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This article is just a friendly heads up that we just released a brand new guide about six of the most common hypnotherapy myths, which we've debunked. Here are a couple of passages from the guide:
As a professional therapist, you’re probably familiar with the concept of hypnotherapy. You are aware that it is a widespread practice that claims to provide many benefits. And you’re probably hesitant to incorporate this into your clinical tool box.
That’s because most people—therapists, as well as their clients—do not really understand hypnotherapy. They don’t know what’s involved with the therapy or the training.
Many people associate hypnotherapy with limited applications, such as weight loss or smoking cessation. While it’s true that hypnotherapy has a strong track record in these areas, there are many other issues and ailments that have been remedied with this type of treatment. Hypnotherapy has a documented and clinically-proven record of success.
Studies have revealed that the subconscious represents 90 percent of the brain’s non-reflexive functioning. Thus traditional therapy, merely talking to the client, uses only 10 percent of the therapist’s tools. Why not use everything at your disposal?
Hypnotherapy has been favorably reviewed in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Many of the major founders of modern psychotherapy, including Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, used hypnosis in their research It has been supported by the British Medical Association, American Medical Association, and the British Psychological Society.
It’s a legitimate treatment option. Hypnotherapy is a means to expand your healing powers and quickly address client issues that might otherwise take years.
It can also be an opportunity to transition into a more rewarding and lucrative career, to establish your own private practice, or offer specialized treatment. If you still have reservations about hypnotherapy training, read on. We’ll examine six of the most common misconceptions about this type of treatment.
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We all know someone that just does not seem to connect with the people in their life in a real way. They can carry on a conversation, hold a job, keep a marriage together, and raise their children. But there seems to be something basic missing. They seem to be acting the way they think they are supposed to, or the way others around them act – indeed, they seem to be acting. Let’s discuss two different types of such situations: those trapped separate from their “unlived lives”, and those who are “not yet born”.
What does the word containment mean? How does it apply to me as a therapist or group leader? Or parent or spouse? What are the tools that I have available to provide containment for myself, my clients, and my family members?
Think of milk: it is essential to a baby’s development. Without milk, the baby’s bones would break and the growing child could not walk or participate in many of life’s opportunities. Without a proper container, the milk would just spill all over and the wonderful nutrients would be wasted. This is the same for our human energy. Energy is a powerful force which, when uncontained, spills all over everyone in the vicinity and can contaminate our personal interactions. Similarly, water is a very powerful force and when contained by a dam, provides electricity for the world to use productively, yet when uncontained can become a destructive tsunami or flood.
The Wellness Institute logo signifies a flock of geese flying in formation in front of a sun or full moon – each one is a significant source of lighting one’s way onward.
As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. Each time a Wellness community member succeeds, it creates “uplift” for others to succeed as well. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of each other.
Studies show that the conscious mind, even though it is very important, is only about 10% of our minds. The conscious mind helps us to think, debate ideas, reason, and process short term memory experiences. All very important tasks.
The subconscious mind contains a full 90% of the mind! How so?
It contains long term memory, to help us “learn from our own history.” This demonstrates the profound saying that if we don’t learn from our history, we are likely to repeat it, making the same mistakes over and over again. So even though our conscious mind may completely understand our dysfunctional relationships or self-sabotaging patterns, it is not capable of making the necessary changes.
James Hollis, PhD, has written many books and his most recent (2013) is Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives. In it he considers how we are all governed by the presence of invisible forms—spirits, ghosts, ancestral and parental influences, inner voices, dreams, impulses, untold stories, complexes, synchronicities, and mysteries—which move through us, and through history. Actually, sometimes the ghosts are absences rather than presences.
The Cleveland Clinic’s Integrative Medicine Clinic introduces Hypnotherapy in this way.
“Holistic psychotherapy utilizes traditional and non-traditional therapies of holistic healing with the purpose of creating an integration of the mind, body and spirit. The idea combines a broad range of different holistic approaches to help the patient reach the deepest level of healing possible.
