Each week I help people in my private practice with Hypnotherapy in Littleton, Colorado and Denver, Colorado. You probably know about hypnotherapy to stop smoking, or for losing weight. Maybe you’ve heard how hypnotherapy works with the unconscious part of the mind to overcome resistances that block our conscious desires or goals. Perhaps you’ve heard some of the myths of hypnotherapy – how the hypnotherapist can take control over you and your life, and make you do what you don’t want to do, or the demons can enter and do the same, while you’re in hypnotherapy. However, for hypnotherapy to work, you must be in agreement with the auto-suggestions given to you – otherwise you won’t participate.
Surprising Things That Hypnotherapy Can Do For You
There are some uncommon things Hypnotherapy can help you do that may amaze or surprise you. You may have more than one use for Hypnotherapy!
- Build up your immune system and improve your health. Research studies show that hypnotherapy can improve your immune system and your mental, emotional and physical health. It’s a great way to regain your health when you are ill. Chronic illness responds well to hypnotherapy.
- Find misplaced objects. If you’ve ever forgotten where you placed something, or you saw it put away, hypnotherapy may help you recover your memory about the location, even if the object was lost years ago.
- Enjoy those foods you’ve avoided in the past. Sometimes you don’t like the taste of healthy foods, so you avoid eating what is really good for you. A little hypnotherapy can change that problem. However, if your resistance persists, it could be an allergy. There are times when your body just “knows” what needs to be avoided.
- Quit smoking. End cravings and addictions. The opposite of #2, hypnotherapy can help you stop smoking turn down cookies, ice cream, and brownies, stop uncontrolled shopping, help with addictions, or even help you give up the boyfriend who keeps doin’ ya wrong.
- Relieve phobias, and anxiety. Feel comfortable with public speaking. It’s been called a fear greater than death. That’s too bad because being an effective speaker can help you in your career, in your business, your industry, and well beyond these applications. Once-reticent, fearful, phobic clients are amazed at the positive changes in themselves, their self-confidence during public speaking or performance —and the benefits they reap from hypnotherapy. Just like quitting smoking stops wasting your money, becoming a good public speaker puts cash in your bank account. Hypnotherapy is excellent for a variety of phobias and anxiety.
- Get your excercise groove back! Lose weight. Exercise longer, stronger and more efficiently. Hypnotherapy can help your turn distaste for working out into a positive activity you look forward to doing with anticipation and excitement. Ask yourself: “How would exercising benefit me? What would it make possible in my life?” A talented and competent hypnotherapist spins a very power story for motivating your subconscious, making it so desirable that you can hardly wait to to get to the gym or set out running in the morning.
- Find & attract your life partner. Do you think finding the person of your dreams involves mesmerizing her or him? Not a chance. Begin with yourself. Hypnotherapy for confidence, sex appeal, or immediate rapport with others gives you a feeling of confidence you’ve never had previously. That confident sense of self is very appealing to others. Try it to find out for yourself.
- Increase your work and personal productivitiy. It’s not all about reorganizing your closets or files or upgrading your computer technology with the latest gizmos. Productivity, effectivenes in your work, and really enjoying your work begin in your mind. Specifically, in your unconscious mind. That’s right!
- Relieve that incessant itching. Yes, really. When is an itch more than an itch? When it has become a compulsive habit that is harmful to you. Scratching creates irritated skin and irritated skin produces more intching and bleeding and then you have a painful addictive cycle. The good news is you can tell your unconscious mind to disconnect from the itching, help your epidermis to heal, and get back your healthy smooth, soft skin.
- Regression Therapy. If you are stuggling with old behavioral patterns that aren’t changing as you’d like, or you need to go back in time to heal old wounds, regression therapy may be just what you need. Regression therapy allows you to heal at the age you were when you experienced your wounds.
- Pain Management, Depression, and Healing. Many of my clients find hypnotherapy extremely effective for healing their illnesses that are are psychosomatic. Psychosomatic illness means illness that is brought on by stress or emotional trauma and is often associated with depression. Physical pain due to illness or a condition brought on by physical trauma such as an auto-accident as in the case of fibromyalgia can be managed far better and / or healed entirely with the application of hypnotherapy.
