Let's begin by defining hypnotherapy. According to founder of Rapid Trauma Resolution, Dr. Jon Connelly, it is “a purposeful communication utilizing connection, credibility and effective language to get the desired response from the subconscious.”
Myths about hypnosis abound and your success in understanding it lies in having a clear picture of what it is not. Hypnosis is not being asleep, unconscious or out of it...it is not losing control, giving up control or being controlled. It has nothing to do with the power of suggestion and does not require concentration or even relaxation.
Have you ever shed a tear at the sad part of a movie or jump during a scary part? Do you ever yawn after seeing someone else yawn? Does your mouth ever water when thinking about or seeing a particular food?
Each of the above is an example of a hypnotic response. You did not do these things consciously. Each response is directed by your subconscious. Hypnosis is simply coaxing your subconscious to respond in the way you want it to.
A most common misunderstanding about hypnosis is the idea that to learn from or influence the subconscious mind you must be rid of the conscious mind. This is why people think someone who is hypnotized is unconscious. That is not factual. When you jumped during the movie or yawned you were certainly conscious and you will be conscious of everything happening in an altered state of consciousness as well.
A hypnotic approach makes sense in dealing with the issue you have been concerned about. After all, you have not been deciding to have the problem so how could you possibly have decided not to? Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution is an approach responded to by all parts of your mind so the changes you desire take place naturally.
Much research is currently being done on Clinical Hypnotherapy. According to Hypnotherapy: More Uses Than You May Have Realized, which appeared in the November/December 2013 issue of the professional Journal of The American Association for Marriage and Family, hypnotherapy brings a range of skills into the therapy room that can expand the scope of practice for Marriage and Family Therapists and their clients.
Problems treated with hypnotherapy from that article include:
A special thank you to Dr. Jon Connelly, LCSW Creator and Founder of Rapid Trauma Resolution Therapy, for allowing an excerpt from his article, Clinical Hypnosis: A Natural Approach to Increasing Mind's Responsiveness.
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