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Hypnotherapy: A Powerful Approach to Change

"Hypnosis provides a tool with which to communicate with the unconscious mind and access the reservoir of resources held within"/ M.Erickson

A woman in hypnosis

For years, I used to feel like I had to be in control all the time, micromanaging every aspect of my life. Honestly, I didn't like being that person, and it was exhausting. I wished I could relax and let go sometimes, but I didn't know how to change. Trying to force myself to stop or pretend I didn't care didn't work. I always found myself checking and wanting to control everything. Hypnotherapy helped me understand why I felt this way.

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Hypnotherapy: One solution for divers conditions
Science has shown that hypnotherapy is a potent solution for addressing numerous common issues. It is effective in dealing with pain, challenging limiting beliefs, anxiety, depression, behavioural changes, smoking cessation, weight management, stress reduction, and sleep. What's intriguing is that it's not limited to adults alone; it extends its benefits to children and teenagers, helping them manage their emotions and behaviours effectively. Furthermore, hypnosis goes beyond problem-fixing; it serves as a versatile tool for enhancing performance and mastering skills, similar to the techniques employed by elite athletes and successful business leaders.
Understanding Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy, one of the oldest forms of psychotherapy, taps into a natural state we all experience occasionally – hypnosis. We've all felt it when captivated by a book or a movie, lost in daydreams, or even during a long drive. It's characterized by a deep sense of relaxation and intense focus. At the core of hypnotherapy lies the power to access our subconscious mind, where memories, emotions, and beliefs reside. These hidden factors often shape our thoughts and behaviours. Through the guidance of a trained clinical hypnotherapist, we intentionally explore the roots of our behaviour, rewrite limiting beliefs, and conquer life's obstacles.
Hypnotherapy session for anxiety
Benefits of Hypnotherapy This unique mental state is profoundly therapeutic as it allows us to step away from our everyday thoughts and emotions, which can sometimes be self-sabotaging and distressing. It enables us to view emotionally challenging topics with fresh and unbiased perspectives. Moreover, hypnosis assists us in overcoming our self-criticism and natural resistance to change. It fosters an environment where we can feel safe and detached to openly address our challenges and explore strategies for personal growth. Hypnosis provides an efficient and lasting way to implement desired changes, often more quickly than traditional talk therapy, as the results can often be seen already after the very first session.

The Science Behind Hypnotherapy
Recent advancements in brain imaging have shed light on some of the mysteries surrounding the brain during hypnosis, although much remains to be understood. Hypnosis is a unique mental state that combines relaxation and intense focus. This dual effect enhances neuroplasticity, making it easier for us to adopt new thought patterns, much like acquiring a new skill. During hypnosis, individuals enter a state of profound relaxation and intense focus, primarily influenced by the calming GABA neurotransmitter, which soothes our autonomic nervous system, including heart rate, blood flow, and breathing. When a person enters a state of hypnosis, specific brain regions, such as the anterior cingulate cortex, become less active. This region typically manages tasks like shifting between activities, understanding emotions, and handling cognitive functions, including pain processing.
Changes in the brain during hypnosis
The Salience Network, our system that activates when we feel challenged and anxious, also becomes less active during hypnosis. It is responsible for context and threat detection, conflict monitoring, leading to reduced self-monitoring and self-reflection, fostering a non-judgmental and non-critical view of ourselves. The activity of our fear center, the amygdala, decreases, resulting in reduced emotional reactivity and detachment from experiences. Moreover, the prefrontal cortex, involved in executive functions like decision-making, attention, and working memory, may decrease in activity during hypnosis. This reduction in activity could temporarily reduce an individual's ability to think critically and increase their receptivity to positive suggestions. These changes in brain activity can lead to a sense of dissociation, where we may feel detached from our often distorted thoughts and challenging emotions, allowing us to perceive things in a more objective and rational way. The combination of all these hypnosis-induced changes creates a mental state that is highly beneficial from a psychotherapeutic perspective, providing a foundation for self-exploration and change.
Feeling and Misconceptions Clarified
Many individuals find the experience of hypnosis to be profoundly comforting and calming. It often brings a sense of relief and deep relaxation. Interestingly, for some, hypnosis doesn't create a distinct "hypnotized feeling." They report not feeling any different during the hypnotic state itself, only realizing changes in their thinking and emotions afterward. Many people compare it to guided meditation or deep focus. Additionally, some individuals perceive time differently while in hypnosis, experiencing it as either shorter or longer than it actually is.
Awareness: During hypnosis, you remain fully awake and aware. There's no loss of consciousness. Instead, it intensifies your focus, making you more receptive to suggestions and deeply engaged in uncovering the root cause of your psychological challenge and finding solutions. Control: You do not lose control. Hypnosis is a state of consent and cooperation. You cannot be forced to do anything against your will, and you maintain complete control throughout the process. You will not share information or engage in any actions that you would not otherwise consider a good idea. Revealing Secrets: Hypnosis won't force you to disclose personal secrets unless you choose to share them. You remain in control of what you reveal.
Memory: You'll remember everything during hypnosis; it's not like losing awareness.
Suitability: While not everyone responds to hypnosis in the same way, research suggests that around two-thirds of adults can benefit from it. It's not about whether you can be hypnotized but whether you're comfortable with the process and allow yourself to enter hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is a safe method for accessing your mind's extraordinary resources, facilitating desired changes, breaking free from unwanted habits, and enhancing your skills.

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