This week’s episode features an interview with one of our favorite hypnotherapists, Janet Montgomery. Janet’s practice is located in Los Angeles. In addition to one on one sessions, Janet has a series of guided imagery CD’s called the Live Well Series available online. Her CD’s are both for adults and children.
Below are highlights from our podcast episode. Please click the player above this post to hear all the details of this episode. Janet regales us with information about hypnotherapy you may not know and you’re going to want to hear all of it.
If you have the impression that hypnosis is like the Las Vegas stage shows where people cluck like chickens and bark like dogs, you’re in for a big surprise. Janet has her own business as a clinical hypnotherapist in the San Fernando Valley – Los Angeles. Both Sharone and Rebecca have enjoyed gloriously relaxing sessions in her comfy office chair, and we can vouch that Janet is not only the real deal but amazing as well.
Janet explains what hypnotherapy really is
Mind control and being stuck in a hypnotic state is a myth. You will not do anything in hypnosis that you wouldn’t do in your waking state. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state between wake and sleep. You go into hypnosis every single day as you go from sleep to awake and awake to sleep. Hypnosis relaxes you and slows you down to make it easier to narrow down your focus. This makes you more receptive to what you and the therapist are working on.
Once a client is in a deeply relaxed state, Janet will take them through a guided imagery scenario. Guided imagery is when you use your imagination for a positive purpose by tapping into the mind, body connection.
Worry is a misuse of the imagination. When you worry, you visualize mind movies that are not really happening, but you’re imagining it through what you see and hear. This creates anticipation and can make you very anxious.
This imagination process happens all the time. If you think about your favorite meal you may find yourself salivating. Thinking about lemons may make you pucker up.
Janet has helped numerous individuals, some of whom are in sports or are actors. Her process allows them to focus on achieving goals and becoming more successful. Once she has them in a receptive state and has used guided imagery or other techniques, she’s able to deliver the message both she and her client have carefully worked on.
Janet will take actors with big auditions coming up through successful mental rehearsals to help them find and get into character. The actor is able to experience success before he or she actually performs. Similar methods work for public speakers and athletes.
Others she’s helped include cancer patients who are afraid to go through chemotherapy, people with phobias, other anxiety, weight, smoking, relationship issues and more.
Working with a hypnotherapist makes it easier for people to focus without all the distractions they may experience on their own.
An anchor may be something as simple as a blink that is connected to the state a client wants to be in. You can take a feeling of excellence that you’ve felt in the past and borrow it to use in another situation that may be causing you anxiety. When your receptive state reaches its peak, Janet will use a simple gesture to anchor it in.
Tiger Woods had an anchor where he would blink his eyes when he was ready to go into his stance of excellence. Tiger is currently taking time off from golf to get his groove back. Sometimes it’s necessary to re-visit an anchor if life events cause a person to lose focus. When an anchor is repeated many times it becomes wired into your subconscious.
Re-Framing helps you see things in a different light to your benefit. A person with OCD, for example, may find that their behavior works well for them in certain situations, such as work, but not necessarily in their personal lives. Re-Framing can be used to let an obsessive-compulsive person see how their behavior affects others negatively. They can then adjust their behavior and have a more positive outcome.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Janet is skilled in NLP. It’s the science and structure of our experiences. Some people are more visual, auditory or kinesthetic. Some need all three. It’s also the science and strategy of how we do what we do. For example, if you hate cold calling someone, Janet will ask you to teach her how you do it in an uncomfortable way. Then she’ll have you think about something you really love to do. Using NLP and hypnosis, Janet helps you replace the negative feeling you have when you make cold calls with the feeling you have doing something you enjoy.
There are parts of a process you love and some you hate. You can find out what the part you hate is all about.
Going for Cause
Janet employees some or all of the methods she discusses in the podcast, in her sessions, depending on a person’s individual needs and achieves very effective results. However, she believes it’s important to go for cause. It’s not enough to tell people they will be happy after a session. That doesn’t work. You have to address the causes that are creating the problem in the first place. If a session doesn’t feel logical or right your mind will reject it. It’s important that a session is carefully crafted rather than consist of mere suggestions.
The conscious and unconscious minds do battle with each other due to the programming we received growing up. It’s natural for humans to seek pleasure and stay away from pain. A hypnotherapy session will help you flip the pain/pleasure triggers in your subconscious mind.
Janet has found that many people get more out of a hypnotherapy session than years and years of psychotherapy.
She gives homework to her clients in between sessions so that they don’t lose the momentum of the session work.
Janet’s Guided Imagery CD’s
Janet is in partnership with Jeff Gold who is a wonderful composer. They have produced 10 guided imagery CD’s so far. Their last two have been recordings for children with a 3rd in production. Their guided imagery CD’s teach kids to relax, self-soothe, be kind to animals, protect the environment, and more. In the first CD, kids are taken to a farm, the meadow, see butterflies, etc. It helps them calm down and fall asleep at bedtime.
The 2nd children’s CD, Under the Sea visits the seaside, talks about sea animals and birds and also helps children relax and fall asleep. It helps them send their problems away and feel cared for.
Topics for adults include
- Sleep Well
- Path to Resiliency; Overcome Life’s Challenges
- Your Cancer Therapy Companion.
- How to Manage Stress
- The 11-minute nap for busy people
- Live Well – different strategies – self-help
- Golf Well
- Love Well Learn to Ignite Your Passion – This one is hot!
- Study and Test Well
You can find all of the Live Well Series CD’s on Amazon and at:
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