HOW EFFECTIVE IS HEART-CENTERED CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY?
A survey of the psychotherapy literature reveals the following recovery rates:
Psychoanalysis: 38% after 600 sessions
Behavior Therapy: 72% after 22 sessions
Clinical Hypnotherapy: 93% after 6 sessions (Barrios)
WHAT IS A CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY SESSION LIKE?
A typical session of Heart-Centered Clinical Hypnotherapy begins with a problem area that the client would like to work on. Clients are always in control and aware of their experience and surroundings and are fully participative in the process of transformation. Relaxing music and meditative talk guides the client into a deep state of relaxation.
Clients are guided back in time to the source of the problem. Buried emotions are lifted and conflicts exposed and healed through cathartic expression and release, energy healing and a variety of therapeutic techniques. This information is often a unique experience and a great opportunity for insights and clarity. Usually the information received has been stored in the subconscious body/mind and lies unresolved, yet active in the client’s daily life. Current self-limiting beliefs are often identified as old childhood decisions and conclusions which no longer serve the client. They are identified and changed to be congruent with a healthy life that fits with the client’s goals/needs.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
This is determined by the level of trauma that has occurred and the presenting issue. Number of sessions is personalized to your personal needs.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Many people have misconceptions about hypnosis and assume that hypnosis is synonymous with the term clinical hypnotherapy. Hypnosis can be used for therapeutic reasons. A hypnotist using hypnosis as a treatment modality will put a person in a relaxed state and then offer suggestions for relief from symptoms. This is the most common way typical hypnotherapists use hypnosis for the treatment of weight issues and addictions. The goal of clinical hypnotherapy is to heal the root cause of the symptoms and change behavioral and emotional patterns at a deep level.
WHAT IS AN EMDR SESSION LIKE?
After a thorough assessment, you will be asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Bi lateral movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the therapist's finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. Sometimes, a bar of moving lights, tactile hand buzzers, or headphones are used instead. The bilateral movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements.
WHAT CAN EMDR BE USED FOR?
In addition to its use for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR has been successfully used to treat: anxiety and panic attacks, depression stress, phobias, sleep problems, complicated grief, addictions, self-esteem issues, relationship issues and much more.
EMDR can accelerate therapy by resolving the impact of your past traumas and allowing you to live more fully in the present. It is not, however, appropriate for everyone. You will be assessed for the appropriate healing modality for you.
For more information, see the EMDR website at www.emdria.org