When Conventional Talk Therapy Leaves You Wanting to be Hypnotized
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.
Hypnotherapy helps create new subconscious associations based on a newfound awareness or perspective that one can gain through introspection of behaviors that are no longer proven to help. We go into therapy to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, but also to create a change toward bettering our lives.
Hypnotherapy helps client’s paint a picture of where are you now, and how is that effecting you. The next step is to outline where is it you would like to be and how would that feel. Creating a series of goals, both large and small, that simplify the process making it digestible. By drawing upon the subconscious mind, we can link the future you want to new subconscious associations through feelings, visuals, and a new-found control of the mind and body. If what you want in your future is to feel confident, we can go into the subconscious to remember times you had felt confident before. Drawing up that feeling through past experiences to bring it into the present. Allowing you to encompass that feeling now in order to move forward. By utilizing the mind over body connection, clients become empowered to be their best resource for change.
While hypnotherapy is not for everyone, for those who come in with a willingness to participate, a drive to make a difference, and understand that there are no magic buttons when it comes to granting yourself the life you want, change can come much more efficiently and quickly.
As a hypnotherapist I have worked with numerous clients on issues such as anxiety, nail biting, and sleep issues within several sessions that many conventional therapist have worked with clients for years on with minimal success. By tapping into the power of the subconscious mind, one can truly create a dynamic shift in perspective and gain tools that help you help yourself.
Hypnotherapy can be a wonderful adjunct to your therapy process by taking what you work on with your therapist back down into the subconscious mind. Through this dynamic coupling you can begin to really live the life you want. Not just imagine it!
***Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical treatment or psychotherapy. Alexandra Janelli of Theta Spring Hypnosis does not practice medicine or psychotherapy and her services are not a replacement for counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric or medical treatment. No service or product provided is intended to diagnose or treat any disease or illness, psychological or mental health condition.***