Robert Nielson, MFT, has been practicing hypnotherapy for over twenty years. In that time, he has found that hypnotherapy generates positive, lasting change in troubled teens enrolled at co-ed Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School. Following is a former student's account of how hypnotherapy helped her make changes while enrolled at Cedar Ridge Academy.
"I really do feel that the hypnosis has made a difference in my life and has allowed me to just have more understanding of myself and past behaviors. I never thought I would be able to have a boyfriend and I'm glad we were able to really cover a lot of my guy issues. It's still weird how I do still attract guys who I would say have similarities to the ones I had issues with before but I try to look at it as more of a coincidence. I think because of what has happened it still has effected me in the sense that I'm more interested in long term relationships and take physically intimacy as a really serious and private thing. It never really interested me or made sense to me to hook up with other guys when I was single. If that makes sense. But I don't mind that because I don't think I would feel very good about myself if it was the other way around - hahaha.
I think the hypo has also helped me have a clear mind in general. I know that was a big issue that I had a lot of bad memories and was easily triggered but I feel that since I was able to deal with all of that at such a deep level it has really made long term changes.
In other sessions I believe that it was also making me stronger and more confident. It's crazy to think how insecure I was emotionally and physically. I'm still very independent and don't like when my mom smothers me every once in a while but I let her sometimes because I know it just helps her relieve a little stress here and there. But I do feel a whole lot more confident now. You are very right about how depending on how I do in school it plays a domino effect on me in general and my confidence. It's very true and obvious."