Getting Over A Phobia

Getting Over A Phobia

The Power of Hypnotherapy

Connie Jackson never had trouble taking a test until she encountered the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification. Jackson took the test for the first time in December of 2012 and again in January of 2014 and failed both times, developing a deep-seated fear of the four-hour test in the process.

“It became a phobia,” says Jackson, a government contractor. “I let it run my life. I did not want anything to do with the PMP again. But I knew that in order to move my career forward and to be competitive, I needed that (PMP) certification.”

Jackson decided to take the test a third and final time. And although she spent many hours studying, her anxieties took over as the test date approached, creating a profound mental block that threatened to sabotage her efforts.

On the day before the test, Jackson took a chance and contacted local hypnotherapist Cynthia Miles, co-owner of National Hypnosis in Sterling, Va.  Jackson underwent a hypnotherapy session that allayed her deep–seated anxieties while giving her a renewed sense of hope and confidence. And the next day, Jackson easily passed the PMP. As she puts it, “I blew it out of the water.”

Jackson says Mile’s form of hypnotherapy gave her an added boost, a critical edge that made it possible for her to ace the dreaded PMP. In the following weeks, Jackson passed two more certification exams, further increasing her earnings potential while making her much more marketable and competitive in the business world. For Jackson, the couple hundred dollars she spent on the hypnotherapy session was a life investment, resulting in enormous personal and professional gains.

Jackson’s experience is indicative of the type of success people achieve when working with Miles and National Hypnosis. Jackson and her husband Jon Miles, the other half of National Hypnosis, are both certified hypnotherapists. Over the past several years, National Hypnosis has treated hundreds of clients, employing a unique brand of hypnotherapy and coaching to help people overcome a vast variety of illnesses and challenges, including sleep and eating disorders, addictions, fears and phobias and other maladies that weigh on people, diminishing their energy, focus, and purpose.

With hypnosis, the hypnotist or hypnotherapist puts subjects in a trance-like state that simultaneously relaxes the body and mind. Unlike sleep, the mind is highly aware and focused, making subjects open to suggestibility, relaxation, and heightened imagination. In this trance-like state, the subject is conscious but is able to focus more intently on a specific issue or issues with other thoughts and the surrounding environment naturally falling away. Similarly, in everyday life, hypnosis is like losing yourself in a book or movie.

“Hypnosis is basically a state of learning,” explains Miles. “It is a state where you can download information faster. Information goes into your subconscious faster and becomes part of your whole system view.”

There are many different forms of hypnosis. Cynthia and Jon practice and are certified in four forms of hypnosis, including Neuro-Linguistic Programming, NLP, Eye Movement Integration, Brief Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Stage Hypnosis. This gives Cynthia and Jon a set of tools that 90 percent of hypnotherapists lack, making it possible for Cynthia and Jon to pivot quickly when necessary to adjust to their client’s needs by drawing from their diverse set of hypnosis resources and unique background.

This gives the Miles’ a set of tools that 90 percent of hypnotherapists lack.

NLP encompasses the three most influential components that shape and determine behavior—neurology, language, and programming. They succeed in eliminating certain behaviors as well as the root causes that account for the behaviors, going far beyond traditional hypnosis and thus making National Hypnosis truly unique.

“The value of this cannot be understated,” says Jon Miles. “I want people to understand that this is an investment they are making for themselves. This is not a therapy to fix something that is broken. Although we might use therapeutic techniques, we are not therapists. We are bringing people back to their authenticity – we are performance enhancing.”

Miles hypnotized Jackson to adopt that saying as her own internal hypnotic mantra, and Connie applied it when taking and passing the PMP exam. “This is key to understand,” says Miles. “With Connie I used her existing resources to help her move forward.”

Jackson is now confident in asking for more money.  “And if I want to take a job outside of the federal government, the PMP and the other certifications will follow me wherever I go,” she says.