~ Hypnosis ~

What is hypnosis

CTW Hypnotherapy is a targeted and effective short-term therapy. This modern form of talk therapy focuses completely on the self-efficacy and autonomy of the client. This means we trust the client to work out and implement their own individual solution. You decide where you want to go and walk this path yourself. We as therapists are at your side and give you the necessary tools. CTW Hypnosis is a very effective, non-suggestive treatment method based on the methods developed by Milton Erickson and further developed by Oliver Ruppel in 35 years of therapeutic practice. Proven techniques of classical hypnosis are combined with the latest findings from brain research.

What is the goal

The goal of the treatment is not to simply get rid of your “problem”. Most of the time, deeper entanglements/patterns lie beneath the obvious reason you come to us. Uncovering these patterns and understanding why you developed them is the real goal of CTW. This is how we find holistic and lasting solutions.

Scientifically recognized and proven

Hypnotherapy is nowadays fully scientifically recognized as a fast-acting and efficient treatment method.
The German Medical Journal already headlined in its March 2004 issue, page 125 “The effectiveness of hypnotherapy has been proven in over 200 empirical studies”.
Hypnotherapy is also recognized by the “Scientific Advisory Board for Psychotherapy” as a scientifically tested treatment method in the Federal Republic of Germany.
The results of an impressive comparative study were published in the “American Health Magazine” already in 2008:
Psychoanalysis: 38 % improvement after 600 (!) hours.
Behavioral therapy: 72 % improvement after 22 hours
Hypnotherapy: 93 % improvement after 6 (!) hours

What is trance?

Do you know the feeling of not being fully there, but at the same time the mind is fully awake? A hypnotic trance is a relaxed state of dozing – an inward turn, with an impoverishment of external stimuli, much like a daydream. Every person reaches it several times a day to process experiences and regenerate the mind. The threshold between waking and sleeping is also part of it. In this deeply relaxed state it is possible for the brain to relearn perception and behavior. Hypnotherapy is therefore nothing other than the so-called “mental training“, which is especially popular with athletes.
The therapist accompanies the client into a pleasant state of consciousness, similar to meditation, by being deeply relaxed and highly concentrated at the same time. The client is in control at all times and can react to impulses from outside. As rational everyday thinking recedes into the background, access to the unconscious opens up. In this way, situations that burden us in everyday life can be illuminated from a new point of view with creativity and ease.

Why hypnosis works

Modern brain research assumes that the subconscious determines a large part of our thinking, acting and feeling. (95%) Most people have made the experience that inner conflicts cannot be solved by will alone. Thus, it is not enough to make the mental decision, “Starting today, I’m not afraid anymore!”, or, “I’m going to stop getting lost in negative thoughts now!” Many smokers want to quit, but do not succeed.If the parts of the unconscious are not involved in decisions, no change is possible. In hypnotherapy, the bridge between conscious and unconscious parts is built. In this way we can reprogram our subconscious and dissolve old, dysfunctional structures and replace them with new, nourishing ones.
What happens during hypnosis?
Under guidance, the client directs his attention inward. External sensory impressions are blocked out and the focus is directed to the inner perceptions and feelings. Every symptom has an emotional cause. In everyday life, we have difficulty accessing these feelings. In the trance state, however, we can understand very well where strong and often “negative” feelings come from. We can also access old memories more easily and see them in a new light, allowing you to permanently release emotional blocks and dissolve unconscious patterns.
Desired changes in behavior and a significantly improved quality of life often occur after just a few sessions.

Self hypnosis

Our concern is to accompany you in the best possible way on the path to emotional and mental freedom. Self-hypnosis is a fundamental pillar of this process. Self-hypnosis is a special method of meditation and allows you to deeply relax and go within. This way you can accompany your inner processes yourself and consciously deal with your feelings between sessions. In doing so, the self-healing powers are activated. When the body is calm, the mind follows. Body and mind regenerate and recharge their batteries. Through self-hypnosis you build a loving relationship with yourself and a feeling of contentment and balance sets in.
At the end of each session I will give you an individual self-hypnosis exercise tailored to your needs. Especially in the first weeks, daily training is recommended and self-hypnosis is an important complement to the joint sessions.

Fields of application

Letting go of anxiety and panic
Fear is a natural part of us. It protects us from danger and keeps us alive. But, when anxiety takes over and limits us and our quality of life, it’s time to act.
Anxiety can take many forms – it can express itself in general worries, panic attacks, or in specific fears (such as fear of flying).

When anxiety does not leave
When anxiety becomes chronic and surreal, it can prevent people from participating in social life and often presents significant challenges. Persistent anxiety and worry lead to restlessness, tension, and nervousness. Unlike panic attacks, anxiety doesn’t come on suddenly, but settles over your mind and heart like a dark veil.
Anxiety is constantly present, even while you sleep. At the same time, you must continue to “function.” Often, sufferers try to help themselves with alcohol/cigarettes, drug use, or overeating, which leads even further into the downward spiral.
The anxiety takes on a life of its own and becomes more frequent and more severe. Since psyche and body are closely connected, physical symptoms such as

  • Palpitations
  • trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • restlessness
  • Tightness (“lump” in the throat)
  • Tightness or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Dry mouth
  • Tension
  • Nausea, abdominal discomfort
  • Sweating
  • hot flashes, chills
  • numbness tingling sensations


Especially in panic attacks, many of the above symptoms are found again. The psychological stress is also more pronounced in panic, such as the fear of fainting or even dying. Our nervous system cannot distinguish between an actual threat and an imagined one and goes into massive stress.
Most sufferers try to push the panic away in order to avoid further attacks. However, this intensifies the symptoms – a fear of fear is developed.
Fears that have become firmly entrenched in the emotional system rarely disappear on their own. Here it can be useful to get help for this.

Hypnosis for fears
The only way to overcome fears is to confront them. To see and accept the fear. To feel them – emotionally & physically. When we stop suppressing and repressing, our system can receive and process the information the fear is sending us.
So it’s not about getting rid of or fighting fear per se. Instead, in our sessions you learn how to face and integrate your fears without fear. You take back control and are no longer at the mercy of your fears. In addition, we train you how to put yourself in a relaxed state anytime, anywhere using self-hypnosis.

Again, the goal is not to never feel fear again. But when you do feel fear or panic, you can check to see if there is real danger and adjust your emotional response. You’re taking back the emotional helm of your ship. Trust it, in actual (very rare) dangerous situations you react appropriately, the rest of the time you can enjoy fear-free!.

Listlessness, lack of drive, depressed mood and constant grogginess. Do you know these feelings? If so, it’s good to read on and get some help. In addition to the mental stress of depression, there is also the sleep problem. Problems falling asleep are a frequent companion of such a depressive phase. So are restlessness and problems with concentration. The good news is – your body sends you signals. It wants to let you know that you are stuck somewhere. That it’s time to take a look and get things moving (again). Here’s your chance to look. To rearrange. What do I want? This can be in your private life or in your job. Are you living your needs or the needs of others? If we don’t perceive our needs and don’t live by them, we lose access to ourselves and to what makes us who we are. We live on autopilot and life becomes gray – without motivation or enthusiasm. This is where hypnosis can help you:

  • To recognize your needs
  • develop action structures and implement them
  • To develop self-confidence & motivation
  • To learn to stand up for yourself and your needs.
  • To develop a strong ego (standing)
  • Learning to say no

Together we develop a framework that helps you to gain stability and security in everyday life. So you can enjoy your life again self – aware and self – effective with joy and ease.

How does partnership work?
A fulfilling relationship does not look the same for everyone, because different people have different needs. However, we all have one thing in common: we want to be seen!
In fulfilling relationships, whether in a family or a partnership, people meet at eye level and with mutual respect. The needs of the other person are recognized and, in the best case, openly communicated.
There are two forces at work here: the power of attachment and the power of dissociation. Both bonding and detachment are skills that need to be learned and it is never too late to start.

When we enter into bonding, we open ourselves to our counterpart and enter into relationship with them. We make ourselves vulnerable and are ready to “receive” from the other person. Disconnection, on the other hand, is a closing process. In doing so, we preserve our space and that of our counterpart. Bonding & demarcation always run in interplay.

