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Hypnotherapy Sessions

A typical session will involve sitting comfortably on a chair while engaging in imagery-work. However, since the primary goal of the session is to bring about change, other means can be taken to achieve that goal - such as breathing patterning, body-awareness and more. You are always an active participant in the session, not merely a passive recipient. You will be guided into trance and be assisted in utilizing it for your own benefits. The average session time is between 60 and 90 minutes (initial consultation is sometimes longer than the preceding sessions). The number of sessions is based upon the program, the nature of the problem and the person. However, hypnotherapy is a goal-oriented, brief and elegant therapy.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic application of hypnosis. It is a powerful, influential communication, which utilizes both conscious and subconscious resources for healing and growth. The practice of hypnosis began thousands of years ago, and it has been used since in many forms and contexts (religion, healing, guided imagery, relaxation, yoga, NLP etc.). Hypnotherapy uses various means to activate and strengthen the person, through harnessing the mind's full capacities - mainly in the trance-state. Trance is a natural state, in which change-work is much more effective and elegant. We experience Trance-states every day in various forms of self-absorption or altered perception. Trance is a hyper-attentive state, which usually involves relaxation and self-absorption. In Trance, the ability to communicate with inner processes is enhanced and intensified. The Hypnotherapist is guiding the client into trance; thereafter, the client and therapist work together to induce the desirable changes and to internalize them. Unlike Stage hypnosis, Hypnotherapy is first and foremost a THERAPY, aiming at the improvement of the client's well being. Make sure the therapist you are seeing is well trained and experienced.

Will I lose control?

Do we give up control of our minds during a movie? Of course not. Hypnotherapy is about having more choices in life - you can choose to accept the suggestions, but you can always choose not to. In-fact, during trance you will experience more control over your body-mind and spirit than in your everyday life. Throughout the history of hypnosis, many people (mainly stage hypnotists) contributed to the myth of mind-control. However, it takes a lot of control to let go. Your body and mind are the strongest bodyguards and will help you to stay in as much control you need. Should you feel uncomfortable with the therapist, either try to discuss it with him or her, or find another therapist, with whom you are comfortable.

Will I forget anything I said?

Total amnesia is not likely to occur. Nevertheless, since trance is a different state of consciousness, the access to that information outside trance is sometimes difficult. However, special suggestions can be given to remember the session.

Will I fall asleep?

Hypnosis is not sleep. Natural sleep is measurably different than hypnotic trance. However, trance usually involves deep relaxation, in which conscious movements are not likely to occur and breathing patterns change. The hypnotized clients might look as they are asleep, but they only deeply relaxed.

The Techniques

These are some of the therapeutic approaches in hypnotherapy:

Active Imagery and Guided Visualization: The language of unconscious processes differs from conscious, logical thought. Activating the sensual communication channels via imagery and visualization helps to encourage unconscious processes, to occupy the conscious while change-work is done, and to intensify the trance experience.

Breathing Patterning: different patterns of breathing tap into different states of mind and altered states. During hypnotherapy sessions, the therapist might choose to use your breathing both to initiate trace and to utilize it. Anyone who experienced meditation, yoga or prayer will acknowledge the power of breathing patterning.

Ericksonian Hypnosis named after the renowned psychiatrist and hypnotherapist Milton H. Erickson, Ericksonian hypnosis is application of complex, indirect techniques. Ericksonian hypnosis recognizes the power on unconscious processes, and its major characteristic is flexibility: using whatever applicable to bring about change.

Goal-Oriented Meditation: For those experienced with meditation, Hypnotherapy can be a well-known territory. The therapist can work together with the client from within a meditative state, incorporating deeper healing processes.   

Mental Rehearsing: When we use our imagination, we activate the same neural-paths that are active when the genuine act is taken. Mental rehearsing is an extremely effective method to expertise and perfect body-techniques, concentration, memory (both cognitive and kinesthetic memory) and performance. Mental rehearsing is especially useful to players and musicians, athletes, artist and performers. It is also a good way to resolve 'creative blocks'.

Metaphor therapy: Metaphor therapy is one of the most influential and effective approaches in hypnotherapy. It is a subtle conversation with your unconscious mind, when what appears to be a nice story becomes the theme in the change-work. The use of the client's resources such as creativity, life experiences and imagination is the core of Metaphor therapy.

Regression and Parts Therapy: Since our unconscious mind is not spatially or temporally organized, regression therapy can effect the present through investigation, clarification and reinterpretation of the past. In Trance-state, the ability to recall memories is higher and can be more vivid then usually. Parts therapy is the utilization of the psychological phenomenon of dissociation. It is a creative setting which is mainly effective for habit control and deeper analysis.

Relaxation Techniques: The core of many hypnotherapeutic approaches is the initial reduction of stress levels. Concentration and relaxation are both unpracticed skills in our society. The experience of deep relaxation is beneficial by itself, and is further used in the therapeutic context.

Self Hypnosis: Many therapists claim that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Whether this argument is true or not, learning self hypnosis is an invaluable essence to clients. It allows them to practice change-work outside the therapy room, to enhance and support the therapeutic achievement, and to relax. Self-hypnosis is often taught to help the clients help themselves - and take the credit for that!

Stress-Management Techniques: Many clients, along with other complaints or targets, suffer from high levels of stress. Stress is a major component in almost every human ailment and applying stress management techniques will ease many symptoms. Even organic pain is perceived through our mind, and pain management is possible exactly thanks to this fact.

Various Methods of Inner-Journey/Dream-Work: More healing oriented, hypnotherapy can be a journey for self-exploration and self-healing. When appropriate, deep processes of inner-journeys or dream-work can be taken. Therapeutic processes which use that energetic-healing cycles are of great advantage to the spiritual creative clients.

What can Hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy can assist with any issue that involves the mind. Since even pure organic pain is perceived through the selective mind, almost everybody can benefit from trance-work to some extent. The following examples are common applications of hypnotherapy:

Anxiety and phobias: Using various methods, hypnotherapy is now recognized as an efficient treatment to phobias and other anxiety disorders, which limit the life of the sufferer. So why go on suffering?

Emotional Growth: You can achieve deep levels of self-knowledge and acceptance, to communicate better with your unconscious and utilize it for growth and healing. Hypnotherapy only strengthen these natural tendencies.

Enhancing self-esteem, self-confidence and improving body image: Extremely important in many cases of relationship problems, lack of assertiveness and lack of confidence, as well as in many eating disorders. Hypnotherapy can be a liberating process in that aspect.

Guided Visualization and Spiritual Journeys: You don't have to suffer in order to benefit from hypnotherapy. Improvement in many realms can be achieved with hypnotherapy, as well as self-exploration and other elevating experiences.

Performance enhancing: Individual programs are tailored for high performance professionals (such as musicians, athletes, players and artists). Programs usually consist of a large part of mental-rehearsing and relaxation techniques, together with the IMT or separately. The Performance-Enhancing programs also includes postural awareness and self-hypnosis techniques. For more information, see 'Is your body play as well as you do?'

Stress: One cannot underestimate the role of stress in any physical or psychological condition.

Disclaimer: The services we render are held out to the public as non-therapeutic hypnotism, defined as the use of hypnosis to inculcate positive thinking and the capacity for self-hypnosis. Results may vary from person to person. We do not represent our services as any form of medical, behavioral, or mental health care, and despite research to the contrary, by law we make no health claim to our services.