This guide will help you understand why hypnosis is an efficient, safe and modern treatment that addresses many problems. Through hypnosis, our clients have quit smoking, managed healthy weight loss, addressed and tackled fears, phobias and worries and become more confident in their social and professional spheres. Hypnosis has also helped them change the way they deal with stress-inducing situations, allowing them to re-think old habits and behaviours, turn procrastination into motivation, sleep better, reduce stress and gain better focus for work and study.
What Can Hypnosis Help With?
We can help with many problems:
- Stopping smoking and other addictions such as alcohol
- Managing weight
- Fears, phobias and anxiety
- Stress reduction
- Improved sleep
- Overcoming fear of public speaking
- Becoming more confident with the opposite sex
- Improved memory and study skills
- Erectile problems, premature ejaculation or inability to orgasm
- Pain control (with a doctor’s referral)
- Painless child birth
- Stopping nail biting and other habits
- Sales motivation
- Sports improvement
We also work with children for issues like school improvement, sports improvement, study skills, exam anxiety and more. Children are usually easier to hypnotize, and one of our hypnotists, Kate Gardiner, specializes in pediatric hypnosis.
How it works in a nutshell: The Two Keys to Effective Hypnosis
Hypnosis can be defined in two parts:
- Bypass the critical faculty of the conscious mind, and
- Establish acceptable selective thinking.
What is the critical faculty?
The critical faculty is the part of your conscious mind that judges, analyzes and evaluates what other people say. While these are all vital thought processes, they can also often make you rationalize unhealthy or negative thoughts, habits and behaviours instead of examining them honestly. By bypassing this part of the mind under hypnosis, a client is free to think in a non-judgemental, honest and uncritical manner about their lives, choices and actions.
What is acceptable selective thinking?
Selective thinking occurs when a person adopts wholeheartedly a new way of thinking or reacting to a problem. By definition, selective thinking is uncritical, as it is generated and established only after the critical faculty is bypassed. The client must be amenable to this new way of thinking in order for it to be effective.
Under these two key conditions, we have hypnosis. A client under hypnosis experiences a variety of hypnotic phenomena, such as heightened imagination, heightened memory and altered perceptions. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnotic phenomena and targeted suggestions to achieve beneficial change.
How Easy is It to Be Hypnotized?
Whether they realize it or not, people willingly enter into hypnosis all the time. For example, in order to enjoy a film you must allow your critical faculty to be bypassed (in this case we call it “suspension of disbelief”). In such a situation you welcome the suspension of your critical faculty in order to enjoy the film. It’s only then that you can be affected emotionally and intellectually by the film—an effect that often lasts for days.
Although most people can enter into hypnosis quickly, being in hypnosis is only the first step to achieving lasting change. What matters more is the work your hypnotherapist does with you once you’re in hypnosis. While there are too many methods to describe on this page, we have begin to describe a few of our methods here.
The Elman Induction
At the Morpheus Clinic for Hypnosis our associates typically use the Elman induction technique to bring clients into hypnosis; the Elman induction allows most clients to enter hypnosis within four minutes. It includes built-in tests to ensure that the client has passed Level 3 on the Arons scale for hypnosis, which allows for deep hypnotic phenomena to be elicited. By adding contingencies for each test, our hypnotists ensure that every client reaches a usable level of hypnosis.
What Happens During Hypnosis
Getting into hypnosis only takes the first five minutes of your session. Once you’re in hypnosis, change occurs because of the suggestions we give and the processes we guide you through. Here are some techniques we might use in hypnosis:
Direct suggestion: This is what most people think of when they think of hypnosis. Direct suggestion means that hypnotist makes suggestions such as “Every breath of fresh air makes you feel healthy, proud and strong” or “You find it easy to move on from past mistakes.”
Age regression: During age regression (not past-life regression), we uncover the causes of emotional reactions, limiting beliefs and bad habits, and help you bring a fresh new perspective to your past.
Parts therapy: Most problems have a benefit on the flip side (for example, smoking helps people to relax, and fears prevent people from getting hurt). With parts therapy, we explore these positive intentions so that we can ensure your needs are met after you make the change you want.
Forgiveness: The inability to forgive yourself or others causes past hurts or mistakes to affect the way you feel in the present. We have a systematic process for helping people reach forgiveness for others and themselves so that they can move past anger, shame or guilt.
Visualization: Entire books have been written about the power of visualization. In hypnosis, we ask you to visualize success so that it starts to feel obvious, motivating and attainable.
These are the techniques we use most frequently, but the possibilities of what might occur during hypnosis are limited only by our imagination.