Have you ever wondered why when you have tried to change a habit or behavior it usually resurfaces? This is because our conscious willpower usually cannot compete with the power of the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is considered to be the source or root of many of our behaviors, emotions, attitudes and motivations. Hypnosis is believed to be a powerful tool for accessing the subconscious mind and creating dramatic improvements in our lives.
During your private hypnotherapy session you will remain completely aware of everything that is going on. In fact, many people experience a hyper awareness where sounds appear enriched, thoughts clearer and your ability to imagine and visualize is greatly enhanced. It is common for these hypnotic experiences to create sensations of deep relaxation, fluid warmth or a pleasant tingling sensation or buzz throughout your physical body. Many describe the hypnotic state as a complete and total escape from all physical tension and emotional stress, while remaining completely alert.
You are welcome to join me at the Clyde Valley Hypnosis Clinic.
There are two key concepts for understanding why hypnosis is such an important tool for creating life changes.
Homeostasis:Homeostasis is our innate unconscious drive to “stay the same”, that is to say resist all changes at a subconscious level. While we may desire a change in our feelings, reactions or habits, at a deeper level our subconscious defense mechanisms seek to preserve the status quo, ie… resist all efforts to change. So while talking, planning, discussion and rational understanding of behavior are all important concepts, they do not address our subconscious need to sabotage our success and/or efforts to change.
Neuroplasticity: On a personal, spiritual and behavioral level, neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change throughout an individual’s life. Our ability to change beliefs, emotional responses and behavioral habits is dependent on the flexibility of our mind. Hypnosis, Therapeutic Imagery, NLP, mindfulness and more are the tools used in hypnotherapy to facilitate the internal, emotional, behavioral flexibility needed to overcome homeostasis and release our subconscious needs to sabotage our success or resist our desires for change.
Think of a Hypnotherapist as a Life Coach for the Subconscious Mind.
We welcome you to call or message us for a free phone consultation to ask questions and explore whether our hypnotherapy services might be right for you.
WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY?
Here is what the media and experts are saying...
"Hypnosis can help adult patients control other forms of pain, relieve gastrointestinal problems, stimulate weight loss, clear up skin problems, and accelerate the healing of bone fractures and surgical wounds."
"Hypnosis: A safe and potent pain reliever."
"I should have done it years ago. It's amazing I didn't even want cigarettes any more."
Matt Damon describing his hypnosis experience to Jay Leno, The Tonight Show
"Hypnosis can help. A growing body of research supports the ancient practice as an effective tool in the treatment of a variety of problems, from anxiety to chronic pain."
"Hypnosis is not mind control. It's a naturally occurring state of concentration; It's actually a means of enhancing your control over both your mind and your body."
Dr. David Spiegel, Assoc. Chair of Psychiatry, Sanford University School of Medicine, Jane Pauley Show
"Want to lose weight? Kick a bad habit? Well you might want to try hypnosis! No longer regarded as mere hocus-pocus, it's been shown as an effective means of helping people quit smoking, shed pounds, reduce stress, and end phobias."
Jane Pauley Show
"Hypnosis can actually help you lose weight."
Harvard Medical School psychotherapist Jean Fain, Oprah Magazine
"In hypnosis, you can attain significant psycho-physiologic changes."
Dr. Daniel Handel, National Institute of Health, New York Times
"Approved as a valid treatment by the American Medical Association in 1958, hypnotism has become increasingly accepted by the medical community. Its use for chronic pain was approved in 1996 by the National Institutes of Health."
The Capital, Annapolis, MD
"Hypnosis has gained credibility in the past five years because of research using the latest brain-imaging technology. Studies show hypnosis can help treat a multitude of disorders."
"There's entrancing news about hypnosis; it's gaining credibility as a treatment for a multitude of troubles, from nicotine addiction to post-traumatic stress disorder."
"On hypnosis... His total loss, 35 pounds."
Losing It! The Ultimate Diet Challenge Dateline NBC
"The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you understand and gain more control over your behavior, emotions or physical well-being."
The Mayo Clinic
"Hypnosis often is used to modify behavior and overcome phobias and bad habits – it can help you make changes that you've been unable to make otherwise."
National Women's Health Resource Center
"Throughout the medical mainstream, it's common to be used for addiction and psychotherapy."
Diane Sawyer Good Morning America
"Can Hypnosis Help You Lose Weight? I'm 32 Pounds Lighter."
Ira Allen, Center for the Advancement of Health Washingtonian
"Though often denigrated as fakery or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses."
"With weight loss the evidence is conclusive, hypnosis does help people reduce."
"It is employed today to combat phobias, control bad habits and enhance performance."
"Hypnosis seems helpful in treating addictions, and the depression and anxiety associated with them."
"Today it's considered a respected therapeutic tool, a well established method of reaching the subconscious mind. Many patients have tried it and successfully cut back on smoking or overeating."
Connie Chung, Eye-to-Eye
"Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breading the habit."
"The technique has been accepted by the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association."
Martin Orne, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Newsweek
WHAT IS A HYPNOTHERAPIST?
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This is a common question from individuals encountering the profession for the first time. While the media has increasingly presented the virtues of hypnosis for a wide variety of applications, rarely do they make the distinction between a Hypnotherapist and other health care professionals.
Many people assume that a Hypnotherapist must be a Psychologist or Medical Doctor. Hypnotherapist however, is a profession in and of itself whose scope and preparation is quite different from these other professions.
Only the Medical Doctor is recognized by the Health Board to diagnose and treat medical disorders. Medical disorders can be defined as any symptom with a possible medical etiology; such as headaches, backaches, blurred vision, etc.
The Psychologist is the professional trained to diagnose and treat emotional and mental disorders, If medical disorders are the domain of the Medical Doctor and emotional and mental disorders the scope of the psychologist, what then is the domain of the Hypnotherapist?
The answer is technically called vocational and avocational self improvement. In simple language, these are things that do not qualify as a medical disorder or an emotional and mental disorder. In the scope of the health services, these are the little things. But it is the little things that the majority of people are struggling with.
In this country, two thirds of the adult population are overweight, one third smoke cigarettes and 70 percent suffer from some form of insomnia. It is probably even safe to say that 95 percent of the people you know would like to improve in some area or another. Sports performance, confidence, motivation and more are all the specialty of the Hypnotherapist.
Unlike Psychologists and Medical Doctors, the Hypnotherapist is the only professional specifically trained to work in these areas. In fact, the HMI graduate has more hours, length and depth of training in hypnotherapy than any other health care professional.