Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness; a relaxed state of being where the person has access to the subconscious mind where all sensory memories are stored. The subconscious mind is not limited by boundaries of time, space or logic. It can remember everything, from any time.
When we access our subconscious mind through hypnosis or meditation we can access wisdom and intuition far beyond our everyday capabilities, leading to creative solutions to life’s problems.
In Hypnotherapy, I use this window of altered consciousness to do therapeutic work by going back in time to retrieve memories that are the source of the current difficulties.
Going back to childhood or past life memories is called ‘regression’. By accessing these past experiences it gives the client a chance to process what happened and the thoughts, feelings and behaviors associated with it. In the highly susceptible state of hypnosis, recurrent patterns can become clear and positive suggestions can be made to reprogram negative thoughts and change unwanted behaviors. Hypnotherapy can be effective for treatment of many psychological as well as physical problems.
To get into a hypnotic state we use breathing and induction techniques that give the client a strong sense of relaxation, calmness and well-being. People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Some people in light hypnosis feel as if they are in a normal state of focused attention in which they feel calm and relaxed. Other people feel that they are in a deeper trance. Whatever the degree is in which the person responds, hypnosis can access difficult emotions that need to be processed but is generally described as a pleasant experience.
Many people have a misperception about hypnosis due to the way the media and stage shows introduced hypnosis to the public. There is no danger in hypnosis. Nobody has ever been ‘stuck’ in a hypnotic state. The client is always in control of the process. The therapist is merely a guide. While relaxed and in a hypnotic state, the present-day, conscious mind is aware, watching and commenting. What happens during hypnosis will be remembered afterwards. You can ‘wake up’ and reject suggestions at any time. Just keep in mind that, in hypnosis, the subconscious mind takes you where you need to go to heal and prosper. There is nothing to be afraid of when you feel comfortable with and trust your therapist.
Hypnosis can also be used as a tool to access past life memories to resolve current life clinical problems. If past life regression is requested just for curiosity we call this ‘Past life tourism’.
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Ms. Jacobs is a compassionate (hypno)therapist. She kept me focused on the topic when my urge was to escape difficult feelings. She does this in her own friendly, kind and loving way, without being pushy. I felt like she took me under her wings like a mother swan does with her babies, and it made me feel safe and protected. In hypnotherapy, I felt that she gave me the freedom to follow my internal process from the beginning to the end without unnecessary interruptions. Even when I saw myself in a different dimension that I could not understand at first, Ms. Jacobs encouraged me to explore without questioning my experience. I felt a deeper understanding of myself and the reason I came to see her. I felt tired, but peaceful and more confident inside. I would highly recommend Ms. Jacobs for people who are willing to go to the next level of healing and personal growth.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have nervous symptoms such as tension, depression, fears, fatigue, and other physical complaints for which your doctor finds no physical basis; if you find it difficult to get along in your work, or in your relationships with people; if you have a school-, sex-, or marital- problem; or if you merely feel irritable, or unhappy, and believe you are not getting the most out of life, hypnotherapy may be beneficial to you.
Nervous symptoms and unwarranted unhappiness are the product of inner emotional conflicts. In hypnotherapy you are helped to understand your conflicts. In this way it is possible for you to do something constructive about solving them.
Many physical symptoms are psychosomatic in nature which means that they have an emotional or nervous basis. When you come to think of it, it is not really so strange that emotional strain or worry should produce physical symptoms. After all, every organ in your body is connected with your brain by nerve channels; and so it is logical that when your nervous system is upset by some crisis or conflict, you may feel the effects in various organs of the body.
No. Even if you have no serious symptoms it can be difficult to work out emotional problems by yourself because you may be too close to them and may not be able to see them clearly. More and more people, even those with a great deal of psychological knowledge, are seeking help these days because they realize this. The fact that you are looking for help is a compliment to your judgment and is no indication that you are approaching a mental breakdown. Hypnotherapy has helped countless numbers of people to overcome serious emotional symptoms and has enabled many others to increase their productivity, peace of mind and to improve their personal relationships.
In scientific work, records are necessary since they permit a more thorough dealing with one’s problems. It is understandable that you might be concerned about what happens to the information about you because much or all of this information is highly personal. Case records are confidential and stored in a secure place. No outsider, not even your closest relative or family physician is permitted to see your case record without your written permission.
Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness that occurs normally in every person just before he enters into the sleep state. In therapeutic hypnosis we prolong this brief interlude so that we can work within its bounds.
Yes, because it is a normal state that everybody passes through before going to sleep. However, it is possible to resist hypnosis like it is possible to resist going to sleep. But even if one resists hypnosis, with practice the resistance can be overcome.
