|About Hypnosis, Clinical
Hypnotherapy, and EFT
Hypnosis creates an altered state by deeply
relaxing the mind and body. Hypnosis feels like daydreaming—completely
safe and natural. Your attention is so focused you are barely aware
of your surroundings. My clients know that they are awake, aware
and completely in control, even when they are in a highly suggestible state.
You have the ability to come out of hypnosis whenever you desire.
Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of
the hypnotic trance state. During hypnosis the subconscious mind
is easily accessible. In this natural, but altered state, we can access
our own inner knowledge, or intuition, to help us solve our problems.
We can also bypass the logical, analyzing part of our mind enabling us
to interject new positive ideas and/or helpful imagery to help us achieve
our goals. This is known as suggestion therapy.
The subconscious mind is the larger more
powerful part of our mind and contains our imagination, all of our memories,
our emotions, our autonomic nervous system and our beliefs. It is
important to make sure that our subconscious mind is serving us and not
running our lives with outdated emotionalized scripts and beliefs and undesirable
behaviors. Hypnotherapy can help us accomplish this by giving us
conscious access to these subconsciously held beliefs and behaviors so
they can be amended to serve us better. Sometimes we try to change
using willpower alone, but the willpower is contained in the logical, analyzing,
conscious mind and does not have the ability to affect the subconscious
mind. We need to have the subconscious mind “on board” to help us
create real change in our lives and hypnotherapy is the best avenue to
influence the subconscious in a positive direction.
What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Clinical hypnotherapy utilizes the subconscious
mind to reduce pain, accelerate healing, diminish fear and anxiety, and
relieve suffering. Clinical hypnotherapy is especially effective
Pain is not simply masked as when taking
pain medications. Researchers have found that when using hypnosis
to ease pain, the blood flow is reduced to those areas of the brain where
pain is processed. Therefore, hypnosis can cause an actual physiological
response that reduces pain sensation. (See Resources)
Hypnosis can be used as a form of anesthesia
for surgery, dental work, or natural childbirth. Hypnotherapy techniques
are also useful for chronic pain, pre and post surgical pain, and pain
due to injuries, reducing the need to rely on pain medications. All
sources of pain need to be evaluated by a physician before applying hypnotic
pain reduction techniques.
Pre and Post Surgery Preparation: Studies
show that hypnosis before surgery shortens time spent in surgery, reduces
pain, nausea, and the need for post surgical pain medication, and shortens
recovery times. (See Resources)
Accelerated Healing: Hypnotherapy
for accelerating healing has shortened healing times by as much as 40%.
Serious Diseases and Cancer:
The use of positive healing suggestions and imagery while in hypnosis has
been shown to increase the longevity of cancer patients. (See Resources)
How does Hypnotherapy
Help with Physical Issues?
The autonomic nervous system, which has
control of all your bodily functions, exists within the subconscious mind.
Through hypnosis we can reach the subconscious mind and give beneficial
suggestions/instructions towards healing. We can also gain insight into
the cause of the problem and how to use the mind to create a healing environment.
me perfectly in healing from the debilitation of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
She recorded a personalized self hypnosis CD of suggestions for me. I listened
to the CD two times a day and began to recover more ability to walk and
use my hands. I worked up to hiking on trails for a few miles. A miracle!
I owe a debt of gratitude to Marilyn for her compassion and skill."
C.J., business owner
How does Hypnotherapy
Help with Emotional Issues?
Our subconscious minds are full of positive
and negative beliefs. Our subconscious minds also contain all of our memories,
whether we can bring them up consciously or not. Through hypnosis we can
recall the past and find the source of beliefs that are no longer serving
us; then amend those beliefs. We can also release the emotional charge
from past negative events. By then saturating our minds with positive suggestions
we can accomplish amazing things; we can relieve anxiety, depression, or
insomnia. We can use special techniques to reverse our emotionalized response
to traumas and phobias. We can access our Creative Intelligence for answers
to our problems. Hypnotherapy offers wonderful possibilities for
enhancing our emotional well being.
|"At first I was not
sure I believed in hypnotherapy. I also thought I might not be someone
who could be hypnotized. I decided to give it a try and I was pleasantly
surprised at the results. I was suffering from severe grief over
family problems that had been going on for many years. I knew from
past experience that trying to patch things up only caused the problems
to get worse. My only hope was to find a way to be at peace over
my circumstances as they were. After one session I found that the
truth of my problem was that I still deserved to be happy and to have a
good life. I did not need to blame myself for what happened in the
past. I listen to the CD that Marilyn made for me to help remind
myself of how much I deserve to be happy.
Hypnotherapy can work
for more than just weight loss or to stop smoking. I hope in the
future it will be used to help people with trauma and PTSD issues as well.
Many veterans suffer from PTSD for many years because they cannot talk
about what happened. Under hypnosis, you can more easily talk about
what happened. That is one way to recover from it."
P.A., retired nurse,
former Marine, Seattle
What is EFT?
EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique has
been called “emotional acupuncture without the needles.” It involves
tapping on the endpoints of the acupuncture meridians while focusing on
your issue. EFT is an excellent stress reduction technique that you
can perform on yourself in just a few minutes. It has seemingly endless
therapeutic value for both emotional and physical issues. It frequently
provides relief where other techniques have failed and has a high success
rate (typically 80% or better with a qualified EFT therapist). It
works well on its own and also combines well with hypnotherapy, speeding