Learn Hypnosis: Aspects of Advanced Training for Hypnotherapy

If you simply want to learn how to hypnotize a person or yourself you can do that very quickly. There are many manuals and CD's that will guide you through the steps to place one in a hypnotic trance. The main concept and skill you will learn, whether from a book, tape, CD, or instructor, is the skill of induction. Induction is the method of transition from a normal state of consciousness to an altered state of consciousness wherein you become more suggestible For advanced training, however, you will usually have to train under a master who is licensed to teach hypnotherapy technique. This article is about some of the content you may possibly cover.

Your instructor may start with a brief discussion of the origin of hypnosis. She may review some of Mesmer's discoveries. For example, early on, hypnotic trance was thought to originate from a form of magnetism. Mesmer popularized this view. Other great figures were Esdaile, Erickson, and Dave Elman. Some, like Elman, emphasize rapid induction and some, like Ericson, the subtle use of metaphor. However, these aspect focus on the induction. Your instructor will more than likely focus on what can be done with the trance state that is therapeutic, In other words, what end or use is made of the trance state? Following, I will briefly describe some of the therapeutic uses of the trance state.

Applications of the Process: Learn Hypnosis and its Therapeutic Uses

Surgery: Since Esdaile, when in India, and could not gain access to anesthetics, developed a way of anesthetizing via hypnosis, the use of the trance state has been useful in childbirth, dental work like extractions or fillings, and even amputations...all successfully carried out with only the use of the trance state.

Stop Smoking: This is a popular use of the trance state. Both negative and positive reinforcements are used. The hypnotherapist must work toward vanishing both physical and psychological states of consciousness.

Lose Weight: There are various approaches to this health concern. Visualization of the body as one wants it is often used, along with the suggestion that foods one has abused are no longer desirable.

Nail Biting and Hair Pulling: This is impulsive behavior and one does it almost unconsciously, so the tactic is often to bring the habit to a conscious level and then to transform the energy into something positive such as squeezing a ball or rubbing a key. As the habit is brought to consciousness, then the goal should be to diminish it all together.

Bed Wetting: This is usually a problem in childhood, but not always. The goal here is to bring the urge to urinate to a conscious level. Often, reciting a mantra just before going to sleep is workable. Here is such a mantra: I will know when I need to Urinate.

Regression Therapy; Uncovering a Traumatic Experience: There may have been a rape or an injury or an insult that one cannot grasp consciously, but through regression therapy is able to grasp it and dispel it. Here the therapist seeks a starburst experience for the client, where for an instant she can experience the whole of the trauma and face it.

Fear of Flying: The subconscious mind is not convinced by statistical arguments about the safety of flying. The therapist must help the client create a state of trust, enjoyment, and safety that satisfies the subconscious mind. The Conscious mind will follow suit. This is not a true phobia, for the client does not fear airplanes, but the possibility of what could happen in one of them.

Fear of ..... phobias such as rats, heights, spiders, space, etc. can be overcome through gradual encounters with the feared object in a state of altered consciousness. Each positive encounter will diminish the fear

Writers Block: Here the suggestion may be given that reading about one's topic will stimulate wanting to write about it. As a positive suggestion, the client could be focused on all that she has written in the past and how she got into the state that was productive. Speedwriting is suggested...to just start writing even if it is nonsense.

Insomnia: One will not have to continue to count sheep nor reach for sleeping tablets. Learn Hypnosis in the form of self hypnosis and you will never need to rely on gimmicks again.

Grief: Often clients have difficulty expressing the loss of a loved one.
They find it difficult to break through the barriers of social propriety and express their grief via mourning. Hypnosis can help diminish those barriers.

Sports Hypnosis: From golf to kicking routines in football, any sport's performance can be improved via a good hypnotherapy program. This is particularly true if you are seeking consistency with patterned behavior such as a golf swing or an extra point kick or field goal. What has been successful in the past can be brought forward and made into a habit. Negative habits can be minimized or eliminated. For example, a boxer may be in the habit of dropping his right guard, but in therapy his subconscious mind can be taught to correct the habit so much so that the boxer does not even have to think about it.

Learn Hypnosis: the Interconnectivity of Therapies

As you learn various approaches to hypnotherapy, you will begin to see how certain patterns overlap. For example, most of the phobias overlap and you can use some of the same approaches to work with the client. A troublesome habit such as nose picking may be covering up a traumatic experience in the past. Once the basic problem is brought to the surface, then it can be dealt with more directly.

This overview is skeletal. There are many applications of hypnosis that are not mentioned, but this should give you a taste of what is in store for you if you elect to working toward hypnotherapy certification. You will then see that there is more to being a hypnotherapist than trance induction and putting H.Ct. after your name.