Traditional Talk Therapy
Holistic psychotherapy services include traditional talk psychotherapy and non-traditional therapies including hypnosis, heart-centered hypnotherapy/regression therapy, creative art therapy, breath therapy, rebirthing breath and guided imagery. Holistic psychotherapy is only delivered by a licensed clinician who has a certification in Advanced Clinical hypnotherapy”
“Traditional talk therapy is used for patients not yet ready for non-traditional therapies. This approach includes psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, developmental, educational and family systems therapies that utilize a perspective to match the individual needs of the patient. These therapies mainly involve discussions and mainly address the 10% of the mind that is the conscious.” So one might ask, “How effective can a therapy be if it only engages 10 % of my mind?
How do we determine if a client is not yet ready for hypnosis?
- This may be their first therapeutic experience and they need to learn to trust and feel safe
- They may have been “scared” by someone else, usually someone who is not truly educated about the benefits of hypnotherapy.
- They may belong to a religion who has misinformed them about hypnotherapy
How do we move them from talk therapy into hypnotherapy?
- Educate them about how hypnotherapy could benefit them
- Educate them about the conscious mind (10 %) and the sub-conscious mind (90 %)
- Address their fears, one by one
- If they are open to it, begin very slowly and teach them self-hypnosis
ENGAGING THE SUB-CONSCIOUS MIND = 90 % of the mind
“Non-traditional therapies are based on a variety of traditions, which tap into different levels of mind-body-spirit healing. These therapies involve energy work, elements from different traditions of healing as well as from the field of transpersonal psychology. All therapies have a strong spiritual component, which utilizes different levels of consciousness and spiritual awareness.”
- “Hypnosis is a beginning treatment intervention that induces the client into a relaxed state. The clinician then provides post-hypnotic suggestion for relief from symptoms or for self improvement. A trance is a natural occurring state, so anyone can be hypnotized. Only a light to medium state of hypnotic trance is necessary for effective therapy.
- Heart-centered hypnotherapy or regression therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which the patient is placed in a hypnotic, altered state of consciousness for the purpose of re-working or re-framing unhealthy, addictive behaviors, dysfunctional relationship patterns and disease in the body. This process can allow for deep healing to take place because of the energetic and emotional release and the profound level of insight and healing that can be attained.”
Once the client gets a clear understanding about how the conscious mind works, and in comparison, all the dynamic information contained in the sub-conscious mind, they usually are excited to explore. We often explain this phenomenon like the comparison between the old fashioned typewriters (talk therapies) and the modern computers (hypnotherapy and other holistic psychotherapies). The old typewriters have no memory capabilities which, just like talk therapies, only addresses what is seen on surface. Computers, as we all know, contain a vast amount of information which connects infinitely to all other resources. This is the beauty and dynamic healing capabilities of hypnotherapy. And so it is no surprise that cutting edge Integrative Medical Clinics like The Cleveland Clinic have seen the great healing capabilities of hypnotherapy.
Perhaps you would like to add hypnotherapy to your skills and make yourself elegible to be employed in the field of Integrative Medicine.
Develop new specialties using hypnosis and hypnotherapy in your practice.
With all the current, updated and new research being done with using hypnosis, there are so many more areas that you can specialize in. For example, in the past, researchers were using old fashioned types of suggestions to reduce the pain from spinal cord injury patients. The newer researchers at The University of Washington discovered that just telling the patient, “you no longer have pain” was actually detrimental in the pain relief of the patient.
Hypnotherapy is one of the most sought after clinical trainings in the world. And it is one of the most requested forms of treatment by patients and clients. After teaching hypnotherapy for over 30 years to tens of thousands of therapists internationally, we have discovered that therapists are very curious people. They really want to understand the mind and how it works. They want to understand why bad things happen to good people. They are driven toward self discovery and personal growth. To our amazement we have found that the majority of people entering the field of psychology want to understand human behavior and that often begins with their own.