Hypnotherapy is a form of relaxation that allows individuals to access the very thoughts that interferes with their best of intentions. Have you have given your self a list of "must do's" only to find your self loosing track of time and forgetting to follow through with your goals? Much of the modern day scientific research has shown that we only actively use a very tiny portion of our brains. In Hypnotherapy we call the active part of the brain the "conscious" state. The majority of the brain that we may not be aware of, which is significantly larger is called the " unconscious state". The unconscious state runs a major part of our every day lives and can be the very thing that sabotages our best of intentions. It contains the tapes for our habits, childhood beliefs, thoughts, fears, our dreams and creative passions.
The actual process of hypnotherapy invites the individual into a meditative or relaxed state allowing his/her body functions e.g. heart, and breath to slow down thereby inviting the mind's chatter to slow down and allow a deeper access to one's intuition. Each individual has a different relationship with their sixth senses (sense of sight, touch, smell, hearing, feeling, intuition), so it’s the therapist's job to learn how to personalize the hypnotherapy session. Considering that we spend almost one third of our lives asleep, we can potentially tap into some of our dreams and / or unconscious thoughts and feelings that sometimes keep us from accessing our deeper potential. This deeper "unconscious" state explores beyond the critical chatter of every day thoughts and fears. Clients often report feeling very relaxed, and alert after hypnotherapy sessions and start to notice shifts in their behaviors, thoughts, and dreams within days or hours of their sessions.
Hypnotherapy can be helpful for a number of issues such as:
* Anxiety and stress (including performance anxiety and test anxiety).
* Relationship and career blocks
* Panic attacks and phobias (e.g. fear of flying, spiders etc.).
* Low self-esteem and critical self-judgment.
* Insomnia and rumination (obsessive looping thoughts).
* Obsessive habits e.g. nail biting, over eating, cigarette smoking.
* Diet changes e.g gluten free/dairy free
* Pain management and preparation for surgery.
* Fertility and birth preparation.
* Trauma (physical, emotional and spiritual )
* Hyperactivity and loss of impulse control and/or concentration.
An every day example could be the experience one has after driving in a car on the freeway where one forgets how he /she actually got to their final destination. The focus on the wheel, the use of the leg on the accelerator, the sound of the engine could all contribute to allowing the person to dip into a trance state, which can allow for more expansive thoughts. People often share that they come up with inspiring ideas while driving. Hypnotherapy is conducted in a safe environment where the individual is in control of their physical well-being and is awake and alert at the end of the process.
How do we sabotage our dreams and goals ?
When we are stressed or tired it is very easy to become less aware and slip into our unconscious mind. During this process our fears and doubts can interfere with our intentions. The process of hypnotherapy starts after exploring the client's goals and challenges by allowing the client to experience the trance or relaxed state. During this state the client is alert and awake, yet more open to suggestions and can receive more validating affirmations and visualizations from the therapist. This state could be compared to the way children are so open and accepting of ideas. This process acts like a bridge channeling information from the dream state to the awake state thereby allowing us to access some of the rich inspiration and dreams that we often forget immediately after we awake. It is no surprise that most clients report a more active dream life once they start this process. These dreams quite often empower clients to access their own personal power and understand their unconscious patterns. Hypnotherapy can essentially help us unlock our passions and dreams and allow them to flow more easily into our conscious state.
Clodagh O' Herlihy, MFT, CHT
Phone number : 415-533-3989
Office Location: One Hallidie Plaza, Suite 700 B
(next to Powell BART/MUNI
San Francisco Ca 94102