Xavier is a teacher and Hypno-Psychotherapist in Private Practice in the Isle of Man since 2005.
The Problem with Hypnosis is the Word Hypnosis
The problem with hypnosis is the word 'hypnosis' because of its association with the antics of stage hypnotists who use hypnosis for the purpose of entertainment. For this reason many people are simply unable to see past this and as a result close the door to a very powerful healing option.
A Last Resort
Nobody deliberately or consciously sets out to develop depression but the fact is there are many people in our society who live with depression. Many of these people feel ashamed to feel the way they do and try to hide the condition for fear for being labelled negatively by society.
Many people turn to prescribed or self medication to manage their symptoms but are not satisfied with the temporary relief these may give them. Many of those who turn to hypnotherapy to address conditions such as, depression, have normally tried everything else and see it as a last resort.
Many people take medication prescribed by their GPs to alleviate the symptoms of these conditions. Others turn to alcohol and recreational drugs to manage their symptoms and can spend years taking the medication and numbing themselves with alcohol and drugs without ever addressing the root cause of the condition.
There are many reasons why a person can develop depression but invariably it is to do with repressed feelings. Analytical Hypnotherapy is a combination of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and is a treatment that provides people with the opportunity to release these repressed feelings and bring balance back into their lives.
The Emotional Root Cause
Society teaches us to suppress our emotions, especially pain, grief and sorrow, seeing its expression as a weakness of character. The expression of raw emotion conjures up negative associations in people’s minds. People who witness the expression of raw emotion feel uncomfortable and will do everything they can to stop it, the way someone might try to put out a raging fire. It is uncomfortable to witness a person 'out of control' so everything is done to get them to 'pull themselves together' so everyone can get back to feeling comfortable.
We are all conditioned from a young age to keep our feelings hidden inside of ourselves in case we upset those around us. It is this mentality that causes many people to become ill after years of stuffing down feelings and emotions. Those feelings and emotions have to be expressed some way. If we do not allow the natural expression of how we feel then they can manifest as the physical symptoms we then suffer.
The mind could be likened to a pressure cooker building up pressure each time we push down our emotions to the point where something has to give. Medication can alleviate the symptoms the same way turning off a fire alarm would eliminate the irritating noise but turning off the alarm is not going to put out the fire!
There is a very good reason for every psychosomatic illness but the reason is buried in the subconscious, the feeling side of every human being, where our emotions are to be found.
The Process of Self Healing through Analytical Hypnotherapy
In order to deal with a psychosomatic illness we need to access the subconscious and express emotions we buried. Hypno-Psychotherapy (Analytical Hypnotherapy) uses Hypnosis to access the subconscious by calming the mind and Psychotherapy to resolve the emotional buried root cause. The cause of the condition did not kill you so dealing with it is also not going to kill you.
The problem is that many people see feelings and emotions as dirty or embarrassing. They associate the expression of emotion with a feeling of not being in control, as explained previously, and so they would rather live with the condition. These are the people who turn to the management of their symptoms rather than a cure.
Hypnosis is a feeling that allows access to the subconscious. Anyone can learn the art of self hypnosis and experience the relaxed feeling for themselves but in combination with Psychotherapy becomes a formidable power to heal. By addressing the problem in this way we are choosing to look within ourselves for the answers rather than giving our power away to others to heal us. Hypno-Psychotherapy provides us with the opportunity to take responsibility for our own well being and we learn how to heal ourselves, recognising that we are the highest authority in our own lives.
Hypnotherapy Enlists the Power of the Subconscious to Heal
Why can’t a person stop smoking? They know it is bad for them and they are now isolating themselves socially by continuing to do it. The problem is that smoking is a habit and any habit is a programme stored in the subconscious. If you want to break a habit then wouldn’t it make sense to access the subconscious and remove the smoking programme and replace it with a healthier pursuit?
Have you ever tried to stay awake at a boring meeting and the more you tried the harder it became to stay awake? Have you ever tried to stop yourself laughing and the more you tried the harder it became to control your laughter. So you can imagine how difficult it can be for a man trying to have an erection when the harder he tries the limper he becomes. Imagine someone trying to go to sleep. The harder they try the more awake they feel. When the conscious and subconscious are in conflict it is inevitably the subconscious that always wins out. This is why learning to access the subconscious using hypnosis is the key to resolving psychosomatic conditions. Get over the word hypnosis and realise its potential in the world of healing.
