Hypnotherapy • San Jose Addiction Counseling
Hypnotherapy is a technique that is used during a therapy session. Hypnotherapy works well with psychotherapy because it helps to go deep to the inner store-house of our beliefs and learned responses. Hypnotherapy is one the most effective natural remedies.
Hypnotherapy goes deep, to the inner store-house of our beliefs and learned responses, which is why it has found wide acceptance in treating disorders such as over-eating and smoking. By getting where the addiction lays hypnotherapy can suppress the addiction and replace it with positive behavior.
Hypnotherapy Can Help The Following
- De-stress and manage daily anxiety and increase coping skills
- Alleviate phobias, fears, and panic attacks
- End nightmares, nail biting, exam nerves, jealousy, procrastination, and insomnia
- Improve your performance in sports and business
- Learn to meditate effectively
- Gain confidence in public speaking and stage performance
- Gain insight into yourself and others
- Smoking cessation
- Weight management
Hypnotherapy is a Technique Used in Therapy
There is a major difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy: directive and non-directive. Directive hypnotherapy, sometimes called “stage hypnosis” or “guided imagery,” is when the patient is put into a trance with scripted language like “Your eyes are getting very heavy.” In addition hypnosis is performed on its own, whereas hypnotherapy is always done during a normal therapy session.
A significant drawback with this type of hypnosis is the fact that the subconscious becomes guarded due to the unusual language used. When then subconscious hears a line like, “You are getting very sleepy” it knows something different is about to happen because it never hears this type of language during normal, everyday conversations.
When you are trying to motivate the subconscious is change, the last thing you want is resistance. This is why directive hypnosis has limited results.
Non-directive hypnotherapy is talk therapy, except that the therapist tends to be more talkative because he or she is conversing with the client’s subconscious. While the hypnotherapist talks with the client, the hypnotherapy occurs throughout the conversation.
Traditional Versus Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
Milton H. Erickson is considered one of the most influential hypnotherapists in history. His psychiatric and hypnotherapy techniques were considered non-directive.
Non-directive hypnotherapy has a number of advantages over directive hypnosis. As mentioned, the unconscious is more accessible because it is not given any reason to become guarded or alarmed. Without this hindrance, the non-directive hypnotherapist is more easily able to converse with the patient’s unconscious and find out what will be needed to affect a change.
Another great advantage of non-directive hypnotherapy is that other therapeutic techniques can be introduced simultaneously because the hypnotherapy is occurring in the form of a therapeutic conversation.
Hypnotherapy and NLP
Another form of directive hypnotherapy is called NLP, short for Neuro-linguistic Programming. In NLP, the therapist uses modeled interventions, phrases, and images to alter your feelings about certain fears, desires, and beliefs. This hypnotherapy technique is extremely helpful for general self-improvement and motivation. It can also be useful for more serious psychological disorders, such as phobias, in which case a qualified psychotherapist is recommended.
My Hypnotherapy Sessions
I use hypnotherapy as a technique during my therapy session. My goal is to help clients achieve their goals and to make their life more enjoyable. Hypnotherapy is a completely safe and nurturing therapy technique.
The more intelligent and strong-willed individuals are generally more likely to benefit from hypnotherapy because success with hypnotherapy has to do with the person’s ability to listen, focus, and fully participate in the process.