Anyone who has benefitted in hypnotherapy will tell you that it takes some courage, and a lot of work, to benefit from the deep and profound healing hypnotherapy sessions have to offer. While the actual process of hypnosis isn’t especially rigorous, what happens when a client is hypnotized can seem to be daunting, at least until it is fully experienced.
Why might clients think hypnotherapy is scary? Here are some of the things they might fear:
If your clients express these concerns, you can tell them:
The Cleveland Clinic defines hypnosis and hypnotherapy almost synonymously, but there are differences, especially when it comes to Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy™. The state of hypnosis is present in both instances, but the experience of hypnotherapy takes it one step further.
In hypnosis, the therapist may take the client into the hypnotic state and merely offer suggestions to help modify behavior. In Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy™ the client is invited to relate feelings or conditions they have in the present to past experiences through the process of age regression. In an age regressed state, clients can express emotions that had previously been stifled or suppressed. What was held in can come out and reframed, giving the client freedom from the cycles of unconscious impulses that encroach on their present lives.
Is this always a simple, easy process? It’s true that doing the actual work can be somewhat painful, but the results are so profound and lasting, they are well worth the effort. When the hypnotherapy client regresses to a traumatic memory, expressing the emotions—fear, anger, sadness, abandonment, jealousy, hurt—allows these locked-away feelings to be released. Doing this often relieves somatic symptoms, and clears emotional blocks, as well.
Once the emotions are expressed, the Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy™ process gives clients a chance to identify the “Old conclusions” they made, such as “I am helpless,” or “I am worthless.” Then, they are invited to see how these faulty beliefs influenced their behavior. Perhaps those who feel helpless let others dominate them, or the clients who feel worthless hide or indulge in self-sabotaging behavior, including addictions.
The healing portion of the session lets the client connect with this younger version of the self, and console it by giving loving words and positive messages. Then the client goes back to the old conclusions and old behaviors to reframe them. Now, “I am helpless” becomes “I am capable,” and “I let others dominate me” transforms into “I have clear boundaries and stand up for myself.”
Hypnotherapy is definitely a valuable experience for clients, and a powerful tool for therapists. Clients experience liberation from the internal prison of having their current lives disrupted by traumatic memories. They have the opportunity to change the way they see themselves, and live more healthy and productive lives. They can be more spontaneous, playful, and joyful when they experience this newly found freedom.
Therapists have the opportunity to watch clients go deep into their subconscious, accelerating the process of identifying and working to heal trauma. Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy™ also gives therapists ways to use more creativity and empathy than talk therapy can. Of course, you can use hypnotherapy as a way of enhancing your talk therapy sessions with clients. It is bound to change the way that your clients respond to you, and will most definitely change the trajectory of their progress and point it toward living life with passion and contentment.
You can learn hypnotherapy in six days at The Wellness Institute. Our Six-Day Training and Certification Program provides you with the knowledge and experience you need to incorporate hypnotherapy into your practice in a remarkably short period of time. Didactic material is augmented by experiential instruction. Under the supervision of highly trained Heart-Centered Hypnotherapists, you’ll get to experience being a client, an observer, and a therapist twice in the six-day period. After the program is over, you’ll complete your practice sessions, and be all set to use hypnotherapy in your work. It doesn’t end there, though.
The Wellness Institute offers many opportunities for you to continue your journey toward personal transformation. The Advanced Internship deepens clinical skills and enhances your own healing process. The Personal Transformation (PTI) Leadership Program trains and qualifies you to lead groups consisting of clients and people in your community toward greater personal growth. The Mentorship Program, our most advanced level of study, takes you on a journey through the work of Carl Jung, as you continue to develop as a clinician and grow as a human being. In addition to hypnotherapy, our advanced programs include experience and instruction in Heart-Centered Energetic Psychodrama and Heart-Centered Breathwork.
The Wellness Institute has been on the cutting edge of hypnotherapy training for decades, and now that our programs are offered online, you can learn from the comfort of your own office, and develop the skills necessary to conduct your own sessions and PTI programs remotely.
Don’t wait any longer to gain the depth of healing hypnotherapy can give you and your clients.