Hypnotherapy can help with any issue if there is a component of problematic belief, fear, or habit. Essentially any problem caused by, or rooted in an aspect of mind can be improved if not eliminated through the use of hypnotherapy. Many symptoms that we think of as physical are actually only physical manifestations of issues that are rooted in our deep subconscious mind. Some problems that can be addressed with hypnotherapy are:
Fears and phobias
Insomnia and sleep issues
Chronic health issues
Grief and bereavement
This list is nowhere near exhaustive. If you have an issue or problem that is not listed here and you wonder if hypnotherapy can help, please contact Monarch and ask. We'd be happy to talk to you about it.
Can Hypnotherapy help me?
Can I be hypnotized?
Yes, if you want to be hypnotized, you can be.
Trance states, including hypnosis, are totally natural and are experienced by everyone throughout the day.
Have you ever been reading and arrived at the bottom of the page only to realize that not a word has gone in? Well, you were in a trance state.
Have you ever driven to a destination and upon reflection you can't remember which route you took? Also a trance state.
Have you ever become emotional when watching a play, movie, or listening to a piece of music? Another common trance state.
Every night that you've fallen asleep, and every morning that you wake up you pass through trance states.
The only thing required to go into hypnosis is that you want to go into hypnosis.
The primary characteristic of the subconscious mind is that it is protective.
If, during hypnosis you do not feel safe, your mind will immediately become alert and bring you out of hypnosis.
Essentially, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You are in control at all times. If you don't want to be in hypnosis, you won't go into hypnosis. If you want to go deeper into hypnosis, you will go deeper into hypnosis.
You are always in complete control of your depth of hypnosis.
The role of your hypnotherapist is to collaborate with you on a therapeutic strategy, to facilitate your entry into hypnosis, to guide the therapeutic process while you are in hypnosis, to aid you in emerging from hypnosis in a gradual, safe, and comfortable way, and to debrief and help you to process the whole experience for your benefit.
will I be in control?
The main differences between hypnotherapy and other modalities are; the state of hypnosis, the depth of consciousness, and the speed of resolution.
In most circumstances, the root cause of issues is enfolded deep in the subconscious mind. Many people do not remember, or don't recognize the significance of a cause that is often in the distant past.
Conscious modalities and therapies can sometimes uncover these causes, but for many people consciously knowing where a problem comes from is not enough to address or resolve the problem. In conscious therapies a client can begin to feel like they are rehashing their story over and over again without feeling any resolution or benefit from doing so.
Because the first step in hypnotherapy is immersion in the subconscious mind - the state of hypnosis; the clients symptom guides the therapy directly to its root cause in the deep subconscious. Here, the hypnotherapist guides the client through a powerful process to address, resolve, and release the beliefs, fears, and trauma around the cause.
By releasing the foundation of the issue or problem, the symptoms of that issue simply stop. With hypnotherapy this doesn't take months or years - it happens fast. You can expect to see some concrete results after just a few sessions.
If a client has been doing conscious therapies and then comes for hypnotherapy, results are often even faster. The client knows what needs to be addressed, and even how to address it. The hypnotherapist simply facilitates that process happening where it needs to happen - in the deep subconscious mind. The speed and power of results in such cases often surprises my clients.
What is the difference between hypnotherapy and other modalities?
Will I remember what happens in hypnotherapy?
Stories about amnesia after hypnosis are most often associated with stage hypnosis, and are much like the experience of amnesia after a night of drinking during which a person may have done things it's just more convenient to forget ever happened.
Your hypnotherapist will never ask you to do anything you will find embarrassing, so there is no need to forget.
Quite the contrary! An important part of the therapeutic relationship in hypnotherapy is being able to reflect, debrief, and integrate what is being uncovered and processed while in hypnosis.
There is no point in engaging in a deep and powerful process if the client isn't going to remember any of it!
Hypnosis is a state of trance in which the filter of the conscious mind (the critical faculty) is bypassed. In the state of hypnosis the subconscious mind comes to the fore, and the client is much more suggestible.
Hypnotherapy is a modality of psychotherapy that takes place while the client is in hypnosis.
A hypnotist is an individual that is trained in techniques of inducing a hypnotic state, and has learned techniques in utilizing direct and indirect suggestion to address symptoms, habits, and behaviours. Hypnosis and suggestion alone can sometimes facilitate change, but those changes can be short lived because the underlying motivation - the why - is not uncovered or addressed.
A hypnotherapist on the other hand is extensively trained in inducing the hypnotic state, as well as guiding clients through many processes to uncover, address, and release the underlying motivations and causes for the problems they are experiencing. After the cause has been addressed direct and indirect suggestion is used to reinforce the changes that have been made.
Before proceeding with hypnotherapy, know who you are working with. Ask about their training. A good course of hypnotherapist training takes a year or more to become confident and competent with the various techniques.
Hypnosis vs. hypnotherapy
Hypnotist vs. hypnotherapist
Hypnotherapy works quickly. I expect to see some tangible results with my clients within three (3) sessions. With some issues it takes more sessions to fully reach my clients goal, but after three hypnotherapy sessions you will be seeing some results.
how long before I see results?
We will begin with a free 90 minute consultation. I'll explain a model of the mind from the hypnotherapy perspective, and I'll address any questions or concerns that you may have about hypnosis. I will interview you about the reason that you have come to explore hypnotherapy, and through conversation we can explore whether there is a good fit, trust, and rapport to proceed. If so, we will arrange hypnotherapy sessions.
In your first 60 minute hypnotherapy session, I will bring you into hypnosis and guide you through an exploration of the hypnotic environment. You will experience what it feels like, and learn how your subconscious mind will communicate with you while you are in hypnosis. While you are in hypnosis, we will create some tools and resources that we can use in subsequent sessions. My goal in your first session is for you to have a deep and positive experience of hypnosis.
Your second session is when our work begins. Based on our previous interview and conversation, we will collaborate on a strategy and direction to uncover and address the underlying causes and motivations behind the problem or issue you are experiencing. Once you are in hypnosis, we allow your subconscious mind to lead the way through the process. With each session you will become more familiar with being in hypnosis, you will find it easier to go into hypnosis, and you will find the therapeutic processes more and more effective and powerfully transformative.
From here, the process is led by what is discovered and addressed in each session.
What can I expect when I begin hypnotherapy?
During hypnotherapy sessions with young children (mostly 8 years old and younger), Niki weaves suggestive language with engaging movement games, drawing exercises, imaginative play and stories that allow and encourage new and healthy ways of thinking and feeling. The duration of a session may be anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.
What does hypnotherapy look like with young children?
Hypnotherapy sessions with adolescents are very similar to sessions with adults. While each child is unique in their methods and timing of development, often by the age of 10 or 11 children are capable and excited to engage in formal hypnosis. After all, it’s pretty cool!
What does hypnotherapy look like with adolescents?
Hypnotherapy is highly effective for developing self-awareness and self-confidence. While that is precisely what most parents want for their children, it will take time for the whole family to adapt and be comfortable with changes, even positive ones, in their child. You, as a parent, may be asked to participate in a hypnotherapy session with your child, on your own, or simply have ongoing face to face conversations with the therapist.