Analytical Hypnotherapy is an ethical approach to healing conditions created by the mind and in my experience as an Hypnotherapist in private practice since 2005, it works. It is an holistic approach, a process that takes time and the results are permanent.
Following is a list of just some of the conditions cured using Hypno-Psychotherapy (Analytical Hypnotherapy) in our private practice:
Depression, panic attacks, sleeping problems, sexual difficulties, irritable bowel, self harm, self sabotage, eating problems, overweight, lack of confidence, fears, phobias, post traumatic stress, drug abuse, and smoking.
Problems that are created by the mind and can be efficiently resolved by the same mind. Analytical Hypnotherapy is a a natural and safe way to facilitate the process.
Recommended reading on Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
"Love's Executioner: and Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom" is probably one of the most insightful read on the subject of psychotherapy.
"Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman" is one of the best books on the use hypnosis to uncover the underlying emotional root cause of a problem in the subconscious.
Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman
About Hypnotherapy by Xavier and Mary Nathan
© 2010 Xavier Nathan
chris on October 12, 2017:
Interesting article - it would be an interesting therapy to receive perhaps twice weekly to help with growth and development
Xavier Nathan (author) from Isle of Man on April 20, 2015:
Thank you Mr Happy for your comment. With regard to the conflict between conscious and subconscious your question about why a person cannot quit smoking when that person consciously wishes to quit is because that person has an overriding subconscious gain from smoking. It is this conflict that prevents the person from stopping because the subconscious always gets its way inevitably. Hypnotherapy seeks to resolve the conflict so that conscious and subconscious are aligned and when this is achieved the conscious wish is more readily achieved.
Xavier Nathan (author) from Isle of Man on April 20, 2015:
Thank you suzettenaples your feedback is much appreciated.
Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on April 19, 2015:
Quite an interesting article on hypnosis. I have never done hypnosis but I know some people who have and they highly recommend it. I think you are right, there is sort of a crazy connotation connected with hypnotism and I agree with you it is the entertainment hypnosis that we think of first.
Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on April 19, 2015:
"Anyone can learn the art of self hypnosis" - If they don't fall asleep like me, haha!!
"Why can’t a person stop smoking?" - I like my Dunhills. On top of which: "Nobody likes quitters anyway" lol I'm just kidding: to each their own.
"When the conscious and subconscious are in conflict it is inevitably the subconscious that always wins out." - Why do You say this? Or, what makes You say this? Just curious.
On a more serious note, I heard from a lot of people that hypnotherapy helped them so, it's gotta be good. If one cannot heal himself/herself, help such as this can be very useful, in my opinion.
Good article - will share.
Cheers! : )
Loladusk from Vancouver Island, BC Canada on February 11, 2012:
Great information, it is good to see, there is positive support for this field of practice, as a Hypnotherapist I have seen it with my own eyes, people can change, a very powerful tool for healing. Thanks again Cheers!
hypnosis4u2 from Massachusetts on January 11, 2011:
Stage hypnosis has definitely given the profession a "bad rap." I also think expectations contribute. People see me expecting to go into a deep comma so I can "wipe their brain clean" of the ailment. The reality of course is that you don't want them in a comma and I can't scrub a brain clean. The hypnotherapist shows the way to resources people have anyway - they just don't know how to access it.
Good material Spirit Whisper.
Sarah Chambers on January 10, 2011:
Wonderful article and the video is highly informative, well done. Emotional healing is so important and when it is combined with hypnosis and psychotherapy it becomes a very powerful tool for change, and it certainly works!
Xavier Nathan (author) from Isle of Man on December 27, 2010:
Thank you for your comment. Yes you are absolutely right in what you say and I hope more people start realising it.
Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 24, 2010:
Well written article. You make some excellent points. I think that when many people hear the word hypnosis they do think of it being used for entertainment purposes and don't realize how effective it can be as a part of holistic healing. Thanks for sharing this.