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What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis has been used in one form or another (e.g., the sleep temples of Ancient Egypt and Greece) for thousands of years. There may be mention of hypnosis in the Bible (Genesis 2:21, 1 Samuel 26:12, Job 4:13, 33:15, Acts 10:10), but its modern use dates from the Viennese doctor, Franz Anton Mesmer, in the late 1700s.
Hypnosis is a procedure that affects changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts, feelings or
Sigmund Freud made the therapeutic use of trance states known to millions. He originated the idea of a sphere of dynamic mental activity that escapes our awareness. Before Freud put a psychological word to paper, there had been 100 years of intense speculation about an alternative consciousness in human beings. By the time he had written his first case of hysteria, there was already a develop alternative-consciousness psychotherapy in place.
Almon and Lambro state, “all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis “, which means that it is something we do to ourselves. Hypnosis conducted between two people is consensual and involves the explicit, focused utilization of naturally occurring trance states to help harness the positive forces of the unconscious mind, create more choice, and increase behavioral flexibility. If it feels right to use hypnosis explicitly with a client, then it is important to explain the process and obtain their consent (verbal).
Hypnosis begins with an explicit contracting with the conscious mind to facilitate connection with the unconscious mind. The Hypnotherapist can use hypnosis as an explicit intervention by way of individualized mutually agreed-upon suggestions or through guided imagery and scripts. Hypnotherapists can also use hypnotherapy principles implicitly to inform their everyday approach.
The unconscious mind
In Nero-linguistic Programming (NLP) there are several “prime directives of the unconscious mind “. Three of the main directives are:
The unconscious mind possesses positives (and negatives as positives).
The unconscious mind is literal and operates on clear instructions.
The unconscious mind always has our best interests at heart.
All human beings have a degree of anxiety. It is part of our threat system. However, for many people, young and old, anxiety can impact your life in very negative ways and prevent you from living the life you envision for yourself. In many cases, whether it is social anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder, hypnosis can be used to effectively decrease the symptoms to help you move forward to mental wellness.
Fears & Phobias
Hypnosis has been used for many years to address fears and phobias such as flying, public speaking, riding in elevators, leaving your home etc. Whatever the fear or phobia, hypnosis can be used to eliminate or decrease your fear.
Depression/Grief & Loss
Many things about the society and times in which we live can be challenging, especially post Covid 19. There are millions of people who suffer on a daily basis from depression and related types of grief. If you are someone looking for alternative or enhanced mental health services regarding depression care, hypnosis services may be of value to you.
Other Topics for Hypnotherapy
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I am a Board certified clinical hypnotist with the American Guild of Hypnotists. I have been a consumer of hypnotherapy for many years and have reaped the benefits of its power which is why I decided to train as a clinical hypnotist as part of the integrated mental health services i offer to individuals and groups. If you have a curiosity about hypnotherapy and how it might be of value to you, book a free 15-minute consult.