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What Symptoms Can Hypnoanalysis Treat?

Successfully treats anxiety, phobias, depression, low self-esteem, all types of fear, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, eating disorders, somatic disorders and most other emotional, behavioral, psychological (Axis I) and spiritual problems and issues.


Is the most advanced form of therapeutic hypnosis, also called Medical Hypnosis or Medical Hypnoanalysis. It is a very structured approach to resolving the cause of the problem, rather than just the symptom. It combines both hypnosis and hypnotherapy and adds additional advanced techniques and tools. In the relaxed hypnotic state, the subconscious mind is more accessible. Hypnoanalysis uses various techniques to allow the subconscious mind to reveal the original cause of the problem so that, working together, the client and therapist can understand and resolve the origin of the problem rather than just treat the symptom.

For example, in the case of a phobia, some stimulus got connected to a physiological response of panic. Discovering when that got connected and resolving that event can bring rapid relief of the phobia. Another example is that a child may carry that wrong belief into adulthood and develop symptoms to compensate for the feelings that go with them. As an adult one may recognize that the feelings and beliefs are inaccurate, uncomfortable or in some way unhelpful. He/she may have found that simply trying to think or feel differently has not helped relieve the problem. This is because the conscious, decision-making part of the mind does not have access to where those feelings and thoughts originate. However, when in hypnosis, the origin of the thoughts and feelings are available. Going back to the key memory while in hypnosis, gives the adult the chance to reinterpret the event more appropriately. Once that is done, it is often a relatively simple matter to give up the symptom, given positive reinforcement to do so, thus replacing the old, negative beliefs.

After the cause has been resolved, hypnotherapy (direct suggestion) is used to reinforce new, positive understandings, feelings and behaviors so that fairly rapidly the client is meeting his/her goal. The term hypnoanalysis refers to the process of analyzing the cause of the problem. The term “Medical Hypnosis” is also used because it refers to the structured process of diagnosing the cause of the problem using diagnostic tools and then treating.

Don Hardy-Holley is Board Certified by the American Academy of Medical Hypnoanalysts (AAMH) and is one of their trainers.  He has been practicing and teaching hypnosis since 1972.  He has been associated with AAMH since 1994.

How Does Hypnoanalysis Work?

Hypnoanalysis uses various tools to diagnose the subconscious mind’s reasons for having a symptom and resolves the issue. Many people have problems that they have tried to resolve in other ways, including counseling or therapy. Those forms of therapy are limited because they only have access to the conscious mind. Some people have used medications to help reduce their symptoms. However, merely treating the symptoms does not resolve the cause of the problem.

Hypnoanalysis works specifically because of the effect of hypnosis on the mind and body. When a person is in a state of hypnosis, the conscious mind goes into the background. This makes the part of the mind that stores the information about the cause of the problem, available to actually make the changes a person wants to make. When the emotional cause of the problem is healed, the problems with the feelings, thoughts, and body are usually relieved.

This form of therapy differs from traditional “talk” therapy in that much less time is spent talking about how the symptom affects a person on a daily basis. Therapy time and energy are put into finding and removing the underlying cause of the problem. Once the cause is removed, the person can begin developing new, healthy ways of thinking, feeling, acting, and being in the world through carefully designed suggestions. True change takes place so clients can meet their goals.

Traditional talk therapies can take years to achieve lasting results. Using hypnosis greatly speeds the process which often brings permanent relief.

What Is Hypnosis used for and how long does it take?

There are many facets to the practical and therapeutic uses of hypnosis. All of them including self-hypnosis, hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis can be very helpful and can serve useful purposes for one’s personal and professional growth and development.

Hypnosis, including self-hypnosis, can be used to reduce stress, and relax. This state is very positive mentally and physically. Regularly getting into this state can help relieve symptoms of stress related illnesses including high blood pressure.

Especially during times of high stress, practicing self-hypnosis daily can help reduce the chance of physical problems. It can aid sleep by helping people keep their minds off negative thoughts that may be keeping them awake. Also, being in a deeply relaxed state can have an effect on pain relief.

Most people can learn to effectively use self-hypnosis to relax in 1-3 sessions.

Hypnotherapy can be used to improve performance and change simple habits. Depending on the goal, hypnotherapy can take from 3-20 sessions.

Hypnoanalysis is used to relieve anxiety, phobias, panic, depression, weight issues, smoking, relationship issues, guilt, poor self-esteem, sexual problems, as well as help relieve some physical symptoms such as chronic pain and chronic fatigue, asthma, allergies and other problems that have their roots in emotions or beliefs about oneself. Hypnoanalysis is not a medical treatment and Don Hardy-Holley is not a doctor, and physical illness and pain should be assessed by a medical doctor.

Most people experience significant relief from their symptoms in 10-30 sessions.