A happy relationship does not happen by itself. At the beginning of every relationship it may seem effortless to be happy together, but after a short time both partners are challenged to work on themselves and the partnership. If both sides are willing to do this, the foundation is laid. This requires openness and honesty. What do I need from the other? What do we expect from the relationship? How can we support each other so that we can realize our potential?
In the long term, a relationship must promote individual and joint development, not inhibit it. The development does not necessarily have to go in the same direction – it is only important that both partners are ready for development and that there is a common denominator where we meet (again).

Open communication
The biggest problem in many relationships is a lack of or unhealthy communication. Exchanges are often characterized by accusations and frustration. We communicate what annoys us, what we do NOT want. Instead, we should communicate to our partner what we need and what we want.
Transparency and authenticity set us free.
This means both love, devotion and desire, as well as letting fears, resistances and defenses be fully there and showing up in one’s whole being. Unconditional love means to show yourself in your vulnerability and greatness and also to accept your partner in greatness and vulnerability.
In hypnosis we work on needs-oriented and open communication that feels coherent for both partners. This includes first becoming clear about your own feelings and learning to accept them without judgment. It is important to take full responsibility for your feelings and not to blame others.

Every tolerated violation of boundaries is self-injury. In partner coaching we work out together how you can perceive your boundaries, communicate them clearly and enforce them. We pay special attention to possible resistances and beliefs.

First the joy, then the pleasure
It is important to work on your relationship, yes. However, it is at least as important to create space for lightness and shared joy. This can sometimes get lost in everyday life. Invite them back and find activities that you both enjoy. In our sessions we work out common interests and see how they can be integrated into everyday life. This can be small things like going for a walk together or watching a movie that you both like. The important thing is to consciously build in these time slots and then stick to them, without any outside distractions…

Time for couples therapy?
Most couples wait with support until it is almost too late. But even in “functioning” relationships it can be beneficial to have the personal and joint processes accompanied. New inspiration and neutral perspectives on everyday conflicts can be helpful and bring inspiration and strength for challenging times.

Unfortunately, things don’t always work out “in bed” as we would like them to. Especially in a longer relationship, interest in the partner or sex can wane. Especially if this is one-sided, great frustration arises in the relationship. Sex becomes more and more an unloved taboo topic or stays away.

Commitment problems
Often restraint of feelings and the fear of being hurt or falling in love “too much” are more present than the joy of connection. Attachment problems are the result. Open communication about feelings and needs seem difficult. We also miss the opportunity to perceive our counterpart in his or her wholeness. We always remain a little alone, whether in relationship or not. The good news is that bonding skills can be trained. Working together, we shine a light on the relationships that are modeled for us and examine where the inner wariness comes from. We consciously work out how healthy communication works and what heart-to-heart connection feels like.

Living sexuality
Regardless of age, whether in a long-term partnership, newly in love or single: sexuality is a central theme of our lives. Every living being is a sexual being and every human being has the need for love and physical closeness. In a relationship, we desire sexuality that is lived out in a lively way, that we perceive as satisfying and in which we can meet each other freely and mindfully. In reality, however, many cannot enjoy the tender exchange as much as they would like to. Then sexuality becomes more and more an unloved taboo subject or fails to appear at all. Often the sexual potential cannot be lived out in its naturalness and ease, is overshadowed by traumatic experiences, listlessness, fears or shame.

Taboo topic
Sex is still treated as a taboo subject and is occupied by old patterns of fear and repression. This repression seeks its space in questionable expressions such as the porn industry.
“Sex sells”
In the media sexuality is treated as open as never before. In the process, we are presented with a questionable image. Gender roles are reversed or taken to extremes. In relationships, on the other hand, very few people consciously deal with the subject. Personal boundaries are crossed, people are afraid of failing, hold out and remain silent instead of communicating openly. We want to please and be “good enough” for the other person.