Finding Your Hypnotherapist
Once interested in hypnotherapy, people ask me how they can find a good hypnotherapist in their area. If you live in or near a metropolitan area, it shouldn’t be too difficult. People trained in hypnotherapy can sometimes be found in rural areas too.
You may see the title “clincal hypnotherapist” “certified hypnotherapist” or “certified hypnotist,” and more recently “consulting hypnotist.” Clinical hypnotherapists are those who have additional training and education in mental health issues and use hypnotherapy in this clinical setting.
When you call a hypnotherapist, found through referral or simply by Googling “hypnotherapy,” notice your comfort level during the conversation. Great hypnotherapy skills are crucial, and so is the rapport between you and the hypnotherapist. If you want to explore a bit, arrange for a single consultation appointment, and then decide whether it’s the right fit for you, and if you want to continue.
A hypnotherapeutic relationship can be ongoing, especially if there’s a coaching aspect to it, but it is often short term: one to six appointments, depending on the issue or the habit you want to break—or create.
In your phone conversation, you can ask all the questions you need to ask. As a consumer and potential client, you have that right.
Two good questions are: “How long have you been in practice, and what are your areas of specialization? (Mine are smoking cessation, weight loss, behavioral addictions, phobias, and women’s issues including love and relationship.) You may also want to ask, “Do you work with ______(your particular issue)?” And “How often?”
How Can Hypnotherapy Be Used?
Hypnotherapy in a clinical setting—as opposed to stage hypnosis for entertainment—is typically used to create good habits or break bad habits. These are habits of thought or action. Grabbing the next potato chip, and the next, and the next, without even noticing you’re doing it, is a habit of action. That action was probably caused by a habit of thought. Perhaps you were focusing on a painful, sad, or angry thought or an unfulfilled desire and wanted to distract yourself. You may have found that a tasty food could temporarily distract you.
Is this habit a conscious motive? Perhaps. It’s often unconscious though. You may not realize why you’re reaching for the chip. You’d probably say “I like the taste” or “I’m just hungry and I can’t take a break now,”
but there could be a lot more attached to that desire than you’re aware of now. Hypnotherapy is ideal for working with the unconscious mind.
The Power Of Self Hypnosis
Self-hypnosis is an empowering tool because once you’ve tried it, you may want to continue the work on your own with only occasional visits to the hypnotherapist for tougher issues or to upgrade your skills.
Self-hypnosis allows you to work with yourself whenever you choose on simple things, reserving another office visit for times when you need an outside perspective or when self-hypnosis doesn’t seem to be working. Smoking cessation, phobias, behavioral addictions, initial weigh loss work, and relationship issues seem to work best with outside help, at least in the beginning when you’re trying to create positive changes.
Once you’ve sampled the powerful results of hypnotherapy, you may want to make it part of your life on a regular basis. So ask up front if your hypnotherapist teaches self-hypnosis. Many of us do. For example, I teach self-hypnosis one-on-one or in group workshops. When choosing your practitioner, find out what choices she offers.
Hypnotherapy Is Not Psychotherapy
If you suspect you may need psychotherapy, don’t expect the “certified hypnotherapist” or hypnotist to do it. She or he is not sufficiently trained for the work of psychotherapy. Instead, look for a psychotherapist who is also trained in hypnotherapy (as I am) and commonly uses it in his or her practice.
My clients generally say the combination of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy made a positive difference in speed, effectiveness, and enjoyment. Hypnotherapy is very pleasant, deeply relaxing, and fascinating to most people. Often they say they feel healthier, more alive, and more deeply committed to their lives after leaving a session. They can hardly believe they can alter their minds, be so rested, and optimistic after merely lying down for an hour, listening to someone talk to them.
If you have an issue you think can be addressed Hypnotherapy Call Me for a Free Consultation at 970-422-6102. Describe the issue, what you’d like to have happen, and try this ancient art and science for the positive things it can do for you.