WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?

Some of you may be familiar with Hypnotherapy and some many not so this article will help your understanding. Hypnotherapy is Behavior Modification Counseling that provides a powerful and effective means of creating “permanent” lifestyle changes. It is a holistic approach that involves sensory communication between the mind and body.

By combining hypnosis with specialized therapeutic and strategic techniques, I use Hypnotherapy to guide and assist you in releasing old, negative habits and fears that keep you from reaching your desired goals.

Stress & Your Health

The AMA, American Medical Association, has recognized hypnosis as a valid medical treatment for certain conditions since 1958. By using complementary and alternative medicine treatments such as hypnosis, Hypnotherapists can help promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness.

Most people think of stress as the “demands of life.” These demands can come in many forms and a have direct affect on your mind, body and emotional health. Anything can become stressful if it is strong enough, long lasting and is repeated too often.

People under significant stress are at high risk for addictions, eating disorders, smoking, depression, career burnout, insomnia and physical injury or illness and more. Hypnotherapy has been clinically proven to be an effective holistic approach for Stress Management, Behavioral Modification and Optimal Health.

Hypnosis & The Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic uses hypnosis as a psychological and medical therapy to help relieve symptoms of some diseases and conditions. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed and you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions.

According to specialists, during hypnosis “clients can tap into and use their inner resources, make personal changes and learn how to manage their lives more effectively." Hypnosis is intended to help you gain more control over undesired behaviors or emotions or to help you cope better with a wide range of medical conditions. Hypnosis is considered a type of holistic psychotherapy. It’s a clinical procedure typically used along with certain treatments and therapies to help a wide variety of conditions.

If you’ve ever seen hypnotism used as entertainment in a stage act, you’ve probably witnessed several of the myths about hypnosis in action. Legitimate clinical hypnotherapy practiced by a qualified professional is not the same process as that performed on stage.

When using Hypnotherapy in a positive setting with an experienced therapist, you will be able to have successful lifestyles changes for your personal and professional life.

Facts & Myths of Hypnosis

What society knows about hypnosis is usually what they have seen on TV or in the movies where a person is under someone’s “spell.” While that works great on film, it is far from the truth of what really happens in a Hypnotherapy session with a certified professional. Hypnosis is a natural state of the mind and when combined with effective suggestions, can assist a person with desired changes in their life.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HYPNOSIS

What does Hypnosis feel like?
Since hypnosis is a very natural state that we access every day, some people may feel as if nothing has happened in the session while others notice various physiological changes in their body. Your breathing will get deeper and you may even feel warm, cool or a tingling sensation. You will have an overall feeling of well being at the end of the session and the process is usually very comfortable. All senses are heightened while under hypnosis.

I went to a hypnotherapist once before and it didn’t work.  Does this mean I cannot be hypnotized?
Hypnosis is a natural state that we have access to all day long. When you drive down the road and miss a turn or get lost in a movie or your favorite song, those are all states of hypnosis. The most common reason for failure to induce trance is lack of rapport and explanation of the state, or a Hypnotherapist without proper training who is using incomplete methods. Always check with the education and background of a new hypnotherapist before committing to a session.

Will I lose all control of my mind and body and do silly things?
No, you won’t say or do anything that you don’t want to. You will not start clucking like a chicken or break out in a Michael Jackson dance. If you were given suggestions that you don’t morally agree with, you would come out of hypnosis and your mind will mentally block those suggestions. Hypnosis is not a control state, it is an agreeable state for the mind and body to shift its perspective in life.

When I am ‘under’ will I be asleep?
The word Hypnosis comes from Greek origin meaning a “sleep-like state,” however you will not be asleep, nor will you be unconscious. You will be aware of everything that is happening and what is being said the whole time, however, you will be so deeply relaxed that you may find yourself drifting into different levels of awareness.

Will I remember everything afterwards?
Most people do remember either everything or certain parts of the experience depending on how deep your mind goes. You will find that suggestions which have been given to you in hypnosis will resurface in your conscious, thinking mind after your session and these will be the thoughts that produce changes in your behavior or way of thinking and feeling.

Are you going to regress me to remember trauma from my past? 
Unlike what you see in the movies, a well-trained Hypnotherapist rarely uses a “regression technique” to uncover subconscious memories. It is not necessary to go digging around in the mind to find out the how, why and what has made you who you are today. Hypnosis is a tool, that when properly used, allows for suggestions, visualization and metaphors to release the associations of the past that are affecting you in present time. This enables us to work on a brighter future in your personal and professional life.

Can I be hypnotized against my will?
No, since you are still consciously aware of the process, you cannot be put under hypnosis against your will. At the same time, you also cannot be hypnotized to do something that you really don’t want to do for yourself. For example, if your partner wants you to quit smoking but you are not ready to, your mind will block the suggestion with your own resistance and you will remain a smoker after the session.

How many sessions will it take to reach my goal?
The length of Hypnotherapy will be determined by your conscious will power , desire to change a behavior and how you handle your subconscious mind’s need for resistance. Some clients seek relief in as little as a couple sessions, while others feel it is a benefit for ongoing therapy for as long as they desire. Typically, a hypnosis client will be in counseling less time than with a psychologist or MFT. It is recommended that a new client work with a Hypnotherapist for a minimum of 4 to 8 sessions that are one week apart.

