The Hypnosis, Behavioral Therapy Connection
Lisa is one of the leading experts on the use of hypnotic interventions for neurotypical children and adults with behavior, social and pragmatic challenges as well as individuals with high functioning Autism/Asperger's/PDD-NOS. She is one of the first in the country to use Hypnosis, Family Systems Theory and Natural Applied Behavioral Analysis simultaneoulsy in a treatment plan. She is a pioneeer in her field, with evaluations conducted by studying each clients social interactions and behaviors across their natural environents, observing their social interractions and behaviors in relation to pertinent people and activities in their life. Quite often, Lisa's clients are unaware of her observations so Lisa can rapidly understand a client in a few days that may take months to uncover in a therapy office. By utilizing a combination of cutting edge, proven interventions and modalities her clients rate of recovery is rapid and the therapeutic process is expedited for each client.
Integrating Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis techniques into her practice simply made sense. Hypnosis is documented to to alleviate anxiety, phobias, attention and impulse control when individuals were in a trance like state. Since in many cases children and adults are often in a trance like state this means their subconscious mind was is available to receive information. As long as the new information is delivered according to how a person learns and processes new information, messages are absorbed easily and naturally, making hypnosis a perfect compliment to Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Therapy.
The benefit of using both treatment modalities
Hypnosis allows new information to enter the subconsious mind where change can take place immediately whereas Natural Applied Behavior Analysis works on the conscious mind, reinforcing the same information with repetition and positive reinforcement, the rate of mastering goals increases.
Additonally, Hypnosis uses the theory of Experiential Learning (learning by experiencing) which for centuries has been documented as one of the best ways for children to learn. It allows the wonderful opportunity to create changes. It also provides an efficient opportunty to generalize the skills introduced in Natural ABA treatment. With hypnosis, different environments and situations can presented and with different people so the new skill is "generalized" at a much faster rate. This is important since generalization is a necessary if a practiced skill is going to be transferred and applied to ones life.
As a child's see's evidence of his/her ability to control their mind and their physical and emotional reactions, they understand that they have a choice in how to respond to people, events and situations in their lives and make changes that create harmony with themselves and others . Their self confidence and belief in themselves goes beyond the imaginable and obstacles including the following can be improved and in some cases overcome.
Through Hypnosis and Natural ABA, specific behavioral concerns can be improved to a degree that is significant to improve the quality of life for both the child and the family as a whole.
Children learn new patterns of behavior and release old patterns rapidly through the use of Hypnosis in the following areas:
- Increase in autonomy and self confidence
- Improve impulse control
- Improve social behaviors
- Improved sleep/bedtime routine
- Improvement in self efficacy
- Stress management
- Management of anger
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Reduction/elimination of tics and nervous behavior
- Elimination of enuresis (bedwetting);
- Eliminate or reduce Sensory Issues
- Ritualistic Behavior
- Increased focus & concentration/span of attention
- How to appropriately express emotions
- Manners (greeting with "hello", "please & thankyou)
- Using language/pragmatics in conversations
- "What to say" to initiate and respond
- Staying on topic
- Expanding "preferred topics"
- Generalizing use of language
- Increase Functional Language Skills
- Showing interest with others
- Eye contact
- Taking turns
- Reading social cues
- Handling Bullies
- Sensory Issues
- Hair Pulling ( Trichotillomania)