Dr. Kissel on Hypnosis
Q. I have used hypnotherapy in the past with some moderate success, but I feel that the positive effects have not been lasting. Could you please elaborate on how this process affects the mind and why the positive benefits seem to be so transient.–Leonard Norman
DR. KISSEL RESPONDS: Leonard, thanks so much for visiting my blog, and welcome. Your comments about temporary results from hypnosis are not new to me, because so often people come to me expressing the same disappointment from sessions with other hypnotherapists.
I don’t know what kind of hypnosis you experienced or how many sessions you had, however I can say that there is no “one size fits all” hypnosis. You are an individual, so unless the hypnotherapeutic process is designed specifically for you, with all due consideration for your language and learning styles; your ways of processing and how quickly you integrate new ideas and associations, and many other things, hypnosis will be a hit and miss affair. All behavior is motivated, so it is crucial that the issues that underlie behaviors are also addressed and resolved. Only when all these elements are included in the process are we able to make and maintain positive changes. You can go on my website www.elainekissel.com/hypnotherapy and hear my lecture, or read the Q &A on hypnosis. It will answer many of your questions about hypnosis.