Finally, a Bridge between Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis!

New research by  Francois Ansermet, a psychoanalyst, and Pierre Magistretti, a neuroscientist, shows how, rather than polar opposites, both fields are describing the same dynamics in the personality, behaviors, and motivation.

“The physical traces revealed in neuroplasticity correspond to a central tenet of psychoanalysis that life leaves its traces on the psyche as well.”

A common desire for my hypnosis clients is to be able to break through their subconscious resistance to change or a deep seated fear and anxiety. They are aware that something keeps holding them back, but aren’t sure what it is.

With the relatively new perspective of neuroplasticity, the knowledge that the “ever-changing brain is continually shaped by experience, . . . it means that we all have the capacity to change dysfunctional or unhealthy patterns.”

The Swiss researchers’ model suggests that therapy actually “resculpts” old patterns of thinking and reacting into healthier ways of being.

Psychiatrist Phillip Luloff stated that-

“It talks to the hope that one has that there can be change, that the brain is flexible and plastic. And that by the induction of just talk [analysis] they seem to be able show that there is a modification in the structure of the brain, which causes an evolution in perhaps the way the person functions and may lead to the healing in the troubled people with whom we work, including ourselves.”

Research into mind and brain could help patients with psychological disorders.

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

Your Unlived Lives

When we say “I” enjoy living in the mountains or “I” have had a successful career in management, we are usually only expressing a perspective from one of the many selves we have inside us. While a strong “I” may prefer the mountains, there may be another “I” within who loves the excitement of urban living and misses the culture and restaurants of city life.  The “I” who is proud of business accomplishments may have long suppressed another “I” who has longed to sail around the world.

At mid-life, many of us start to reassess our course. At every turn of our journey, another path has been thwarted or suppressed, but now it’s time to regroup. In the time that we have left-15, 20, 30 years, how do we most want to spend our time? Do we still have the same motivations? Do we even value the things that we once did?

Seeing his talent and love of music, we sent our youngest son to a school of the arts and made sure that he had the best musical teachers. He won a full scholarship to a well-respected art institute to major in music composition, surrounded by a phenomenal artistic community. Years later, he has lamented that he never attended a “normal” high school or got to play sports.

In “Living Your Unlived Life: Coping with Unrealized Dreams and Fulfilling Your Purpose in the Second Half of Life, Jungian analysts Robert A. Johnson and Jerry Ruhl provide an inventory with questions like these to ponder.

  • How would you title your life story?
  • What were some of the missed opportunities or paths not taken?
  • Which talents and abilities have you not applied?

There are many examples of the power of using our minds to create new possibilities. Neural pathways are carved just by imagining that we are engaged in a new activity. People mentally visualizing playing a musical instrument or a sport show almost as much increase in skill level and accuracy as those actually practicing the activity.

For those ready to chart a new life direction, at Technologies of the Self, we start with an in-depth, non-judgmental inventory of your talents, qualities, and potentials to see what unlived lives you may want to embark on.   Our life coaching methods are cutting edge.

But we don’t stop there.  Hypnosis and visualization techniques allow us to go beyond the limitations of what the conscious mind can achieve.  You are guided into a deep state, where your critical mind, the part that has been in charge so far, relaxes.  Your subconscious mind, where your unlived selves are still waiting, is ready to open up and to create your unrealized life dreams. Through hypnosis you can visualize yourself engaged in your heart’s desires, living your new life, and immediately be headed towards your new destination.

Call 720-515-8411 for a complimentary session to see how hypnotherapy can support you in achieving a more creative and satisfying life journey.

Strategies for Living

The great postmodern philosopher Gilles Deleuze once said that “a theory is like a box of tools.”  If there is a tool in the box that is useful to you at the moment, pick it up and use it.

If not?  Pack the tools away and stick them in the attic.

After years of academic and exploratory research, we have uncovered and borrowed many of the most effective and dramatic techniques of self transformation from East and West, from ancient Greece to the present.

Our goal is not to provide a single coherent philosophy and set of practices for all people, but instead to make available a wealth of discrete strategies for personal growth that will make life more beautiful and artful, and will lead to power, freedom, joy and pleasure.

Contact us now for a full life coaching experience and begin to enjoy all that life has to offer, whether you are learning to win in business, or to relax and let your hair down in your off time.

We have 2 conveniently located offices in Denver, but hypno-coaching is just as effective by phone.

The initial consultation is complimentary.  Find out how hypnotherapy can help you to reach your goals. Clients have had great success with our Success is not an Accident Program.

Email Victoria for more information: or call 720-202-3078.