What is Hypnotherapy?
One sits comfortably reclined in a softly lit office. Silently listening to the practitioner with eyes closed, they find the body relaxing more and more.
Guided by the calm and confident voice, the client allows their mind to let go and turn inward. Becoming drowsy the client will notice a mildly curious
floating sensation in the body, as if they are not really sitting in the chair anymore, but rather floating - in the air, or in water. The voice talking gradually
becomes more distant, and they even find themselves forgetting that it is there... but somehow the soothing voice continues to take effect, gently and
almost automatically. As the client relaxes even further, their awareness of where they are, why they are there in your office, and who is speaking to them,
recedes into the back of the mind. For in this time, this instance the client is content with effortlessly allowing the voice to act on them, and with enjoying
this state of profound relaxation and deep calm... The client is having a typical hypnotic experience.
Hypnosis is a helping tool. Hypnosis has countless uses in psychotherapy, psychiatry and various medical specialties. The use of hypnotic techniques by
practitioners has increased steadily in recent years because hypnosis is gaining widespread acceptance as a safe, reliable, effective and comfortable
alternative to other, more traditional methods. In the modern climate of skyrocketing health care costs, hypnosis is also proving invaluable as an aid in
speeding recovery from physical and mental problems.
Clinical hypnosis is, however, by no means a new healing tool. The first uses of hypnosis by health professionals occurred more than two hundred years
ago! There are many good reasons to seek the services of those skilled in the use of hypnosis. Hypnotic techniques are effective in speeding the process
of therapy. Hypnosis is used effectively to facilitate patients' understanding of themselves or their problems, extinguish unfortunate habits, uncover
repressed or forgotten memories, reduce anxiety and fears, PTSD and develop a new and more adaptive outlook.
In medicine and health psychology, hypnosis is used to effectively treat irritable bowel syndrome, reduce pain and discomfort associated with medical
procedures such as childbirth, treatment of burns, and surgery where anesthesia cannot be used effectively. It is also used to treat chronic pain and
weight loss management, smoking cessation and psychosomatic problems. It can counter unhealthy habits that contribute to illness.
In dentistry, hypnotic analgesia is an effective needleless alternative to topical
anesthetic drugs, reduces bleeding and discomfort in oral surgery, and is used to treat teeth grinding and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.
I believe that life is a combination of determinism and free will. There are undoubtedly events that happen in life that are painful, sudden, and unwanted. Our free will is involved with how we choose to respond to the inevitable pain of life (as well as the joy). I believe that we are all fully responsible for our behaviors, even though we often “didn’t ask for” many of the individual obstacles that we must overcome. Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching tells us that while we didn’t ask for many of our problems, it is still up to us to solve them.
By integrating principles of Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Practices, EFT/Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique), NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming), Guided Meditation, as well as ongoing support through Life Coaching we gain clarity.
It is by setting our intentions, we become our own self-guided resource for ourselves and the community at large.
I hope to encourage the ongoing process of becoming more “present” and cognizant of the freedom to choose alternative behaviors that may lead to greater joy, healing and meaning. -Caren R. Lehe, CCHt, CPLC, IHAP