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How Well Does Hypnosis work?

 

Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions

Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions

Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions

- American Health Magazine

Because everyone is different, hypnotherapy works best when it is individually tailored for each client. I will ask you about when, where and how your problem occurs. Then sessions are personalized to your needs to ensure your success. Ron Klein has training in both classical and Ericksonian hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Eye Movement Integration for reducing fears and overcoming addictions, and Brief Solution-Focused approaches.

 

Hypnosis can help you make desired changes, and you are always in control. Hypnosis is relaxing and people are completely aware of their surroundings. It's a myth that anyone can make you do something against your will, that is harmful or violates your values. Actually, the Hypnotist is putting YOU more in control of your life and behaviors where you haven't had it before!

 

Hypnosis can be used in various ways. For one, guided mental imagery is very powerful in a state of mind such as hypnosis. The mind responds to imagery to assist in bringing about personal changes and desired outcomes. A client with an unwanted behavior may be encouraged in hypnosis to vividly imagine acting differently and more appropriately. The unconscious mind then has a tendency to bring about the imagined change. Another basic hypnotic approach that is often used is to offer hypnotic and post-hypnotic suggestions to the client. Such suggestions, given while in hypnosis are more likely to be accepted by the client's unconscious mind. When hypnotic suggestions are given that encourage favorable changes, they can dramatically influence the client's life into the future.

 

Applications include but are not limited to: Addictions; childbirth; allergies; fears; stress management; post traumatic stress; sports performance; smoking cessation; weight management; stress related high blood pressure; self image; concentration, test anxiety and learning problems; interpersonal communications; fitness; undesirable behaviors and habits. Of course, hypnosis is most effective when the client is motivated to change. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that hypnotherapy, like any other modality, can benefit some people more than others.

 

Many false beliefs about hypnosis are based on what people read in novels, see in the movies or stage hypnosis shows. People are often concerned that being hypnotized means loss of control or that only weak willed people are hypnotizable. This too is a falsehood and, in fact, the opposite is the case. Learning to experience hypnosis and to use self-hypnosis provides more self-control for the client. The idea that people will do out of the ordinary things is perpetuated by stage hypnotism shows. Stage hypnotists select people from the audience who are willing to be responsive, but more importantly, may have exhibitionist tendencies and go along for the show. Novelists and film writers create works of fiction and are also in the entertainment business. Unfortunately, these hypnosis stage shows and entertainment portrayals help create myths about hypnosis that sometimes discourage people from seeking genuine hypnotherapy and the help they need.

 

Another myth is that people "go under" and experience a loss of consciousness while in hypnosis. As a result, they mistakenly think they will be "knocked out" and won't remember what happened during their hypnotic session. In fact, hypnosis is state of heightened awareness. However, because there is an inward focused of attention, some extraneous external happenings may not be noticed. Nonetheless, people usually can remember everything that occurs in hypnosis. It is important to note that in everyday living we tend to forget a lot. Just think of how many times two people can argue about what was said within the last few minutes.

 

Finally, in hypnosis, the client is not under the control of the hypnotist because hypnosis is not something that is imposed on people. The Hypnotist merely serves as a facilitator helping the client discover that hypnosis is a natural, safe and useful state of mind. Modern hypnosis is often referred to as a co-active, or collaborative approach. The Hypnotist assists the client to discover their own inner resources and paths to achieving beneficial change and wellness.

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