Self-Help on DVD
"I have been using the Weight Loss, Stop Smoking and now the Relax DVD's and find that my clients love them. They do a great job of relaxing and informing people of facts that they are already aware of but need to have reinforced. To me using the dvd's is a great aid to my practice and I'd say a large amount of my weight loss clients purchase the weight loss dvd either for reinforcement or/and they want to spread the word about how effective a subliminal is. It's a great tool and I look forward to adding more to my collection!
Judy Rodenhiser Better Living Hypnosis, MN"
Imagine having your own therapist at home, available 24 hours a day. That's exactly what Psychovisual Therapy DVDs offer you, according to Dr. Bryan Knight, noted Montreal author and psychotherapist.
"Each of the eleven DVDs has a unique focus, " says Dr. Knight. "For example, the Self-Confidence DVD, as its title implies, helps you to develop trust in your ability to do what you previously considered impossible."
Dr. Eileen Alexander, family physician and past-president of the Ontario Society of Clinical Hypnosis, says, "The accessability, technological excellence and practicality of Psychovisual Therapy [DVDs] mean that many patients are very responsive and can almost immediately tap into their own healing responses."
Psychovisual Therapy (PsyV) half-hour DVDs relax the viewer with a calming blend of computer-generated images, comforting music, soothing voice-over and positive subliminal messages.
Subliminal messages? "That's one of the ingredients that makes these DVDs so powerful," says Dr. Knight. "Unlike audiotapes, where you can never be sure there even is an underlying subliminal message, you see the subliminals flash by on PsyV DVDs. They're too fast for the conscious mind to read, yet they make an impression directly on the subconscious."
As an example, Dr. Knight says that many people have ended decades of smoking after only one viewing of the Stop Smoking DVD. "And the beauty of it is that if, in the future, you find yourself tempted to smoke, you simply view the DVD once more and your urge to smoke vanishes."
The soothing voice of the DVD creator (a self-taught, self-effacing computer and creative genius) on most of the DVDs brings you essential information about how the mind works, how you can change negative messages in your subconscious and what vital facts you need to know about the specific topic.
Dr. Knight, the first hypnotherapist in North America to use Psychovisual Therapy, was impressed with the ease with which this approach brings about change. "These are the first DVDs to use a light hypnotic trance to help people change. The quality is superb."
The DVDs are produced in Canada, and sell for only $34.95 U.S. each.
Thousands of people in various parts of the world attest to the effectiveness of Psychovisual Therapy which used to be available only in video format. A psychologist in New York, Dr. Maurice Kouguell, while previewing Serenity, the newest PsyV title, was pleased to discover that it relieved his severe back pain. Here in Montreal, Dr. Ronald Jones, prosthodontist, uses Stress Control with "satisfying results."
From Las Vegas comes this note: "Dear Dr. Knight,
I want to thank you for the great help that your DVD's for self-help improvement have given to me. I wrote to you about five months ago regarding self-esteem and you recommended me the DVD for self-confidence. The results were great since the first time I used it, and now I feel completely confident and I can do my work in a better way. Sincerely, Z.L."
You can read other inspiring examples in Dr. Knight's book, Health and Happiness with Hypnosis. Like the would-be firefighter who overcame his chronic lack of confidence largely through regular viewing of Self-Confidence, and thus won job opportunities at two fire departments. More cases are described by British hypnotherapist Sir Michael Carr-Jones in the epilogue to Dr. Knight's Love, Sex & Hypnosis: Secrets of Psychotherapy.
"Many of those stories deal with Weight Control, Stop Smoking and Self-Confidence, but since then several new titles have been created, including Positivity and Relax and Let Go," says Dr. Knight. He adds that these new titles have proven very useful to his clients who were battling depression or wanted to be free of something negative in their pasts, or in their psychological makeup.
An incidental benefit for most viewers of PsyV DVDs, according to Dr Knight, is that they sleep more deeply. He recommends that clients watch their favourite DVD just before going to sleep partly because "that gives the subconscious uninterrupted time to process the positive input, and partly because the viewer will have a more refreshing sleep than usual."
" PsyV DVDs are ideal for people who are unable or reluctant to visit a therapist," says Dr. Knight, " because the PsyV DVDs are designed for you to use privately, in your own home."
Almost everyone in therapy can benefit from Self-Confidence but sometimes Relax and Let Go will be more suitable, or Positivity, for example, if the client is depressed.
Hypnotherapy and PsyV are an unbeatable combination to help a person shake off unwanted weight slowly and permanently."
Typical of the delight with which therapists view PsyV is this email from a professional in California:
"This is an unsolicited recommendation for the Psychovisual Therapy 'Stop Smoking' video [now available in DVD format] which Dr. Knight distributes. I consider it essential to include this video in smoking cessation sessions, along with hypnotherapy (always) and EFT (often). Virtually all of my clients stop with only one session. Rarely, a second, "booster" session is needed.
All of the videos in that series are excellent, and I especially recommend the ones on smoking, weight control, and stress. The video on Mind and Hypnosis is outstanding, and I buy it for each of the students in my beginners' course in my school.
In Love and Light,
Jennifer Jennings, M.A., CHT, CI, EFT Trainer, Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki Master, Founder/Director of the Hypnosis Training Institute of Santa Barbara."
Is the effect of these DVDs simply that of a placebo ? "No, definitely not," says Dr. Knight. "You can feel the power as you watch. But even if all they did was harness the placebo effect, that in itself would be marvellous. It would mean that you have an ideal way to trigger your body and mind's own healing processes."
Here are the current PsyV titles, with a short explanation by Dr. Knight of the main uses for each DVD:
- Positivity: Want to develop an optimistic outlook ? This DVD will help lift you out of depression, show you how to be cheerful in trying circumstances, and generally how to be rid of anxiety and mental suffering.
- Relax and Let Go: This begins with a progressive relaxation sequence, beneficial in itself. The DVD enables you to free yourself from negative thoughts, from phobias such as fear of flying, and from unhealthy relationships.
- Self-Confidence: As the title implies, viewing this DVD will strengthen your belief in yourself. Contains a segment that builds your ability to be relaxed when you speak in public.
- Stop Smoking: For many people only one viewing is all that is necessary to stop a decades-long habit. The success you enjoy in stopping smoking has a positive "ripple effect" on other areas of your life.
- Weight Control: Not a diet plan. This DVD helps you make the subconscious decisions necessary to safely and gradually release excess weight, then to keep it off permanently.
- Weight Loss: A powerful companion to the Weight Control DVD. There is no voice-over on this DVD. Combats insomnia at the same time it sends strong subliminal messages to your body to release excess weight.
- Stress Control: Should be called stress-proofing because this DVD shows you more than how to deal with stress; it protects you against being damaged by stress. Changes your thoughts in a positive direction.
- Mind and Hypnosis: Clear explanation of how the mind works and what hypnosis is all about. A must for anyone contemplating using hypnotherapy.
- Serenity: No voice-over. Useful for relaxation, peace of mind, pain control, self-hypnosis, and "eyes-open" hypnosis in a therapist's office.
- Freedom from Tranquillisers: The anti-addiction DVD.
To read testimonials from satisfied clients and/or to order Psychovisual Therapy DVDs, follow this link hypnosis DVDs.
Bryan M. Knight, MSW, PhD, holds a degree in psychology from Sir George Williams University, a Master's in social work from McGill University and a doctorate in counselling from Columbia Pacific University for his dissertation,Professional Love: The Hypnotic Power of Psychotherapy. Copyright © 1995-2013 Bryan M. Knight, MSW, Ph.D.
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