Hypnotic Suggestions . . . . . . . .
by Nancy De Gennaro
DNJ Staff Writer
With New Age music playing faintly in the background, Bea Rhodes settles into a
recliner as she readies herself for a hypnosis session with practitioner Veronica
Hartman of Alternative Learning Technologies.
"Anytime I come here, it's never been a wasted session. I may come hoping to get
one thing out of it and then get something different than what I expected," says Bea
as she wraps a blanket around her for comfort, turns off the table lamp beside her
and closes her eyes. "But it's always what I need."
Bea nods her head to signal she is ready to start the session. Then Veronica turns
on a audio tape to record the session for her client to listen to later and begins to
speak calmly using a planned script, "What I'd like you to do, with your eyes
closed, is to imagine a blackboard in front of you..." continuing through an
imaginary scenario to relax Bea.
Breathing heavier with each passing sentence of prose, Bea visibly slips into a
deeper state of trance. "I will be talking, of course, and you will be hearing me, but
don't try to follow my instructions; don't try to follow what I am saying, because I
will be talking to your unconscious mind, which is always listening; always paying
attention.... slowly continues Veronica, talking Bea through mentally writing the
"Each letter you make causes you to drift deeper into hypnosis." Once Bea is deep
enough into a state of hypnosis, Veronica talks her client through suggestions of
self-affirmation during the session. "Relax and let go of all interferences in your
life," says Veronica, along with several other suggestions of positive affirmations
At the end of the 30 minutes, Veronica gradually talks Bea back to a conscious
state. Although she was neither asleep nor awake, Bea emerges visibly refreshed.
"I'm very relaxed, almost sleepy. It's like you're asleep but you hear everything,"
explains Bea. "It's very peaceful and once you're through it, you feel like you can
conquer the world."
Bea has gone to Veronica for assistance with various aspects of interpersonal
relationships, undergoing a variety of therapies including hypnosis. "I was having
problems with concentrating and finishing my nursing tests and I was having
relationship problems. Then it was actually like a fluke thing that I saw Veronica¹s
card at Stonekeepers (a local gift shop). So I called her," recalls Bea.
Along with hypnosis Bea started undergoing a type of treatment called Time Line
TherapyTM in which the client gets to the root of a problem by going back through
the past to a key incident that created a pattern of negative behaviors, explains
"It¹s amazing what the unconscious mind can do... to re-inforce negative or
positive behaviors" says Veronica. "The unconscious mind is always listening....
The unconscious mind recognizes time through memories because there's no such
thing as time, really. You have the past, present and future arranged in a linear
fashion at the unconscious level. So you give a suggestion (to the mind) at the
unconscious level to change behavior." Finding the begining of the problems is
For Bea many of her problems began with the loss of her father, she notes. "What
it really was I missed my father and (the therapy) made dealing with that (loss) a
lot easier and I was able to get out of a bad relationship and I was able to pass my
tests," says Bea.
Being unable to get past that one particular problem prevented Bea from advancing
in other areas of her life, explains Veronica. Upon finding the initial event that
triggered those negative emotions, Bea began figuring out other parts of her life.
Unlike other traditional therapies she'd tried before, the alternative therapies worked
for her, says Bea.
"The first event creates a chain of events throughout life. If it's traumatic enough in
nature, then emotions are repressed along with what you need to learn from that
incident," says Veronica. "That event makes an imprint in your psyche. ...
Emotions are a catalyst that trigger behavior."
Although the loss of her father was the initial event, fear of losing someone else
that way kept Bea from sustaining healthy, long-term relationships.
Once Bea figured out a trigger, she says she was able to move past it and uncover
more underlying causes for other problems in her life using the Time Line
TherapyTM, hypnosis and another behavior technology called neuro linguistic
programming (NLP) which uses specific language to essentially reframe the human
"NLP presupposes that when you continually talk about an event, it's being
strengthened at the unconscious level. That's why people think they are over
something and they talk about it again and they re-experience it to some degree. ...
So I believe every individual creates their own realities based on their model of the
world ... based on the experiences of the past," says Veronica.
Through these therapies, Veronica helps clients work through the past.
