What is hypnotherapy and hypno-coaching?
As a hypnotherapist I am trained in the art of suggestion. Being in a state of hypnosis is not the same as sleep. We are always learning, changing and adapting to new things, and when you engage the use of active suggestion it becomes a powerful tool to help break habits and negative belief patterns that may have been stopping you from getting what you want in life. As soon as you begin to address the issues I will begin to work on how you see and feel about it - and what you want instead.
What will you experience?
When people visit my Wellington hypnotherapy clinic, I often start the session answering questions about what hypnosis is. This is the best way to explain what you may feel. Many people experience a feeling of heaviness, or you may feel as if you are floating or detached from your body. You will still be aware of the sounds in or out of the room, as everything seems clearer. Whatever you experience, it is a wonderful way to explore the depths of your subconscious mind. When you are in this state you are very aware of your thoughts and feelings, and you will still feel like you are in control. The job of a hypnotherapist is to guide you through a learning experience.
Hypnosis helps you to uncover and understand what motivates you. It also helps you to identify any areas that need to be explored through the power of your imagination (subconscious mind). Your subconscious mind can be very creative, and learning how to use self hypnosis properly can be a very rewarding and powerful tool.
Change your negative patterns into positive and motivating patterns by learning how to be the master of your mind. You experience the power of being open to suggestion (self hypnosis) all throughout the day. For example, when going to sleep, and when waking in the morning before you open your eyes, when day-dreaming and when using your imagination or visualisation. As a hypnotherapist, it is my job to guide you through this positive and relaxed form of therapy, and to teach you how to effectively use your thoughts in that most positive way. But just remember you are always in control.
Advantages of hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy has a broad application base, it has been used for many years as a tool to help people learn to manage their experiences emotionally. Here are some examples below with links to the studies if you are interested in finding out more. I have found that after over 26 years in my practice as a clinical hypnotherapist that the number of issues clients who have come in seeking help has been broad. I find it is exciting to read about studies that have be done, it continues to validate the work I have been doing over all these years.
Management of pain; concentration, assisting with pain management, and managing phantom pain
"The findings support the hypothesis that hypnosis can be an effective treatment for reducing phantom limb pain (PLP) and improving quality of life for people who experienced amputations caused by traumatic injury or acute illness, a population that has been under-represented in prior research. Furthermore, this study extends the research supporting hypnosis as effective in treating chronic pain by showing pain reduction plus quality of life improvement."
Effects of hypnosis on phantom limb pain Dan Eric Neighbors, Ph.D.Washington State University December 2017 https://research.libraries.wsu.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/2376/13059/Neighbors_wsu_0251E_12229.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
“Medical hypnosis helps patients focus their attention to lessen pain and anxiety and enhances patients’ acceptance of clinicians’ positive suggestions to change or reframe their perceptions, sensations, thoughts, and behaviors . Hypnotherapeutic techniques have decreased pain and anxiety in the short term and decreased psychological distress over the long term, thereby optimizing patient outcomes and complementing existing treatment modalities .”
“In children, clinical hypnotherapy techniques including hypnoanalgesia and hypnoanesthesia (hypnotically induced analgesia and anesthesia, respectively) have alleviated acute pain associated with a number of painful pediatric medical procedures . There is a growing body of evidence supporting medical hypnosis’ ability to reduce pain and anxiety associated with venipuncture, bone marrow aspiration, and lumbar puncture in children .”
“In adults, medical hypnosis during burn wound debridement has resulted in clinically significant pain and anxiety reduction [7, 33–35]. Additionally, adult hypnotherapy has repeatedly demonstrated effectiveness in treating pain and psychological distress incurred by a number of classically uncomfortable procedures including tooth extraction , bone marrow aspiration , and colonoscopy .”
Effectiveness of medical hypnosis for pain reduction and faster wound healing in Pediatric acute burn injury; study protocol for for a randomized controlled trial. Chester, S.J., Stockton, K., De Young. Trials 17, 223 (2016).. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-016-1346-9
“Freeman found that hypnosis is of value not only for its relaxation effects in the hyperventilation syndrome but for its use in revealing repressed psychological triggers.”
“In deep trance subjects, Black has shown the Prausnitz-Kutsner reaction can alter, resulting in inhibition of the allergic response. Thus hypnosis may be inhibiting inflammatory and allergic responses in the air ways.”
Chronic asthma and improvement with relaxation induced hypnotherapy. J.B Morrison. Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine.1988. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1291881/pdf/jrsocmed00155-0023.pdf
Skin problems; help manage acne, eczema,psoriasis, completion
"A wide spectrum of dermatologic disorders may be improved or cured using hypnosis as an alternative or complementary therapy, including acne excoriée, alopecia areata, atopic dermatitis, congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, dyshidrotic dermatitis, erythromelalgia, furuncles, glossodynia, herpes simplex, hyperhidrosis, ichthyosis vulgaris, lichen planus, neurodermatitis, nummular dermatitis, postherpetic neuralgia, pruritus, psoriasis, rosacea, trichotillomania, urticaria, verruca vulgaris, and vitiligo.Appropriately trained clinicians may successfully use hypnosis in selected patients as alternative or complementary therapy for many dermatologic disorders."
"Conclusion: Appropriately trained clinicians may successfully use hypnosis in selected patients as alternative or complementary therapy for many dermatologic disorders."
