No matter how much we try to keep ourselves in check, there are going to be times when life concerns are going to get us down. We can all go through a period of mild depression or anxiety, or maybe have a past issue that is holding us back in the present. The problem is the typical response today is for health professionals to prescribe medications, but what if you do want to take anything like that?
An option many do not consider is hypnotherapy, partially due to the misconceptions generated about the nature of the practice. The American Society of Clinical Hypnotherapy describes hypnosis as “a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention.” It’s a mindset that a practitioner can guide you to in order to help you process issues and come to a resolution more quickly.
Simply stated, the conscious mind is constantly filtering data and raising questions in response to what we see and hear. That means it can also hinder us from accepting certain facts and integrating new habits to improve our lives. Hypnotherapy helps to quiet the conscious mind and given more direct access to the subconscious. Research indicates it can assist in dealing with various mental disorders, such as depression, grief, stress, anxiety, overcoming habits and even pain control.
Hypnosis, contrary to some beliefs, is not dangerous and does not leave the subject open to brainwashing. The therapist cannot make you harm yourself or perform a criminal act. The only potential problem is the chance of creating a false memory. It is recommended that individuals who suffer from psychotic symptoms or substance abuse consult with a physician before pursuing this form of therapy.
Most practitioners combine hypnosis with CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). The hypnosis part of a session usually takes 20 to 30 minutes and the process is relatively simple. They consist of bring the client into a state of deep relaxation so they can stay focused on the clinician’s words.
Clinical hypnotherapists are fairly easy to find. It is best to ask for credentials and confirm they are certified. In the Burbank area, Toluca Lake Hypnosis specializes in hypnotherapy, talk therapy and coaching. You can even schedule phone sessions to avoid commuting or finding yourself in an unfamiliar environment. For more information, you can contact Toluca Lake Hypnotherapy by phone or email to schedule a consultation.