Although these therapies may be considered non traditional, Veronica uses scripts
and written plans to steer clients through problems "because they work." Unlike a
perception some people have that hypnosis and like therapies are something akin to
"hocus-pocus," Veronica's methods are clinical in nature and she has been trained
and certified to practice them with clients.
She also audio tapes each session for her clients so they are able to return to that
session over and over again as needed. "Each time you listen to it, it's encoding the
suggestions deeper and deeper and the more profound the results become," says
The audio tapes also allows clients to know exactly what has transpired so there is
no question about the validity of each session. This helps clients feel more
comfortable about allowing someone into their unconscious mind, which can be
scary for some, notes Veronica.
"She gives you tools to work with so you can work with yourself on them at
home," says Bea. "It's not necessarily homework," she jokes. "But you continue to
improve on yourself once you go home." Even though she offers tools for clients,
Veronica credits the higher power of God for allowing her to practice these gifts,
"Everything comes through God. I'm merely a tool," she says. "I don't feel like I'm
healing anybody. They are healing themselves. I'm the catalyst. What I'm doing is
helping people move to being the cause.... Cause is greater than the effect. What
that means is people either live their lives on the cause side or the effect. When
clients come to me,they are usually on the effect side. ... They know they are
unhappy with their lives and want a better quality of life. My role is to bring those
For Bea finding out the root of her problems has allowed her to move forward. But
it's been just the beginning. She's worked through relationship troubles along with a
variety of other struggles. And she continues to learn more and more about herself,
While some clients struggle with relationships, others will face troubles with
negative habits i.e., smoking, drinking, drugs and hypnosis along with the other
therapies can help clients work through these issues, says Veronica.
But results of hypnosis and the other alternative therapies depends on a client's
openness to change and willingness to modify behaviors. "I can't guarantee your
unconscious mind, but I can guarantee you that I will do everything I can to assist
you to get the best results your unconscious mind can get."
Healing Memories of the Past
Veronica G. Hartman
Memories pressed between the pages of my mind. . . . amazing
how the lyrics of a song or poem, can cause you to pause and
reflect upon the memories of life.
What are memories and what effect do they have on our life, if
any? Memories are collections of experiences and emotions
stored in the brain and body. The brain takes a snapshot of
significant emotional experiences and records them. Therefore,
memories represent records of wisdom and trauma, which are
encoded with an emotional charge. It is the emotional charge
which affects the present behavior of an individual. Some
psychologists believe, as we get older our reactions to the
present, are reaction to gestalts of memories. Gestalts are
collections of memories that are organized around a particular
subject.(1) When the first significant emotion experience
occurs, the brain records the predominant emotion present;
which becomes a trigger of reaction for similar experiences. As
similar experiences occur, the gestalt forms within the psyche.
The imprint period for a person is from birth to age seven.
During this period of life a person learns beliefs, values and
limiting decisions, based on his significant emotional experiences
and environment. This period will affect the entire life of an
individual. Significant emotional experiences pave the road upon
which a person travels, creating their journey through the
perspectives of those experiences. Positive and negative
emotions are attached to the experiences and are emotionally
charged. It is that emotional charge that leads to a chain of
events similar in nature, creating unwanted behavior and internal
states. Present behavior is influenced by those past memories
and experiences. While you can’t change the experience, it is
possible to change the negative emotions and limiting decisions,
attached to the memory of the experience. Therefore, affecting
change in the present behavior, that is associated to a particular
Why is it useful to change those memories with negative
emotions attached to them? Imagine for a moment your life,
without anger, fear, sadness, guilt or hurt from the past. How
would it be different? How would you be different? Each one of
us has the ability to create our life as we desire. However, when
there are limiting decisions about values and beliefs or negative
emotions which are affecting the very issues we want to
change, it is much more difficult. Releasing those emotions and
decisions creates the desired changes!
How is it possible to change the negative emotions and limiting
decisions around those gestalt's of significant emotional
experiences? Consider for a moment how you store those
experiences and memories. Is it front to back, left to right, or
perhaps at a different angle? Notice that internal time is stored in
a linear fashion, which is considered to be a Time Line.
