“hypnotherapy? Fear, Excitement, Healing?
There have been many times when people contact me for therapy and ask what I do that’s different from traditional therapy. One of the healing therapies I provide is transpersonal clinical hypnotherapy. For anyone who has seen or has heard about a stage hypnosis show and are afraid that all hypnosis are for entertainment like this, this will serve as a way to ease your mind (and body and
spirit!). Many of my colleagues are now calling it guided imagery or
creative visualization because of the stigma that stage hypnotists have given to this very healing and therapeutic process.
For those needing credentials, for starters I am a Certified Transpersonal and Ericksonian Clinical hypnotherapist and means I’ve had over 300 hours of classroom hours and 30 CEU’s to recertify through the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. I am also a certified NLP/Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner. I am employed by a physician network and also in private practice. Everything I do includes transpersonal clinical hypnotherapy due to the quantum shifts in healng it provides. I've been doing this work most of my adult life.
What is transpersonal hypnotherapy?Transpersonal Hypnotherapy is based in Transpersonal Psychology. Transpersonal Hypnotherapy ultimately focuses on your spiritual potential with the goal being to help you wake-up to who you truly are. I facilitate your inner journeys and assist you in connecting with your inner wisdom and intuition. It’s a holistic therapy in that it speaks to you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. For every physical dis-ease, there is often a deeper emotional issue that needs to be addressed and healed before the physical can heal.
What is the difference between therapeutic guided imagery and
hypnotherapy?There is no difference except in the name. In practice, it’s the skill level of the hypnotherapist and what they prefer to name it that makes the difference.
Some people are simply not visual. So using the term “imagery” may not work for those that feel or sense rather than see during this closed eye process. There are those that say they can’t be hypnotized. My guess is they have worked with a person who only uses imagery and because they are kinesthetic (they feel) rather than being visual. While others think that being hypnotized means they lose consciousness and will not allow themselves to be
relaxed enough to experience the therapeutic results.
Hypnosis (OR guided imagery, guided relaxation, creative visualization, closed eye process or even guided meditation as it is also called), is a way of taking you on an inner journey for a particular purpose, such as healing or to reduce stress. Today, people are asking what is hypnotherapy or therapeutic
guided imagery, although it's been in common use for decades. Medical doctors specializing in pain control and certain cancer treatments use hypnotherapy methods to train the body to heal itself, curing disease by stimulating the immune system.
The brain has the same response to a physical experience, and imagining having that experience. For instance, watching a scary movie can produce an adrenaline response, similar to being in a life threatening situation. Or thinking about relaxing on a beach can bring a physical response as if you are really there.
When asking what is hypnosis or guided imagery and what does it offer, consider that regardless of what you call it, its purpose is to bring about deep relaxation and positive focus, which can help stimulate healing. It can be used as a way to spark the imagination, and help bridge your conscious experience with your intuition. It can help stimulate a sense of spiritual connection. And it can be used to help you connect with unresolved emotions in order to bring
about a clearing.
Clinical Hypnotherapy or if it’s easier to call it Therapeutic Guided Imagery is purposeful imagination used to achieve a specific positive outcome. Golfers use imagery each time they visualize hitting a golf ball into the hole. Our bodies do not know the difference between real and imagined scenarios. You will be guided through a visual journey for a specific purpose (such as
relaxation, health, performance, emotional release) using all the senses: imagined sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste.
Studies using fMRI's show that whether a subject actually experiences something or only imagines it, the brain activity recorded by the fMRI is the same.
How can hypnotherapy help me? Because your body and mind
physiologically respond to this form of therapy, it can help you:
• plan positive outcomes by experiencing them first through imagery
• improve athletic/sports performance (golf, tennis; any sport)
• enhance immune function, improve health, and speed up recovery
• release emotion and heal
Both suggest a positive outcome. Can I be made to ‘go somewhere’ I don’t want to go? No. Your goal is discussed and agreed upon prior to imagery; your session is individualized for you and your specific request. You will never “go” anywhere that is against your values or desires. You are always in control, yet
deeply relaxed, and can stop the session at anytime. This IS NOT
telling you what to do. It’s about me guiding you, through imagery, to
where you need healing, or change, the most based on a coaching session prior to your hypnotherapy session.
I offer a short, no fee consultation. At that time you will have an
opportunity to actually experience a short guided meditation as an introduction to this healing art.
I also DO NOT offer recordings of your session. I found that it is not only distracting, but you tend to focus more on the recording than you do what you learned and experienced during your session. I ask you to continue the processing between sessions.