Hypnosis as a form of therapy is not new, having been around for an estimated 4000 years, and having been recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) since 1958. Hypnosis is a credible branch of therapy that is considered to work faster than traditional talk therapy – studies show that the work done in six hypnotherapy sessions is similar to that done in 600 traditional talk therapy sessions! Talk about a wise investment.
Imagine, you’re getting ready to go to sleep. You’re laying in bed, blanket pulled up around your shoulders and pillow tucked under your head. Your room is dark and you’re comfortable and calm. You begin to feel yourself drifting off – your eyes close,your breathing slows and you’re relaxed. You know, the moment when you’re SO relaxed you couldn’t even be bothered to move even if you wanted to, but you’re still aware of your thoughts? This state, this wonderfully relaxed feeling, is almost the same as when you’re in a session with your hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis is a natural state, one that the majority of people use already. In fact, it’s as easy and as natural as falling asleep. By the way, did you know hypnosis is a GREAT natural sleep aid?
For 95% of the population, hypnosis is effective,easy, and perfectly safe. However, it is important to note that those with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders may need to use caution when considering hypnosis as a therapy.
Even with its amazing effectiveness, and this incredible article published by the American Journal of Medicine in March 2020 stating that hypnosis is the most effective treatment yet to prescribe, there are common misconceptions attached to hypnosis being used as a form of therapy.
The most common misconception is that hypnosis is a form of mind control. This misinformation stems from stage shows, Hollywood movies, and even graduation ceremonies that use hypnosis as a type of party trick. In these shows, participants are put into a hypnotic state and are asked to do things that some may find embarrassing. It is very important to state that the participants are in 100% control of their actions and that they are okay with performing these things. If they were to go against a person’s moral compass, that person would pull themselves out of trance and NOT partake in the activities. These stage shows can cause hesitation among non-participants and participants alike about using hypnosis as a form of therapy at a later time.
Another common misconception is that the person in trance will tell their deepest darkest secrets. This is also not true. The subconscious mind is responsible for keeping the person safe. If giving up a “secret” is unsafe, it will not be told, unless it is actually needed to help the person shift into a better version of themself. That is how powerful the mind is. Once permission has been given and safety is established the information will then flow and change can occur.
Of all the things that hypnosis is and can be, it could not be farther from just stage shows, embarrassing tasks, and mind control.
Hypnosis as a medical practice is definitely not a new thing, and isn’t something someone should be wary about because it has been classified as having a definitive application throughout the various medical fields. Because of its recognition within the AMA, hypnosis appears within the medical curricula at big league schools, such as Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford. As well as this, training and certification can be obtained through the International Medical Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA), the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT), National Federation of NeuroLinguistic Programming (NFNLP), and others. It is important that the hypnotherapist you choose to see has received the proper training and certification. Bonus points if they are a member of any or all of these organizations or schools! As well as this, when picking out a hypnotherapist: trust your gut. Your intuition is one of your strongest allies and will ensure that you have the best experience with your hypnotherapist.
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Great question! Hypnosis provides suggestions – think guided meditation. Hypnotherapy is getting to the root cause of the issue. Another way of looking at it is hypnosis is the state you’re in, hypnotherapy is what is done in that state.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are effective in releasing trauma, creating connections to the self, improving self-esteem, creating or changing habits and addictions, and so much more. In fact, the uses of hypnosis as a powerful, natural, cost-effective form of therapy are as limitless as the mind!
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