I interviewed certified hypnotherapist Keylee Miracle recently on the podcast and she had some great insight to share on why hypnotherapy can be a great complement to traditional talk therapy, or amazing on its own.
As you may know if you’ve been a listener for a while, I did a session of Rapid Transformational Therapy for me that was, well, transformational. Seriously powerful. I honestly feel like it helped to unwind behavioral patterns that I had in place since my childhood. It also forced me to recognize, acknowledge and heal my inner child.
It may all sound kooky to you, but tons of people–myself included–believe that when you address the subconscious through these types of modalities, it only helps you grow and heal.
On that note, here are some highlights from my conversation with Keylee that will give you some good basic info about the benefits of hypnotherapy. You’re getting verrrry sleeeeepy…. (haha just kidding, let’s dig in)
A core wound is something that happened to you, likely in childhood, that inadvertently changes or modifies the way you would otherwise behave.
Keylee brought up the Inadequacy Wound, one she says she’s struggled with:
“The story is something like this: Okay, well, my parents weren’t necessarily vocal–or [rather] they were only vocal–when I performed in a certain way. So I grew to again perform for their approval, for their love. This is like a common immigrant kid story. … So you walk through life looking for that reward. And sometimes the reward is really far off.”
Another one she’s seen is the Control Wound, which can cause someone to stagnate due to their fear of the unknown.
“When people feel out of control early in life early in childhood, they can create scenarios that either replicate that, or really close in on themselves. So they don’t really try new things. They don’t necessarily experience things, because it’s hard to trust that they will be okay.”
Keylee goes on to say that when you’re working with a hypnotherapist, you can zero in on your own core wound, and do work to resolve it.
I love how Keylee says this. Talk therapy, she says, can lead to profound healing, but it keeps the person in their conscious mindset, essentially “intellectualizing out the wazoo.” Haha.
But hynotherapy can break down some of the defenses we’ve built up around the stories we tell others and ourselves–essentially cutting to the chase, or cutting to the meat of the issue.
“From a neuroscience perspective, you are literally activating your parasympathetic nervous system with all of those modalities. So it’s literally that part of you that dreams, that part of you that when you’re asleep … the only state to activate if you want to heal something.”
And a combination of talk therapy and hypnotherapy can be even more powerful:
“We’re using the conscious mind when we’re doing talk therapy. It’s very important to be able to have a language to put to things and to make sense of things, but it’s also important to not neglect that deeper part of you, because you actually make most of your decisions from there, and you act from that place. So if there’s a conflict, you’re usually going to find the resolution much deeper than the conscious mind.”
Keylee says one of the biggest changes someone can see after experiencing hypnotherapy is the world “responding to them differently,” and being able to tackle future problems from a point of more peace than before.
“I like to call them set points. With every new level, there’s a new set point. … You’re able to go to the heart of an issue much quicker. … You hear the subtext because you’re not so concerned with how you’re being perceived.”