WHEN CONVENTIONAL TALK THERAPY LEAVES YOU WANTING TO BE HYPNOTIZED
written by Alexandra Janelli
It was late October when I met Jane. She came into my office waiting room in anticipation of her first hypnosis appointment with me. Upon entering my room she sat in the chair and exclaimed, “I must admit, I’m nervous. I’ve never done hypnosis before.” Jane went on to explain to me that she had been in conventional talk therapy for years with a therapist that she admired very much. However, while she felt that she certainly had a strong understanding of what her issues are and where they stemmed from, she felt she was nowhere closer to a resolution with them then she was before she entered. “It feels like I go in and just talk about things. I dont know how to fix them. I feel like I went in with one issue, but came out with an awareness that I have many more issues than I thought I had.”
What Jane experienced is not unusual. Many years and hours become dedicate to talk therapy. However, one is left feeling that the efforts do not match the rewards.
When my clients come into my office I applaud them for taking control of their lives to create change. These steps toward their goal are not for nothing. In order to create change one must first be aware of what the issue is. However, just because you are consciously aware doesn’t mean that a behavior shift will occur. This is where hypnotherapy becomes a powerful adjunct to the therapeutic process.
What conventional therapy does is help your conscious mind understand your subconscious behaviors, reactions, and associations. Your subconscious makes up nearly 90% of your mind and is purely reactive. It lacks any logic, reason, willpower, or deductive reasoning. Everything learned within the subconscious mind is created through positive or negative associations with the world around us. For a person who has a fear of dogs, they have a subconscious association that dogs are bad. Therefore, when they see a dog they react with a fearful response. It is only afterwards that the conscious mind kicks into to say ‘wait, that’s not the dog that bit me, and this is irrational.’ (to learn more about how hypnotherapist view the mind and how it works please click here) Conventional therapy will help you uncover what is happening deep down within. Bringing it forward for you to inspect and understand. Please note, your subconscious mind has no words. It’s raw feeling. What our conscious mind helps us do is rationalize our subconscious feelings. In other words, bring a conscious awareness to your subconscious mind. However, what it does not always help with is bringing back down that conscious understanding to a subconscious behavioral shift. This is what hypnotherapy can help with.