The mind has always intrigued me. Why we do the things we do, how we do the things we do, and how we overcome adversity and change our perceptions in our lives to deal with our day-to-day has always been a very interesting property of humanistic life to me. So when I was introduced to hypnosis–to hypnotherapy, my life changed.
Hypnotherapy in simple words, is a heightened state of awareness that we utilize in a therapeutic setting, to help change the negative associations preventing an individual for doing an action such as quitting smoking, public speaking, or even talking to people of romantic interest. With hypnosis you can also change associations of fears and unwanted beliefs, simply by accessing the subconscious mind.
Research findings of Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D., compare recovery rates for various modalities of therapy. He found that:
- Psychoanalysis can be expected to have a 38% recovery rate after approximately 600 sessions.
- Behavior therapy can be expected to have a 72% recovery rate after an average of 22 sessions.
- Hypnotherapy can be expected to have a 93% recovery rate after an average of 6 sessions
To some people, hypnosis has a negative stigma. Stage hypnotists have created the image of clucking like a chicken at the casual mention of a magic word, and movies have created a negative image of being lost in your own mind and not being able to wake up. However, if I told you that you were in hypnosis right this minute simply by giving this sentence your full attention, would you believe me?
Have you ever simply missed your exit home, gotten home without remembering the drive, or even opened the fridge to simply wonder, “why am I here again…?” Hypnosis is a normal state of a different consciousness, that we live in at all times of the day. Music reminding us of a specific time in our lives, being sucked into a movie you’ve wanted to see, daydreaming, wishful thinking, anything that takes you away from your conscious being for one second, is hypnosis. And as hypnosis is a constant state, and you can walk and talk, or even remove yourself from it at your own will.
So as a hypnotherapist, what I am trained to do is access the subconscious mind by simply relaxing you to a state of allowance, where you allow your new thoughts and your new beliefs to overcome the ones hindering you from achieving your goals. Your mind will not allow anything you don’t want in there. I don’t do the work in hypnosis, your mind does.
Barrios, Alfred A., 1970 Hypnotherapy: A Reappraisal, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice