Significant life events and the day-to-day grind sometimes leave us vulnerable to negative self-talk and stuck emotions. A sort of counter-productive programming can occur in the subconscious mind and become so ingrained that we are no longer aware that the negativity exists at all. These counterproductive thoughts often cause individuals to become depressed, anxious, and often both. Hypnotherapy is a beneficial practice that changes negative patterns, enhances your strengths and creates balance, contentment, and fulfillment.
1) Heightened Motivation, Centering and Becoming Your Own Best Self
To better understand the benefits of hypnotherapy, picture your hypnotist as a guide to help you overcome obstacles and achieve your goals. During our sessions, you enter a relaxed state and begin to let go of negative thoughts and patterns.
My goal is to bring those things that are stuck to the surface and then provide you with suggestions that empower you to find motivation, become centered in the life and grow to be the best person you can be.
2) Becoming Unstuck after a Traumatic Event
Many clients visit my practice to overcome life events such as the death of a loved one, a job loss or divorce. Although the reality of the trauma is static, your attitude surrounding the event or reaction to it is not. When emotions and reactions change, it is easier to move forward and overcome the unhelpful feelings associated with it. Hypnotherapy offers great advantages in this area because it can bypass the conscious mind and provide you with the suggestions you need for recovery.
3) Overcoming Procrastination
Procrastination is often associated with a fear of failure, uncertainty or insecurity, and can impact one’s professional and personal life. You may consciously want to move forward on a path or take on new challenges, but your subconscious beliefs prevent it. The good news is that these unhelpful beliefs can be changed into positive, healthy ones so that you once again experience a natural sense of curiosity about your own potential and abilities. Hypnosis provides you with the essential motivation and the necessary tools to make this happen. The result is a more positive outlook on life’s possibilities and higher expectations about what your future holds!
4) Moving Past Phobias
Phobias are often able to be addressed and treated with the use of hypnosis. As one addresses their ability to face their irrational fears through visualization and also pairing it with relaxation cues, the anxiety decreases. Once this happens, many find it easier to move past these events and overcome the associated phobias that are currently imposing limits on their life experiences.
5) Inducing Healthy Sleep
Sleep disorders are another common problem that people seek therapy for. Often, the cause of nighttime restlessness is a psychological condition that can be effectively treated with hypnotherapy. According to Certified Clinical Hypnotist, NLP Practitioner and Life Coach Matthew Fallon, C.Ht, at Attain Your Full Potential, invoking a meditative trance allows one to actively problem solve and address what is preventing deep sleep. Additionally, hypnosis provides a period of relaxation and resulting feelings of rejuvenation and restfulness that naturally lend to deep, healthy sleep.44
6) Anger Management
Anger is an emotion that we all experience, but it can lead to problems if it gets out of control. Sometimes individuals do not know how to control their anger and act inappropriately when they become angry, lashing out at loved ones or causing self-harm. These reactions often result from behaviors learned in childhood, or perhaps, they are related to a stressful event from the past. Hypnotherapy offers a very effective solution. While in a deep hypnotic state, clients are provided with suggestions to replace negative thought patterns and change hurtful behaviors so that they can manage anger and regain their ability to maintain healthier relationships.
7) Overcoming Anxiety and Depression Anxiety and depression are conditions often triggered by physical, environmental, social, spiritual and emotional influences. While pharmaceutical medications are available to assist individuals faced with anxiety and depression, none are without risks or side effects or help individuals to deal with the root cause of their condition. Hypnotherapy, especially paired with cognitive behavioral therapy, is a natural alternative that helps to release stuck emotions and reverse negative thought patterns. After a few sessions, most clients benefit from reduced symptoms and a healthier outlook on life.
8) Physical Healing
While hypnotherapy sessions offer many emotional benefits, it is also worth noting how the induced state positively affect the physical body. Dealing with stuck emotions empowers you to make positive changes in every area of your life. From losing weight to alcohol addiction (for additional information on this type of work, refer to Hypnotherapy in Ireland with Larry McMahon), making healthier dietary choices or finding energy to exercise, hypnotherapy can have a profound impact on your ability to increase positive expectations and refocus your energy on the things that are truly important in life.