Are Hypnotherapists licensed doctors?
No. Hypnotherapists are “certified counselors” that specialize in general self-improvement with behavior modification. There is no licensing in this profession, nor can a Hypnotherapist call themselves a Doctor or PhD without legitimate medical training from a college program and have completed state licensing exams.

What are the benefits of using hypnosis?
If you are ready to make a change in your life and have tried other methods for achieving your goals without satisfaction, then Hypnotherapy may be right for you. While hypnosis does work quickly, it is not magic and results will not occur overnight in most cases.

They say that it takes 21 days to change a habit in the subconscious mind. The benefits of hypnosis creates “Trance-Formations.” Use hypnosis to overcome self-defeating behaviors, negative habits and learn to manage all aspects of your life effectively and holistically.

PAST LIFE REGRESSON

Past Life Regression has been featured on “Oprah” with Dr. Brian Weiss and has allowed us an opportunity to look beyond our current reality and into what “could have been” before. Past Life therapy can assist in healing trauma, pain, illness, fears, habits, addictions, phobias and more. Some people come in for a PLR session to have a clearer understanding of their life purpose on earth this time around.

Past Life Regression not only has the potential for allowing an individual to recall the past experiences, but it also opens the door to deeper levels of the mind where communication between the spiritual and logical self takes place. It is through this access that we can understand who and what were are in relation to the universal connection.

Are you ready to go within to seek truth to the answers you are looking for? Do you wonder what happens after you make your transition from life? Does destiny and meaning exist and what is it's function?

These are questions that have been pondered by religious leaders, scholars, scientists and lay people for centuries. Past Life Regression is a valuable tool for therapy whether you are the individual seeking to help yourself, or the professional who is in the business of helping others.

Past Lives & Present Symptoms:

Many times the symptoms we feel are said to be “all in your head” by a doctor. If there are no physiological or psychology reasons for the issue, then past-life exploration would be a wonderful way to uncover cell memory of a past trauma. Often a Past Life Regression can reveal the “root cause” of a present symptom, injury or chronic illness. A fear of water could be related to a drowning in a past-life. Birthmarks and deformities could be the physical point of entrance in the body at the time death, such as a stabbing or gun shot wound.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is Past-Life Regression?

PLR is a form of therapy that allows healing and communication between our spiritual and psychological self. Omar uses past life regression as a tool to fully understand a current issue and to seek closure with the information revealed. When a core issue is uncovered that stems from a previous life and resolved the symptoms in this life will often disappear.

What about Future Lives and Life in Between?

Hypnosis can also be used in a therapeutic setting to access future lives and information on what happens to your soul, spirit or energy while ”in-between lives.” Regression to a past event in our current life and future progression occurs naturally. We can access the future of our life when we do progressive visualization for goals we want to achieve in our present life. When desiring to go the “in-between” place, many people are searching for answers about their life purpose and existence on the planet.

How does Past Life Regression work?

Hypnosis is used to access memories that are stored from the beginning of time up until the present. They say that all memories are cellular energy. The subconscious mind is not limited by imposing boundaries of logic, time or space. Past Life Regression is a therapeutic tool used to understand and heal current symptoms of physical, mental and emotional issues. Open-ended questions will be asked to gently guide you into an experience that is right for you. It may take more than one session for a client to go deep enough to access a past life.

Is the information real or imagined?

It is not uncommon for people to question whether they have made up or imagined their experiences while in hypnosis. Regardless of whether you believe the experiences are real or imagined and whether you believe in the validity of past lives, there can be symptom relief or healing. Everyone experiences this in a personal way based on his or her belief system. It is important to keep an open mind during your session without trying to analyze what you feel. Don’t ignore first impressions or flashes of information. As the regression progresses and with practice, images or impressions will become stronger. Be open and be curious. The mind is very powerful and can reveal a lot if you are ready for it.

What will I be able to experience?

When Omar instructs you to walk through your present state and into a past life time you may experience one of several different reactions:

  • You may see yourself clearly or you may only see quick impressions.
  • You may experience being in another body in another time – living their life
  • You may have a knowing about past information without full visual details
  • You may hear sounds and feel what is around you.
  • You may not see anything, but “feel” as if someone is telling you what is happening.
  • You may get impressions before the therapist asks the questions.
  • You may not experience anything at all in session, but have information revealed in dreams

Can I get stuck in a Past Life? Will I bring back bad experiences when I come out of hypnosis?

Just like it is not possible to get stuck in hypnosis – you cannot get stuck in a past life. This form of therapy is what we call an “exercise in remembering…” If at any time an image or feeling is uncomfortable, you will be able to “float above the scene” or detach from the experience. You are in complete control and will take only what you need to get out of the session for healing and growth and leave all negative events behind.

Regression work is for those interested in delving very deep into subconscious psyche to uncover past-life connections, soul mates, fears, traumas and current life issues that cannot be resolved.  Many people are also curious about what happens in the future and in between lives, working with their spirit guides and to have a deeper understanding of their life purpose.