To describe the various uses for hypnosis as an alternative or complementary therapy in dermatologic practice. Shenefelt, Philip. (2000). Shenefelt PD. Hypnosis in Dermatology. Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(3):393–399. doi:10.1001/archderm.136.3.393
Sexual issues; Support for recovery from rape and child abuse
"Uses of hypnosis in the treatment of sexual assault victims are reviewed, with an emphasis on helping such patients restructure their memories of the experience, both by reviewing them with greater control over their physical sense of comfort and safety and by balancing painful memories with recognition of their efforts to protect themselves or someone else who was endangered. The use of a split-screen technique in hypnosis is described with a clinical example."
Hypnosis in the Treatment of Victims of Sexual Abuse. Spiegel, David. (1989). The Psychiatric clinics of North America.12. 295-305. 10.1016/S0193-953X(18)30432-5.
Memory and learning skills;
"In sum, we found that hypnosis substantially boosted procedural-based sequence learning. This result sheds light not only on the competitive nature of brain systems in cognitive processes but also could have important implications for training and rehabilitation programs, especially for developing new methods to improve human skill learning."
Boosting Human Learning by Hypnosis
Dezso Nemeth, Karolina Janacsek, Bertalan Polner, Zoltan Ambrus Kovacs 29 March 2012
Cerebral Cortex, Volume 23, Issue 4, April 2013, Pages 801–805, https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhs068
Habits and disorders; helping with management of alcohol, gambling, smoking
"Analysis of the data at post test showed that the hypnosis group drank significantly less alcohol than the control group during the 30-day follow-up period. Further, while comparisons of the experimental group and control group did not show any significant differences with regards to DRSE or AE at post test, the experimental group did show a significant increase in DRSE and a significant decrease in positive alcohol expediencies from pretest to post test." Hypnosis as an adjunct in the treatment of alcohol relapse Steven M. Crocker, Ph.D. Washington State University December 2004 https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/ca32/3757e72e36a0abb0ffb290ae3b32ecfa6418.pdf
"Results suggest that self-hypnosis reinforces treatment and can be a supportive technique for future brief interventions."
Waking Self-Hypnosis Efficacy in Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Pathological Gambling: An Effectiveness Clinical Assay
Pages 50-69 | Received 02 Jul 2012, Accepted 30 Nov 2012, Published online: 20 Nov 2013: 20 Nov 2013
"among participants with a history of depression, hypnosis yielded significantly higher validated point-prevalence quit rates at 6 and 12 months than standard treatment. It was concluded that hypnosis combined with NP compares favorably with standard behavioral counseling in generating long-term quit rates."
Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation: A Randomized Trial
Timothy P. Carmody, Carol Duncan, Joel A. Simon, Sharon Solkowitz, Joy Huggins, Sharon Lee, Kevin Delucchi
Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Volume 10, Issue 5, May 2008, Pages 811–818, https://doi.org/10.1080/14622200802023833
What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching is a wonderful way of helping you stay on track in different areas of your life. As a clinical hypnotherapist, this has been a role that has naturally evolved, as different people have come in wanting to have ongoing help to achieve goals. As soon as they have achieved those goals, it naturally follows that new goals are then created. Having someone to work through these changes with you can be an effective way to create a life that is balanced, enabling you to stay awake to the opportunities that come to you.
My job has always been to listen to what a person wants, and to assist them in achieving that. If there are emotional blocks that are stopping you from achieving your goals, then I will help you move past that block. When I do life coaching, it is not necessary to use hypnosis, but I do find that is a wonderful way of reinforcing everything and bringing clarity to a situation. Some of my life coaching clients have a coaching session once a month for an hour, and some once a fortnight, depending on how they want to work with me. From time to time I have conducted sessions on the phone, when it has not been possible for them to meet with me in person. I do prefer to work face to face.
What is Hypno-coaching?
This is where I combine both the hypnotherapy, NLP and life coaching tools together to help you to drill down and identify what it is that you really want to achieve and supporting you to make that happen.
What I see people experience
One day I had a lady come in who had no idea that I was a hypnotherapist. She had come in for counselling. When I asked her what she wanted all she said was "I want to feel happy." I asked her to describe what happiness meant for her and she said, "I'm not sure." As we got further into the hour, I helped her to further define what happiness would feel like, sound like, look like. I could feel that she was beginning to get a clearer idea about what she needed, but knew that she needed help to believe that she could be happy. So I said to her, "Have you ever considered using hypnosis? Because that is one of the tools that I use." She said no, so I explained what it is and she agreed to give it a try. At the end of the session I asked her how she felt. She said "that's really weird, I can't stop smiling." I knew at that moment that, within that session, something had changed that would help her to achieve the happiness within her life that she wanted.
I use hypnosis because it works. It's that simple. I have seen so many people change, and it is the most rewarding part of my job. If you have found yourself on this website, maybe this is your turn to try hypnosis in your life. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. You can email me or phone and I will get back to you. I have been working as a hypnotherapist in Wellington for over 24 years. Over this time I have seen many of my clients benefit with how they think about what they want to achieve, and begin on their journey, using hypnosis, that transforms their lives. Whether it is to stop smoking, lose weight, get over a phobia or just feel more confident, hypnotherapy is a fantastic tool.
I have also completed a 200 hour Yoga Teaching Training and offer support for people who would like to approach their health in a more holistic way incorporating yoga.