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Cara Stiles, LCSW

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The Healing Art of Anchors and the Gift That Lies Within

Posted by Cara Stiles, LCSW  Aug 25, 2016 11:00:00 AM

For those of us that have benefitted from Heart-centered Hypnotherapy and other Heart-centered Therapies (HCT), we have done and continue to do deep, inner work that allows us to heal. 

Within the hypnotic trance work of Heart-centered Therapies, we access the inner knowing of our unconscious that guides us to the lighthouse of our being where we can see far and wide.  And within this knowing, the comfort and safety that we have discovered becomes symbolically represented.  The symbol might come to us as a particular image or color.  It might be a powerful word or phrase.

Not only does it appear in our minds eye, but it kinesthetically lives in the body.  This process is one in which we are able to provide ourselves with an avenue for returning to the state of well-being whenever we want or need that.  It is a resource state and the “anchor” created through symbolic representation grounds and centers us.  It is deepened through the hypnotic trance process and it reconnects us to that wise inner-knowing. 

Through the difficult work of healing wounds, traumas, and pain, we are gifted with a resource state in which we establish an anchor, our privately owned place to return to in order to relocate the self.  Anchors have the capacity to pluck us out of our distress and drop us back into ourselves. 

Ultimately, at an unconscious level, we are tethered to the anchor emotionally, psychically, and kinesthetically.  All we need to do is return to it when we most want it.  This is the solution to finding the self when we feel weak, scared, and disconnected. 

So why don’t we?  With such an amazing tool, how is it that we forget to use them, unable to recall that we've discovered an internal, fundamental support?  We so easily forget the experience of the healing and the gift. 

In the classic fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel”, Hansel and Gretel were taken to the woods to die.  Having been aware of this plan in advance, Hansel gathered small white pebbles prior to their departure, placing them on the path from his home to the woods, marking a path that would allow him to return “home”. 

And it worked. However...

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Topics: hypnotherapy

A Boy Overcomes His Spider Phobia Through Hypnotherapy

Posted by Cara Stiles, LCSW  Aug 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Children make wonderful hypnotherapy clients because they naturally live their life much more closely linked to the subconscious mind than adults.  Their fluid imagination is alive and brings images of dragons breathing fire, monsters crushing, magical beings accomplishing super- human feats, queens and kings bestowing well-being or hardship on their people through a sword, crown or jewel.  They have the ability to live in a magical, fantasy world, and in a sense, spend much of their time in a semi-hypnotic state.  The story below is a delightful example of a child’s ability to transform using Heart-centered Hypnotherapy.

Ten year old Jason was phobic about spiders.  His mother had taken him to a therapist for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) several times and he had not responded to that particular process.  Because she had benefitted from Heart-centered Hypnotherapy herself, she asked me to do a session with him.

Jason came in to my office for an hour the first time I talked with him.  He was articulate, bright, and endearingly sweet.  While somewhat shy, he was direct and clear while he spoke with me.  I asked him what he felt in his body when he saw a spider.  He responded easily.  "I go all white inside".  After 15 minutes, we went into my hypnotherapy room.  Not surprisingly, he wanted his mother to come with us.  He immediately bonded with the release bag.  After five minutes of hitting the bag, we did a simple induction and anchoring of a safe place.  We ended the session with my request for him to draw a spider.  When he completed his drawing, I asked him if he wanted to take the drawing with him or leave it with me.  He wanted me to keep it, so I put it on the bag and told him it would be there when he returned.  "I think I know what we're going to do with that when I come back", he said.  

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Topics: Phobias