By Stephanie Camins – MA, LPC
Do I need hypnotherapy?
- If you have symptoms such as anxiety, depression, fear, anger, difficulty concentrating or fatigue
- If you have school or work performance problems
- If you struggle in relationships
- If you merely feel irritable, un-happy, and believe you are not getting the most out of life
- If your health is suffering from extra weight or bad habits
Then hypnotherapy will be of help to you.
I have successfully used hypnosis to treat anxiety, insomnia, smoking, emotional eating, body image, ruminations, grief processing, infertility, negative thought patterns, anxiety, self-confidence, performance, lack of motivation, self-sabotage, and procrastination. It can be used for a range of other issues as well. More information is in my article Hypnosis and Psychotherapy on my website at roadtogrowthcounseling.com
The results have been astounding and my clients have achieved the goals they came to therapy for. The effects are quick, and the impact runs to the deeper core of the issue being targeted. Hypnosis allows us to skip the conscious roadblocks we place and go straight to the subconscious where the problem originates.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is simply a state of altered consciousness and focused attention. We all experience a version of this state of consciousness daily when we are “zoned out” or just before we fall asleep.
Hypnosis is a tool a therapist uses in conjunction with therapeutic work. The therapist acts as a guide taking clients to a deeper level of the subconscious than they could normally achieve on their own.
In this relaxed state, you become highly suggestible which allows the hypnotherapist to deliver appropriate positive suggestions and help clients break through their conscious defenses and finally eliminate barriers to growth.
Without our inner critic- all the excuses, the reasons why not, the what if’s, which originate in the conscious, hypnotic suggestion goes right to the subconscious to address the origin of the problem
In hypnotherapy, there are no parlor tricks involved. Unfortunately, stage hypnotists have given the technique a bad rap. Contrary to what this Hollywood/Las Vegas version portrays, you are fully aware of your thoughts and actions throughout hypnosis.
Allowing a hypnotic state of consciousness is always a choice. You are fully in control which means anyone can be hypnotized.
How can hypnosis help me?
Some of the results you can expect: inner wisdom, relaxation, increased motivation, happiness, improved health, a sense of peace, empowerment, and clear thinking.
This is accomplished in three ways:
- Resolve negative feelings and bring understanding, clarity and relief to any areas of concern.
- Help you understand underlying motivations and identify whether past experiences are associated with a current problem.
- Eliminate stubborn habits, behaviors or thought patterns – The spectrum of results can range from eliminating a problem to maintaining the new baseline of a positive behavior
What is it like to be hypnotized?
You will experience a very strong feeling of inner focus, clarity and relaxation.
A hypnosis session consists of 7 parts:
- Screening and Assessment – identify the problem and assess for an individualized approach
- Induction – leads you into hypnosis
- Deepening – leading further into a relaxed state and deeper level of hypnosis
- Safe Space – create safe space around you to begin addressing the issue/problem
- Suggestions – therapist directing with suggestions, visualizations, imagery
- Future pacing – Visualizing yourself now that the issue is resolved and moving into the future without the issue present
- Return to Consciousness and full awareness
How long do the suggestions last for?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by both clients and people that are just curious about hypnosis. My standard answer is, if the hypnotherapist does his/her job correctly and if the client does his/her job correctly, then the suggestions should last forever. Let’s face it, people generally don’t want to change a behavior or thought pattern only for a couple of hours or days, they want to change it forever. However, if the client unconsciously is unwilling to change, then the suggestions may not last. Hypnotherapy is a cooperative process between the therapist and client, so both must do their part.
How many sessions does it usually take?
The number of sessions depends on the depth of the issue, but as a general rule of thumb, it can cut therapy time significantly. Typically, not more than 4 sessions.
How old do you have to be to do Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is very effective in changing unwanted behaviors and thoughts for people of almost any age. A good hypnotherapist will know how to work with kids as young as 3 & 4 years old (and possibly younger) as well as people well into the senior years. Here again, it depends on the client’s ability to understand, accept and trust the suggestions and the process. Hypnosis has even been very effective with people with mild Downs Syndrome and other mild mental disabilities.
Finding a good hypnotherapist in Denver?
Find a licensed healthcare practitioner that has additional certification as a hypnotherapist.
That person will have an advanced degree in their field, with all the training and supervision that degree requires plus additional certifications such as hypnosis.
For example, I have a master’s degree in counseling, am licensed by the state of Colorado to practice psychotherapy and hold additional certifications in hypnosis, EMDR, and child and family mediation. Also, check if they continue supervision or consultation hours in the certification area.
I’d love to help you finally reach your goals. Please reach out by phone (303) 416 – 6926 or online through our website for assistance.