It is important to understand that behind all symptoms is a meaningful message from our body! In hypnosis we find out the unconscious, emotional causes and learn to pay attention to your body’s signals and understand the meaning behind them. The goal is to dissolve and integrate the deep-seated fears and stressful factors or painful experiences. New strategies will be developed that will help you to get in touch with yourself and your partner in an emphatic way and to maintain open communication. You learn to feel your boundaries and to maintain them with loving clarity. This way you can invite sexuality into your life with confidence, pleasure and ease.

Hypnosis for possible issues:

  • Lack of desire
  • boredom or monotony
  • too early or missing orgasm
  • pain during sex
  • vaginismus
  • traumatic experiences
  • disgust/shame/inhibitions
  • unfulfilled desire to have children/infertility
  • erectile dysfunction
  • fear of failure/pressure to perform
  • unusual/unfulfilling inclinations
  • sexual orientation and identity
  • fulfilled masculinity/fulfilled femininity

Lose weight – live lightness. You haven’t felt good in your skin for a long time. Many diets and attempts to lose weight are already behind you. Frustration and the “yo-yo effect” throw you back again and again. Motivated you start at the beginning of the year with good intentions into the new year, but although the will is strong, the long-term success is often missing. What is the reason for this? It is important to understand that body, mind and soul are one unit and our organism is designed to always keep the balance. This balance is repeatedly disturbed, for example, by unresolved emotional conflicts, stress, as well as inner blockages. We try to compensate for this imbalance through our eating behavior. Losing or gaining weight is therefore only the inner attempt to restore the “normal” original weight via the body. The natural way to a healthy and attractive body is relatively simple. We follow the path back together, to the point where the solution lies. Perhaps food has the function of relieving stress for you, or your excess weight gives you a feeling of separation and protection from the outside world. Your eating behavior may also reflect your lack of self-love, your low self-worth.

Lose weight with hypnosis
This is where hypnosis comes into play. The first step is to work with you on positive self-perception. Self-acceptance is the first step and enables you to create a positive contact with yourself and to take the next steps in love with your body. Self-acceptance / understanding for yourself / loving contact, let the kilos disappear all by themselves. If inner ballast can go – outer ballast can go. In the practical implementation we also look at your eating habits. Body and mind form habits that we can use positively and transform into healthier, more nourishing ones.

Gentle, Natural, Fearless
The birth is approaching. The moving moment of finally receiving the child is awaited with great excitement and joy. But it is often overshadowed by worries and fears. Birth is the beginning of our human life. The transition from one world to another. A challenging process for mother and child. All the more important to create a safe and trusting framework.

Trust and devotion
Your body knows what it’s doing. Generations of women before you have walked this path. Giving birth is not something we have to learn. We are allowed to entrust ourselves completely to the inner intelligence of our body and let it guide us. For this we need softness and trust in the primordial feminine forces. As soon as labor begins, the body takes over. It generates the necessary contraction to “carry” the child into the world. The muscles of the uterus belong to the so-called “smooth muscles” and cannot be controlled consciously at all. Instead of actively wanting to take control of the process as a woman, the point is to allow. To surrender to it. Feminine qualities that we have by nature.

In our society, childbirth often has a very negative and fearful connotation. Women are overwhelmed by bad reports of experiences and warnings. Fear puts our autonomic nervous system and thus our whole body in a state of stress. Blood is pumped mainly to the skeletal muscles, which limits the baby’s oxygen supply. Next, the body goes into a “freeze mode”, all muscle parts tense up at the same time, which can lead to a birth arrest.
Every third child in Germany is now born by Caesarean section.

Self-determined and connected – your way to an anxiety-free birth
In our Hypno Birthing sessions you will learn to separate yourself from negative birth clichés and write your own birth story – fear-free and fulfilled.
In addition, you will learn techniques that empower you in your self-efficacy. As a primary tool we use self-hypnosis. In contact with you, you learn to connect with your body and your child, and to calm your body and mind. We complement this with some breathing techniques and relaxation exercises, so that you are optimally prepared for the birth and the time after.

Most women feel well prepared for the birth of their child after 2 – 4 sessions.
In the sessions we play through the birth internally. From the first contraction to the moment you hold your child in your arms. This way you can let go of your fears and imagine your birth as you would like to experience it.

