Hypnotherapy WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY? Hypnotherapy, or trance work, is a process that allows therapists and clients to take advantage of the mind-body connection to foster healing. With hypnotherapy, the client is voluntarily induced into a trance; a relaxed altered state of consciousness marked by decreased breadth and increased awareness. Hypnotherapy involves a deliberate choice to enter this state of consciousness for a goal beyond relaxation: to focus concentration and use suggestion to promote and guide health and healing. Individuals can not only experience hypnosis from a licensed practitioner, they can also become comfortable practicing and eventually mastering the techniques themselves for personal development. While the therapist serves as a teacher or guide, the only person who can hypnotize you, is you, since trance is a latent potential of your own mind. All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. WHAT IS HEART CENTERED HYPNOTHERAPY? Heart-Centered Clinical Hypnotherapy is a much deeper process than regular hypnotherapy or talk therapy. Performed by a licensed psychotherapist or psychologist. Heart Centered Clinical Hypnotherapy is psychotherapy in a relaxed state of consciousness to get underneath self-sabotaging patterns of behavior and agreements made in childhood that are now tripping up the adult. The hypnotic state in which this work is done is light and there is no possibility of implanting suggestions that the conscious mind does not agree to. The client in the hypnotic state used for clinical hypnotherapy is fully aware of his or her surroundings and interacts with the therapist with the goal of opening a door between the subconscious and the conscious mind in order to effect beneficial life-long transformation. Heart Centered Hypnotherapy is an incredibly effective therapeutic methodology for treating a great many therapeutic challenges like PTSD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Shock, or Trauma. Though not guaranteed, therapeutic breakthrough can occur in just a few sessions, even with clients who were previously at a complete healing standstill. Heart Centered hypnotherapy has its foundation in research done by Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow, Fritz Perls, Eric Berne, Stanislav Grof, and over 15 other top psychoanalysts. Its principals and methods are a significant part of the work I do today. HOW IS HEART CENTERED HYPNOTHERAPY USED? It can have a remarkable healing effect on aspects of health where personal stress drives the conditions that cause physiological problems. Heart Centered Hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective in dealing with weight loss, smoking cessation, addictive behaviors, sleep problems, and phobias. It is often used to help reinforce positive motivation, improve self-discipline and increase willpower. In addition, it can be used to help people change their behavior and attitudes about eating, physical activity, and healthy self-care. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY AND STAGE HYPNOSIS? Many people have pre-conceived ideas about hypnosis and assume that the term hypnosis and clinical hypnotherapy mean the same thing. However this is not true. You have probably seen of or heard of a hypnotist who uses hypnosis for entertainment purposes rather than therapeutic reasons. This is a stage show hypnotist who entertains professionally. In a staged setting, there is an unstated agreement made between the hypnotist and the audience that everyone is there for entertainment purposes. Therefore, the audience member who is hypnotized can easily be made to quack like a duck or flap their arms like a chicken. Alternatively, with clinical hypnotherapy provided by a professionally licensed therapist, the agreement is made confidentially between the therapist and the client. Each session is therapeutic with the end goal of healing an issue or problem. Common practice is for hypnotherapists to put a person in a relaxed, suggestible state and then offer post-hypnotic suggestions for relief from symptoms. This is a typical approach many hypnotherapists use. Examples of areas that are addressed are usually limited to weight issues, smoking cessation, and confidence building. Most hypnotherapist not psychotherapist or psychologists. They are typically not educated or trained to clinically address their clients’ needs beyond addressing a few generalized problem areas.