Hypnotherapy, what is in it for me? you may ask. How can it help? Hypnotherapy is for anybody who has a sound mind, and wants to make some changes in their lives. Besides providing relaxation from one’s busy schedule and relieving anxiety, hynotherapy can solve many problems. In order to be helped, however, the patient has to truly have the desire to want to make changes. This process can help you lose weight, eliminate pain, help insomniacs, get rid of undesirable habits, and benefit people in so many different ways.
Mike Alcouloumre, a hypnotherapist, got started in this field because he had a strong desire to help people. When he first started his training and heard others give their reasons for pursuing this science, he had his own reasons. Initially, he started helping people who wanted to get help in improving their performance in sports, since he was an avid sports lover himself. He started with golfers. He helped them perform better by building confidence in them. He did this by telling them while they were under hypnosis, to rehearse seeing themselves perform. They were to see images of themselves going through all the steps successfully that a good golfer goes through.
“They build confidence by visualizing that they are doing well,” said Alcouloumre. “Like mentaly rehearsing.”
He has also used this technique on singers, actors, and indiiduals who are in other fields.
Hypnoherapy helps by suggesting to the unconscious mind what the person wants to accomplish.
“What it does,” said Alcouloumre, “My suggestion tells the person that he or she is capable of doing what they are motivated to accomplish.”
He has helped people who have wanted to change jobs. For example, one client was in a field that he had lost interest in, so he decided that he wanted to do something more creative. He wanted to do some type of grapics for movies. Alcouloumre went through the same procedure as he uses for singers or actors.
“They go go through a complete visualization of the task that is to be performed,” he said.
Thses sessions last an hour. The first half hour is spent on talking about problems and goals, and the last half hour is devoted to the hypnotizing session.
Hypnosis also helps healthy weight loss. Alcouloumre uses a different image technique regarding eating habits.
“People who are over eating are under sress,”remarked Alcouloumre. “They need to build a new re-action to food.”
Before going through hypnosis, however, Alcouloumre talks to the patient. He tries to find out more about their eating problems and situations that are causing their stress. He then proceeds with the hypnosis part of the therapy. When under hypnosis, he suggests that they are taking a walk or drinking water instead of reaching out for that piece of cake or whatever the food may be.. The patient can also choose whatever image he wants in order to divert his attention from food. The purpose of these images is to make the mind believe that this is what the person really wants to do rather than eating. This individual, when finished with the therapy sessions, may have a desire to go for a walk or whatever image was implanted instead of eating. Alcouloumre will also recreate a calm frame of reference with his clients.
Alcouloumre indicated that many people come to him because of their sleeping problem. Some of his insomniac patients told him that they have tried everything and nothing has helped. He gets quite a few people with this type of problem. They tell him that they will go through hypnotherapy as a last resort.. This therapist will try to find out the reason for their sleep problem before he hypnotizes them. He gives them suggestions and what they are striving for while in hypnosis. He also gives them a CD that will relax them before they go to sleep.
Alcouloumre states that he has helped himself with mild allergy problems. He suffers from allergies the first couple of months during Spring. He has had hay fever. During self-hypnosis, he convinces himself that he is not suffering from his allergies. As soon as he feels his symptoms begin, he goes through his procedure. He does this about 15 minutes a day for about a week. His symptoms disappear.
When it comes to individuals who have deeper problems, hypnotherapy works well when the hypnotist works with a patient who is also going to a psychiatrist.. Alcouloumre does not work with a patient who has deep psychological problems unless the patient is going through psychotherapy.
psychoanalyst, Dr. Emanuel Honig, gives an example of what can happen to someone who goes through hypnosis who has deep problems. He said that if someone has deep conflicts due to an early childhood trauma, hypnosis might cause other severe problems.
In general, most people find this type of therapy very relaxing and pleasurable and gives them the benefits that they are looking for.