By using the manner in which internal time is stored, it is
possible to change the emotions related to significant emotions
Time Line TherapyTM is a collection of techniques which is a
fast and effective process for changing a chain of events which
lead to unwanted behavior and internal states. Time Line
TherapyTM is effective in releasing the negative emotions and
limiting beliefs/decisions of the first event which in effects
collapses the gestalt. It is not necessary or relevant to access the
content or the emotion of the experience to release the negative
emotions or limiting decisions/beliefs. It isn’t even necessary to
access the memory of the first event. In many instances, the
person has blocked the memory. However, the unconscious
mind has stored all of the experiences and will retrieve them. In
fact, the unconscious mind wants to retrieve it so it can be
released. One of the prime directives of the unconscious mind,
is to repress negative emotions to protect an individual. Another
one of the prime directives of the unconscious mind, is to
present the repressed emotions from time to time for resolution.
Can you relate to an experience, that has happened more than
once; that you thought was resolved? Most of us can, and it is
in fact those repressed emotions that contribute to difficulties in
relationships, career and personal growth.
So what if you could gain control over your life by releasing
negative emotions such as anger, sadness, fear, hurt and guilt?
How would your relationships, career, and personal growth
change? Imagine being unlimited by limiting decisions that you
are not worthy of all that life has to offer.
The road upon which life is traveled is of our own choosing,
which road will you take?
(1) Time Line Therapy and the Basis of Personality, Dr. Tad
James and Wyatt Woodsmall (P. 27).
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Articles of Interest
“The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you
understand and gain more control over your behavior, emotions or
physical well-being.” -The Mayo Clinic 12/03
“Hypnosis can actually help you lose weight.”
Harvard Medical School psychotherapist Jean Fain -Oprah Magazine, 8/04
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Hypnosis: The Real Deal?
By Seth Czarnecki,
Quality Health News
A thing of the movies, or a real way to deal with health issues?
You've seen it on television or heard about it from a friend. A psychiatrist swinging a watch in front of a patient to access repressed
memories, or a friend quitting smoking after four sessions of hypnotherapy. Whether you view it as a figment of fiction or as a rumored
method to quit some health inequity, the question remains: Does hypnosis work? If it does, how? Read on to find out whether hypnosis is the
real deal or no more than a parlor trick.
Is hypnosis real?
In short, yes. According to the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division of Psychological Hypnosis, hypnosis is a procedure
used by a health professional to suggest a change in sensations, behavior, thoughts, or perceptions. In a way, hypnosis is a trance-like
state that is used as a method of communication between a professional and a patient. The state is one of such focus that all outside stimuli
is blocked out by the patient for an extended amount of time. One doctor associates a "trance" as a state akin to extreme daydreaming or
meditation. Hypnotic suggestions can include:
* experiences in which the listener visualizes, hears, or feels the suggestive stimuli of the health professional;
* a state in which the listener is fully relaxed, calm, and open to suggestion;
* or circumstances in which the listener anticipates future outcomes or goals.
Although results differ between individuals, studies have concluded that hypnotherapy can be used to effectively treat conditions ranging
from stress and depression to pain and habit disorders. One such study conducted with 204 individuals with Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS)
found that after 12 weekly sessions of hypnosis 75 percent of women and 58 percent of men experienced immediate improvements with
their symptoms. What's even more interesting is that 80 percent of those that experienced progress in their condition did so 6 years after
the treatment. Common applications for hypnosis include:
treatment of grief, pain management, sexual difficulties, treating fears and phobias, depression and anxiety;
stop smoking, weight release, academic proficiency, goal achievements, athletic enhancement and more!
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis IS NOT mind control. The swinging watch and demands that "you are getting sleepy, very sleepy" have no standing in clinical
hypnosis. Typically, hypnosis involves an introduction and a procedure during which a professional tells a subject that suggestion for an
imaginative experience will take place. During hypnosis, the hypnotist does not have control the patient. Instead, the subject is guided by the
hypnotist to respond to alterations in behavior, thought or perception, or is encouraged to change subjective experiences. Specific details of
hypnotic procedures differ depending on the goals of the practitioner and of the patient. Not everyone is able to be hypnotized. The majority
of individuals are responsive to most suggestions; however, depending one one's focus and openness to the experience, some responses