What is hypnotherapy? It is the use of hypnosis in therapy. The once alternative method of healing has been gaining formal recognition by the global medical community, including the American Psychological Association and British Psychological Society, as a method for alleviating stress, anxiety, and pain management.
What is the purpose of using hypnosis in therapy?
Hypnosis in therapy has been shown to increase a person’s ability to reach deeper into the subconscious and find the root cause of issues and trauma; it has the ability to bring deep healing as an integrated part of a course of therapy. It is used for a large range of therapeutic healing for challenges such as trauma, anxiety, stress, loss, abuse, depression, PTSD, inner blocks, connection with higher self, and more. Researchers are also testing the use of this therapy as an enhancement to life changes such as weight reduction, smoking cessation, and habit change.
What can I expect during a hypnotherapy session?
The experience during this therapy will vary from patient to patient, but is commonly described as "very relaxing" and "enjoyable". During a session, a trained hypnotherapist will guide their client through a series of relaxation exercises for the body and mind. Even if you are someone that has a hard time relaxing, hypnosis in therapy has been helping many patients to reach a deeper, more restful state.
From my experience as a hypnotherapist, depending on what the purpose of the session is, it can yield many great "a-ha" moments, clearing, and healing that are described as being "greatly needed". It is common to feel better and happier following a single session.
How do I choose a good therapist?
It is important to note that there is a difference between hypnotists and hypnotherapists. When looking for a hypnotherapist, the following tips can help you find the right one for you:
- Look for people who practice the therapy on a regular basis. Some offer it among many other modalities, and do therapy sessions only sometimes, therefore may not very skilled in the craft.
- Look for someone that has a lot of experience in the field. Someone who has been doing it for at least a couple of years, or had many clients.
- It does help to have a good background in Psychology or similar fields.
- Use your gut feeling, notice if you are drawn to a certain practitioner. Follow your intuition.
- You are worth the investment in yourself. I would suggest to not determine who you choose solely based on price — look at their credentials, experience and other factors as well.
- Make sure you connect. Try a session with someone, if you like them, continue to work with them. If you are not feeling that they worked out for you, try another practitioner. The range of styles and personalities is vast.
Can hypnotherapy be done remotely?
Absolutely! The actual session is perfect for online therapy, because is done mostly with eyes closed anyway, so all you need is a good phone service, or internet connection. Whether you choose to have a session remotely or in-person, make sure that you have a quiet space where you will not be disturbed, and a place you can relax such as a bed, couch, or recliner. I have even had people do few sessions remotely, in their car (while parked in a safe area) and simply putting headphones on their phone, reclining the seat and enjoying. A good hypnotherapist would know to ask you how are you feeling, and what are you experiencing throughout the session.
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Harry Kroner, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Psychology, brings a unique blend of techniques together that work on all levels of your being. Emerging as a leading expert in spiritual hypnotherapy, and deep emotional healing, Harry practices the Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique. To find out more about the topic or consult with Harry, you can message him directly through his profile here.
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