Clinical hypnotherapy is a special form of communication between the hypnotherapist and the client’s subconscious mind while the client is in hypnosis. Using the clinical skills of regression and other therapy modalities, the hypnotherapist and client work together to uncover the root cause(s) of the presenting problem and then move through the therapeutic steps needed to release uncover the root cause(s): the past experiences that created the emotional pain, fear, sadness, anger, guilt and rejection that caused the problem. Once the cause(s) are uncovered, the process of healing can begin.
In this state of heightened mental awareness and deep relaxation, people are more receptive to ways of releasing old perceptions, limiting beliefs and negative self- image and emotions in favor of new ideas, new perspectives and new perceptions that increase self-love, self-worth and self-value. As negative experiences are released and new ideas are received, your subconscious begins to integrate these changes providing positive changes to emotions, habits, thought patterns - and lasting change.
Because of the situations that used to trigger certain negative feelings and responses, are reduced and can even be eliminated in many cases, leaving you in a more resourceful state of well-being.
Hypnotherapy is a vital and dynamic process that is unique to each person and so it is completely tailored to the individual. In this client centered work, the person having the hypnotherapy is in complete control and awareness throughout the session. One of the biggest myths about hypnosis is that it is a form of mind control. The truth is you will never do or say anything in hypnosis that isn’t in keeping with your personality. Just as you do in regular life - you have the capacity to reject information. Essentially you become more YOU in hypnosis. You become more authentic and real.
Some people doubt that they can experience hypnosis however this state is a natural state for us. It is used to rest our minds during the day. Every time our mind wanders, or we can’t remember the last few minutes of driving - we have entered hypnosis. If you are on the computer and suddenly 20 minutes has gone by - and it seems like you just sat down - you have been in hypnosis. The mind is programmed to rest throughout the day.
In clinical hypnotherapy you are taught how to activate this state - on demand. You are also shown how to deepen this state to the therapeutic depth needed to access the subconscious. In this deeper state you can access up to 90% of the information stored in the subconscious. It is a skill that anyone who has the ability to focus and wishes to experience and learn - CAN.
Not only is it being used to successfully stop smoking, it is being used to resolve emotional issues related to fears, phobias, eating habits and more. It can help establish better sleep, memory and enhance concentration. Clients gain healthier self-esteem, self-love, confidence and happiness as well. It is a gentle process that utilizes the resources within to create freedom, happiness, and calmness - empowering you into a better life.
Brainwaves And Hypnosis
Your brain is never at rest.
Right now, as you read this text, it’s awash with beta waves.
If your attention wanders, perhaps when you zone out or start daydreaming, more alpha waves will be produced.
And if you nod off completely, you’ll register a higher proportion of delta waves.
No matter where you are or what you’re doing, there’s always some brainwave activity like this going on.
But what does any of it mean?
Why is it important?
And once you know all of that, how will it help you?
The 4 Main Types Of Brainwaves
Your amazing brain contains billions of cells called neurons.
These neurons use electrical charges to communicate with each other.
While they’re communicating, the charges can be measured using an EEG machine, an electroencephalogram.
And depending on what you’re doing at the time, these communications will show up as different types of brainwaves.
Brainwaves are measured in cycles per second, or Hertz.
They have a frequency, which is their speed measured in cycles per second. They also have an amplitude, which is the size or height of the actual wave.
The higher the frequency, the more cycles per second (Hz), and the more brain activity there is in certain parts of the brain.
Your brain is capable of producing a range of waves, but generally they fall into one of the 4 types listed below.
Beta waves occupy the frequency range between 12 and 40 Hz. They’re high frequency, low amplitude waves.
In simple terms, you produce beta waves when you’re conscious, when you’re awake.
These waves are associated with everything you do in a conscious state, such as:
• Logical thinking
• Problem solving
Every time you focus on something, more beta waves are present. They’re also stimulated when you consciously dip into your memory banks.
The thing to remember is that these waves are not exclusive of each other.
