Hypnotherapy: Redesigning Your Mind

The mind is powerful, and you have more control than you think.”
Scott D. Lewis

Hypnotherapy is a powerful way to change your interior environment. To give you an idea of how it works, let’s compare your mind to a house. Your memories are stored in various rooms that represent different aspects of your life. Some rooms are in the foreground, like the familiar places you spend much of your time in. Other rooms may be tucked further away in the background, like a dark corner in a basement or attic.

items on desktopHow your inner house is arranged is a function of your history and upbringing, your life’s experiences, and your personal values. Some people have inherited thought patterns that are like dysfunctional, useless furnishings, piles of irrelevant clutter, and dark gloomy pieces of art. Others may have had a traumatic experience that’s left what’s akin to a broken front door or window, which doesn’t allow them to be at ease until the damage can be repaired. Distorted memories may be buried alive in the basement, triggering unwanted habits and behaviors. Voices from the past may play like broken records in the background. Inner conflicts are like having a roomful of rebellious teenagers running amok.

Hypnotherapists are for your mind what interior designers and organizers are for your home. To begin, we help you take stock of your current situation and clarify your priorities and your goals –for example, what do you want, and what’s in the way? Next, using hypnotic processes, we can help you clear the clutter, dump the dirt, clean out the cobwebs, and repair any damage.  Then we help you install more functional furnishings to create a sense of order and harmony. To top it off, we add positive suggestions that are like beautiful music, soft lighting, live plants, and aesthetically appealing artwork that combine to create an uplifting and inspiring inner environment that fosters growth and thriving as nature intended.

Some people approach the idea of Hypnotherapy with a degree of trepidation. They wonder, “what might we FIND in the dark corners of my mind?”  They’re as concerned with letting someone help them with their thoughts as they would be having others see their dirty laundry. Add to that the silly stories of people at stage hypnosis shows clucking like chickens and it’s no wonder they think, “yes, Hypnotherapy is powerful, but could there be unintended consequences?

Allow me to put your mind at ease with these facts about Hypnotherapy:

  1. Hypnotherapy is not stage hypnosis.Good Hypnotherapists work with professional codes of ethics that require us to put our client’s welfare first. We are trained to safely guide you through your inner landscape with compassion and care. My relationships with my clients are an honored trust, protected with confidentiality and sealed with the highest level of respect.
  2. You won’t be programmed against your will.Unlike sensational Hollywood stories where post-hypnotic suggestions turn otherwise self-aware people into villains or accomplices to crimes, in a professional Hypnotherapy session, you are fully in charge of the outcome. Like my interior designer analogy, we wouldn’t dream of coming in and forcing our design ideas into your home. Instead, we help you redecorate and reorganize your inner realms according to your personal tastes and values, helping you create a functional environment within.
  3. You don’t have to re-live past trauma.Believe it or not, it’s possible to shift your associations of past events without re-traumatizing yourself in the process. A skillful hypnotherapist can help you re-write your memories, clearing the past and creating inner peace and serenity, without making you re-live the horror over and over again. It’s a bit like changing the artwork on the wall – taking down old reminders of violence and pain, removing them from your house, and installing beautiful paintings that you enjoy seeing every day.

It’s kind of a paradox. You might have thought that Hypnotherapy puts you in a trance and takes control of your mind, but in reality, it does the opposite. When you’re immersed in negative thoughts and feelings and stuck in patterns of unproductive behavior, you’re already trapped by a trance of your own making.  Hypnotherapy can help you break free from the illusions and rearrange your mind so you can experience inner peace.

For more information visit: www.Lauren-Archer.com

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About Lauren Archer

Lauren Archer, CHT, is the Behavioral Program Director for Sound Medical Weight Loss and coaches clients privately by phone, Skype, or in person in Bellevue, Washington. She is the author of Six Word Lessons on Changing Habits, 100 Lessons to Stop Self-Sabotage and Gain Self-Mastery, as well as a line of self-help audio programs including “Hypnosis for Weight Loss” and “Reinvent Yourself.” Visit www.Lauren-Archer.com for more information.

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