The Truth About Hypnotherapy

hypnosisHave you ever driven to work, but were not quite sure how you got there? Or been reading a book and you were completely unaware of everything around you? How about that 'place' right before you fall asleep and your mind seems to go wandering in all kinds of strange directions? If you've experienced any of this, you have already been in a state similar to hypnosis. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is actually a relaxed, focused state of mind (yes, focused!). It is not some person who is swinging a pocket watch in front of your eyes, asking you to count backwards, where you eventually fall into a trance only to be controlled by that person and asked to do things against your will. You are not asleep when you are hypnotized. Hypnosis only resembles sleep because you are in such a relaxed state. But you really have complete control of your body and are completely aware of what is going on around you.

Hypnotherapy has been recognized as a healing practice since ancient times. Cultures in Egypt, Greece and India took their sick to sleep temples to be cured by hypnotic suggestion. In present day, hypnotherapy treats a wide variety of behaviors and health conditions: weight loss, smoking, fears, anxieties, self confidence, sports, surgical side effects and pain management to name a few. It's even been known to be used in forensics to solve crimes or by artists for creative purposes. According to the World Health Organization, about 90% of the population can be hypnotized.

Technically speaking, hypnosis is when you have relaxed to a point that your brain is in an alpha state. In this relaxed state you are able to tap into and become aware of your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is where you store all your thoughts and feelings. When your consciousness is communicating to your subconscious, you are in a hypnotic state. In this state, you are in a state of hyper-suggestibility. 

Think of your subconscious mind as a place where you keep all your "programs", or in other words, how you react to and feel in certain situations. When you are in a hypnotic state you are open to the suggestion of reprogramming. There are several key factors in reprogramming yourself. The biggest one being that you've made the decision to eliminate a specific behavior. You must be motivated to make this change, or you will work against yourself in making it happen. Secondly, the suggestions need to be reasonable, ones that you actually believe are possible, and in a language you understand. For instance, it might be unreasonable to suggest you go from a sedentary person to a world-class athlete, but reasonable to picture training and crossing the finish line of a 5k race. If you can see yourself reasonably accomplishing the behavior then you are able to make it happen. Finally, it is necessary to repeat the suggestion in such a relaxed state. It takes time for the message to be programmed and to actually see the results.

Working with a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and doing hypnosis is very helpful. An NLP practitioner can assist you in designing a program in a language you believe. They are able to guide you and teach you how to relax into a state of suggestibility. And finally, they can make tapes of the relaxation process and suggestions so that you are able to relax and listen to them often.

Hypnotherapy has resulted in self improvement and personal growth in millions. It is nothing to be afraid of. Hypnosis is learning how to relax into a focused state of mind, and make suggestions to your subconscious. It is a drug-free alternative way to permanently change thoughts, feelings and behaviors. If you are struggling with unwanted behaviors and are motivated to manifest your best life, take the leap, find a qualified hypnotherapist and begin your journey to wellness.

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 At Capitola Counseling  we emphasize Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), and Jungian Therapy techniques—just some of the innovative result-driven approaches to understanding and directing human experience, self-communication and behavior. For over twenty years I’ve worked with hundreds of people and over time  in working with them, I came to see the truth and wisdom in Carl Jung’s concept of the necessity to first have a union between our own animus and anima (male and female). With that understanding, and the belief, that until there is a healthy union within us there will not be a healthy, fulfilling relationship with another.

I primarily use two modalities in my practice Neuro Lingusitic programming, NLP and hypnosis. which combined the best of the two fields of therapy and coaching thus synergistically creating a greater whole from which to work. My focus has moved from  ”what is wrong and why” to where do you want to go and how to accomplish that. Of course there are times in the process that one will bump into old stuck places. The “stuck “place then becomes an opportunity to look at the issue from a new perspective and learn adult “here and now” tools to move forward.

From a clinical perspective, I’ve found hypnosis ,interactive guided imagery to be the most gentle yet efficient tool to guide one through their “stuck” places. If I am to lay claim o any sort of success it is to  the extraordinary people who trusted me to assist them in their own personal growth. Most will say that engaging in the  clinical hypnosis process was not only calming but empowering as well.They move from feeling helpless to fully participating in their wellness.The Real Relationship is the relationship you have with yourself It’s about “Reclaiming Self” becoming aware of all the parts of you; conscious and unconscious. It’s about learning how to allow, accept and integrate the real you and how to let go of the old self defeating tendencies  and behavioral patterns that no longer serve your best and highest good.nIt’s my job to create a safe place for the clients who choose Capitola Counseling so that they can go inside themselves to do this work.I listen without judgment and offer tools that resonate with their spirit.  The gift in going through this process is that my clients learn  how to distinguish between the critical voice of the ego and the guiding voice of their authentic self..their spiritual self.  And since we are spiritual being having a having a human experience; this is a good thing!

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