Your level of self esteem can influence how you feel about yourself, accomplish a task and how you interact with others. If you feel your self esteem could use a boost a great form of therapy to do the job is hypnosis. To help understand what type of impact low self esteem can have on someone’s overall life and how hypnosis can help boost self esteem, I have interviewed therapist Eileen Manglass, LCSW.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Auburn, Maine, serving children and adults. As a holistic practitioner, I use a wellness model to facilitate body/mind/spirit connections and resources to enhance health and facilitate healing. I provide clinical hypnotherapy, having received training through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), the largest US organization of health and mental health care professionals using hypnosis. ASCH is unique among organizations for professionals using hypnosis, in that members are licensed healthcare workers and, at a minimum, hold a master’s degree.
When not working at what I love, I’m usually outdoors, playing in Maine with my dog, my children, or my partner; hiking, cycling, paddling, sailing. I use mindfulness, meditation, and movement to keep myself healthy and thriving.”
What type of impact can a low sense of self esteem have on someone’s overall life?
“Low self-esteem, doubt, self-criticism (all cousins of the same body/mind ‘˜virus’ if you will) have a significant impact on one’s life experience. People are often oblivious to holding themselves back, just by the lowly self-image they have and the negative self-talk they murmur silently (or aloud) all through the day. Negative talk such as, ‘this will never work out,’ or ‘I always sabotage myself,’ and citing variations of ‘˜Murphy’s Law’ as in, ‘that’s right ‘” things that can go wrong usually do!’ help create the outcome envisioned within.”
How can hypnosis help boost someone’s self esteem?
“Hypnosis is an elegant tool for changing the ‘˜tapes’, the inner dialogue that influences perception, attitude, expectancy; thereby inviting a shift in experience. When one begins to frame more positive self-statements, and practice this over time; one often reports feeling better about life, seeing opportunities missed previously, and feeling more confident, competent, with a more positive sense of self-esteem.”
What would a typical hypnosis session for boosting someone’s self esteem be like?
“I use hypnosis often in session, as part of the larger work with a client; but I also see clients for hypnosis help with a single issue. In both cases I incorporate self-esteem enhancement to help facilitate a positive result. Whether a person comes in wanting help with smoking cessation, anxiety, or another issue; improving one’s sense of self-esteem plays a key role in a successful outcome.
I start by asking about a client’s experience with hypnosis, what the understanding and perceptions are; then I share my experience and ability to help, describing the possible benefits, risks, and misconceptions of hypnosis. I assess for appropriateness of using hypnosis as an intervention. I take a history of the problem from the client’s perspective; obtaining information that will be beneficial to the outcome.
I rehearse with the client what I’ll do during hypnosis, noting that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. This helps the client understand the process and feel more comfortable about it. It also orients the client to envision practicing it at home, thereby increasing success. After the rehearsal I invite the client to become as comfortable as possible, and find a focus, suggesting various possibilities, with eyes open or shut at one’s choosing. I then induce a deep state of relaxation through suggestion and imagery, and introduce some alternative, more optimistic dialogue than had previously been used by the client about the problem. I suggest self-esteem enhancing shifts in awareness and habitual response set; and then re-orient the client to the room, the day, and their continued success regarding whatever they’ve come in for help with.”
Where can someone find more information about hypnosis?
“Feel free to check out my website at BreatheInComfort.com. Along with contact information, I’ve listed some resources that have been helpful for me. I’m happy to suggest resources for people wanting to learn hypnosis on their own to enhance self-esteem. My first experience with hypnosis was my father teaching me when I was a teen; he was a big believer in attitudes affecting outcome. I enjoy talking with people about their experience and their goals; I do F2F counseling and coaching sessions as well as e-therapy sessions using skype.”
Thank you Eileen for doing the interview on how hypnosis can help boost self esteem. For more information on Eileen Manglass or her work you can check out her website on BreatheInComfort.com.
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