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What you need to know about hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy is a combination of hypnosis and therapeutic intervention. In a hypnotherapy session, after entering a deep state of relaxation, you experience a heightened and more receptive state of mind. You now can explore the impact of your sub-conscious, unconscious, and super conscious minds on your life. It is a very powerful but specialized technique used in therapy. Research shows the positive impact of hypnotherapy in actual shifts and pattern changes in comparison with traditional talk therapy to be astounding. Unresolved issues (which could include hidden and blocked thoughts, emotions, experiences, and behaviors) are brought to the surface (the conscious mind) and are processed. You make a deliberate choice to access the inner world of the self. Experiences, traumas, memories, and emotions that are affecting (and controlling) your life, are explored, and processed. Blockages are removed, your inner resources and strengths are reactivated, and you are assisted to reconnect with the power within the self.


Hypnosis is actually a state of inner absorption, focused attention, and concentration of the mind. In this state one could relax your body and focus on your own inner world of experiencing. Hypnosis has been compared to using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when your mind is focused and concentrated, you will be able to use your mind more powerfully.

What does hypnosis feel like?

It is generally speaking pleasant and relaxed feeling. While in hypnosis you are capable of moving, seeing, hearing, and speaking freely while focusing internally. You have spent a whole lifetime in hypnosis without even knowing it. Have you ever lost track of time while watching TV, reading a book, or being absorbed in a favorite activity? This state of trance that you have experienced numerous times before is hypnosis. You are therefore still attuned to the here and now and will know and remember everything you or your therapist said.

What problems can hypnotherapy help treat?

The exciting aspect of hypnotherapy is that it has and can be used to treat a wide variety of human illnesses, diseases, addictions, diagnoses and complaints. It can also be used for motivation and to help people achieve personal growth and success in their lives. In fact, what hypnotherapy can truly work for depends upon the skills of the certified hypnotherapist, their creativity, and their willingness to receive the most progressive training in the field. Any client that comes into the office of a skilled hypnotherapist may come in wanting to address one specific aspect of their life, for example weight loss. Upon working with them, however, the hypnotherapist may also learn that this person has a bad temper and would like to become a more positive, loving spouse or parent. After some time, other issues may be addressed such as considering a new profession, wanting to increase their income, or time management.The beauty of hypnotherapy is that it works effectively for all of these issues and more. Once clients realize the power of hypnotherapy as a treatment option as well as a way to improve their life, they begin to refer other friends and family members for sessions

Dr Elmari Mulder Craig is a well-known sexologist, internationally certified advanced clinical hypnotherapist, relationship and marital therapist, psychotherapist, public speaker, and published author. I 082 783 6633


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