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About Hypnosis, Clinical Hypnotherapy, and EFT

About Hypnosis

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.

About Hypnotherapy

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  It is important to make sure that our subconscious mind is serving us and not running our lives with outdated emotionalized scripts and beliefs and undesirable behaviors.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 for:

Pain Control: 
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%. (See Resources)

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.
"Marilyn supported 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 progress.


Disclaimer: Before seeking hypnotherapy for medical conditions it is imperative that you see your medical practitioner first for a proper diagnosis.  The hypnotherapy services provided by Center of the Universe Hypnotherapy do not constitute the practice of medicine. Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment, but is complementary to conventional medicine.  If you have mental disabilities or a mental illness, please seek psychiatric care.

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