If you’ve reviewed the past sessions on this series on the subconscious, you will have learned about the power of the subconscious mind, the influence of limiting beliefs, and how traditional therapy and hypnotherapy can be used to work through mental obstacles.
You can catch up on the previous sessions here:
Session 3: Hypnotherapy & CBT: Overcoming Binge Eating
Is Hypnotherapy Right For You?
Learning about the incredible change that can occur in just six hypnotherapy sessions may have you feeling excited to schedule your first session. Hypnotherapist and founder of Grace Space Hypnosis, Grace Smith, trains hypnotherapists across the world to help clients break their bad habits and overcome their liming beliefs.
Can hypnotherapy replace my antidepressant or SSRI?
Hypnotherapy is not a replacement for medication and the role of a hypnotherapist is not to diagnose, but to lead these healing sessions. You should not stop, start, or change medication without consulting your prescribing doctor.
Do hypnotherapy session have to take place in person?
Effective hypnotherapy is best accomplished over the phone, not in person. In fact, Smith explains that many clients experience better results through tele-hypnotherapy as it allows the client to relax in the comfort of their own home and remove a potential stressful physical commute.
Can hypnotherapy helps someone living with schizophrenia?
The only known contraindication of hypnotherapy is a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Symptoms of schizophrenia can include hallucinations, delusions, and episodes of psychosis. Because hypnotherapy often includes intense visualizations, it is not recommended for those living with schizophrenia.
What role does “suggestibility” play in hypnotherapy?
While some people are more prone to suggestibility than others, Smith says that trait of suggestibility is only a part of what should be considered when considering hypnotherapy. Smith suggests reviewing the level of your desire for change.
If you don’t want the result, you’re not going to get the result. If there is a scale from 0-10, with 10 being a desperate desire for results and 0 is no desire for results, hypnotherapy becomes effective at 7 or a higher.”Hypnotherapist, Grace Smith
If you’re are truly ready to quit smoking 6 hypnotherapy sessions could be just what you need. If your teenage son does the same 6 sessions but doesn’t want quit smoking, he will likely not experience results.
Is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Right For You?
Acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based treatment that has helped many overcome their struggles with mental health. However, Dr. Ramani reminds us that overnight results and perfect outcomes should not be expected. Patients need to have the desire for change and be willing to put in the work. While therapy can be life-changing – no question – setting realistic expectations is key to the success of the process.
ACT is only one of many evidence-based treatments and therapies. Get educated the many different types of treatments and therapies.
Don’t Pathologize The Life Experience
Clinical psychologist, Dr. Ramani Durvasula explains that ACT can be very beneficial in treating nearly every mental health disorder. One of the best qualities of ACT is that it is less likely to pathologize the life experience. Meaning, while some treatments, indirectly or otherwise, correlate feelings like stress and being uncomfortable with a “problem” or a “disease”, ACT is quick to remind you that some suffering is an expected, typical part of the human experience.
Of course, accepting reality is not meant to diminish the very real struggles people face. Rather the purpose is to find meaning in struggle, finding purpose in the imperfections and discover the truth of your power and resilience.
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