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About 14.8 million American adults suffer from depression. If you are among the many people struggling with depression and trying to find effective treatment, hypnotherapy Los Angeles might help.
Depression comes in various forms. Some people experience depression once in their lifetime as a brief episode. For many others, depression is recurring or chronic. In severe cases, the condition can become debilitating, or even fatal. No matter the severity, depression has a significant impact on the lives of its victims.
There are numerous mainstream and alternative methods for treating depressive disorders. The most prevalent treatment includes the countless anti-depressants that are advertised by pharmaceutical companies. While these medications are said to be effective, they don’t always work for everyone. And when you consider all the side effects, antidepressants may not be the best option. Psychotherapy is another popular treatment for depression, but it doesn’t work for everyone.
As for alternative treatments, hypnosis therapy is recognized as a potentially effective treatment for depression. Like many therapies, hypnosis is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but if you are being affected by depression, hypnosis is a treatment worth considering.
But how does hypnosis, when put in a clinical context, treat depression? Although hypnosis is usually thought of as a tool to aid behavioral medicine, hypnosis techniques enhance treatment where cognitive behavior falls short. Here’s how:
Hypnosis accesses your subconscious
Symptoms of depression manifest in the conscious mind—which is only ten percent of the mind. Hypnosis
brings the conscious mind into the background and brings the subconscious to the foreground. By accessing the subconscious, we can treat one hundred percent of the mind, instead of trying to only treat the symptoms.
It releases stored emotions
Hypnotherapy enables the therapist and you to reach the deepest level of your subconscious and thus,
the deepest level of your experiences, and stored emotions. When the hypnosis therapist accesses these memories, they work together with the client to release troubling experiences from the mind and body. Clients have found that when the process of exploring experiences is complete, their depression is lifted and stop their compulsive behaviors.
It replaces trauma with positivity
Because people are most open to suggestion when entranced, numerous healing sessions of hypnosis therapy can replace recurring anxious thoughts which often plague survivors of traumatic experiences. A certified hypnotherapist will offer positive affirmations to take the place of self-sabotaging thoughts.
Our mental and emotional states affect our physical state. When troubling thoughts and behaviors are resolved, hypnotic suggestions can improve a client’s bodily functions. Hypnosis can treat restless sleep, low energy, chronic pain, and other physical ailments associated with depression. If you are struggling with depression, it might be time to try hypnotherapy Los Angeles.
Struggling with pain can be extremely unpleasant and in the least bit immensely frustrating, whether it’s acute or chronic pain. Most of the time, intense pain can lead to stress and likewise stress can trigger and worsen one’s physical pain. This stress and pain takes a toll on your body and negatively impacts your life, disabling you from normal day-to-day activities.
When looking to solutions or ways to alleviate this distressing pain, many often turn to medication or drugs. While your pain is temporarily subdued, almost all drugs have frightening side effects and soon your pain will return. Now it may seem like there is no solution to your pain, but luckily Hypnotherapy Los Angeles is an effective way to take away any distressing aches.
You may be wondering what hypnotherapy is or how hypnosis for pain works. The basic definition of hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis as a healing technique. Hypnosis works by changing a patient’s consciousness or state of mind, so that the conscious mind is concealed and the subconscious mind comes in front.
There are also two different types of hypnotherapy:
No matter what type of hypnotherapy, this type of therapy is extremely helpful and sufficient in controlling one’s pain. Studies have shown that hypnotherapy can be useful in relieving childbirth pain, surgical pain, and dental pain. Hypnosis is also effective with pre- and -post surgery. In 1996, the National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Panel Report considered hypnosis as a practical and effective solution to treat pain associated with cancer and many other pain conditions. Helen Crawford, professor emeritus of psychology at Virginia Tech reports that pain is an awareness created by the brain. Any pain or ache can be treated when your mind and brain rather than your pain is in control.
Specifically for chronic suffering from chest pain, lower back pain, headaches, to gastrointestinal pain, hypnosis successfully reduces pain. According to studies, more than 70 million people in the United States have chronic pain. Techniques which are helpful with pain treatment include progressive or systemic muscle relaxation, autogenic training, and breathing. Progressive muscle relaxation allows one to notice differences between tension and relaxation. Autogenic training helps by using imagery and body awareness. Lastly, breathing techniques can effectively relieve one’s stress.
All these components of hypnotherapy will relieve your pain and help you feel great again. Let your mind be in control with the help of Hypnotherapy Los Angeles. Eliminate your pain and feel the change to a positive and happy life.
If you are struggling with anxiety or a debilitating phobia, you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 40 million adults age 18 or older suffer from a form of anxiety—that’s 18% of the population. If you’ve tried to treat your anxiety with meditation, exercise, and even talk therapy to no avail, it might be time to give an alternative treatment a try: hypnosis for anxiety, fears, phobias.
