What Is the Difference Between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy use a model of the mind that encompasses conscious, subconscious, and unconscious parts. The conscious part, representing about 5 % of the brain, is the rational, alert thinking part. The subconscious mind stores experiences, thoughts and emotions, and drives our behavior, even if we are not aware of it consciously.
Hypnosis is a set of techniques and natural trance states that we go in and out of every day that focuses attention and improves access to information in the subconscious mind. We are in self-hypnosis trance states just before and after sleep, when we daydream, when we are absorbed in a good movie or listening to a story, or during meditation and yoga. Hypnotherapy is guided hypnosis by a therapist, in either the awake state or deeply relaxed state, for the purpose of resolving a personal problem, changing behavior and habits or gaining new insights and understanding about oneself. Hypnotherapists also use psychological and change work theories to support positive growth and learning.
How Does Hypnotherapy Work?
All hypnosis is a form of self-hypnosis because the trance state and subsequent changes are manifested by the recipient following suggestions delivered either by themselves or the therapist during the hypnosis session. While in a trance state, the person is relaxed, focused and open to suggestion. Pre-talk at the beginning of each session with a therapist focuses on what the person wants to change and their resources and capacities for change; thus, the change work begins there. Next, the suggestions in the conscious, awake state are fed back to the person while in trance. Finally, permanent change happens when the person acts upon the suggestions on a regular basis through repetition. This is facilitated once the person understands and releases any emotional blocks from a past sensitizing experience.
What Are The Benefits of Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy can help you to overcome negative feelings, resolve past trauma, enhance motivation for changing habits, and create a healthy lifestyle, reduce chronic pain, reach your ideal weight, cope with stress and many more issues. It can help you to develop balance, confidence, strength, resilience, harmony and meaningful purpose. Connecting with your inner true self is transforming. See the Services page on this website for more details.
Who Can Be Hypnotized?
Anyone can be hypnotized and experience the benefits provided they are are willing to be hypnotized, are ready to make changes, and follow the suggestions developed by them and the therapist. On-going maintenance activity may include positive affirmations for inner dialog and calming exercises.
Definition of transformation
trans·for·ma·tion | /ˌtran(t)sfərˈmāSH(ə)n/
Transformation tends to be unique in form and always a profoundly personal peak moment in which you feel whole, spiritual, and divine in nature. It can bring happiness, clarity about who you truly are, and deep knowledge of your life purpose and direction. Transformation manifests itself in the relief of physical or emotional pain. The release of emotional traumas that block your personal power is transforming. Learning scientifically proven methods of change can help you to reach your goals. Clearing of emotional blocks and pain often results in more physical wellness. Hypnotherapy is a powerful way to empower you to transform yourself with the hypnotist as your guide. Once you learn self-hypnosis, making changes and getting what you want out of life is ongoing into the future.
Meet Elaine Buxton
Certified Hypnotherapy Specialist
Welcome to my Empathic Hypnosis website and valuable information about hypnotherapy.
I want to tell you a little bit about my background and passion for the healing capacity of hypnosis as a form of healthcare. Presently I am retired from my long, beloved nursing career, moving in a different direction as a certified hypnotist and forever committed to my life purpose as a healer. I embrace expanded consciousness, intuition, and spirituality at multiple levels as I grow and evolve. I want to make a difference in how humanity approaches wellness on a mind-body-spiritual level. There certainly is a lot of trauma to be resolved in many people’s lives. I am very excited to be providing hypnotherapy because it can address a wide range of common issues that block people from reaching their potential and allows me to utilize all of my experience and knowledge.
One of my foundations is an extended experience in conventional healthcare for over 35 years as an RN and Family Nurse Practitioner in California and Oregon. That included occupational health, chronic back pain clinics, primary care, substance abuse treatment centers, mental health for the severely impaired, and nursing homes, with cumulative experience in mental health of at least 20 years. A common problem in all of these settings was chronic pain of physical and emotional nature, along with challenging adaptations to changes in wellness. As a nurse, I approached the care of patients from both a holistic and scientific basis, in which presence, caring, understanding, cultural appreciation, understanding of challenges and adaptation, education, thoroughness, and evaluation of response to treatment are essential components. Many staff and patients told me that I was empathic in my ability and intention to understand them. I love to learn and consider myself an academic nerd regarding science, new ways of healing, and perception of universal natural life.
Additionally, I have focused on the many forms of energy medicine as complementary aspects to Western medicine. I am fascinated by our natural ability to heal ourselves, given the appropriate nutrients, clearing toxins, and supportive cognitive, emotional, and physical care of our body, mind, and spirit. Health is not just the absence of disease but rather a homogenous balance, contentment, and thriving with meaning and purpose in our environment. Causes of physical problems go beyond injuries and pathogens because HOW we think, feel, and perceive programs the body for health, similar to a computer program.
For me, hypnotherapy is a planetary, scientific healthcare field, ever-expanding and growing with new wisdom. I participate in regular continuing education through multiple resources such as books, practice groups, and conferences. I expect to be expanding my skills into spiritual and past life regressions in the future.