Conscious preparation for the birth of your child will also make the rest of your pregnancy easier. The famous (morning) sickness, but also fatigue and headaches, can often be an expression of an inner defensive attitude. As soon as you find a new attitude towards the birth, these complaints often improve at the same time.

I recommend starting in the 25th week if possible, so that there is enough time. The earlier you start, the longer you can practice and integrate what you learn.
However, one friend did not contact me until the day before she gave birth, so it is never too late.
Hypnotherapy can also be used with an (unfulfilled) desire to have children, to accompany and support the process of conception.

Surely, it is not your first attempt to quit smoking. Smoking cessation is not a question of willpower. The addiction is not in the head and therefore cannot be tackled with the rational mind. Addictions are on the psychological level. It is perpetuated by ongoing conditioning. You condition yourself a bit further with each cigarette to associate relaxation, rest, and enjoyment with smoking. Your reward system is activated over and over again, and so your brain links smoking with positive moments. This pattern is the same for any compulsive consumer behavior, any addiction. When we cut out the regular poison, our system responds with irritability and stress. This is where the challenge for the aspiring non-smoker begins. Most often, attempts are made to plug the hole created by other drugs, food, etc. Smoking stabilizes and dulls one’s feelings. Thus, smoking provides a semblance (fog) of security. The lack that is felt now when quitting was there before. It is as if you pull plasters (smoking / cigarette) from the wound (old lack, injuries etc.). Everything was enclosed in the bubble for so long. You are supposed to be free and self-determined. As with any addiction, it’s not about the substance, it’s about the cause, the why. In hypnotherapy we go together to these causes and set with you new effects towards freedom and self-determination.

A repeating vicious circle gnaws at your nerves. High demands of everyday life, (financial) problems, interpersonal challenges. It’s 10 p.m. – bedtime, your body is tired, but your head is running at full speed. You have to sleep now to cope with your everyday life and all the challenges. Pressure creates counterpressure. And you are awake. What helps you as a first aid tip here in any case – is to create good habits! Your body, your mind likes fixed rituals. *Try to keep fixed bedtimes. * Avoid upsetting movies before bed. * Instagram, Facebook and co.are not the best sleep aid. * Write down everything that’s on your mind and keeps you busy. Your whole system is running at full speed during the day. ⅔ (maybe more) of the population is stressed. Many don’t know how to relax, or have no interest in introspection. This, of course, then falls on their feet when the system comes to rest and the person realizes what is happening inside. Here lies the discrepancy between tension and relaxation. Working and resting phases. All of this can be learned if you want to stay healthy and strive for a healthy sleep pattern. To fix sleep problems and inner restlessness, again we need to find the cause. Hypnosis work is a good way to make the unconscious parts visible and to clean up inside, so that the natural relaxation process can start again. With the help of self-hypnosis, the client learns to direct his attention away from thoughts and towards introspection – into relaxation.

It’s all in the head

Pain primarily originates in the brain and not in the part of the body that hurts. When we hurt ourselves, the information is passed on to the brain and interpreted there. This is where we decide whether and how much something hurts. Our personal opinion and previous exposure to pain also play a big role here. Pain + fear of pain is clearly worse than pain + relaxation. So the head plays a big role here.

In every third household in Europe lives a person who suffers from pain. The most common pain is back pain. In addition to the physical consequences, such as difficulty in coping with everyday life and doing the job, there are psychological ones. Anxiety, despair and lack of perspective creep in.

Pain and hypnosis

Before beginning hypnotherapy, a specialist should first be consulted, who will either determine or rule out a physical cause. Hypnosis can then help with the physical reduction and management of pain on the one hand, and on the other, research the causes of the psychological root of the pain. This can then be gradually resolved during the sessions. Hypnosis also makes it possible to reinterpret “pain impulses” sent from the body to the brain.

No medical cause

If a conventional medical finding cannot determine a cause, psychological conflicts are usually the cause of migraines or tinnitus. Shoulder-neck tension can also “pull up” into the head. Thus, emotional challenges can lead to physical tension that develops into severe pain.