Many people suffer from irrational fears in the form of anxiety and phobias, and according to the National Institute of Mental Health, the percentage of people with anxiety disorders in on the rise. Phobias usually develop during childhood and are harbored in adulthood. Feelings of fears and anxiety often cause individuals to build their lives around their phobias. Although they are aware that their feelings are irrational, people with phobias experience exaggerated fears.
Phobias are categorized into these four types:
1. Natural environment phobias (fear of heights, water, darkness, etc.)
2. Animal phobias (fear of snakes, spiders, dogs, etc.)
3. Blood-injection-injury phobias (fear of blood, injections, injury, etc.)
4. Situational phobias (fear of heights, flying, dentists, etc.)
Though phobias can be categorized differently, they are formed in the same way and can be treated by a trained hypnotherapist.
By now you are probably aware that hypnosis is less of a stage performance and more of a therapeutic method. While using trance to relieve anxiety and fears seems unorthodox, there is a great deal of published research about the use of hypnotherapy for stress and fears. Direct suggestions haves sometimes proven to treat anxiety and phobias effectively. More often than not, however, direct suggestions are ineffective. But before you cast doubt on the relieving properties of hypnotherapy, consider that the process of induction and deepening alone is enough to calm stress. Moreover, there are numerous methods hypnotherapists employ to treat people with anxiety and phobias.
Systemic desensitization is where hypnosis and Neurolinguistics meet. The procedure enables an individual to gain an impression of inherent authority over fearful or panic-inducing triggers. The advantages of hypnotic desensitization over traditional desensitization are enhanced visualization as well as the ability to have post-hypnotic suggestions encourage healthy behavioral responses.
Low self-esteem is a trait that is commonly associated with anxiety. If that is the case, hypnotherapists often employ ego-strengthening methods. The intimate connection between mind and body is an aspect of hypnosis that is often overlooked. But when treating a fragile ego, hypnotherapists will use the mind-body connection to provide relief through repaired self-regulation.
Hypnotherapists might also choose to age regress patients to experiences immediately before they began to feel fearful or anxious. This approach offers the sequence of reactions to unfolding, enabling the hypnotherapist and the individual to pinpoint situations that evoke anxiety or fear. Additionally, age regression can provide a resource state that can be brought to the consciousness when the individual experiences times of high stress. Not only does age regression identify the conflicts that cause a person’s anxiety and phobias, but enables the individual to bring coping mechanisms to conscious awareness.
In addition to being highly addictive, smoking is dangerous. It’s one of the leading causes of cancer. It heightens your risk of heart and lung disease. In addition to these serious illnesses, smoking is also linked to heart attacks, strokes, cataracts, and bone fractures. On a superficial level, smoking affects your appearance: poor skin tone, sagging arms, lines around the lips, hair loss, and age spots are all tell-tale signs of smoking. With all the damage smoking causes inside and outside of your body, is there any reason you wouldn’t want to quit?
Quitting smoking is notoriously difficult. If you’ve tried nicotine gum and patches to no avail, it might be time to try hypnosis. If your opinions of hypnosis are informed by party tricks, you may be wondering why use hypnosis for smoking cessation? It can’t be stressed enough that hypnosis is first and foremost a therapeutical tool, not a form of entertainment. As a result, hypnotherapy is used to aid weight loss, anger management, and gain a higher self-esteem.
While there is debate surrounding how hypnosis actually works, one thing is certain: heightened concentration during a hypnotic trance also increases your reception to suggestion. As for hypnosis for smokers, a session will usually begin with the patient envisioning the adverse outcomes of smoking. The hypnotherapist might even suggest that cigarette smoke smells like something unpleasant to the patient. Another popular tactic among hypnotherapists is Spiegel’s method that consists of three concepts:
1. Smoking poisons the body
2. You need your body to live
3. You should respect your body and protect it
After the session the patient will learn self-hypnosis—primarily reciting the Spiegel’s method whenever a cigarette craving occurs.
Although hypnosis is not effective for everyone (about 1 in 4 people are unable to be hypnotized), the effects of successful hypnosis vary among patients. While numerous studies show different conclusions, the American Cancer Society found that anecdotal evidence suggests hypnosis has helped some people quit smoking.
It’s never too late to quit smoking, and hypnotherapy Los Angeles can aid you in the journey towards a healthy lifestyle.
Hypnosis is typically thought of as a performance on stage or a party trick. But hypnosis therapy Los Angeles won’t have you quacking like a duck in front of a large audience. Hypnosis is an ancient attention-focusing technique that can be used as meditation. And when placed in a clinical context, it can be used as therapy. Hypnotherapy can treat a myriad of issues including smoking cessation, anxiety, and even weight loss.
