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Using hypnosis (Carin Friedman 8/31/11)

August 31, 2011


by Carin Friedman


     Imagine a simple, harmless, non-evasive treatment that can resolve a multitude of

emotional and physical symptoms.  Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, is a mind-body technique

that has the potential to bring about remarkable and enduring healing quickly – often in as

little as one to three sessions.  In this present time of obvious stress and considerable life

challenges, hypnotherapy can potentially bring about life altering change and

address a wide range of psychological needs for many individuals.

Dealing with Stress

Humanity appears to be in the midst of significant change – economically, politically,

technologically, environmentally, psychologically, and spiritually.  The field of mental

health needs to be an integral part of addressing these challenges and transformations.

Health care providers are encountering countless individuals and families who are

currently in tremendous need psychologically as they face a variety of major life stressors

and attempt to cope with these multiple issues.  At the same time, practitioners and

patients need to open their minds to alternative modes of therapy to align with this “New

Age” and address these issues more effectively and efficiently.

Relaxed Concentration

Hypnosis, which is basically achieving a relaxed state of focused concentration, has

been used in one form or another for thousands of years.  The ancient Egyptians,

Greeks, and Romans used the induction of trance states in their religious and healing

practices.  Its modern use dates back to a Viennese doctor, Franz Anton Mesmer, who

used hypnosis to treat a variety of emotional and physical problems in the 1700’s.  A

century later, the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, wrote about practiced

hypnosis extensively.  He used free association, relaxation techniques, and formal

hypnosis in an attempt to facilitate individuals to reach deeper levels of

consciousness as part of their emotional healing, or catharsis.

To date, hypnotherapy has been used to treat an extensive range of issues, such as

curing headaches…smoking cessation…eliminating nausea…decreasing anxiety and

depression…even improving one’s golf game.  There are numerous hypnotherapeutic

techniques, all aimed at  reduction or elimination of

distressing symptoms through the re-programming of the deeper levels of consciousness.

Research in this area has increased dramatically in recent years and is yielding promising results.

Regression Therapy

One form of clinical hypnotherapy I find particularly useful is referred to as

“regression therapy”. Regression Therapy involves guiding an individual back in time for

the purpose of emotional and/or physical healing.  It is an often remarkably effective form of

treatment that aims to uncover the root cause or causes of symptoms that are presently

causing distress and resolve that symptom or set of symptoms permanently.  I have

successfully used regression therapy for several years as a psychotherapeutic tool to

address nearly the full range of emotional and physical disorders and symptoms.

Regression therapy can be used to treat chronic pain, emotional trauma, unresolved

grief, phobias, anxiety, panic, depression, low self-esteem, and relationship issues.

Furthermore, it is an excellent tool for those seeking deeper self understanding or

spiritual growth.  In regression therapy, the therapist uses an induction such as

progressive relaxation to help the patient achieve a relaxed state of focused concentration.

Then, he or she guides the patient back in time to retrieve memories that may still be

negatively influencing the patient’s present life experience – oftentimes the source of the

patient’s present symptoms.  Whereas traditional talk therapies often require long periods

of time to yield positive change, regression therapy commonly leads to significant,

positive results in a single to  a few sessions.  This may be because it adds a very personal

experience component to the psychotherapeutic process.

Deep Relaxation and Emotional Healing

Some psychotherapists believe that all individuals have the innate capacity for

achieving deeply relaxed states as well as emotional and physical well-being.

Moreover, even those who appear to have limited ability or difficulty relaxing can still

achieve adequate relaxation levels for healing to occur – with proper technique and

practice.  In addition, therapists can teach patients how to self-hypnotize, meditate, and

practice relaxation techniques at home for continuity of practice and maintenance of inner

peace and well-being.

In any capacity, hypnosis and regression therapy are powerful mind-body techniques

that can lead to significant and enduring physical and emotional healing.  Whether one’s

goal is to eliminate a troubling symptom, to heal from a loss or trauma, to increase coping

skills in a time of stress, or to grow spiritually and emotionally, hypnotherapy is an

excellent treatment choice.
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