The subconscious exercise for development of added mental defense.

Monte’s hypnotherapy mentor put it this way: If God could put Adam into a deep sleep to remove a rib, why can’t we use hypnotherapy to help with the healing of mental health issues? All hypnotherapy is for is to help with healing, from focusing on an event that is out of focus for clarity to developing a tool that goes beyond consciousness to pull back harmful behaviors and thoughts to safer reactions. That is why it has been carefully used to get at truths otherwise hidden and to help in healing addiction behaviors. It is not the end to psychotherapy. It is only a tool of psychotherapy.

“You use hypnosis not as a cure but as a means of establishing a favorable climate in which to learn. ” – Milton H. Erickson

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is a tool of hypnotherapy. Mostly through fiction and magicians’ tricks, it has gained the false reputation of being able to trick a people into doing things they would “never do.” Through actual cases, it has also rightfully earned the reputation of being difficult to get “truth” from. Thus, while hypnosis is a tool of hypnotherapy, the suggestions used in hypnosis dictate whether or not the hypnotherapy can be useful. It must be used with caution.

If hypnosis must be used with caution, why use it at all?

For Monte, that is exactly the question to ask. He will not even suggest hypnotherapy to clients unless there is the possibility of no further healing without extra measures. He will always warn clients of the possibility of issues should he misstate something while hypnosis is being used. But he will not hesitate to use it if the client is fully informed and there seems to be no other option available.

Are there any side effects to hypnotherapy?

Side effects can range from mild, an annoying tick of some kind as a suggested replacement reaction to the previous unhealthy reaction, to possibly traumatic, the uncovering of a traumatic event from under mental defenses. The latter most hypnotherapists, including Monte, will refuse to do without first creating new mental defenses against retraumatizing the client.

Why are hypnotherapy sessions longer than psychotherapy sessions?

Hypnotherapy has five parts, each requiring a share of time. First, the therapist will most closely examine the problem through a quick psychotherapy session. Therapy will continue into going into a deep sleep. When the therapist is convinced the client is as deep into the subconscious as is possible for the session, questions and suggestions will begin. Following that, the therapist will help to reengage any defenses that came down in the process and add new defenses as necessary as the client is slowly restored to conscious-level thinking. Finally, the therapist will engage the client in a follow-up psychotherapy session to make sure there were no problems stemming from the process.

Is there anything I should do to prepare for before or after hypnotherapy?

Like psychotherapy, hypnotherapy needs no preparation before or after, but trust in the therapist and a comfortable, relaxing setting afterwards helps. The more comfortable the client is with the therapist, the easier the session will go. After the session, it is common to feel relaxed, so allowing for relaxation time is a good use of post-hypnotherapy time.

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