In what ways and in what areas could hypnosis benefit me?
There are so many areas that we would need a lot of space to express them. However, very briefly I will provide you with a list.
- Improvement of self-respect, self-esteem and self-value.
- Eliminating of phobias and feelings of insecurity and timidity.
- Controlling obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
- Setting up goals and finding means to achieve them.
- Fighting of stress, insomnia, persistent headaches and migraines.
- Improvement of determination with the installment of positive motives.
- In some cases problems with allergies, stuttering, skin diseases, or, tics could be coped with.
- Improvement of sex life.
- Reconciliation with the reality of death and support of our fellows at their loss.
- The most basic thing is to restructure and reevaluate our life’s course.
The list is not exhaustive… What we have to consider here is that hypnosis is not a panacea. It’s success relies on our own active participation. We have to contribute actively with all our resources to achieve the desired effect. To set things straight, hypnosis is not a pill. We are solely responsible for what we experience and it is our stance that will make the difference.
How is an average session done?
At the first session I have with my clients, we always have a long talk on what brought them to me to clarify, if possible, any aspects of their problem. At the same time I make an effort to discern if the person is hypnotizable and to what extent and try to figure out the main sense modality which would be more appropriate to use in order to achieve the best rapport. I also try the most on building their confidence on me since I find this absolutely essential.
Then I explain, thoroughly, to my clients the procedure of hypnosis, how I employ it, what it means for me or for most of my clients. I try to alleviate all fear associated with hypnosis and the myths that surround its procedure and I try to answer all the possible questions which my clients may have on the subject of hypnotherapy and altered state reality. Then I explicitly make them understand that what I do is that I make their subconscious activate an open-end “search engine” for the reach of the root of their problem.
Symptoms may not be problems. I make them realize that when in trance windows open for the better understanding of the layers of the inner self. I explain to them that “hottest potatoes come out of the fire first”…When this is done I read out the Bill of Rights by the National Guild of Hypnotists, I explain to them that everything is videotaped and I have the client sign the intake form.
After they visit the restroom I proceed to the formal induction of hypnosis. Here I should note that I do not always employ hypnosis. We may arrive at the root of the problem through discussion. Having not arrived at the root of the problem by other means it is then that I employ hypnosis.
I use whatever method I find helpful in order to produce trance. Excessive breathing, along with stretching along with eye focusing and hemispheric synchronization sounds. Then I have them sit on my zero gravity chair and ask them to close their eyelids. I use imagery to produce even deeper trance and check to evaluate how deep is the body relaxation. As soon as I find the degree of somatic relaxation satisfactory I try to deepen the level of mental relaxation and then I activate the chair in order to produce the zero-gravity feeling which to my experience deepens the trance. If at this point no spontaneous abreaction is elicited, I continue with imagery (if the clients are visual) to the point where I suggest that they now cross a bridge and find themselves in an experience which is suitable and meaningful for them today. This experience will be useful for a deeper understanding of their problem. My main concern is to find the root of my client’s problem.
When this happens I suggest to them that all their senses become alert, that information, images and feelings should flow freely with no censorship on their part. Then I let them come in touch with this new reality and I simply stay on their side following them instead of leading them.
We all know how delicate and sensitive people are when in hypnosis so we are extremely cautious with our words. This is where usually the abreaction drops in. I let it express itself so that “repressed” emotions are relieved. This emotional explosion usually bares with it a lot of crying and vivid physical reactions. Here is where the reflection upon the experience may illuminate aspects of one’s personality and offer useful, often transcendent insights… I give them quite some time for this and then proceed to get them out of trance along with the suggestion to keep with them any memory they find safe or useful and let all else move away to the stream of consciousness. The last phase of the session is to evaluate the whole experience and talk with my client and figure out how she views the case, how she interprets the experience and what it means for her.
How long does a session last?
An average session may last from one hour and a half to two hours. There are exceptions though the first session always lasts longer. Also in some cases there is a need to last more than two hours.
How much does a session cost?
The cost varies from 70 euros to 100 euros depending on the quality of the service, the time spent and the agreement made between client and myself.
How often do I have to go into sessions?
There is no valid rule for that. If someone is satisfied he or she may continue. If not they may stop. There is a need for patience though, because results do not come up rapidly. Every human is unique, thus, reactions vary from person to person. I suggest that results come to us if we are patient and persistent.