it’s the responsibility of the originator of the communication to make adaptations to their communication to elicit a different response.


The mind and body are indivisible parts of the same system. If our thoughts change, it influences our body. If our body changes, it affects our mind. When we act differently we change our thoughts and feelings.


Everyone has ALL of the resources they need to effect change. Everything a person needs to effect a positive change is already in them. They may, however, not be consciously aware of it. Once we do become aware then we can make whatever adjustments would be most beneficial.


Every behavior has a positive intention. Many have a difficult time with this presupposition. Bandler and Grinder believed that everything we do has a perceived positive result by the person, otherwise we would not do it. Even things that can harm us are done because they serve us in some way, either giving us pleasure or helping us avoid pain. All action has purpose even if we are not consciously aware of what that purpose is.

Every behavior is appropriate in some context.

A person’s worth cannot be questioned, only the appropriateness of their behaviors. This speaks to our inherent worthiness as human beings. We are essentially separating the person from the behavior.


People work perfectly based on their current state. People function perfectly even if what they are doing is causing problems in their life. When you understand the structure, you can change the behavior to something more desirable.


If one person can do something, other people can model their actions to achieve a similar outcome. This is at the very core of NLP. NLP was based on modeling successful therapist and human behavior

 There is no failure, just feedback. If we take the judgment out of an outcome and just look at it as feedback, we are able to adjust and move ourselves closer to our desired outcomes.

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