Fight and Flight Mode
Many people are permanently stressed nowadays, they are in the chronic “Fight or Flight Mode“. The body makes all its resources available and is in attack position. In reality, however, everyday life is not so threatening and the tension is built up for nothing. Once built up, the energy settles in the body and can manifest itself, for example, in tension.

Those who are permanently tense never come to rest and cannot regenerate – neither physically nor mentally. This can quickly lead to chronification.

Tension can also be used by the system when we are overwhelmed by feelings or thoughts and are inhibited in our actions. We “freeze“, so to speak. This manifests itself primarily in the jaw, neck and hands. The tension is used to suppress and “hold” negativity. As soon as the tension limits us in our quality of life, change is needed!

In hypnosis for pain and tension, we work out why your system is maintaining the pain. What lies beneath it? Once the cause is found, we can work on a solution and consciously release the trained tension. In self-hypnosis you will continue to practice this for yourself, bringing the balance between tension and relaxation back to its natural equilibrium.

Hypnosis for phantom pain

After traumatic surgical procedures or accidents, an intense pain may remain in the affected areas of the body. The loss of the body part has not been consciously processed, so the brain continues to send signals. So the sessions are primarily about accepting the loss of the body part and perceiving the body as it is now. In many cases, the pain stops afterwards.

Being self-aware. Are you aware of yourself? And if so, can you fully accept yourself in your self, with all your parts and facets?

Self-awareness and self-love are closely linked. At the beginning of these two processes is acceptance – of your body, your thoughts and feelings. Your whole being, without division into good/bad, desired/undesired.

Do you feel?
If feelings are rejected or pushed away after a traumatic event, it can happen that we feel numb. As if we no longer have any feelings at all – neither the “good” nor the “bad” ones. A big part of the hypnosis work is to bring you back into feeling. To accept feelings, to allow them, and to feel them fully again.

Self-awareness means getting to know yourself (again), exploring and (re)discovering your self. To ask and answer questions: Who am I really? Who do I want to be? What is my place in the world? What meaningful contribution do I want to make to myself and others? We will sense and answer these and other questions together in hypnosis.

Self-confidence and authenticity
Underneath a lack of self-confidence usually lies the fear of rejection. Everyone has felt this fear to a greater or lesser extent. At the latest when it comes to speaking in front of a group. The fear of being rejected usually arises in early childhood in the family or school through frequent criticism and rejection. This can go through the whole life. But it does not have to! We want to feel free and safe in every context, just as we are. Hypnosis helps to travel to the key point of your fear of rejection and to make a new decision for more authenticity.

Possible goals

  • Professional/personal orientation and path finding
  • Feeling and communicating feelings again
  • Social fears and stage fright
  • Self-love and body connection
  • Finding friends
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-sabotage

When we learn to be at peace with ourselves and be loving towards ourselves, we can be loving and understanding towards others.

Return to the past
Every person has stored in their subconscious mind all the experiences they have ever had. In trance we can “retrieve” all these memories by mentally traveling back into our own past, to our childhood or even beyond the time of our birth. The belief in multiple lives and reincarnation (rebirth) has long since ceased to be a rarity, and regressions are also being given more and more credence.

Resolve responsible causes
Many illnesses and disorders in the physical and mental area have their causes in experiences or experiences from the past. We have forgotten or repressed these experiences – mostly because they were unpleasant. However, they still have an effect from our unconscious. This leads to the formation of unconscious patterns and structures that then negatively influence our lives. With modern hypnosis therapy, we can uncover and process these deep-seated patterns and structures quite unerringly, or dissolve them and replace them with helpful patterns and structures. Often just a few sessions are sufficient for this.

Reincarnation, rebirth and transmigration of souls.
Even though all questions may not always be answered immediately, a regression is always a very interesting and enlightening event.

Can you determine the time or place of the regression?
Where the journey goes is largely determined by oneself. Especially when it comes to experiences from childhood, one has the possibility to determine beforehand e.g. “I am now 5 years old” or “I am now at my first day of school” etc.. In regressions that go beyond the date of birth, the subconscious usually points the way.
Regressions in therapy
It should be noted, however, that regressions alone cannot solve problems or cure diseases or disorders, but age regression can be a component of treatment.

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