If you’re having trouble reaching your ideal weight why not add trance to your weight loss efforts? While the practice sounds pseudoscientific, a reanalysis by the University of Connecticut found that may not be the case. Participants who used hypnosis lost an average of fifteen pounds compared to the control group who only lost an average of about six pounds. The same meta-analysis found that participants who used hypnosis were more successful in keeping the weight off.
If you’ve never experienced hypnosis for weight loss or don’t know someone who has, it can be difficult to understand how hypnosis is an effective treatment. That trance-like state you experience when you’re driving or watching a movie is the same trance-like state you are meant to achieve during hypnosis. That trance-like state is also when you are most responsive to suggestion. Although you aren’t asleep and although you are in control of your actions, the suggestions you hear when in a hypnotic state are influential. When using hypnotherapy to change or instill a habit, the change first starts within your mind before it finally manifests itself in your conscious.
To have a peak at hypnotherapy weight loss lessons, check out these concepts you can practice on your own, even if you’re not entranced.
1. The key to success is within YOU
Regardless of what your goals are, hypnotherapists believe you have everything you need to achieve them. If you want to lose weight, you don’t need to try another fad diet. To slim down, you need to trust in your abilities. Losing weight is about balance. Sometimes you’ll need to practice before you reach that balance, and that’s okay.
2. Emphasize the positive
While negative suggestions like “Cake will make you sick,” seem effective, they won’t lead to lasting change. For permanent results, think positive. Father-son hypnotherapy duo, doctors Herbert and David Spiegel, devised the popular suggestion: “For my body, too much food is damaging. I need my body to live. I owe my body respect and protection.” For motivation, write your own upbeat mantra and repeat it daily.
3. Envision success
Visualizing triumph readies you for a triumphant reality. Imagine a day of healthy eating habits and that will help you take the steps to implement the steps towards a healthy lifestyle. If you’re having trouble imagining that, it’s time to reflect. Try finding an old picture of you when you were happy with your weight. Try to remember what you were doing then and return to those practices.
Hypnosis, like weight loss, is a process. It takes practice, but with the help of hypnotherapy Los Angeles, you’ll find that the results are well worth the effort.
Hypnotherapy is a treatment that is now coming of age. People are finding information through articles and word of mouth such as referrals from friends, colleagues, and the Internet. These same people are spreading the message that it works! Hypnotherapy works because we are not only accessing the conscious mind and using proven cognitive tools but are also accessing the subconscious mind, (the most powerful part of our minds) as well.
People are finding life more difficult to navigate and feel more stress and anxiety in their work life and their personal lives. A well-trained and experienced hypnotherapist teaches her/his clients how to navigate and move forward in a complicated world. Clients are learning healthy ways to manage and release the stresses of life, rather than carrying them and feeling weighed down.
Confidence is learned and there are specific actions that can be taken to create the habit of being confident. Hypnosis can be a key ingredient. It is also important for clients to be responsible for using the methods and tools so they not only learn them, but automatically turn to them in cases of upset, negative habits and reactions. These new actions and behaviors create a trust and confidence within ourselves. Clients are learning and able to use these tools and different responses rather than reacting the same ways and having the same negative results. These new behaviors are empowering; they make us feel better. The new tools enable us to be the people we want to be. This results in clients feeling productive, relaxed, motivated and comfortable within themselves.
Isn’t that what we all want?
Hypnotherapy can help clients in many areas of their lives. Whether it is a fear, a weight problem, a negative thought pattern, a bad habit or other destructive behaviors hypnotherapy can lead to healthy solutions.
Ava Evans, Certified Hypnotherapist
Union Board Member
Yes you can! There are different paths to finding more joy in your life. I am here to write about hypnotherapy and the cognitive work that you can learn that will enhance your time here.
See your life as a maneuverable vessel that can be influenced in positive ways in spite of how or where the sea of life takes you. There are innumerable ways to influence your mood and direction, for instance, writing down your feelings in a journal or book. Writing your feelings is often helpful for processing and venting your emotions which can help you, identify, clarify and move on rather than remaining stuck.
This five minute exercise, from the ancient art called Jin Shin Jyutsu® allows you to harmonize and balance your emotions as well as increase your energy. This small part of Jin Shin involves holding the fingers individually, (as each finger is related to an emotion) allowing you to balance blocked energy that is causing distress.
For more information go to: https://youtu.be/cdZbxcoipSQ
Using breath work can enhance your moods and lift you to a healthier level of contentment. When you are in hypnosis I anchor that calmed relaxed feeling you are experiencing (using the 7/11 breathe). On the inhale you put your finger and thumb together and I give you two words that create calmness within. On the longer exhale you are given two other calming words as you separate your finger and thumb. This is called an anchor. When you use this anchor 5-7 breaths a few times a day it gets stronger like a muscle and can be used anytime to create that wonderful relaxed feeling you get in hypnosis.
