Hypnosis for Discomfort and Pain
“The sessions I had during my pregnancy minimized my discomfort and the training you gave my husband was so awesome that he kept me in a trance during labor. The nurses said they had never seen anything like it.” ~ Heather
“I had pain in my mid-chest for two years. I went to several doctors and had every possible test possible to figure out what was wrong. They said nothing was wrong. But the pain was not constant, but when it came, it was in my solar plexus. I had a long hypnotherapy session with Mary that explored the emotional issue I was going through when the pain started. I work a lot on psychological issues and Mary knew that. She asked if I had worked on that one. Yes, I said, I felt I had processed it. She explained trauma could remain stuck in the body and manifest as pain.
We had a long session, went through a series of processes with parts therapy until, finally, that part of me that generated the onset of the pain agreed not to do it any more. I left pain-free. It was hard to believe. Two weeks later, there was still no pain. When Mary called months later to see if it had came back, I realized I had pretty much forgotten about it. It was gone.”~ Keith
Note: Pain caused by an on-going medical condition is managed by training the client to learn numbing and relaxation techniques.
Hypnosis to enhance the creative process
“Under hypnosis with Mary I was able to visualize freely all aspects of an up-coming idea. She is extremely soothing and comforting throughout the session. I felt understood and non-judged and therefore free to explore actively whatever came up from my unconscious or my imagination. That she is an artist herself and offers unconditional support and affirmation is invaluable to the creative process. “ ~ Janet, artist
Hypnosis to recover the sense of smell lost by grief
“I lost most of my sense of smell and Mary gave me a hypnotherapy session to see if we could discover when and how it might have happened. During the session we discovered that it was tied to the death of my mother. She and I smelled the flowers together. We enjoyed food smells – spices and chocolate. Mary helped me process the grief. As I continued to process the loss of my mom – and my dad, my sense of smell returned. Somehow it was tied to the loss of my parents. I now enjoy the smell of flowers again, and chocolate, and mild scents of everyday life.” ~ Diane, author & publisher
“Mary came to the nursing home where I live because I had recurring nightmares about death and I’m not ready to die. After one session they stopped.” ~ Ardell
Note: Ardell lived another three years after recurring nightmares that the Angel of Death was beckoning her.
“I took Mary’s Smoking Cessation class and then had individual sessions. I had tried to stop many times over 30 years. This time it worked.” ~ Karen
Relaxing at a deeper-than-ever level
“Mary put me into the deepest state of relaxation I’d ever experienced. I had no idea that level of relaxation was possible.” ~ Joan
Ending a Bad Habit – Cheek Biting
“Ever since I can remember, I have been chewing on something, be it a shirt collar or fingernails. As a teenager I settled on my cheeks, a habit I continued for the next thirty years – despite warnings about mouth cancer. I tried to stop on my own, but every time I got bored, nervous or simply because it was a habit, I started within days. I had heard about hypnosis as a cure for bad habits, but the thought of being under the spell of a stranger was not tempting. When my Spanish teacher told me she had become a hypnotherapist, I called her for an appointment.
As always in Mary’s company, I felt at ease and relaxed. I told her about my bad habit. Later, as I leaned back in the chair, listening to Mary’s soothing voice, I was aware (not in a spell), but very relaxed. What happened after the session can only be described as amazing. Since I walked out the door, I have not chewed my cheeks – or anything else.” ~ Helle, marine biologist
Overcoming Test Anxiety
If you have Test Anxiety, you can understand the material to be tested, have perfect recall the day before and anxiety will zap your recall during the test. I remember that as soon as I started a geology midterm, a white fog bank rolled in. My mind was completely blank. Why does that happen to some test takers? Anxiety locks up the files, closes the door – blocking the synaptic connections to memory storage. Why would the brain do something so totally unhelpful? Because the brain develops unconscious automated behaviors that operate without conscious control. Behind the automatic mechanism lies a story that caused a belief. In my case, my first grade teacher told me I would never be good at science because I was skipping along the sidewalk when she was explaining how flowers grow from seeds. She thought I wasn’t listening, but I was. The shaming, her yelling and the fact that I was afraid of her because she used a ruler to hit the hands of misbehavers, allowed her words to be recorded forever in my unconscious mind. The emotion attached to her words was powerful. Children believe what adults tell them. So my mind programmed it. Science test? Not good at science. Zap that information for the record to reflect “not good.” The prediction issued by the authoritarian teacher caused my mind to write the script. Our minds follow childhood scripts until we rewrite them.