They’re all present in your brain at any given time.
So when you’re awake, working out the answer to a problem, reading a novel or a web page, or engrossed in conversation with a friend, you’ll demonstrate more beta wave activity than any of the other 3 types.
But those other types are still there – just not as dominant.
2. Alpha Waves
Occupying the range between 8 and 12 Hz, alpha waves occur during calm and relaxed periods.
While beta waves represent your conscious state, alpha waves act like a bridge between your conscious and unconscious minds.
More alpha waves are produced when your brain is at rest.
When your thoughts are sort of drifting along through your head.
You’re pretty relaxed but not quite meditating.
The alpha state is often described as being in “the now” or being here in the present.
These waves are slower than beta, which is why alpha is ideal for learning.
It gives you the mental space and quiet to absorb and digest information.
Even just closing your eyes makes your brain automatically produce more alpha waves.
The alpha state is also useful for focused meditation, for reducing stress and anxiety, and for helping you manage pain and discomfort.
3. Theta Waves
When you’re awake, your conscious mind is in charge.
Beta waves are in control.
As you start getting more relaxed, alpha waves become more prevalent.
You’re still awake, but truly chilled out.
Then, when your unconscious mind takes over, theta waves pick up the slack.
These waves are in the 4 to 8 Hz range.
You’ll naturally produce more theta waves when you’re:
• Deeply relaxed
• Practicing visualization
• In a deep hypnotic trance
• Entering sleep
These waves are slower again, putting you right on the verge of sleep.
They’re often described as stage 1 sleep, or being in the twilight state.
You’ll experience it when you’re lying in bed, just before falling asleep.
You’re aware that you’re lying in bed, though you lose the sense of lying in bed.
And if you don’t fall asleep in this state, some pretty amazing things can happen.
When theta waves are dominant, your conscious mind is more or less switched off.
That means you can tap into the potential of your unconscious.
You can access your creative side.
You can tune into your intuition.
You can dream and experience deep meditation.
You can delve deep inside and call up memories.
Theta waves are linked with memory, emotion, and something called “neuroplasticity.”
That means that, in the theta state, your brain is capable of reorganizing itself.
When you learn something new, for example, your brain needs time to soak it in.
It has to both memorize the information and store it away for later.
It does that by making new connections between brain cells.
Every one of these new connections changes your brain ever so slightly.
And that’s one of the reasons people practice hypnosis, because it enables you to make lasting changes in your brain.
4. Delta Waves
Delta waves occur when you’re asleep.
These are the slowest brain waves you can produce, occupying the bottom end of the range up to 4 Hz.
The deeper you sleep, the more delta waves will be present.
But even though you’re sleeping, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on.
Delta waves are particularly effective at helping you to:
• Get a good night’s sleep
• Promote healing naturally from the inside out
• Boost your immune system
The older you get, the less delta waves you produce. That helps to explain the expression “sleep like a baby.”
Delta waves are also important for regulating many of your unconscious bodily functions, such as your heart rate and digestion.
The Link Between Brainwaves & Hypnosis
The type of brainwaves you produce will depend on what you’re doing, what you’re thinking, and what you’re feeling.
When you’re under hypnosis, certain brain waves are more apparent.
That goes for when you’re being hypnotized by someone else, or practicing self-hypnosis.
Think about the way hypnosis happens…
You start out being awake and totally conscious, either chatting to a therapist or getting your room setup for your session (beta waves).
Then you gradually start to relax, possibly closing your eyes to help shut out the outside world and begin the induction process (alpha waves). This is the stage between the conscious and unconscious states.
As you go deeper, your critical conscious mind shuts off, making it possible for you to connect fully with your unconscious (theta waves).
This is also the stage where you become more susceptible to suggestions, since your critical mind is out of the way.
So far so good – but what does it mean in practice?
It means you have the power to take control of your brain waves.
If you wanted to, you could generate more alpha waves.
Or more theta waves. And if you can do that, then you can literally create your own success…
… on demand.