Linda Darin is a certified hypnotherapist from the National Guild of Hypnotists since 1991.
An altered state of consciousness through hypnotherapy can access spiritual guidance and healing. It will empower you to make clear decisions about your relationships, career, health concerns, and discover your inner strengths and gifts.
What is hypnotherapy? Hypnosis is a trance state resembling sleep, during which a person enters into deep relaxation and altered consciousness. The word hypnosis is derived from Hypnos, the Greek word for “sleep.” In the hypnotic state you are more responsive to ideas and images, but this does not mean the hypnotherapist can control your mind or free will—you are simply more open to suggestion. Hypnosis can help you master your own state of awareness and your bodily functions and psychological responses. For many, hypnosis is an incredibly effective tool for positive change.
How does hypnotherapy work? With each event or encounter we react with a particular behavior, and our brain forms a memory that becomes associated with that encounter. Each time something similar happens, our brain retrieves the associated memory and produces a physical and emotional reaction. Sometimes our reactions to events are unhealthy. For example, a person may recoil with disgust and fear at seeing a spider. Their brain stores that memory, and each time the person sees a spider he or she may have a fearful reaction that can eventually become debilitating. In some forms of hypnotherapy, a trained hypnotherapist will guide you through the process of remembering the event that led to the first reaction to help you separate the memory from the learned behavior and replace the unhealthy behavior with a new, healthier one.
Some people are more responsive to hypnotic suggestion than others. Those who are responsive will become relaxed, and their thoughts will become focused. Their blood pressure and heart rate will come down, and their brain wave activity will show different patterns. They will feel physically at ease, yet will be fully awake. They may be highly responsive to suggestion.
What can I expect during my visit to the hypnotherapist? Linda will start by asking about your medical history and any problems you’re experiencing. She will explain what hypnosis is, how it works, and what you should expect. You will then be directed through the process of relaxation, and she will use a series of mental images and suggestions intended to help you change unwanted behaviors and relieve your symptoms. For example, if you have panic attacks the hypnotherapist might give you the suggestion that you will be able to relax whenever you want to in the future, in order to help ease your symptoms. The hypnotherapist will give you suggestions and techniques to use at home to further your treatment.
What illnesses or conditions respond well to hypnotherapy? Hypnosis is used in a variety of settings, from dental offices (to control gagging, bleeding, and anxiety) to the emergency room. Hypnotherapy can help reduce feelings of fear, anxiety, pain, and discomfort in emergency room settings. Some medical facilities use hypnotherapy following surgery to help improve recovery times and reduce post-operative pain. Self-hypnosis can be used to bring about a sense of control, which can be especially helpful for those with chronic illnesses.
There is evidence that hypnosis can improve immune function, decrease stress and anxiety, and ease pain, among other benefits. Some clients have found that hypnotherapy can reduce pain to such a degree that they are able to eliminate pain medications altogether.
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