Why Use or Learn Hypnosis?

by Dr. William Mitchell, CI

In the state of mind we label Hypnosis, research studies show we are more responsive to suggestion. Hypnosis can help us use our inner abilities to achieve a goal. Pain management, habit control, fears, and a vast range of psychological and medical issues may be addressed in a positive way with Hypnosis.

Doesn’t Every Therapeutic Intervention Involve Suggestive Communication? Hypnosis is a process of suggestive communication! “Hypnosis allows for therapeutic possibilities simply not likely through other means. This alone warrants serious consideration.” (Yapko; Family Therapy Magazine, Aug. 2008)

As a Pastor, I was very traditional, then I learned of Hypnosis. I called a psychologist, that belonged to my church, he said, “Hypnosis is great! I use hypnosis with my clients. Hypnosis is a valuable tool.” Since then, Hypnotism has helped my clients in all types of pastoral counseling, pain management, weight control, smoking cessation and confidence issues. See www.mitchellprogram.com and www.hypnoprogram.com for more info about my practice.

In the age of psychopharmacology, I believe too many Practitioners are often more likely to encourage clients to try drugs than to teach new coping skills. For many Practitioners learning a new technique like Hypnosis is outside their comfort zones, (As it was mine!). However,in an age where many Practitioners are talking about “mindfulness”, ”focusing”, ”guided imagery”, “mind-body healing” it is clear that these techniques are hypnoticly based in their use of focusing and suggestive methods to achieve their results. If you want to learn and understand more about how to use the seemingly automatic unconscious processes to help clients, then learning HYPNOSIS makes sense.
How could you use Hypnosis to help people?

Hypnosis is typically integrated with the approach of the counselor/hypnotist (CBT, EFT,IPT, DBT, MBCT, etc.). HYPNOSIS amplifies experience. Automatic Thoughts? What about using hypnosis to install positive automatic thoughts? HYPNOSIS can be used to manage symptoms. Reduce anxiety,manage pain,help sleep etc. HYPNOSIS can be used to foster skill acquisition. Hypnosis is a vehicle of experiential learning. There is evidence that hypnosis enhances teaching clients specific skills ,such as social skills or problem-solving skills. HYPNOSIS can be used to establish associations and dissociations. Hypnosis allows one to structure sessions according to the aspects of experience which might benefit the client to connect to or disconnect from, or to amplify or de-amplify.

Other ways to use HYPNOSIS: To build positive expectations, enhance empathy and sensitivity toward others, amplify and work with emotion-laden memories, enhance cognitive flexibility, instill better coping skills and to increase self-efficacy. (Yapko,2008)

At Mitchell Institute of Professional Hypnosis we start at the Introductory Level, with Certification Training June 17-22. Students are given a solid foundation of practice, (We are seeking volunteer subjects for habit control.) theory, and ethics. However, we also offer Advanced Classes like, “Using Evidence Based Therapies with Hypnotherapy” with Richard Nongard, LMFT June 22, 2013.

Please call 800-662-3040 for more info. Applications may be downloaded at www.mitchellinstitute.com or call 800-662-3040.