Hypnosis has proven effective as a holistic approach to healing. It uses guided imagery to speak to the subconscious mind and puts the client in the driver seat to heal and change by choosing new ways of thinking and doing. People turn to hypnosis for a variety of emotional, physical and psychological concerns. It can be successfully used to heal phobias and traumas, as well as enhance a positive outcome for surgery and cancer therapy, diminishing fear, and changing one’s self to operate from a more positive and empowered paradigm. Hypnosis is accepted by the American Medical Association (AMA) as an officially recognized therapeutic model for healing.
Other uses of hypnosis include:
• Pain reduction
• Dealing with anger in a positive way
• Building self-confidence
• Improving concentration and motivation
• Attracting healthier people and relationships
• Realizing your life goals
• Programming your own mind to think in a more positive light
• Reducing and managing stress
• Treating panic attacks and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
• Weight Management
• Smoking Cessation
• And so much more…
What Hypnosis is and is not.
Hypnotherapy is a proven therapeutic treatment recognized by the AMA and yet, for some, hypnosis carries some unjustified stigmas. Here are 5 common misconceptions that often scare people away from this truly incredible healing art.
1. “It’s a form of mind control” – This just isn’t the case. No one can be hypnotized against their will and in allowing relaxation and acceptance of the process to take place, you are essentially the one in control of your own mind and you can choose to stop it of your own free will at any point.
2. “I will end up doing things I don’t want to do” – This is a common fear of many people unfamiliar with hypnosis as a form of self-healing. Oftentimes people picture the popular stage act hypnosis of people doing funny, and often times embarrassing, things. Again, you are in control at all times. The therapist simply guides you but does NOT control you.
3. “What if the therapist leaves me in a hypnotic state? Won’t I be stuck that forever?” – No, even if the therapist were to walk out of the room, you would soon realize he/she was no longer talking and you would open your eyes and be awake or perhaps, due to the relaxed nature of the process, you might even fall asleep but would soon wake up without assistance.
4. “I will be forced to spill my inner-most secrets to a total stranger.” – The practitioner’s goal is to guide your mind on the path you wish to take. Many times patients may seek a practitioner to retrieve repressed or forgotten memories. During hypnosis the mind may retrieve these memories; however, it is up to you as the client whether or not you vocalize these thoughts to the practitioner.
5. “It would never work on me.” – At the very core of hypnosis, is relaxation. Though there is some amount of stress in everyone’s lives, we are all capable of relaxing at some point and relaxation is all that is needed to begin the guided imagery.
(Edited and used from Linda Bennett’s original version.)