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Hypnotherapy

About Certifications
Hypnotherapy is provided by a Certified Hypnotist who is also a Licensed Mental Health Care Professional.  In this case the Practitioner is called a Hypnotherapist.  Hypnosis may be provided by a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, who is not a licensed health care provider.  Deirdre is a Hypnotherapist.  A hypnotherapist has the professional training to help a client process mental health issues that may arise in the process of hypnosis.  Certification in past life therapy means that the professional has had specialized clinical training in the process of past life regression therapy. 

Deirdre received her Certification as a Hypnotherapist through the National Guild of Hypnotists with Virginia R. Waldron.  Deirdre received her Certification as a Past Life Therapist from The Weiss Institute with Brian Weiss, MD.

To schedule call 315-440-6865

Special Areas of Focus in my Hypnotherapy Practice:

  • Alternative Hypnotherapy can be helpful for personal and spiritual growth as well as physical and mental healing.  Utilizing Deirdre's expertise in psychotherapy along with her hypnosis skills, one can journey through all time and space, creating a circumstance for deep healing from difficulties in this life and prior lives that continue to exert residual negative effects.  Contact with spiritual beings while in the hypnotic state, which provides access to all of our multidimensional self, is often a source of deep healing and reassurance. 
  • Mindful Eating with Hypnosis can help address weight issues with this wonderful intervention that has nothing to do with dieting!  It involves much deeper change in both perspective and hunger
  • Confidence building
  • Creating serenity and calm

There are many other uses of hypnosis to assist in personal & spiritual growth and physical health.  If you wonder whether hypnosis might be able to help you, contact me, and we can discuss it.
Deirdre
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Fears based on Myths about Hypnosis...

I am afraid I will reveal things I don't want others to know.
All hypnosis is self hypnosis, and the person being hypnotized is always in control.  People can edit their responses and even lie under hypnosis.

The hypnotist might make me do something I don't want to do.
Not only can a client edit responses, but he or she can not be "made" to do anything that goes against his/her wishes, values or ethics.  At any time, a client may reject a suggestion, do the opposite of what has been suggested and even break the trance completely and return to normal consciousness.

I am afraid I will get stuck in hypnosis.
As noted above, the client can end the hypnosis at any time, simply by opening his or her eyes.  If the hypnotherapist were to leave the office with the client in a hypnotic trance, he or she would choose to either open his/her eyes and come out of the hypnosis or go to sleep for a brief nap.  Sometimes a client will temporarily resist coming out of hypnosis because it feels so pleasant, but this is entirely within their control.

Only weak-willed people can be hypnotized.
People with high IQs, open minds & good ability to concentrate tend to have the greatest hypnotizability.  About 20% of people can enter deep hypnosis easily.  Another 65% are able to go into a light hypnotic trance easily and with practice can go into deeper states.  In the remaining 15%, some can go into a light trance and some feel that they are not entering a trance state at all.  Contributing factors to difficulty with entering a hypnotic state include fear, motivation, lack of rapport with the therapist, low IQ, significant cognitive impairment and inability to concentrate.  There is no correlation between gender and hypnotizability.

Hypnosis seems dangerous.
In regards to concerns about potential emotional harm, it is not hypnosis itself that may cause damage.  It is evident that anything that has the ability to help could also have the ability to harm.  Difficulties arise due to the clinician's inability to effectively guide the client through interventions and/or processing of the clinical material for the purpose of healing.  Hypnosis itself is just an altered state of consciousness, like dreaming, day dreaming, deep concentration or deep absorption in something that interests us; and no harm comes from this.

Hypnotists and Hypnotherapists are very weird and charismatic people.
Actually, a person who is strange, odd, flamboyant or manipulative would be very disturbing to the process, making it nearly impossible to create the trusting relationship necessary for success.  Generally speaking, Hypnotherapists and Hypnotists are characteristically empathetic helper types!
The conscious and subconscious mind
The conscious mind is the part of our mind that we use for reasoning - it is able to be critical, analytical & rational.  The subconscious mind is none of these things, and it accepts and stores all information that comes to it as the "truth"...  No judgment or analysis - just total acceptance.  This is the part of the mind that is unaware, and our conscious mind operates without our conscious perception of all that is stored in the subconscious, as well as the way it affects our emotions, thoughts and behaviors.  

Suggestive and Regression Therapies
All that has happened in our lives before the present - our experiences, conditioning & resulting beliefs are accepted as the truth by our subconscious. 

Suggestive hypnotic theory holds that knowledge of these past experiences and conditioning is not necessary for getting freedom from negative programming that is causing problems for the person in the present.  Suggestions are given to the subconscious mind which is more sensitive to accepting them in the hypnotic state.  For suggestions to be accepted by the person's subconscious mind, they must be reasonable, acceptable to the person and in that person's best  interests.

Regression therapy theory, like classical psychoanalytic theory, holds that one method to changing problematic belief systems involves uncovering these belief systems and their origins to work at the root of the problem.  Thus, making the unknown known to the person paves the way for positive change to occur.  Under hypnosis, we have access to the subconscious which remembers everything, through all time and space.  We can remember where we put our keys that are currently lost, things that happened when we were a toddler, life in utero, our birth, previous lifetimes and the space in between them.  Through this memory, we are empowered to make corrections to unhelpful emotional, cognitive and behavior patterns that sprang from our experiences through time.



Past Life Therapy
Past Life Therapy is an extremely effective psycho-therapeutic method to work through and resolve difficult and persistent problems. It is a tool for the client and therapist to use to explore deeper parts of the client psyche, thus allowing the client to understand his or her deepest problematic experiences and resulting beliefs as well as the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual consequences of these beliefs.  It helps one to profoundly comprehend the mind-body-spirit connection, and how we are each responsible for creating our own universe for our greatest spiritual growth.  The goals are an integration of understanding of our own mental, emotional, physical and spiritual processes; increased ability to live to the fullest in our present life; increased ability to participate in the creative process of our lives; understanding of our connectedness to the universe; and a sense of balance, groundedness & happiness in the present moment. 
In past life regression therapy, we can quickly and exactly locate the origin of problems that are disrupting our life in the present.  This is done with the guidance of the subconscious which remembers everything and is actually able to guide us to resolution.

Might Past Life therapy be helpful to you?Check this list of indications that this may be a helpful process in your healing.
1.  Your problems have not responded to other forms of therapy.
2.  You are aware of some past life memories, unusual dreams that seem like past life material coming through,  or the feeling of déjà vu.
3. You want to reduce your fear of death.
4. Chronic problematic relationship issues.
5. Chronic medical problems
6. You have phobias
7. Your therapist has the intuition that this may assist you healing.



Recommended Reading
Many Lives Many Masters
by Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
If you are new to the idea of Past Life Therapy, this is an excellent read.  It is the true story of a prominent main stream psychiatrist, his young patient, and the accidental Past Life Therapy that changed both their lives.  Beginning as a total skeptic, Dr. Weiss travels an amazing path that leads to healing and spiritual growth for both himself and those who flock to him for help.  His courage in writing this book when the espousal of such beliefs might have lead to professional scorn by his colleagues is truly commendable; all of us have him to thank for helping to bring psychiatry and therapy so far down the road of progress.  Thank you Dr. Weiss!
               -Deirdre

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