What’s your definition or first impression when someone says the word “hypnotherapy?
When I'm sought for therapy I'm often asked what I do that’s different from traditional therapy. One of the healing therapies I provide is Transpersonal Clinical Hypnotherapy. So, for anyone that has seen or heard about a stage hypnosis show and are afraid that all hypnosis is like these freak shows, this will serve as a way to ease your mind. 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 starters I am a Certified Transpersonal and Ericksonian Clinical Hypnotherapist and means I’ve had over 300 classroom and clinical hours and 30 CEU’s to recertify through the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners every other year. I am employed by a prominent physician network and am also in private practice. Everything I do includes transpersonal clinical hypnotherapy due to the quantum shifts it provides.
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 body, mind, heart and soul. 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 and who your therapist is and how they learned. 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 “get there.”
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 negative thinking, to stop smoking,to reduce stress or anything that's keeping you stuck in a life you want to move on from. Medical doctors specializing in pain control and certain cancer treatments know the power of 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.
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 s 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 imagery, 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
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.
www.susanwebber-mbwp.com or 602-525-2153