Sometimes when a hypnotherapist induces hypnosis, the client appears to have fallen asleep. This may not actually be sleep as we know it, but rather it may be a signal that this client is what we call a somnambulist. These folks go very deeply, very quickly, into a hypnotic trance or into a dissociative state. Our research in over thirty years of trauma work is that somnambulism is a defense mechanism which the young child has unconsciously used to “retreat from the reality of trauma” and to find a safe haven. This is a natural response which also confirms what we teach, that hypnosis is a natural state of mind. Young children go to that state frequently when they visualize “imaginary friends” or just stare out the window and “disappear.” They may be in a deeply hypnotic trance state. The adult in our office may have been this traumatized child who is well trained to go to sleep when threat or fear arises.
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Allostatic load is “the wear and tear that results from chronic overactivity or underactivity of allostatic systems.” Hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for the conditions that result.
Entering into psychotherapy, or any method of honest self-reflection, demands a willingness to lose something as well as to gain something. Personal growth often involves “loss”: the loss of illusions I have believed in order to avoid the truth. Perhaps I have constructed a self-image that is too flattering, or just the opposite I may have believed myself to be less competent and less capable than I really am. It is common in therapy for an individual to begin their work believing that “My family (or Mother or Father) was practically ideal”, only to realize later a more honest appraisal.
Many couples or individuals come into therapy with frustrating patterns that they can’t seem to break through. Many have tried all different types of therapies, taken courses and read books. In general, if these endeavors have mostly engaged the conscious mind, then the couple has only used 10% of their overall mental resources and thus have spent a large amount of their resources. The majority of people believe that if they could just figure things out, which will solve the problem. This is certainly true in mathematics, science and technology. However, the human brain is much more complex than that.
The human brain is composed of two basic parts: the conscious mind, which is about 10% of our capabilities and the subconscious mind, which engages the other 90% (we discuss this more in one of our more popular blog articles discussing the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy). So when a client goes to a talk therapist, cognitive behaviorist or any of the other “thinking type” therapies, they are only paying to treat 10% of their mind, i.e., the conscious part.
The Conscious and the Subconscious Mind
The vast majority of persons with spinal cord injury report chronic, unpleasant sensations or pain. And about a third describe the chronic pain as severe, which is a very hard thing to live with.
It’s not that you want to keep your clients in treatment longer than is helpful to them, of course. But we’ve all experienced a client who makes an appointment and at the end of a really good session says, “Wow, that makes me feel a lot better. I’ll call you if I ever feel like coming in again.”
Treating and preventing chronic migraine headaches with hypnosis is a cost-effective alternative to prescription drugs. Actually, hypnosis is of benefit in the treatment of headache whether the headache is migraine, episodic, or chronic.
In one recent study, researchers compared the costs of several types of behavioral treatment with preventive prescription drugs. After six months, behavioral treatment was comparable with prescription drug treatment. In minimal-contact treatment, a patient sees a therapist a few times a year and for the most part practices the behavioral techniques at home, often with the aid of recorded audio programs.
After one year, minimal-contact therapy was nearly $500 cheaper than drug treatment, according to the study published in the June 2011 issue of the journal Headache.
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Working with trauma in the Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy model is always careful to avoid re-traumatizing the individual. That does not mean, however, avoiding re-experiencing the trauma fully.