Hypnosis-Myths and Misconceptions

For many of us, our only exposure to hypnosis is what is shown on TV, just an act for entertainment purposes. It actually is an effective tool for an individual to create change at a very profound level, where one’s own mind is actively engaged.

Here is a 3-minute clip of Dr. Steven Gurgevich, a psychologist specializing in Mind-Body Medicine and the author of “Hypnosis House Call, answering some commonly asked questions about the experience of hypnosis.

Myths and Misconceptions about Hypnosis

30 Uses of Hypnosis

This is not an exhaustive list, but is designed to give you an idea of the range of conditions that can be helped at Technologies of the Self.

  • Addictions-Smoking Cessation, Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Bedwetting
  • Career/Financial Success
  • Confidence/Motivation/Self Esteem, Self Image
  • Eating Disorders
  • Eczema
  • Fear of Heights, Water, Flying, Fear of Doctors, Dentists, Medical Procedures
  • Headaches
  • Immune System Support
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Memory, Concentration
  • Nail Biting
  • Pain Management
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias, Agoraphobia
  • Psoriasis
  • Fear of Public Speaking
  • Relationship Enhancement
  • Recovery from Surgery
  • Relaxation
  • Sexual Problems
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sports / Work Performance
  • Stress / Anxieties/Worry
  • Study Habits
  • Test/Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright
  • Weight Loss
  • Writer’s Block

Some issues can be resolved in just one session. Others may take a series. For some conditions, a medical referral will be requested. We believe that a team approach offers the greatest support, so we are happy to collaborate with your psychologist and/or medical professional.

Call 720-460-0758 to set up a free consultation to find out how our services can help you find relief from a challenging condition or to achieve your personal goals more effectively.

Hypnosis and Change

The simplest answer to the question is simply:  Because it works.

When we talk to a therapist in a fully alert and conscious state, we may be able to reason and analyze in ways that are important for understanding the implications of what we do.

But even when we do understand, change rarely comes easy.

We cannot change, because, on some level, we are addicted.

We are addicted to the same patterns, the same neurochemicals, the same behaviors.  Hindus call this addiction “karma.”  The Gnostics called it “sin.”

Any way you look at it, knowledge alone does not bring freedom.

Why is this the case?

Because our addictions are based on our experiences.  At some point in our past we experienced something that was so intense that we bottled up the experience and brought it inside of ourselves.  We allowed this experience to become foundational for all of our future emotional responses.

This is the karmic “drop” that resides insides of us, ready to be awakened at any moment to cause us to react.  For Sigmund Freud, this entailed a drive to endlessly repeat the events and responses that are most traumatic to us.  At some points in his writing he refers to it as the “Death Drive.”

In order to counter an experience one needs to have another experience in return.

It is not enough to reason in the state of consciousness in which we file papers or discuss the news.

Hypnosis allows us to revisit the sources of our addictions in a state of emotional intensity.  With all of our senses engaged, it becomes possible for our new experience (the desire for freedom) to override the old.

Often hypnosis brings transformation in a single session.

Why Hypnosis?

Recently a friend asked me why, with all the cutting-edge modalities available nowadays, I decided to get trained in something so old as hypnotherapy.

Well, the major reason is because it works! My starting with my undergraduate studies in psychology, I have explored and experienced many types of traditional therapy from a clinical psychologist, an MSW, a pastoral counselor, and a psychoanalyst and all of it was helpful, but my greatest, most immediate breakthroughs came from a few sessions of hypnosis. Friends and family had similar results.

Besides seeing its effectiveness in creating life changes, more information is coming out about why it works, some of it written by “cutting edge” authors. Molecular biologist Bruce Lipton, PhD, in the Biology of Belief, explains that “if an energy vibration in the environment resonates with a receptor’s antenna, it will alter the protein’s charge, causing the receptor to change shape”. . . so “biological behavior can be controlled by invisible forces, including thought, as well as it can be controlled by physical molecules, like penicillin. . .” We are not locked into our DNA, change at the core, cellular level is possible.

A study published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science, “. . . that energetic signaling mechanisms, such as electromagnetic frequencies are a hundred times more efficient in relaying environmental information than physical signals such as hormones, neurotransmitters, growth factors, etc.” (81)

In addition to our genetic makeup and how it is affected by the environment through energy fields, much of how we live our day to day lives is simply due to programming that was instilled in us as children. Lipton points out that young children’s brains are operating at the same low frequencies (theta and alpha) utilized in hypnosis to create deep suggestible states. So, we all have taken in, “downloaded”, thousands of messages whether they were appropriate for us or even accurate. All of that programming was absorbed without being filtered through the critical mind, which develops later.

It makes sense, then, that to release some of those old messages and patterns that keep us in a rut, returning to the deeper levels of consciousness would facilitate the change we (our higher level of consciousness) desire. He states, “The biggest impediments to realizing the success of which we dream are the limitations programmed into the subconscious. These limitations not only influence our behavior, they can also play a major role in determining our physiology and health. (xiv)” he goes on to say that “positive thoughts have a profound effect on behavior and genes, but only when they are in harmony with subconscious programming” (xxviii).  We, hypnotherapists, could actually term ourselves as “subconscious behavioral therapists.”

Lipton provides this quote of Gandhi-

Your beliefs become your thoughts
Your thoughts become your words
Your words become your actions
Your actions become your habits
Your habits become your values
Your values become your destiny.

Positive thinking can help, prayer and meditation can help, willpower can help, but for those of us who could use even more help, hypnotherapy can provide an extra lift out of the old rut, into a new direction and destiny.