Examples are: Panic attacks, constant worry, stress, anger, irritability, hypervigilance, Abandonment, avoidant behavior
These all arise out of behaviors we developed as young children. A method known as “thought stopping” allows us to insert a moment of evaluating the cause and the reaction (response versus reactivity) so that we can control our behavior instead of allowing it to control us. As well, I’ll always add a “replacement” tool, or “anchor”, to be used as soon as these thoughts come to our mind and before they can cause any real anxieties.
Examples are: Flying, Heights, Public Speaking, Claustrophobia, Driving, Animals
These develop either because of a prior experience that greatly affected (Fear) us or they have no prior negative experience but develop and worsen as we worry about them (phobia). Treatment involves finding the original cause, if there is one, and addressing it. If there is no obvious cause, desensitization and reframing (approaching the problem from a very different perspective) under hypnosis is extremely effective.
Smoking is one of the hardest addictions to overcome (the hardest chemical addiction according to Psychology Today!). With proper motivation, the success rate of hypnosis can approach 75%. I screen people and will only work with ones who are extremely motivated. The hypnosis “program” to stop smoking includes other methods of behavior modification that must be followed. It is a 3 session program.
Examples are: Nail biting, jaw clenching, hair pulling
Habits develop as a replacement for stress, anxieties, worries, etc. Whereas at one point in time they served to relieve stress, as we get older they no longer do and are no longer needed. Thus addressing the cause (often anxiety or stress) and substituting healthier behaviors is the goal.
Examples are: Sports Performance, test taking, driving, Writer’s block
Guided visual imagery, improving focus by lessening distractions, and increasing confidence in prior successes can help overcome these anxieties. Although hypnosis can’t improve upon someone’s natural ability, it can help people raise the level of their performance. Tiger Woods, Mary Lou Retton (Olympic Gold Medalist in Gymnastics), Jimmy Conners and Michael Jordan (the entire Chicago Bulls’ team used self-hypnosis) have all used hypnosis with great success.
Examples are: Insomnia, Nightmares, procrastination, self-esteem, confidence
All of these arise out of prior experiences and habits among other causes. They can be addressed effectively through behavior modification, reframing, breaking old and forming new associations.
Hypnosis is NOT a substitute for marriage counseling however behaviors that are destructive in relationships can often be addressed, complimenting other therapies. An example might be anger and it’s effect on others.