What is Hypnotherapy?

What is Hypnotherapy?

In April 2021 I began my training in Heart Centered Hypnotherapy with the Wellness Institute. I am nearing the end of my training to become certified in Heart Centered Hypnotherapy. Many of my clients are hesitant when they first hear about hypnotherapy. Most people who have no experience or have not been educated in this realm mistake this for Stage Show Hypnosis. Hypnotherapy works by resolving inner conflicts and dissolving inner trauma to emerge as a transformed person.

              We spend most of our day in our conscious minds. This is the part of our minds that analyzes, thinks, and plans, and where our short-term memory is stored. However this is only 10% of our mind. Our subconscious minds take up the other 90%. This is where we hold our long-term memory, our emotions and feelings, habit patterns, relationship patterns, addictions, involuntary bodily functions, creativity, developmental stages, spiritual connection, and our intuition. In order to resolve dysfunctional relationship patterns, addictions, and express our feelings and emotions we need to tap into our subconscious. The way to tap into our subconscious is to get into a relaxed state.

              My specialty is working with clients who experienced adverse childhood experiences and have difficulty in their daily functioning and connection with others as an adult. Some call this childhood trauma and others complex PTSD. It is experiencing at such a young age being in the state of fight or flight mode for a longer duration of time. That is when you are stuck in your sympathetic nervous system (this is your stress response). It is okay to have a little stress in your body. That gives us motivation but to stay in a constant state of stress affects not only your mental health but your physical health as well.

              When we think of our brain the part of the brain that helps us makes sense of our experiences is the hippocampus. I was taught in the TRY Method training this year by Dr. Anders is that the hippocampus is like the secretary of our brain. She neatly files our experiences so we can bring them up when we need to. However during traumatic experiences she runs and hides. So we then are experiencing feelings/emotions, bodily sensations, and thoughts that are not being filed away. So since they are not filed away anything can trigger us and we will not know where that feeling comes from.

              The good news is that our brains are malleable. Because of neuroplasticity we can rewire our brains. With the help of therapy we can help make sense of our experiences. When utilizing hypnotherapy we can get to the unresolved emotions/feelings, and bodily sensations from our trauma. Once we can access it we can begin to resolve issues that affect our daily functioning. In my training I have had to have hypnotherapy conducted on myself.  I have been lucky that I had the experience of utilizing hypnotherapy in my own healing process before I even began my training. I want to share with you an experience I had recently and how hypnotherapy played a part in it.

              Recently over the Veterans Day holiday my family and I went to Disneyland. I am a big Disney fan and am lucky that my 4 year old daughter is just as big of a fan as I am.  My 1 year old daughter is indifferent . I can’t remember the definitive age I was, I’m guessing around 5 years of age I rode Splash Mountain for the first time in my life. I was super excited to finally get to go on a “big kid” ride and I even sat in the front. It was all fun and games until that drop at the end of all log rides. Because I had no frame of reference when we went down I thought I was going to die. Literally! I remember crying and from then on I refused to ride any “big kid” rides. Since I am a child of Filipino immigrant parents there was no such thing as talking through my feelings and experiences. I didn’t get on my first roller coaster until I was a senior in high school. And I only went on them because of peer pressure. I still remember having the same feeling of “I’m going to die” when I would stand in line waiting to get on a ride. Was it rational?  No.  Did it make sense to me?  Hell yes! Even as an adult I would visit any Disney park and  make excuses that “the lines were too long  so it’s okay if we missed certain ‘big kid’ rides”.  I was still in my 5 year old body even as an adult when I went to amusement parks. Since experiencing hypnotherapy for the last two years in my own personal work when I went to visit Disneyland over that Veterans Day weekend I got on Splash Mountain as the adult me. I was so proud of myself! That drop did not feel like the end of the world! Literally I felt nothing but the pure enjoyment of that drop that I was so terrified for the last 30 years.

              I share this with you because this is what it will feel like once you have experienced hypnotherapy.  I will help you get to the state of deep relaxation in a safe space. We will resource and empower you before exploring past experiences which created decisions of who you are and how to behave that no longer work in your favor as an adult. By empowering you, you will realize that you have the answers within you and are able to trust your judgment of what is best for you.