By Lynda Fisher, CHT

What is Hypnotherapy?

Historical Definitions :

Hippocrates (430 BC) was aware of the importance of harmony between mind and body, and described the mind as the ‘seat of emotion’.

The earliest definition of hypnosis was given by James Braid, who coined the term “hypnotism” as an abbreviation for “neuro-hypnotism”, or nervous sleep.

Elman’s definition: “Hypnosis is a state of mind in which the critical faculty of the human mind is bypassed, and selective thinking established.” The critical faculty of your mind is that part which passes judgment.”

Milton Erickson defined hypnosis simply as “communication,” and as “concentrating exclusively on your own thoughts, values, memories and beliefs about life.” He said that the “trance state is active unconscious learning”.

Present Definitions : “an artificially induced trance state resembling sleep, characterized by heightened susceptibility to suggestion.”

Webster Dictionary: “a trancelike state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject.”

Wikipedia: “is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. The term may also refer to an art, skill, or act of inducing hypnosis.

American Psychological Association derived from academic psychology, was provided in 2005, when the Society for Psychological Hypnosis, Division 30 of the American Psychological Association (APA), published the following formal definition:

“Hypnosis typically involves an introduction to the procedure during which the subject is told that suggestions for imaginative experiences will be presented. The hypnotic induction is an extended initial suggestion for using one’s imagination, and may contain further elaborations of the introduction. A hypnotic procedure is used to encourage and evaluate responses to suggestions. When using hypnosis, one person (the subject) is guided by another (the hypnotist) to respond to suggestions for changes in subjective experience, alterations in perception, sensation, emotion, thought or behavior. Persons can also learn self-hypnosis, which is the act of administering hypnotic procedures on one’s own. If the subject responds to hypnotic suggestions, it is generally inferred that hypnosis has been induced. Many believe that hypnotic responses and experiences are characteristic of a hypnotic state. While some think that it is not necessary to use the word “hypnosis” as part of the hypnotic induction, others view it as essential.

Most of them will agree that hypnosis is a state of high suggestibility…

Why and how does it work?

By dealing directly with the subconscious mind, I can by-passes many of the obstacles the conscious mind creates (doubt, criticality, excessive analyzing, and judgement). In doing so, hypnotherapy is able to accelerate the process of real change.

I promote the overall well-being of the client through the use of hypnosis, metaphors, guided imagery and a variety of trance techniques. We or you does this by first isolating the core issue. Long term change is then facilitated through the use of suggestions that you express have requested while in hypnosis, anchors and other hypnotherapy techniques.

During trance, habitual behaviors may be performed without conscious awareness (i.e., behavior performed without mental effort). Examples of common trance states are daydreaming, meditation, or being involved in a really good book or movie.

As an adjunct to psychotherapy, hypnosis can help clients enter a relaxed and comfortable mental state for the purpose of obtaining specific therapeutic outcomes. Using hypnosis, the therapist can make suggestions designed to help people formulate specific internal processes (feelings, memories, images and internal self-talk) that will lead to mutually agreed upon worthwhile outcomes.

Hypnosis is not mind control or brain washing. I cannot ask you or make you do anything that would be against your morals or values.

Trance is a natural state that can occur whenever your attention is narrowly focused and relatively free of distractions.

The conscious is what is called the critical mind or factor, which, in short, allows you to tell the difference between imagination and reality. The critical factor is important, it is the part of you that allows yourself to remember that you are indeed attending this information class and not off sitting on a beach with one of those drinks with an umbrella.

But it’s not always right. Sometimes the memories or messages that are in our subconscious are what we believed at the time. It is that irritating “internal censor”, the voice that says, “You can’t possibly do that. You aren’t good enough.” Perhaps there was a time in your life when a significant event happened or someone was unkind and said unkind words to you, told you who you were (a parent, a boss, someone you looked up to) but that information was only their perception and not reality. Have you ever heard…….you are just like you Mom or Dad? You will always be fat, just look at you.   You are so dumb, you should just give up.

Don’t believe it but this is why there is a need to change that message by giving your subconscious a new truth.

There is so much information about hypnosis and so many areas that hypnosis can help with………………..but I’m not here to tell you that you have to get hypnosis or without it you can’t change.   I believe you can, hypnosis may just help speed up the process.

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“My only goal is for you to be the best you, I am here to support that if you need.”    Lynda Fisher CHT