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Hypnotherapy is simply deep relaxation in which you are speaking to the therapist but you are able to connect your experiences more quickly.....similar to the state we are in just before fully waking. It is particularly useful for discovering where a deep-seated fear or behavior pattern started. Going back to the initial cause of the emotional pain allows the client to change the perceptions and the emotion from that incident...bringing the client both understanding and change.
Trauma happens at the deep brain level and in the body's sensory level. Using Lifespan Integration Therapy (L.I.) (at times combining it with Hypnotherapy), the work we do happens at the neuro-network level. That is where change has to happen in order to become permanent healing. L.I. is a non-invasive, non-traumatic way to lessen and alleviate the painful symptoms that trauma brings.
CBT is a standard practice for most mental health therapists. It is a way to look at different situations, beliefs, and behaviors in new, less painful ways. By changing our "paradigms" of thought, we create healthier, more productive ways of viewing the world and ourselves. I often combine CBT with mindfulness and other strategies to help clients find new and better ways to deal with life. It is a helpful practice a client can easily use at home as well as in the office.