Welcome to Debbie Dubickas, CHt, Hypnotherapy and Coaching
Even the best may need a little direction and support at times and for most, the idea of working with a hypnotherapist may make you nervous. Quite right to feel that way – It is my job to clear any concerns and worries about the process as quickly as possible in order to get started. You may have heard about hypnosis, breathwork and/or hypnotherapy; you may have been referred by someone or you may just be curious. What ever the reason, let your journey begin by learning a thing or two about the services on offer.
Firstly, here are a few things which may answer some of your questions
Hypnotherapy offers techniques best utilized in clearing conflict through the hypnotic state. Hypnosis is a hypnotic state, a safe and natural altered state of the mind, where the conscious mind is relaxed so that positive suggestions can be given to the subconscious to effect positive changes in a person’s thinking and behavior. In hypnotherapy, we work on the subconscious mind because this is where many negative patterns and traumas reside. Any conflicts arising can be cleared with the various hypnotherapy techniques offered.
Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the process and feel that you can place your trust in your hypnotherapist. It’s also important to keep an open mind, as any scepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.
Hypnoanalysis – Hypnoanalysis is a form of hypnotherapy that aims to discover and resolve the root cause of a concern. It draws on concepts from analytical psychotherapy and uses these with hypnotherapy techniques. The hope is that hypnoanalysis can resolve problems rather than manage symptoms, and therefore address long-standing issues.
The theory behind hypnoanalysis is that for some issues or concerns, there is a cause. The aim of the technique is to uncover this cause and therefore resolve it. This process is often longer than suggestion hypnotherapy and can take a number of sessions. This allows you and Debbie to work together in a safe and confidential environment. Over time, rapport and trust builds.
Having a trusting relationship is key, as you should naturally find yourself opening up and discussing things that may have been ‘bottled up’ from the past. These past events can often be the cause of a present day problem. The same theory is used by psychoanalytic therapists.
The difference between hypnoanalysis and psychoanalysis is the use of hypnosis. When someone is in a hypnotic state, their conscious mind falls into the background, allowing the subconscious mind to come forward. This is the part of the mind that tends to ‘store’ information about the ‘cause’ of certain problems.
For example, when asked, you may not remember a specific event that triggered a phobia. So your conscious mind may not be aware of it. Using hypnoanalysis, Debbie can communicate with your subconscious to reveal the event/cause in your subconscious.
Once the cause is found and addressed, there is room for new, healthy ways of thinking. Hypnotherapy and suggestion techniques are typically used to help this process.
Techniques used within hypnoanalysis
Two of the most commonly used techniques are free association and direct regression.
This technique was pioneered by Sigmund Freud. It involves simply letting your thoughts run free, moving from one to the other without judgment or consideration. As you do this within hypnoanalysis you speak your thoughts out loud, to Debbie.
With the guidance from Debbie, your thoughts will be directed towards the ‘truth’ that typically your subconscious may be resistant to. The idea is to identify events that may be the cause or root of your current concern.
Regression is a powerful tool used by hypnotherapists to access someone’s past through hypnosis. In hypnoanalysis, you may be asked to think about a recent event when you felt the symptoms of your problem (for example if you have a fear of lifts, it may be the last time you were in a lift). You will then be asked to really relive the experience and ‘amplify’ the feelings as much as you are able to.
Various techniques are then used to take your memories back to discover the original ‘event’ when you first felt like this. The height of your emotion should diminish as you get closer to the initial ‘event’.
The techniques used will be decided by Debbie who will assess which approach is best for you and your circumstances.
Having worked with referral clients, my expertise is working with clients who suffer from anxiety symptoms and depression symptoms. I, therefore regularly work with hypnoanalysis.
What to expect in working with me ?
Prior to becoming a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I suffered panic attacks and bouts of depression throughout my life as well as having had various behaviors such as body clenching, stuttering, shyness and the need to be the “Pleaser” to everyone in my life. As an open book myself, it is my job to have you feeling comfortable in a safe environment where no client can do this wrong.
Feeling nervous and apprehensive prior to having a session is understandable. I take time to listen and to address any fears, concerns or reservations you may have about going into hypnosis ensuring you are comfortable with the Hypnotic Model I follow.
Once you are feeling comfortable and your goal has been discussed, Debbie gently guides you into hypnosis and gives positive suggestions to the sub-conscious mind. Each suggestion, affirmation and image paves the way for the next. However suggestions given to the sub-conscious may not be enough. One of the rules of the mind is “The Rule of Dominant Effect whereby the strongest emotion wins”. If you are holding onto fear or pain for example and you have been triggered then no matter what suggestions you have been given, the fear or pain takes over. This conflict can be addressed through a hypnotherapy session yet hypnotherapy is not a panacea, but it is extremely effective in transforming negative emotions and eliminating destructive or defeating behaviors that so many struggle with on a daily basis.
How many sessions?
Everyone is different and while some clients successfully clear an issue in as little as one session, others can take up to six sessions or more.
What can hypnosis and hypnotherapy help with
Building Self Esteem
Lack of confidence
Stuttering / Stammering
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Bed Wetting in Children
Hypnosis for Childbirth
Fears and Phobias
Emetophobia (the fear of being sick)
Poor Self Image
Fear of Intimacy
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Addictions such as gambling
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Hypnosis for Weight Loss/Weight gain
Social Anxiety / Fear of being on the Spot
Having trained at the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy, here in Tampa and it being the only school to be licensed by the Florida Department of Education, I feel proud having completed the intense training.
Disclaimer – Hypnosis is a co-operative partnership between the client and the facilitator to create change in both the conscious and subconscious space. As a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, not a Licensed Medical Doctor or Mental Health Professional, hypnosis services performed are non-therapeutic and not intended to take the place of professional counseling, medical, or psychological care and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment of any condition. I do not work on pain or diagnosed mental or physical conditions without the referral from a licensed practitioner of the healing arts per Florida Statues Section 485. If you are under the care of a medical professional for any condition for which you are seeking hypnosis support, please obtain a signed, written referral from your provider prior to engaging me and moving forward with related sessions.
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