Glenn Bigonet, M.A.
Mental Health Counselor
Certified EFT Couples Therapist
Hypnotherapy is an effective tool to create real change in people's lives who feel stuck or trapped in a behavior or unwanted emotional response. While hypnotherapy isn't a cure all it is a great tool that is complimenting my counseling skills to help my clients with:
What Is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is the by-pass of the Critical Factor of the Conscious Mind and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking. Hypnotherapy is using hypnosis in a therapeutic way.
For this to make total sense to you, you need to have a basic understanding of the levels of consciousness of our mind and how they work. Our mind operates on three levels: conscious, subconscious, and unconscious. The conscious mind is where we think and operate on a daily basis. It is in our conscious mind that we do our rational and analytical thinking. Our short term memory and our will power are also part of our conscious mind. The final and most important part (concerning hypnosis) of the conscious mind is the Critical Factor. This part of the conscious mind regulates what information is passed on to the subconscious mind. In general, it only passes on information to the subconscious mind that confirms our beliefs about ourselves and the world or is negative in some way. Our subconscious needs the latter for our self-preservation.
The subconscious mind contains our habits and our permanent memory. Everything you have ever learned is stored in you subconscious mind. As part of what you have learned is your beliefs or stories about who you are, how you relate to others and the world, and how you are treated by the world. In short this means the subconscious defines who we are and what we are capable of. This definition comes from the various experiences you have had in your life and the meaning you have assigned to them. Our subconscious uses this information to ensure our self-preservation. Our emotions are also generated in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind operates much like a computer. It remembers everything and once it accepts an idea it permanently replaces any contradictory ideas until that idea is replaced by a new one.
The unconscious mind is responsible for our automatic bodily functions and our immune system and is not affected by hypnotherapy.
With this understanding of how the mind works we can define hypnosis as by-passing the critical factor of the conscious mind to create better access to the subconscious mind. By doing so we are able to decide what information gets through to the subconscious and have access to information stored in the subconscious that we cannot normally access.
How Do I Know I am Hypnotized? What Does it Feel Like?
Everyone experiences hypnosis slightly differently. Often people are hypnotized but don't realize it because hypnosis feels differently than they expect it to. Typically you feel extremely relaxed and comfortable while being fully alert to what is happening around you. I experience hypnosis like how I feel in a deep sleep where I am in total comfort while at the same time I am fully awake and alert to what is happening. We typically have a greater awareness of ourselves and our surroundings when we are hypnotized. If you are unsure if you are hypnotized there are some simple tests I can give you to confirm your level of hypnosis. Once you have experienced being hypnotized and have it confirmed, you will easily be able to identify when you are hypnotized.
Why Combine Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy?
Many of the problems we encounter in our lives are connected to our emotions which are held in our subconscious. We often spend hours trying to understand our emotional reactions from the rational and analytical part of our mind that is not fully connected to the emotional part of the mind. This causes us to not have access to much of what may be behind the emotions and prevents us from efficiently solving our problems. Hypnosis is a way to access the true causes of our problems and allows us to correct those problems quickly.
You may have noticed the subconscious mind holds our identity and how we see the world but the critical factor of the conscious mind only allows in negative messages about the world or information that supports our beliefs. What often does not get into the subconscious is the positive messages about our life and our identity and messages that tell us we are better than we think we are. Because much of this information is not passed onto our subconscious we focus more on the negative in life and only change when we are threatened in some way. By by-passing the critical factor of the conscious mind we are able to get the messages that you want to incorporate in you life into your subconscious mind. Once your subconscious mind accepts these messages you are able to quickly achieve any desired change in your behavior or reactions.
In short, by working directly with the subconscious mind you are able to have access to greater amounts of information that have not been distorted by conscious mind and to have greater choice around what your subconscious mind accepts.
How I Use Hypnotherapy
I use hypnotherapy with individual clients who are trying to work through a wide variety of problems in which they feel stuck and frustrated. By guiding the client into hypnosis and then addressing the issue at hand we are able to comfortably and safely identify and disarm the root cause of the problem much more quickly than is possible through regular talk therapy.
My Hypnosis Guarantee!!
If I am working with you through hypnosis for the first time and I am not able to get you into a hypnotic state or do not have success while under hypnosis, I will not charge you for that session.
Debunking Myths and Misconceptions About Hypnosis
Most people have preconceived ideas of what hypnosis is and how it works. Much of the mainstream thoughts about hypnosis come from movies or what people have seen in stage hypnosis shows. Here I will address many of those beliefs and provide more accurate information about hypnosis.
"People who are hypnotized are asleep"
This common misconception could not be further from the truth. When you are hypnotized you often feel a deep sense of relaxation, but you are fully aware of is going on at all times and your brain is operating at 300-400% higher than during normal consciousness. When you are hypnotized you are in a trance state of heightened alertness from which you emerge, not wake up from. Many hypnotists will use the word sleep to help the subject enter into the hypnotic state because most people respond well to that word and move into hypnosis as opposed to sleep.
"Some people cannot be hypnotized"
Anyone who wants to be hypnotized can be hypnotized The main thing that prevents someone from being hypnotized is fear. When any fears have been addressed anyone should be able to enter into hypnosis quite easily. Because of differences in ways of being or personalities some people need to be hypnotized using different techniques. If you have had trouble being hypnotized in the past it may be because you didn't really want to be hypnotized, had some fear get in the way, or did not trust or believe in the hypnotist's ability to hypnotize you.
"Hypnotists can hypnotize you or get you to do other things against your will"
This is totally false, in fact you are often more in control because you have greater access to your subconscious mind. A hypnotist does not really hypnotize anyone. Hypnotists simply guide people into self-hypnosis. If you do not want to be hypnotized, you will not be hypnotized. If at any time you want to emerge from the hypnotic state you can easily do so. If you are given a suggestion under hypnosis you will only follow it if you want it to happen. In fact, the only therapeutic suggestions that are ever accepted by the subconscious mind are those that you think "yes, I like that idea and I think it will work." If you have any ambivalence about the suggestion or don't agree with it fully you will not accept it.
"But what about when stage hypnotists make people do things on stage"
This is a common question and for the accurate answer all you have to do is look at the reason people go to see a stage hypnotist: they want to see a funny show. A certain percentage of people go with the hopes of participating in funny show. The hypnotist only brings up volunteers who want to be a part of the show and make people laugh. Now hypnosis does lower our level of inhibition some and combined with that and people wanting to make the audience laugh, most people are happy to follow the hypnotist's suggestions. Those who do not follow his suggestions, he will just leave seated toward the back of the stage and work with those who will follow his suggestions.
"Won’t I lose control and say things that I don’t feel comfortable sharing when I’m in hypnosis"
This is another concern many people have when they consider hypnotherapy. The truth is that since you are fully in control at all times while you are hypnotized you can still choose what you want to share with me and what you don’t. If there is anything that you really don’t want to tell me there is no way I can get you to talk about it under hypnosis.
"You can get stuck in the hypnotic state"
No one has ever gotten stuck in a hypnotic state. Anyone can emerge anytime they want. Sometimes people are enjoying the hypnosis so much they refuse to emerge when the hypnotist suggests that they emerge but that is their choice and not their inability to emerge when they want to.
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