Where Therapy Falls Short, Hypnotherapy Steps Forth

Have you ever known someone who went to therapy for years and years, processed their past, could tell you why they do what they do, and yet haven’t changed that pattern or tendency they went to therapy to begin with? When I first began my journey as a therapist, I wanted to know everything there was to know about psychology. Why do people do what they do? Why do some people love themselves, where others do not? Why are some people happier than others? Why do people get sucked into patterns in their lives that they can’t seem to change? I learned all I could from what are considered by western standards the great psychology pioneers and was excited to practice all that I had learned.

For the first couple of years, I stuck with what I now consider the western-style psychotherapy, which tends to focus a bit more heavily on symptom management and self-awareness. After a while, I came to realize that there were many people who, despite understanding themselves on a conscious level, could not seem to change what they desperately wanted to change. There seemed to be a missing piece, something better to hope for than “symptom management”.

This led me into hypnotherapy, wary as I was in the beginning. I always had associated hypnosis with sideshows, false memory syndrome, and mind control. In reality, it was quite the opposite. That training was one of the most profound experiences of my life. I learned that hypnotherapy is actually a sort of self-directed healing process. Deeply respectful of the will of each individual, it is not about controlling people’s minds, it is about giving them the opportunity to see their past for what it is, to release beliefs that no longer serve them, so that they can heal and truly move on. It cannot change someone against their will, nor is it supposed to. But for those who are ready to really look inside themselves, I have seen results in my clients quickly, effectively and permanently.

Picture a tree. The leaves are like our conscious mind, the roots represent our subconscious. In standard therapy settings, you may examine the leaves, pick the leaves or try to grow them in a different direction. Unfortunately, if there is something hindering the growth of the roots, the tree remains impaired. When someone goes through something that is traumatic in one form or another, often unresolved emotions and even body memories are a result. In addition, in order to avoid this experience again, the person will make certain contracts (such as “I will never love again”) with themselves in this highly charged state. They may also take on certain beliefs about themselves (such as “I am no good”). These types of beliefs, contracts and emotion/body memories are stored on a subconscious level, sometimes as implicit memories (the person is unable to remember the details of the situation consciously).

One could say that when you are in a highly charged or disturbing situation, you are already in a state of hypnosis. So if you decide that the world is an evil place and you will stay in your house for the rest of your life when you are in the middle of a highly charged situation, chances are you will feel very compelled to stay in your house and isolate from the world after that point. One of the reasons that hypnosis is so powerful is that it accesses the same hypnotic state that the unhelpful belief or contract was taken on. Instead of picking the leaves to get the root system healthy, going straight to the root. This is where standard therapy fails. It tries to address subconscious material on a conscious level. That’s like trying to make a tree produce different leaves by picking the leaves off.

People have asked me, “How do you get to the root?” The short answer is, your emotions. They are like the superhighway, pointing to the source of just about any hang up you may have. Have you ever noticed that in certain situations, feelings come up? They could be feelings that remind you of negative past experiences? Have you ever found yourself disliking someone who reminded you of someone who hurt you in your past? Our subconscious mind has a brilliant way of bringing these old feelings up over and over and over again. Though most people don’t appreciate those old feelings all that much, they are there to help you to see that there is an old wound that would like tending to.

FAQ about my hypnosis albums
1. Can I sleep through hypnosis and still get the results I am after?
That depends upon you and the album you are listening to. Of course, I include suggestions related to achieving the goal of the album, so if someone falls asleep, they are still getting the positive reinforcement they are after, especially if they listen repeatedly. On the other hand, I do include guided self-reflection on many of my albums so that people can take a second look at their own beliefs and contracts and see what they are ready to release or reframe for themselves. This is really important for people who are serious about letting go of unhelpful beliefs or patterns they have. If someone has made a contract or decided to believe something at some point in their lives, they have to be willing to let that belief or contract go. I cannot and would not even want to try to do that for them as it would be violating their sense of choice.

2. Are you taking on any clients?
Not at this time.

3. Why is the purpose of splitting up tracks?
Everyone is a little different and so they can pick and choose tracks that resonate best with them. People can shorten or lengthen the playlist if they have less or more time to work with. Most of my albums have tracks that build upon each other, so you may want to listen through the album entirely a few times before you do this. If you would like to create your custom playlist, just put them in this order…

1. Induction
2. Deepening
3, 4, 5…(whatever tracks benefit you most)
Count up.

4. How often should I listen to an album to get the results that I want?
Again, everyone is a little different, depending on their history, severity of the issue, and ability to achieve deep trance states. I can’t give a definite answer, but I can say that it takes a repetition of doing something 21 times in order to form a habit. You could take this principal with the albums as a rule of thumb, but of course you could achieve your results much sooner than that.

5. Does it feel weird to be hypnotized?
You are in and out of hypnosis all day long: While falling asleep, driving, bored and daydreaming and watching television.

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13 Responses to Where Therapy Falls Short, Hypnotherapy Steps Forth

  1. Hello Anna, I recently purchased the soul retrieval MP3 and am really impressed..THANK YOU! Do you recommend any of your hypnosis MP3’s for “psychic protection” – boundries issues?

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    Anna Reply:

    I would say probably “Spirit Cleanse” or “Boundaries” would go into that. Thanks for the feedback.

    Sincerely,

    Anna

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  2. Rydia says:

    Hi Anna, thanks so much for your work. I purchased your anger management program and am very excited to purchase your other programs πŸ™‚

    I have two questions for you. First of all, I’m very new to self-hypnosis. I’m noticing that when I first started out, I was very conscious of everything that was happening in the program. Now I notice that I seem to blank out sometime after deepening. Is this normal? I thought maybe I was getting too tired or something, but then I wondered if this is what getting hypnotized should feel like! Sorry if that’s a silly question! I’d appreciate any feedback about it.

