Understanding Hypnosis and Hypnotherpy Sessions
What is Hypnotherapy?
When a person chooses to make changes in their life, they can speed up the healing/change process by addressing the subconscious mind, as opposed to the critical, paradigm directed conscious mind. Most of our issues are tucked away in the part of our mind that we are not even aware of, the subconscious. In Hypnotherapy, using hypnosis we work directly with this part of the mind that is nonjudgmental and will accept changes and releases quickly and with ease. A Clinical Hypnotherapist is the facilitator for that change. During Hypnotherapy, the client is totally aware of what is happening and is in control at all times.
Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts and Science graduates are unique in that they are cross-trained in several techniques, such as Milton Erickson, David Elman, Gil Boyne, John Kappas, Terrence Watts, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and others. This provides the Coastal Academy graduate with a flexible toolkit to meet the needs of their clients.
What Clinical Hypnotherapy Can Address:
- Stress Management
- Anxiety Reduction
- Decision Making
- Increase In Self-esteem
- Public Speaking
- Relaxation Techniques
- Spiritual Healing
- Weight Reduction
- Stage Fright
- Sports Improvement
- Dental Anxiety
- Pain Management
- And Much More...
Choosing the right health practitioner is essential for the peace of mind that will lead to healing and recovery. Just like any other relationship the client will want to feel that it is easy for them to trust that individual.
When they arrive for their session, the space should feel comfortable and inviting. We teach students to become the type of professional that the client can rely on.
Here are some helpful questions to consider about a good Hypnotherapist:
- Do they call you back after you leave a message?
- Do they offer a consultation as part of your first session?
- Do they encourage you to ask questions?
- Do they answer your questions about Hypnotherapy knowledgeably and openly?
- Do they ask you questions that are relevant to your healing?
- Is your time and privacy respected?
- How will your sessions be conducted?
- Are they personalized sessions or standard scripts that are used over and over? Some of these may be appropriate but feel free to ask.
- What are their qualifications? There are three levels:(Hypnosis, Master Hypnotist, and Hypnotherapist)
- Where did they train?
Hypnosis can speed up the healing/change process because clients will deal directly with the subconscious mind where most of our issues reside. This allows for quick release of blocks, fears, or beliefs that are holding us back from being where we wish to be.
The client can expect to feel utterly relaxed and in complete control. Hypnotherapist and client simply work as a team to put the client's conscious mind to rest, to allow the subconscious to make the changes necessary. The client will hear everything that you are saying, and they will never do or say anything in hypnosis that they would not do out of hypnosis.
There are some popular misconceptions about Hypnotherapy, mostly because we are familiar with entertainment acts that have participants run around the stage at the whim of a hypnotist. This is not an accurate picture of Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a healing practice undertaken by a certified Hypnotherapist who acts as a professional and gentle guide for the client to explore areas of their subconscious mind in a respectful, safe environment.
Graduates of Coastal Academy are members of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association , and can also be certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists and as such are bound to ethics and confidentiality.
During Hypnotherapy the client will be in a very deeply relaxed state. If they have previously practiced meditation, they will find that this is a much deeper version of that. If they have practiced the deep breathing associated with Yoga, they will have experienced the beginning of this deeply relaxed state. The altered state is something we all experience daily, the few moments that we are waking up in the morning, and the few moments that we are drifting off to sleep each night.
Clients are extremely rested and calm after a Hypnotherapy session.
By choosing to undertake this kind of exploration with a professional Hypnotherapist, clients are essentially hiring a guide that is professionally trained to spot trauma or difficulty. When a client experiences a fearful situation in Hypnotherapy, there are specific techniques used by the Hypnotherapist to immediately distance them from what they are experiencing. It is like watching a movie, or listening to the radio wherein they are an objective listener, rather than a participant in the drama. A good Hypnotherapist will know how to recognize signs of physical or emotional trauma and will safely guide the client.
Every experience is different. Generally speaking, the mind usually takes more than one session to release significant patterns. Sometimes patterns can be like layers on an onion, the next one appearing after the first is peeled away. Other times we clear what we need to immediately. As a general rule, clients will see the results they want in 4-6 sessions.
Before we begin with the session, the client and Hypnotherapist have a consultation. This is often done by telephone. During this consultation the therapist will determine what the client wants to work on and at what intensity they would prefer to proceed. Based on experience with other clients, we typically recommend a consultation plus three to six sessions for permanent results. There are many reasons that permanent results may take more than one session. Sometimes patterns can take time to move. Sometimes people find it difficult to surrender to the feeling of relaxation or surrender their existing beliefs about healing or hypnosis. Some will insist, even while under hypnosis, that it is impossible for them to be hypnotized. The first session is sometimes spent moving past those feelings.
At Coastal Academy, we believe in an integrated approach to wellness. Hypnotherapy is a gentle and noninvasive therapy that can be complimentary to many other therapies. We teach graduates to do a profile during the consultation and ask about other therapies that the client may be undergoing. We always recommend the client let their other practitioners know that they are working with Hypnotherapy.