Hypnosis for Insomnia
“…my sleeping has been great since our last session. I have not woken up at all, not even with minor issues. And it seems like my sleeping has been deeper as well.”
“I’ve been doing really well lately – working on the next book, dating someone I like a lot, sleeping great.”
- Ken Hamilton, Boston
“I was a client of yours last July and came to visit you about insomnia. With the questions and tasks you gave me, I’m totally back to sleeping. Really, it was a life-saver.”
- Laura Bissell, Weston
“After a few sessions, I was sleeping again (after months of insomnia), which got everything headed in a better direction.”
- Jay M., Boston
How I help my clients with hypnosis for insomnia
You can’t sleep. Maybe it’s at bedtime…maybe it’s the middle of the night wake up…maybe it’s both. You’ve seen a doctor…tried better sleep hygiene…tried meditation…tried medication…
But you’re still awake.
When this happens, usually it’s either:
- You’re putting lots of pressure on yourself and “trying” to sleep.
- There’s a subconscious part of your mind that’s blocking you from sleeping normally.
To use hypnotherapy and other approaches to work directly with the part of your mind that’s keeping you awake. So you have the chance to bring help directly to the part of your mind that won’t let you sleep — the part that doesn’t care about all those reasons why you SHOULD be sleeping. Sleep hypnosis gives you the chance to genuinely SOLVE the problem where it’s happening, not just manage it.
The way clients structure their insomnia is different from person to person. Even across different clients who have the same sleep issue. So I'm constantly changing and adapting approaches to fit each client and the unique structure of their issue. The work usually involves hypnotherapy, but there are also many other ways to get things solved.
These are some of the approaches I combine to help clients succeed.
Hypnotherapy is a great way to get to the core of a sleep issue. It's a way of engaging the deeper/unconscious parts of the mind so clients get results they can feel, not just intellectual understandings. It's also a great state for learning and a useful tool for relaxation. These are some of the hypnotherapy approaches I use in my practice:
• Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
• Ideomotor Hypnotherapy
Through careful use of language, I can help clients connect and work with some very deep (and usually outside of consciousness) parts of themselves. These approaches can sometimes streamline the process, reduce performance anxiety ("Am I hypnotized?!") and make the process of sleeping again easier.
Neuro-linguistic programming offers a suite of tools that help clients gain more control over the way they're thinking about things. More control + more options usually = less insomnia and better sleep.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is a close relative of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). It's a way of helping clients see some of the "filters" they've been seeing the world through so they can find more choices. On it's own it can be a bit dry and hard for clients to accept. Combined with hypnotherapy and NLP, it can be life-changing, particularly for insomnia clients who are trapped in the "I NEED to sleep" loop where the harder they try, the less they sleep.
BD is based on the work of BJ Fogg, director of The Behavioral Design Lab at Stanford University. His research shows that long-term change is best accomplished when people feel good. Taking very small steps in a consistently positive way can yield powerful results.
Psychological Illusions/De-Hypnosis/Metacognitive therapy
Some clients create their insomnia by (innocently) hypnotizing themselves into some really bad trances. The stories and images they create can be powerful drivers for a lot of bad feelings and a lot of sleepless nights.
Helping clients develop tools to "wake up" when they start do that can often make a big difference. The psychological illusion model offers tools to help clients to see through those thoughts in a way that allows for a lot more peace of mind. It's another way of helping clients wake up from some of the "thoughtmares" that have been keeping them awake.
Metaphors and stories can often help clients see things in much deeper way than more analytical/left-brained conversations. They're invaluable for helping clients "connect the dots" and see outside of the places where they've been stuck. Unstuck clients usually resolve their insomnia.
Helping clients slowly work in the direction of fear trigger can often be an important part of the process. The really important thing is being sure that before they start they have new resources (usually developed through the other approaches mentioned here). That way they can feel safe as they move into the experiences and learn to sleep better.
Sometimes being very direct or playing the devil's advocate with a client can help them to see new options in a way that more circumspect approaches can't.
Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy and the Emotional Freedom Technique are both ways to "unstick" some thought/feeling combinations. One involves the client gently tapping some acupressure points, the other following a prompt for some simple eye movements. Both can be helpful in resolving insomnia issues.
Certain breathing patterns act as effective tools for resetting the sympathetic fight or flight response. They can be a shortcut to creating a sense of calm that can be extremely useful, especially for clients with insomnia issues.
Visualization work, much like the type athletes do to prime themselves for success, can sometimes be a useful tool in client work, particularly after a client has solved most of the issue.
I can’t say how long it would take for you to sleep well again. Some problems are straightforward, some turn out to be more complicated. My goal is for my clients to find a lasting solution as quickly as possible without using ‘band-aid’ approaches or cutting corners.
The vast majority of insomnia clients I’ve worked with have solved their problem. It’s been more work for some than others, and many have resolved other issues in the process. There are people who don’t get good results with sleep hypnosis, though. Fortunately, I’m usually able to identify them before they start, so they can find someone who’s a better fit for them.
About 50% of the sleep hypnosis work I do is done online. About 50% of the work I do helping clients resolve their driving anxiety is done online. Online clients have done just as well as those who’ve been able to come in for office sessions. The results have been equally good.
I charge a flat fee because I find:
- Clients get better results when they commit up front to spend the money/time it takes to solve their problem (results aren’t as good when people dabble and “try hypnosis”).
- Clients get better results when they’re not worried about how much time they’re taking.
- Clients get better results when they’re mid-process and they’re not worried about how much more it might cost them to get to the point where they’re successful.
So you’d pay one flat fee to overcome your driving anxiety. One price, regardless of how many sessions it takes to solve the problem completely. ‘Solved’ as both defined by and judged by you.
Fees vary depending on the situation and the severity of the insomnia. Usually they fall somewhere between $3-7k.
I guarantee all sleep hypnosis work with a half-back refund. If a client reaches the ten session mark and they’re making good progress, great. We continue working until the problem is completely solved. If they’ve done that much work and they don’t feel like they’ve made progress, I guarantee the work by refunding half the fee.
It’s also guaranteed if a client has a problem later on. “Relapses” are rare, but if they ever happen – whether it’s three weeks, three months or three years later – they’re 100% covered. The client is back here in the office and we resolve whatever we may have missed.
Sorry, I don't do any insurance billing. I've had a few clients who were able to get the work partially covered with HSA funds, but I don't know the details of how they arranged it. I just provided them with a receipt.
Much as I’d like to, I’m not able to help everyone with sleep hypnosis. Click the button below to find out if you’ll be a good fit as a Boston Hypnosis client.
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