    Also, do you any of your programs include subliminal messages and if not, have you thought of including that in future programs?

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and again, thank you for your amazing work!

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    Anna Reply:

    Hi Rydia,

    It’s pretty common for people during hypnosis to blank out, as you put it. It could be for a couple of reasons. First, if you are listening at bedtime when you are very tired, it could very well put you to sleep. Secondly, if you are in a very deep state of hypnosis, you may also not remember what happened, though your subconscious mind will. That being said, if you would like to remember what you are listening to consciously as well as subconsciously, you could try sitting up while listening or excluding the deepening track. I think you can benefit from listening whether or not you remember.

    I don’t use subliminal messages in my work, though I’ve heard some good things from people who swear by them. I have done voice overs for an artist labeled “Sleep Sanctuary, Sleep Learning Series” which features sleep-inducing music, binaural beats and quiet affirmations, which in my opinion, achieves the same thing.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Sincerely,

    Anna

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  3. Andrea says:

    I noticed that “Confidence being Different” is gone now πŸ™ Is it ever coming back?
    I love your programs <3

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    Anna Reply:

    I’ll keep you up to date if we decide to re-release it and I appreciate the input.
    Thanks for listening,

    Anna

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  4. Kristina says:

    Anna,
    Just wanted to say THANK YOU! Your hypnotherapy programs have changed my life.
    Love,
    Kristina

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  5. Boe says:

    Hi Anna,

    Do you have plans to make an anti-astrology hypnosis session? I realised recently that I have been living my life according to this belief system because my mother believed in it and influenced my beliefs about it since childhood. I can see now that having given myself to this belief matrix, or “thought field”, that it has defined my life. I can see now that it is just a belief system like any other. Because it influences every part of my life, it’s like being stuck in the Matrix! I am slowly extricating myself from it, but it’s like my subconscious needs a good hosing out to get at all of it. πŸ™‚

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    Anna Reply:

    Hello! Thanks for the suggestion and I will keep that in mind. I do have an album called “Drop Religious Guilt and Fear”-that’s the closest thing I can think of at this point. I would be interested to hear more about how this particular thought system has affected you, as I only marginally understand the practice of Astrology.

    Have a good one!

    Anna

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  6. Boe says:

    Thanks for your reply, Anna. I guess it starts with a complex web of everything that my birthchart apparently maps out for my personality. Then there are the events in life that are “influenced” by the stars…. I guess this might be energetic influences on my life. It would be too much to attempt to pick out each item one at a time. It’s just a matter of understanding that astrology is just a belief system that one can step outside of and no longer be affected by…. but then does that mean my entire life starts to unravel because it was defined by my birth chart. I don’t know.

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    Anna Reply:

    Well this may be outside my area of expertise, but I will give you my impression.

    The times my life has unravelled wasn’t because I chose to release certain beliefs, but often because I was holding on too tightly to those beliefs after they no longer served me. There are many, many ways to get in touch with one’s destiny and life path and many ways to live a good life. The best one I have found is to look within and trust your inner knowing.

    Though it would be nice to have external validation of where to go and what to do, sometimes that external “certainty” can be a distraction from cleaning one’s inner house. What I have found is that the more I work on myself to resolve my inner conflicts and inconsistencies, the more connected I am with this inner wisdom, and strangely the more that harmony reflects in my external world. Ambiguity and uncertainty is just part of the path, and even situations that appear to be life falling apart can end up being catalysts for positive change and unexpected opportunity.

    That being said, as Julian of Norwich once said β€œAll shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” I trust that whichever direction your inner sensibilities take you will eventually take you where you need to go.

    Have a good one!

    Anna

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  7. Boe says:

    Thanks again, Anna. Your thoughts send me on all sorts of inner tangents and rabbit holes. πŸ™‚

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  8. Nicole says:

    Hi Anna,

    I wanted to thank you for your track that I purchased a few years ago. I listened to it every night for two months, then once a week for a year. It was the Total Determination and Motivation. Even now after a year away from the track I still find myself when feeling down or unmotivated telling myself: “Action first, motivation later.”

    I really took on board your hypnotherapy, and your voice worked for me, for whatever reason I have not responded positively to a male voice for suggestion in hypnotherapy and so I found your voice to be so refreshing for me! It’s the first ones that really sunk in and helped me on a profound level.

    As a result of the work you have put out to the world I have made it to my third year of education and second year of self-employment, in fine art as a single mother. I was already a pretty determined person before hand, but now you’ve helped me take that so much further. Also, I just recently purchased your procrastination album, as I want to take my artwork to the professional level and while I’m motivated, I’m still procrastinating/lacking discipline, so I feel this will go hand in hand as a I refresh on my motivation, and I gain the skills to discipline myself.

    Thank you so much for your hypnotherapy. They have been my secret tool to success to motivate me in SO many areas of my life in the past few years. As well as helping my with self confidence, and positive reinforcement which is so essential if you didn’t have that positive reinforcement in the formative years.

    I really admire all the work that you are doing, and I am truly so grateful. You are on my gratitude list for today and I have shared your work with anyone and everyone looking to change something for the better in their lives. πŸ™‚

    In the words of my boyfriend: “Long may it continue”. In your case I hope you make many more and continue to bless the world around you with your work.

    Thank you again,
    Nicole

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