There is no magic in hypnosis. It is employed in medicine to reduce tension and pain which accompany various physical problems, and to aid certain rehabilitative procedures. In psychiatric and psychological practice hypnosis is helpful (delete:in short term therapy, and also, in some cases, in long term) in treatment where obstinate resistance has been encountered or where the source of current difficulties is not accessible to the rational mind by means of talk therapy. Hypnotherapy can help in moving the client forward in their personal growth and increase overall well-being.
Only a qualified professional should decide whether one needs hypnosis or could benefit from it. The professional requires special training in the techniques and uses of hypnosis before he or she can be considered qualified, and should be certified in Hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis is a much misunderstood phenomenon. For centuries it has been affiliated with spiritualism, witchcraft and various kinds of mumbo jumbo. The exaggerated claims made for it by undisciplined persons have turned some people against it. Some doctors and psychiatrists too doubt the value of hypnosis, because Freud gave it up eighty years ago, and because they themselves have not had much experience with its modern uses.
The hypnotic state is no more dangerous than is the sleep state. But unskilled operators may give subjects foolish suggestions, such as one often witnesses in stage hypnosis , where the trance is exploited for entertainment purposes. A delicately balanced and sensitive person exposed to unwise and humiliating suggestions may respond with anxiety. On the whole, there are no dangers in hypnosis when practiced by ethical and qualified practitioners.
All people go through a state akin to hypnosis before falling asleep. There is no reason why you should not be able to enter a hypnotic state.
The answer to this is extremely important because it may determine whether or not you can benefit from hypnosis. Some people give up hypnosis after a few sessions because they are disappointed in their reactions, believing that they are not suitable subjects. The average person has the idea that he will go through something different, new and spectacular in the hypnotic state. Often he equates being hypnotized with being anesthetized, or being asleep, or being unconscious. When in hypnosis he finds that his mind is active; that he can hear every sound in the room; that he can resist suggestions if he so desires; that his attention keeps wandering, his thoughts racing around; that he has not fallen asleep, and that he remembers everything that has happened when he opens his eyes, he believes himself to have failed. He imagines then that he is a poor subject, and he is apt to abandon hypnotic treatment. The experience of being hypnotized is no different from the experience of relaxing and of starting to fall asleep. Because this experience is so familiar to you, and because you may expect something startlingly different in hypnosis, you may get discouraged when a trance is induced. Remember, you are not anesthetized, you are not unconscious, you are not asleep. Your mind is active, your thoughts are under your control , you perceive all stimuli, and you are in complete communication with the therapist. The only unique thing you may experience is a feeling of heaviness in your arms, and tingling in your hands and fingers. If you are habitually a deep sleeper, you may doze momentarily. If you are a light sleeper, you may have a feeling you are completely awake.
If you can conceive of hypnosis as a spectrum of awareness that stretches from waking to sleep, you will realize that some aspects are close to the waking state, and share the phenomena of waking; and some aspects are close to sleep, and participate in the phenomena of light sleep. But over the entire spectrum , suggestibility is increased; and this is what makes hypnosis potentially beneficial, provided we put the suggestibility to a constructive use. The depth of hypnosis does not always correlate with the degree of suggestibility . In other words, even if you go no deeper than the lightest stages of hypnosis and are merely mildly relaxed, you will still be able to benefit from its therapeutic effects. It so happens that with practice you should be able to go deeper , but this really is not too important in the great majority of cases .
The human mind is extremely suggestible and is being bombarded constantly with suggestive stimuli from the outside, and suggestive thoughts and ideas from the inside. A good deal of suffering is the consequence of “negative” thoughts and impulses invading one ‘s mind from subconscious recesses. Unfortunately, past experiences , guilt feelings, and impulses and desires are constantly pushing themselves into awareness, directly or in disguised forms, sabotaging one’s happiness, health and efficiency. By the time one has reached adulthood, he has built up “negative” modes of thinking, feeling and acting which persist like bad habits. And like any habits they are hard to break. In hypnosis, we attempt to replace these “negative” attitudes with “positive” ones. But it takes time to disintegrate old habit patterns: so do not be discouraged if there is no immediate effect. If you continue to practice the principles taught by your therapist, you will eventually notice change. Even though there may be no apparent alterations on the surface, a restructuring is going on underneath. An analogy may make this clear. If you hold a batch of white blotters above the level of your eyes so that you see the bottom blotter, and if you dribble drops of ink onto the top blotter, you will observe nothing different for a while until sufficient ink has been poured to soak through the entire thickness. Eventually the ink will come down. During this period while nothing seemingly was happening, penetrations were occurring. Had the process been stopped before enough ink had been poured, we would be tempted to consider the process a failure. Suggestions in hypnosis are like ink poured on layers of resistance; one must keep repeating them before they come through to influence old, destructive patterns.
“Relaxing exercises”, “self-hypnosis” and “auto-hypnosis” are interchangeable terms for a reinforcing process that may be valuable in helping your therapist help you. If this adjunct is necessary, it will be employed. The technique is simple and safe.