When a student in one of my Spanish classes understood the material and poorly more than once on a test, I would ask, “Did anyone every say you were no good at foreign languages? I discovered nearly all of them had a clear memory of a teacher or a significant adult telling them they did not have a capacity for learning another language. The ones who did not remember an incident most likely had amnesia because of the traumatic impact it had on them. They were usually the ones who felt sick during tests or experienced the onset of a panic attack. One young woman admitted later she had to ask to go to the bathroom because she knew she was going to throw up. This is serious stuff. And it can be cured. Hypnotherapy put mine behind me. And I was eager to help others. My preference is to have once a week sessions for three weeks before the test, if it is a big one. Some people, however, can be cured in one session. Here is an example.
A high school student came to me about a month before the end of the spring semester. She had B’s on all her homework assignments, understood the material and then failed so many tests that she was in danger of not passing the class. She wrote:
“No one could believe I got an A on my math final. During my session with you, you helped me realize I believed that I didn’t test well. It was the belief that made me freak out and forget what I knew. So I failed a lot of tests. I was amazed how calm I was taking the final. Thank you.” Melissa
Managing White Coat Phobia: Dentists and Doctors
Success for a phobia is a different kind of ball game than success for math, science or foreign language test anxiety. Phobias produce irrational fear and dread, at times overwhelming enough for the phobic person to feel that death is imminent. That is not the same as anxiety or apprehension about dentists that we would consider dental anxiety. Success for dental anxiety might mean using a self-hypnosis audio to stay relaxed enough in the chair until the procedure is over. This might require one or two hypnotherapy sessions and a couple weeks of practice.
Success for a phobic would be replacing general anesthesia to have a procedure with a hypnotherapist (in the room) and perhaps adding a sedative to complement hypnosis. To reach that goal, a phobic needs to learn and practice self-hypnosis before the appointment. It may take a number of sessions to desensitize trauma related to the phobia sufficiently for the person to feel safe in the dental or medical clinic.
A woman came to see me who had not been to a dentist in twelve years – and knew she could not postpone any longer. She had been claustrophobic since childhood. As a young adult she developed white coat phobia following a surgical error. She had done a lot of self-growth work and wanted to learn hypnosis to have her teeth evaluated. She was a good subject. She went into the trance state easily, had an active imagination, and a rich spiritual practice. But the fact that she could enter a trance in my office recliner, under a high ceiling and beside a large picture window, did not guarantee that she would be able to replicate that state in a small dental examination room – at least no any time soon. First she needed make an appointment and not cancel it. That took a few months. Her pattern was to work hard to get up her courage to go, and then be filled with dread and cancel.
Finally she made an appointment and went. She had a hard time, got claustrophobic and felt neither the dentist nor his assistant were empathetic. The news that she would need five or six two-hour appointments overwhelmed her. Our next goal was for her to remain calm long enough to explain the severity of the phobia to her dentist and his assistant, and let them know their reaction had caused her further distress. So it was a process. Fifteen months after her first appointment, her dental work was complete. Her email is below, with her name omitted to protect confidentially.
“Dear Mary, I am so grateful I came to you for hypnosis. Because I am claustrophobic and had not been to a dentist in many years, I needed extensive work. Because of my sessions with you, I have now completed my work. Thank you so much for all your help and for being so kind.”
After postponing for years, a teacher with white coat phobia had a medical exam
“For years my fear of medical procedures prevented me from having routine check-ups. After private sessions with Mary to learn self-hypnosis, Mary went with me for my complete medical exam. She kept me calm with hypnosis during each procedure.” ~ Marilyn
DENTAL SERVICES REFERRAL FOR DENTAL ANXIETY AND PHOBIA
KEENE SMILES 303-665-5586
Lafayette, Colorado 80026
Dr. Greg Keene
Dr. Keene recommends hypnotherapy for clients with anxiety or phobia about dental visits and procedures. He and Mary Willix coordinate plans with patients. Dr. Keene is a highly regarded, award-winning dentist. He is one of two dentists who have been recognized 5280 Magazine, which rates medical professionals in Colorado. Keene Smiles is currently located at 1140 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026. They will relocate in the summer of 2014 to a building near the intersection of Public Rd. and South Boulder Road, close to Flatirons Church and Vitamin Cottage.
Graduate of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute
National Guild of Hypnotists
American Hypnosis Association
Former Spanish Professor
Certified Interpreter, State of CA
Standardized Assessment Specialist
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