Ericksonian Hypnosis is a method of indirect hypnosis named after Dr. Milton Erickson. A prominent American psychiatrist and psychologist, Erickson is widely regarded as the “father of hypnotherapy”. His discoveries have influenced a wide spectrum of therapy from strategic family therapy to neuro-linguistic programming.  Dr. Erickson found that indirect suggestion could result in therapeutic behavioral change. He preferred to converse with clients using metaphors, contradictions, symbols, and antidotes to influence their behavior rather than direct orders.  As a patient himself who suffered extreme pain after contracting polio at an early age, he thought it critical to “put yourself in the patient’s shoes” and truly understand the client’s present situation.  Erickson believed that trances happen every day to varying degrees – for example, the mind wanders during a commute to work, during meetings, and daydreaming in general. Athletes even enter a trance sometimes referred to as “flow” or “runner’s high”.  Even if the subject is not in a deep trance, Erickson thought the unconscious mind could still be listening. He could make an indirect suggestion that, whether the patient realized it or not, would result in a therapeutic change in the patient.

Usually, the indirect suggestion is disguised as a story or metaphor, for example, “Your eyes may grow tired as you listen to the story, you’re allowed to close them and you can. If you close your eyes you may experience a pleasant and deep sense of comfort as you begin to relax.” This type of suggestion hints at the possibility of the client’s eyes closing, rather than being a direct command. Erickson discovered that this type of suggestion worked effectively without conscious resistance. Throughout his work, he developed ways of initiating change with what, on the surface appeared to be a normal conversation. This allowed the subconscious to be helped, without the resistance of the conscious mind.

“Each person is a unique individual. Hence, psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual’s needs, rather than tailoring the person to fit the Procrustean bed of a hypothetical theory of human behavior.”

– Milton H. Erickson.

10 Benefits Of Hypnotherapy

1. Hypnosis can help treat addictions – An addiction builds up over time, people are born with certain temperaments, certain predispositions, and certain behaviors. Genes, environment, upbringing, and childhood experiences can combine to make certain people more prone to addiction than others. Treating someone with an addiction should never be taken lightly by a hypnotherapist as so many different factors come into play. Whether you’re addicted to food, alcohol, drugs, smoking or gambling hypnosis can help you kick these habits. Many different hypnotherapy styles and teachings come into use during these often complex sessions including regression, Ericksonian therapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Hypnosis can help you regain control of your thoughts and actions ensuring you make the right choices, it also helps alleviate the physical symptoms of addiction. Hypnotherapy is proven to help break addictions for good so that you don’t relapse and become addicted again within a short time.

2. Hypnosis can help you lose weight and keep it off –  One of the key benefits of Hypnotherapy is to help people lose weight but as you can imagine many factors have to be accounted for. Weight loss can be one of the easiest and most rewarding sessions a hypnotherapist can do but can also be one of the hardest. Hypnotherapy is proven to be 30% more effective than just dieting alone when it comes to weight loss. For most people who need the extra motivation to lose weight for an event or to kick start a diet my simple to use suggestion therapy download is a great start and I  have had hundreds of successes using this technique. I would always suggest using this method for at least a month to give yourself the best chance of successful weight loss. A small proportion of people may require a more in-depth program to explore if they are holding on to their weight for psychological reasons. Hypnotherapy is also an effective tool to help people that overeat for psychological reasons eliminate their need for the extra food they crave.

3. Hypnosis can help manage chronic pain – If you have a disease or ailment that leaves you in frequent pain like Fibromyalgia, Arthritis or Migraines then you already know that sometimes it feels like nothing will stop the pain.  You can use hypnosis and meditation techniques when drugs and diet have not helped you manage your condition. Very often intense pain can be brought under quick effective control using self-hypnosis, in many different scientific studies, Hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been proven to be effective pain management techniques. If nothing else is working for you when it comes to controlling your pain, or if you don’t want to take prescription painkillers, you should try hypnosis. Pain management is taught only after a diagnosis of your ailment from a doctor. I have personally found hypnotherapy is particularly effective in the management of pain in cluster headaches and sinus problems.

4. Hypnosis can help reduce stress –  Stress can cause serious illness in people like heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and sleep disorders.  If you have a lot of stress in your life and your body is constantly in a high alert state then one of the benefits of hypnotherapy would be learning some simple relaxation, hypnosis, and meditation techniques that can change your life. If you feel like you can’t get your stress levels under control by using diet, exercise and  medicine then it’s time to think about what hypnotherapy and hypnosis can do for you.  Because Hypnosis involves putting you in a deep state of relaxation it gives your mind and body a chance to recuperate, repair and heal themselves by experiencing the relaxation that it desperately needs.

5. Hypnosis can help deal with childhood issues – Childhood issues, almost everyone has them.  From serious abuse or other problems in the home to lack of self-esteem or a need to be successful at all costs the issues and problems that you experienced as a child may still be impacting you today and cause you to make bad decisions or to not take very good care of yourself.  Hypnosis is a great way to work through childhood issues and replace those negative messages about yourself with positive ones.

6. Hypnosis can help cure sleep disorders – Millions of people suffer from sleep disorders that range from full insomnia to night terrors, wakeful sleep, sleepwalking, and the inability to fall into REM sleep which your body and mind needs.  Sleep disorders can cause a wide range of other problems like obesity and addiction to either sleeping medications or to caffeine or other stimulants in an effort to keep the body going even though it’s exhausted. Sleep disorders are notoriously hard to treat. Many sleep disorders have an associated psychological condition that makes it necessary for people to get both psychological and physical treatment in order to be able to get some sleep.  Hypnosis can help treat the psychological problem that is causing sleep disturbance while at the same time it puts the body in a deeply relaxed state that helps the body and mind become rejuvenated.

8. Hypnosis can help you change your behavior – Are you the kind of person that is always snapping at others? Do you get irritated and angry often? Do you have trouble managing your anger? Hypnosis can help you change your behavior patterns so that you can be healthier and happier. Often behavioral patterns are learned in childhood, but a hypnotic suggestion given while you’re in a deep hypnotic state can help you get rid of those old messages telling you to behave in certain ways and replace them with messages to act in new, more appropriate ways. If you are the type of person who has a short fuse and quick temper then you should already realize that what you are creating about in that moment is nothing to do with the real reason for the anger. If you are trying to recover from the effects of a dysfunctional family or an abusive childhood using Hypnosis to help eliminate the unhealthy patterns that you learned to survive can be very therapeutic. Hypnosis can help you identify with the real underlying issues in your life that make you react to things the way you do. Of course, this not only benefits you the client but your family, friends, and work colleagues who have close contact with you.

9. Hypnosis can help recover buried memories – All of the experiences that you’ve had throughout your life are buried in your brain somewhere. If you have lost touch with the parts of your brain that hold memories of your childhood hypnosis can help you go back and remember the things that you need to remember in order to know why you act the way you act now.  Typically this is used to help people that were abused as children understand their behavioral patterns but there can also be happy memories that you have forgotten as a result of an injury or accident that can be recovered with Hypnosis.

10. Hypnosis can help treat Anxiety and Depression – Many people are reluctant to take medication to treat anxiety and depression because they don’t want to become dependent on these notoriously addictive medicines.  Other people just can’t seem to find a medication that works for them.  Enjoy the benefits of hypnotherapy using this drug-free and effective way to calm anxiety and to treat the symptoms of depression. By using hypnotic suggestions to eliminate the triggers of anxiety and depression people that suffer from depression and anxiety can sometimes find 100% relief from these conditions by using Hypnosis.