CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY

Clinical hypnosis is defined as an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used, by licensed and trained doctors or masters prepared individuals, for treating a psychological or physical problem. It is a highly relaxed state. Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention.

This means not dangling pendulums or no candles.you are in complete control of your behavior and responses.Its more of an experiential therapy.

Let me take you through the complete process of Hypnosis for you to understand the process better and appreciate it.

THE PROCESS OF HYPNOSIS

John McGrail, C.Ht. (Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist) gives expert video advice on: What happens during a typical hypnosis session?; What can I expect while I discuss my hypnosis goals with a hypnotherapist?; What is happening to me when I am in a hypnotic trance? and more…

WHAT STEPS TAKE PLACE DURING HYPNOSIS?

You are very gently guided to a complete state of physical and mental relaxation. It starts with counting down numbers or staring a particular point whatever you are comfortable with. This process is very easy for people who are used to any form of meditation. For a few with resistant mind it may get a little lengthier in the first session but once you have a feel of it, the following sessions become very easy. once you enter the state of total ease and relaxation , the therapist will deepen that state through suggestions-allowing the body to grow very quiet and still, further deepening to allow the mind to go very, very focused ..Down to a state of sometimes called as somnambulism.A state between complete consciousness and sleep. A state where you are in control of your thoughts and actions unlike in sleep. This is a state where the conscious mind is suppressed and the sub conscious mind takes over to bring out the issues that need to be addressed and healed. When we are done and you are ready to come back, we gently reintegrate your mind and body, to become very alert – open your eyes with a smile-and you back.

QUESTIONNAIRES

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME WHEN I AM IN A HYPNOTIC TRANCE?

When someone asks me, “What is happening to me when I’m in hypnosis?” what I say is, well, here’s what’s happening. You’re allowing your body to relax. You’re allowing your mind to get very, very quiet and very, very focused. You’re allowing your mind to go into what we call an adaptable or suggestable state. The subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and fantasy, fact or fiction. That’s what allows us to watch a movie which is total illusion and yet feel real emotions. So what’s happening to you is you’re allowing yourself to go into that state of consciousness whereby hypnotic suggestions won’t be interrupted or edited by the critical part of the mind. So if I say, you know what, you’re really starting to feel this overwhelming desire to eat properly and take very good care of yourself, your critical mind that’s used to saying no-no-no-no-no isn’t there to say no-no-no-no-no, and you say, “Okay, that’s sounds good. That’s what’s happening to me.” You’re learning to behave and feel differently than you did before.

WHAT IS A "POSTHYPNOTIC SUGGESTION"?

A posthypnotic suggestion is a suggestion that is given to a client while they are in hypnosis to help effect a change after they come out of hypnosis. For instance, I might say something like, “The harder you try to find that fear of public speaking, the harder that it becomes.” In fact, you find that you cannot find that fear anymore. You are unable to find that fear. Instead, it’s replaced by a feeling of deep calm, centeredness, and peace of mind. If I give that posthypnotic suggestion properly and in the right context, then later on, when the person’s standing up in front of the crowd, their mind will remember, “Oh yes, deep calm. I’m not afraid.” With reinforcement, that becomes the new behaviour.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A HYPNOTHERAPIST GIVES ME A HARMFUL SUGGESTION?

Should a hypnotherapist give a client a harmful suggestion while they’re in trance, first of all they will hopefully be out of business very soon, but what’s going to happen is the client’s going to open their eyes and say, “What are you talking about?” Remember, and it’s important for everyone to know this, no one can be made to do, think, say or feel anything they do not wish to. So if a hypnotherapist were to give a client something that could be harmful to them, they’re instantly going to come out of trance and wake up, and hopefully leave and not pay the person for the session.

WHAT IF I CAN'T BE AWAKENED FROM MY HYPNOTIC TRANCE?

Many people are worried about the fact that they might not be able to be awakened during a hypnotic trance. That’s simply a falousy. It’s impossible not to awaken after a hypnotic trance, just like its impossible not to wake up from a nap or a nights sleep. Unless of course you’ve gone to the other side which in that case there is not much anyone can do.

WHAT IF I CAN'T BE AWAKENED FROM MY HYPNOTIC TRANCE?

Many people are worried about the fact that they might not be able to be awakened during a hypnotic trance. That’s simply a falousy. It’s impossible not to awaken after a hypnotic trance, just like its impossible not to wake up from a nap or a nights sleep. Unless of course you’ve gone to the other side which in that case there is not much anyone can do.

Many often compare a Stage Hypnotist to a Hypnotherapist, and have a lot of myths such as will they turn me to a farm animal and make me do embarrassing things, will I reveal my deepest secrets or I am weak minded, etc.  Again, people are afraid that they will loose self control and support their theory about hypnotism based on stage acts. Stage acts create a myth about hypnosis which disheartens people from looking for genuine hypnotherapy. People also think that they will end up loosing consciousness. The truth is a large number of people remember everything that occurs during hypnosis. This is good, as most of what a hypnotherapist wants to accomplish in hypnosis may be done in a semi-conscious state, where people are likely to remember everything.

A person under Hypnosis is neither helpless nor weak.  Rather it is a state of mind of mind achieved by reaching a space, wherein though you are conscious, you are guided by your sub conscious mind.

Change takes time, and it is not like you will be cured in just one session of hypnotherapy. It generally takes 6 – 10 sessions, varying from person to person, on how quickly one can be cured.

A hypnotherapist is also not overtly dramatic, with animated arm movements and swirling eyes, neither do they try to hypnotize you with a pocket watch. Rather he or she may be as casual as you.

In hypnosis, the patient is not under the control of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is not something that can be forced on an individual, but rather it is what they do for themselves. A hypnotherapist is a guiding force for them to reach a certain state in their mind, that they would not be able to otherwise.