hypnotherapy: what is it?
by Laura Zohman MA LDN CHT
If you were to ask friends, "What is hypnosis and what does a hypnotist do?", most would not know. Some may have seen hypnosis presentations on television or stage, where participants may be asked to do some rather odd things. After seeing stage hypnosis, one might think hypnotists can control others and hypnosis is magic, comedy or just plain silly. This is not true.
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind which we experience daily. The hypnotic state happens to all of us when we are relaxed. It occurs in the twilight of waking up and going to sleep, in meditation, prayer and daydreaming. And yes, it can happen while driving or watching T.V.
It is at these times the brain slows down and the conscious mind becomes quiet. The conscious mind is the structured, analytical, logical, and rational part of the brain. The unconscious mind, the non-logical computer part of the brain, stores our memories, emotions, beliefs and behaviors. Many of these patterns originated in the past. Some we acquired as children. For example; if you were told at age 3 you would catch cold when you got your feet wet, and now 30 years later you are still getting sick from wet feet; that belief is stored in your unconscious and is still active.
Hypnotherapy assists in overcoming old negative emotions, beliefs, attitudes and reactions which are no longer useful. By communicating with and reprogramming the unconscious, positive changes are allowed to happen.
role of the Hypnotherapist is like the role of a teacher. By
communicating directly with the client's
positive thoughts may be taught to replace old negative thinking.
however, is always formulated by the body, mind and spirit
of the client. Transformation happens thru a willingness
the client to create change.