Hypnotherapy usually takes place over 6 to 10 block sessions, each session lasting about 90 minutes with an interval of at least one week between sessions. (This general format may vary slightly based on the intensity of client’s concern)
What is clinical hypnosis?
Hypnosis is relaxed state of mind, resembling a deep form of meditation. Unlike stage hypnosis or other Eastern forms of hypnosis, clinical hypnosis does not involve a loss of control of yourself. In fact, when under hypnosis, the client is in a state of focused awareness.
Did you know that hypnosis takes place in our normal day to day lives? We tend to enter into a hypnotic state while watching TV, driving long distances, dancing, listening to music etc. Even when we are in a semi-sleep state a few minutes before we fall off to sleep or wake up completely; we are in a state of hypnosis.
In a nutshell, clinical hypnosis allows us to cross the barriers of the conscious mind, allowing us to tap into the large reserve of the subconscious to find resolution for the issue presented by the client. Issues can include behavioural patterns, fears and phobias, relationship concerns, smoking cessation etc.
Who is eligible for hypnotherapy?
Coming in for hypnotherapy, just like counselling, is a choice made by the client. Hypnotherapy is not something that is ‘done’ to the client against their will.
People who are NOT suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), on anti-depressant or anti-psychotic drugs are eligible for hypnotherapy.
For those people who are curious about hypnotherapy, at the same time feel apprehensive about going through the experience, at Anam Kara, we would explore the fear and work through the mental block through counselling. However, if the fear still remains, the client is free to opt for traditional counselling or ‘talk therapy’.
“Hypnosis is performed using a pendulum”
No. These methods are typically used in stage hypnosis, NOT for therapeutic purposes. Here, hypnosis takes place with the consent of the client, using relaxation techniques.
“I will lose control over myself”
Therapeutic hypnosis is not aimed at the client losing consciousness or control. To the contrary, the client is hyper-aware as the mind is very awake under hypnosis. If at any point the client feels uneasy about the process, he/she can opt out of it.
“What if I get stuck in the past and am unable to come out of hypnosis?”
Since clinical hypnosis is a state of relaxation, coming out of hypnosis is like coming out of a deep state of meditation. The hypnotherapist is trained to help you work through the emotions you experience during hypnotherapy. You cannot get stuck in the past involuntarily. It is almost like waking up from sleep or opening your eyes after deep meditation.
Therapeutic Modalities Used in Hypnotherapy
Mental images are created much before we develop the ability to use verbal language, and they often influence our beliefs – the way we perceive ourselves, and the relationship we share with the world around us. Guided imagery is a powerful technique often used in hypnotherapy and other forms of therapeutic approaches to induce relaxation, alleviate anxiety or depression, enhancing self-image and other physical or psychological issues.
Inner Child Healing
Past traumatic events can impact us significantly at a sub-conscious level if they have been left unprocessed; creating fragments within ourselves over a period of time. These fragments may even lie dormant for a long period and surface to the top when a particular situation triggers similar emotions as experienced previously.
At another level, within each of us is a ‘parent’ (our inner critical voice) and a ‘child’. When the parent inside of us continues to scold the child for things gone ‘wrong’, it can create a sense of “I am not good enough”. Inner child healing focuses on healing these hurts created over time by accepting and integrating each part of ourselves, restoring a feeling of ‘completeness’ or ‘wholeness’.
Past Life Regression Therapy
Past life regression has invited a fair amount of scepticism over time. And yet, when used appropriately as a therapeutic tool, a large number of clients have found resolution of issues through regression therapies. In a therapeutic context, the aim is not to prove its existence or relevance. Undergoing past life regression therapy is a choice made the client, allowing the experience to speak for itself.
There could be many different explanations for past life regression – some may say that past life regression is essentially getting in touch with the collective unconscious. At Anam Kara, what is most important than the title we give to this mode of therapy is the idea that it can provide healing for long standing physical, emotional or spiritual issues.