La Jolla hypnotherapist Elena Mosaner has been captivated by the subject since age 5 when her mother took her to see a stage hypnotist who made adults “act like children.”
The Russian native said the experience left her “perplexed” and thirsting for answers to solve the mysteries behind hypnotism.
Fast-forward to 2020. Mosaner is now a certified hypnotherapist and professionally certified coach by the International Coach Federation. For the last 15 years, she said she has helped more than 1,000 clients break bad habits, like smoking. She now helps them build healthy habits while boosting their confidence and shifting their mindsets to improve their lifestyles.
“I teach my clients to tell new stories, improve health and become their best version,” said Mosaner on her website, elenamosaner.com.
Of her therapeutic approach, Mosaner said, “You ask clients open-ended questions aimed at supporting new thoughts and actions. Then through therapy, the coach supports those new thoughts and actions. The idea is to create a sense of independence and autonomy. The client is responsible for taking the next step (self-improvement).”
Mosaner came to the United States as an exchange student, settling in New York City and restarting her life from scratch. One day, she came across a newspaper ad for a hypnosis course.
“As I dug deeper and worked with other hypnotherapists exchanging sessions, I saw tremendous potential in self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy all together,” Mosaner said.
Hypnosis is defined as the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. It is used in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behavior by suggestion.
Mosaner said it typically requires two to five therapeutic sessions over an extended period to help clients break bad habits, overcome their fears or build self-confidence. She added the hypnotherapy process involves bypassing a critical faculty and establishing selective thinking.
For example, she noted you might implant a suggestion that “You’ve lost your desire for sugar or, you feel confident speaking or singing because you realize the audience is on your side.”
The hypnotherapist said COVID has presented new challenges.
“Many people are really looking into their lives, their values, their beliefs, their behaviors, and their habits,” Mosaner said. “People are coming to me now much more aware and awake about things like their health. They’re changing themselves. People want to stop smoking, or cut sugar out of their diets or exercise more. “
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Mosaner is hosting a free remote meeting titled “Discover a Better You Through Accepting the Loss of Your Pre-COVID Life” from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Mosaner tailors her therapeutic approach “to each person.” She described the process as “simple.”
“I spend about 45 minutes talking with the client about hypnosis and how it works to really help the client understand what hypnosis is – and what it is not,” she said. “We talk about what’s stopping them from getting the outcomes they want. Then we design a new script for the client, a new chapter for them.”
Mosaner puts clients into a “state of receptivity,” which generally takes 10 to 20 minutes.
“Then I give them suggestions for their new script: You’re a non-smoker, you’re now confident, etc.,” she said. “When they come out of the trance and feel good, you refer them to self-hypnosis techniques to help them reinforce that (new) behavior and outcome.”
In dealing with clients with unresolved issues, Mosaner’s technique is to “help them reframe the events of the past.” She asks them things like, “How did you feel about someone or this event?”
Mosaner then works with clients to help guide them through accepting those negative things in their lives, putting them behind them and moving forward.
“I’m passionate about helping people become a better version of themselves,” she concluded.
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