Two weeks ago we posted 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Hypnotherapy and received so much positive feedback that this morning, we’re lucky to follow up with a post from Elaine Suben, NYC psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, about the how-tos of clinical hypnosis. Particularly, how can hypnosis help you build confidence and self-esteem?
Clinical hypnosis is a tool to help people “tap into” and utilize their strengths in order to fulfill their potential and reach their goals. This treatment approach helps us become “unstuck” and gain insight into how negative thoughts can keep us down. Clients explore, with their therapist’s guidance, how to “open up doors” and think creatively. This frees us to access internal positive resources and lift self-imposed limitations.
Common quotes related to hypnosis are, “Trance is a natural everyday experience” and “You use hypnosis not as a cure but as a means of establishing a favorable climate in which to learn” (—Milton Erickson).
Accordingly, clinical hypnosis facilitates one’s ability to go into trance, or an altered state of consciousness. In this state, one experiences a heightened sense of perception and focused concentration. This allows the conscious mind to recede into the background, while the subconscious mind emerges, bypassing linear thinking, and accessing all the positive resources one is born with for creative problem solving. The shift is from the intellectual to the experiential.
Some examples of inductions are:
In this stage, the client accesses a deeper state of relaxation, leading to a trance-like state in which the conscious mind (cognition) recedes into the background, and the subconscious mind emerges and grows more and more present.
Some examples of deepening are:
Both examples above utilize imagery of descending and settling down.
This is the “work” of hypnotherapy. The goal is to build confidence and self-esteem, and some examples of ways to do this are:
The therapist may slowly count backwards from ten, as the client gently comes back “into the room” into a normal waking state, restored and refreshed and ready to go on with his or her day.
Clients can learn self-hypnotic techniques to utilize outside of sessions.
Clinical hypnosis may be utilized in conjunction with ongoing talk therapy that is already established, or as a separate, stand-alone therapeutic approach.
A dictionary definition of confidence is: a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities.
With confidence and self-esteem, we can move forward in life with a sense of ease and wellbeing, feeling “right with the world” and sharing our talents and gifts with the universe. Hypnotherapy can help you get there.
Clinical hypnosis has also has been found to be effective in addressing habit/smoking cessation, pain management, phobias, preparation for childbirth and preparation for surgery.
And as Rilke said, “The only journey is the one within.”
Thank you, Elaine, for sharing your perspective and such helpful insight about hypnotherapy with us today.
If you’d like to connect with Elaine directly to learn more about her work or book an appointment, please email her at [email protected] We know she looks forward to hearing from you.
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Elaine Suben LCSW-R is a psychotherapist in private practice in the Financial District of NYC. After graduating with her MSW from the NYU Silver School of Social Work, she honed her clinical skills in outpatient mental health clinics and private practice, in Brooklyn and Manhattan, working with children, adolescents, families, couples, adults and seniors. Elaine utilizes a psychodynamic approach to treatment and incorporates mindfulness and positive psychology into her work. She completed her post-graduate training in clinical hypnosis at the Center for the Advancement of Training in Clinical Hypnosis and was certified by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Elaine is also a member of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work and the National Association of Social Workers.