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Hypnotherapy Therapy: Visualization and Imagery

Hypnosis is a state of concentration and focused attention that allow clients to use their own mind and imagination in a much more powerful way. It uses clients’ imagination and thoughts to stir feelings and alter clients’ behaviors and attitudes. In a sense, when clients change how they think, visualize and imagine things to be, their feelings and behavior will begin to change. Modern Psychology recognizes imagery and visualization as among the most powerful tools in cognitive psychology. These techniques help clients to open their mind’s eye by creating and achieving goals, optimizing health, identifying subconscious road blocks, and developing intuition. Guided imagery is used to focus the mind, induce relaxation and shift attention away from the external environment. It can help reduce anxiety, manage stress, and sleep better. The purpose of this technique is to create in the mind a multi-sensory image that will propitiate deep relaxation. Once clients are fully relaxed, they are ready to do some inner work (Corydon Hammond; Lee Pulos).

“Imagination is absolutely critical to the quality of our lives. Our imagination enables us to leave our routine everyday existence by fantasizing about travel, food, sex, falling in love or having the last word—all the things that make life interesting. Imagination gives us the opportunity to envision new possibilities – it is an essential launch pad for making our hopes come true. It fires our creativity, relieves our boredom, alleviates our pain, enhances our pleasure, and enriches our most intimate relationships.” -Bessel van der Kolk