If you or someone you know might benefit from hypnotherapy sessions in San Diego, contact me to request an appointment or learn more.
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Treat Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, restlessness or uneasiness that typically occurs when we are faced with an imminent situation or one that we have little control over. While it is normal, and even helpful, to experience some level of anxiety from time to time, problems occur when anxiety is out of control, causes phobias or makes it difficult for you to live a productive and healthy life, hold a job or maintain important relationships.
Anxiety causes emotional strain on the individual, and it can also manifest physically in a variety of ways including causing shortness of breath, an irregular heartbeat, gastric and intestinal distress, insomnia, sweating, trembling and dizziness. In some cases, these physical conditions can only be controlled with medication, but in most cases, they can be effectively treated by managing your anxiety by enlisting a cognitive therapist.
When a cognitive behavioral therapist addresses anxiety we approach the problem from many different angles and target three areas in particular:
In addition to addressing the biological and environmental components of one’s life, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective intervention that addresses all three of these areas. It helps individuals to become aware of their negative thought patterns and self-doubt, learn how to behave proactively when faced with anxiety-inducing situations and feel empowered to utilize their most effective coping strategies as well as develop new ones.
Cognitive Components that Impact Anxiety
Cognitive behavioral therapy provides clients with opportunities to openly examine their own thoughts and uncover beliefs that may be unhelpful. Examples of this include realizing that you think you will fail at a job interview before it begins (catastrophization) or believing that a car crash is imminent anytime you get behind the wheel (fortune telling). This discovery process provides opportunities for change which through confronting one’s faulty logic. Cognitive recognition also provides clients with a clearer understanding of how beliefs influence their mental and physical state when certain situations present themselves. It can also alter ‘self-talk’ and replace it with kinder, more loving and forgiving dialogue that decreases anxiety and increases opportunities for success.
Behaviors and Anxiety
Cognitive behavioral therapy examines how individuals act when faced with a specific situation. The goal is to identify and shift maladaptive habits that people with social anxiety or other anxiety disorders tend to repeat and sabotage potential. Clients are then provided with behavioral experiments to change behavioral patterns and adopt effective coping mechanisms to use in a variety of anxiety-inducing situations.
Cognitive behavioral therapy offers opportunities for clients to consider how their thoughts and actions make them feel. By changing how you think about an anxiety-provoking situation and how you act when faced with it, you can change the way that you feel about that situation and sometimes, turn it into a situation that you can turn down the volume of your anxious feelings. This can be a powerful discovery and one that teaches clients how to actively participate in choosing how they will react and what their path will be.
Reach Goals Sooner with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
With cognitive behavioral therapy, clients often see results in as little as a few sessions. This is a major advantage because it has the potential to increase their confidence level and cause them to believe that they can overcome unhealthy anxiety. With their newfound hopefulness, many move forward in a more positive direction and achieve a sense of calm when faced with situations that previously triggered intense anxiety.
Trust and a Strong Client / Therapist Relationship
For cognitive behavioral therapy to be the most effective, it is important that the client is comfortable with the psychotherapist. This is especially true for clients who are prone to extreme anxiety when situations leave them feeling uncomfortable. The highest level of comfort often develops naturally when the therapist treats the client as an equal and an integral part of the healing process. Effective therapists include clients in developing their treatment plan and ask for feedback after every therapy session. Therapists must also realize that each client is an individual, and no one treatment plan will work for every person. This type of attitude fosters mutual respect and cooperation between the therapist and the client. It also increases feelings of hopefulness and curiosity about the potential for therapy that can reduce the number of sessions it takes to reach the client’s goals of reducing or eliminating anxiety and increase opportunities for success.
Anxiety disorders can take over your life and have a crippling effect on your ability to realize happiness but are also one of the most treatable conditions in the mental health spectrum. You can take positive steps to change how you react to stressful situations. As a licensed psychotherapist in San Diego, cognitive behavioral therapy is one solution that I most often recommend to help clients with anxiety walk the path toward happier, more productive lives. If the time is right to realize positive change in your life, contact me to schedule a consultation.