Another useful technique is to turn towards the creative part of your mind during times of stress, whether it is painting, drawing, playing an instrument or listening to music these right brain hobbies can also assist in bringing about a lighter sense of mood and comfort.
Meditation is also very important in bringing about a healthier state of mind, whether it is a guided meditation like “Headspace” (an app) or simply quieting your mind each day for 20 minutes. Just taking that time for yourself and acknowledging you are worth it is vital.
I make my clients a new hypnosis recording with each session so listening to those allows you to go to that relaxing beautiful calm, resourceful and positive place within.
Any and all of these resources are useful and powerful tools to enhance your life…Enjoy!
Ava Evans, C.Ht.
Isn’t it time for us to stop making excuses and create the life we want, to be the person we want to be? We have all heard it before but let’s take it in now. If we keep doing the same things without changing our attitudes, habits and patterns we will keep getting similar results. So if you want to move forward in a positive way, you must do things differently that relate to what you want to change.
If you want to have a healthier body for instance, it’s time to eat foods that are in alignment with that goal. Don’t make excuses about change being difficult or inconvenient; it is a choice. Each moment of each day we make choices to get up and exercise, buy or order healthy foods or not. You make choices to care enough about yourself, to feel you are that important or not. It is a choice to fall back on old habits or create new ones that will allow you to feel better about yourself, and your life.
I am not saying changing your life-style is always easy, but I am saying it is doable. The question is do you think you are worth it? If the answer is no then you may want to ask yourself “why I you believe I’m not worth it and how can I change that negative belief system?”
If those deep seated negative beliefs are not allowing you to be in a healthy personal relationship, with food or with yourself you may want to consult a hypnotherapist, a psychologist or a marriage and family counselor.
If changing your negative belief system is something that you believe will improve your life, the moment is now because truthfully that is all we have. The past is gone tomorrow may never come, now is it! Isn’t it time to put you first for a while?
When you tend to your needs you can then meet the needs of those you love, work for and play with better; you become more focused, more relaxed, more comfortable and happier with the healthy balanced life you are now creating for yourself. I would say you are worth it, what about you?
Ava Evans, C. Ht.
You hear it more than ever these days” be in the present”, well easier said than done.
What I have found is that being in the moment is a habit that we acquire by being more mindful. Being mindful means bringing our awareness to whatever we are doing in the moment. The trick is that being mindful is also a habit that we must work on as well.
When we begin the journey of mindfulness many of us are just not used to living that way. We focus on the future or the past and that is exactly why we are not enjoying our lives in the moment. I do not claim that mindfulness is an easy path to walk. Getting used to being mindful is a journey of consciousness it is not a destination.
I could list many books to help you toward this worthy goal, as I do for my clients. The use of hypnotherapy and meditation is helpful as well in retraining the mind, but the most important element is your dedication and willingness to change. Yoga can be another helpful component. Any activity that allows you to practice having to be aware when you are doing it can be important in moving you toward this goal.
When we focus on the past we often feel depressed. When we focus on the future we often feel anxious. Only when we are in the moment can we enjoy our lives thoroughly and completely.
When we live in the present we have the ability to become more authentic and comfortable with ourselves, freeing us. When we are truly in the moment it releases us from our old patterns from the past, enabling us to move forward with a feeling of confidence, clarity, motivation, calm and purpose that we are here now!
Ava Evans, C.Ht.
Are you hard on yourself? Many of us are. If you were to monitor your conversations with yourself you might find that you unconsciously criticize yourself more than you think. Unfortunately that can work against you in many areas of your life, especially when it comes to confidence.
The problem is that you probably do not notice that you are subtly putting yourself down, day after day after day, but your subconscious mind notices. Those constant negative put downs and conversations to yourself affect you in what you decide to do each day. Do you dare go for that job, promotion, partner those healthy choices, exercise, food or that friendship? You may not feel like you deserve to have what you want in life and therefore develop sabotaging behaviors that interfere with your healthy goals. If you are consistently saying/hearing negative thoughts about you how can you feel good about yourself, how can you be successful, a responsive partner and parent and what are you passing on to your children?
We are after all most suggestible to ourselves so isn’t it important to give yourself positive messages? We may not have learned that at home or at school or in life, but you can learn and hypnosis can help.
If you find that you are not creating enough success in your work, your personal life in which you seem to be attracting what you do not want it is essential to change the channel on those negative suggestions. It is important to begin to learn to be more mindful, patient, gentle and forgiving toward yourself in order to have the life you want and deserve.
This may sound like a tall order, to realign your thinking, but with the assistance of hypnosis, I have seen many clients do just that, and their lives just get better and better.
Ava Evans, C.Ht.
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