Inner Freedom Technique®

What is Inner Freedom Technique?

Inner Freedom Technique® is a powerful hypnosis technique used to release and resolve all unresolved events, feelings, beliefs, habits, patterns, blame, and punishment of yourself and others from any event in a person’s life, no matter when the event occurred. Whether or not you can consciously remember an event is actually not important, because IFT® enables you to access and work with the subconscious mind, which holds all of the memories from all life events.

The first IFT® session is always an assessment of life events, life issues, relationships, and what the client specifically identifies as topics that they would like to resolve. Some hypnosis may occur in this first session, if appropriate. Subsequent sessions involve updating the hypnotist on what the client has noticed between sessions and what new things they would like addressed, followed by more clearing, as appropriate.

During the actual session, the facilitator asks permission from the client’s subconscious mind to release and resolve all residual charge. This is done by establishing “yes” and “no” fingers at the start of the session. Once permission has been received, the hypnotist directs the subconscious mind to release and resolve the item the client wants to feel differently about. This process is not used for memory recall and allows the client to release residual charge from even the most difficult experiences without having to re-live any of the experiences, which makes it an especially powerful technique for clients who struggle to recall their past without suffering.

We do these session in person whenever possible as well as via Zoom, which is HIPAA compliant. Requirements for Zoom sessions include 1) a stable wifi connection, 2) a space with a couch, recliner, or bed to lie down upon that can be seen easily from the camera on the computer, and 3) two hours of quiet time. It is better to use a computer or tablet rather than a phone during these sessions, as incoming calls may interrupt the session and bring the client out of the deeply relaxed state that is helpful for doing this kind of inner self-healing.

For more info, please read our FAQ below.

Resolving Difficult Experiences

Unfortunately, we live in a world in which it’s often not ok to feel certain feelings and definitely not ok to express them. We are conditioned in childhood via many sources to hide our real feelings, to suppress them, and sometimes, to medicate them with food, alcohol, self-mutilation, and other compulsive behaviors. The difficult experiences that we have at any point in our lives, but especially in childhood, are buried alive unless we decide that we want to resolve them. A landmark research study done in the 1990s at Kaiser Permanente found links between childhood trauma and serious medical conditions and continued trauma into adulthood. (full study here)

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan, including those associated with substance misuse.

ACEs include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical neglect
  • Emotional neglect
  • Mother treated violently
  • Substance misuse within a household
  • Household mental illness
  • Parental separation or divorce
  • Incarcerated household member

As the number of ACEs increases, researchers found an increased risk for the following:

  • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Depression
  • Fetal death
  • Illicit drug use
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Poor work performance
  • Financial stress
  • Risk for intimate partner violence
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Smoking
  • Suicide attempts
  • Unintended pregnancies
  • Early initiation of smoking
  • Early initiation of sexual activity
  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Risk for sexual violence
  • Poor academic achievement

A major part of the healing process is investigating and discovering what in your life has been and is currently bringing you pain, and dismantling all of the causes for having these types of experience. We have an opportunity to take responsibility for what is happening in our own lives and engage in a self-healing process that helps us to feel better about our past and our present. It is very empowering to realize that we can DO something about what we are experiencing, rather than continue to feel victimized by it.

IFT® is a powerful tool that we use to help our clients release and resolve memories and experiences that have been hard for them, as well as any fears, beliefs, blame or punishment of themselves or others that have resulted from these. The subconscious mind holds all memories and all of the details of these events, and thus all the charge from these experiences can be released, even if the client has no conscious memory of them. Because the client does NOT have to remember everything in order to do the session, IFT® is especially helpful for to help a client release and resolve, for themselves, events with significant pain associated with them, such as childhood sexual abuse, incest, and physical or emotional abuse or neglect.

Many people come into our office not knowing what to expect or how they will feel differently after doing a session using IFT®. After the resolution of their difficult life events, people often report feeling lighter, calmer, sleeping better, having less pain in their bodies, eating better, having less desire to drink or use coping mechanisms that they have used to years, and most importantly- when they think about the events of their lives that they have resolved using the tool of hypnosis, they report feeling at peace and that they have no charge around the events.

As people do their healing, they quickly come to realize that all things can be healed. The first step is recognizing that there is something there that wants to be healed, and deciding to do something about it. Once that decision has been made, a beautiful journey of individuation begins.

Chronic Pain

There has been much buzz recently on the internet about trauma and stress and their effect on the physical body. Researchers have found strong relationships between childhood adverse experiences and many disease processes, including ischemic heart disease, cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, autoimmune diseases, and more. And every additional trauma we have during our lives creates new problems in the body and, often, in the subconscious.

At DPPS, we help clients successfully address the physical components of difficult experiences, old and new, with advanced techniques such as Proprioceptive-Deep Tendon Reflex®. However, even with a wonderful healing environment, a well-meaning and skilled manual therapist, and a client who is very open to healing on multiple levels, sometimes the deeper layers of these experiences remain locked in the subconscious and continue to trigger emotional and physical pain.

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Chronic pain always has strong emotional components. There is often an emotional charge around the initial experience or onset of physical symptoms that can remain for years. Additionally, there can be a number of emotional experiences that snowball afterwards, such as hearing a diagnosis, feeling disempowered or “broken,” living in a state of fear that the symptoms will never improve, etc. The medical and psychotherapeutic community offer excellent treatment options, and yet sometimes the person still feels overwhelmed and confused, hopeless, or full of despair. These sorts of powerful negative emotional states can impede the healing process dramatically.

IFT® allows the client to resolve for themselves the initial physical experience, all related experiences of hearing about the condition, living in pain, thinking or talking about symptoms, all experiences of hearing statistics and prognoses, and reading about their condition on the internet, etc. Beliefs and fears about outcomes and treatments can be dismantled and resolved with this technique, leaving the person open to more options for healing, and making the whole healing process less frightening and traumatic.

IFT® allows for deeper resolution of specific experiences, repressed memories, and destructive beliefs. This is accomplished through a series of questions and instructions spoken directly to the subconscious mind while the client is in a deeply relaxed state. The subconscious mind knows everything that has happened to us and the client intuitively knows how to heal and effortlessly transform whatever experiences, upsetting feelings and sabotaging habits we have. This transformation usually happens without having to re-experience the original trauma. This process works by helping the client to release from their subconscious mind those beliefs, experiences, feelings, habits, and imprints connected with a specific theme. (This theme is developed out of the dialogue at the beginning of each session.)

The vast majority of our clients are very aware of how their emotional state affects their pain. They will often describe how symptoms manifest when visiting family, returning to work, having difficult conversations, etc. If this sounds familiar, we can help. Please get in touch with us for a free phone consultation!

Relationship Issues

One of the most important concepts we convey to our clients engaged in a deep healing process is that our outer relationships with people, whether a source of love or of conflict, are reflections of our own inner dynamics. In other words, our relationship with ourselves will always be the energetic template on which every outer relationship is based. This means, of course, that the experiences we have interacting with family, friends, significant others, colleagues, and even complete strangers provide valuable clues as to what needs to be healed within our own subconscious. We can then use that information to become more aware of how we are treating ourselves. For example, if we recognize a pattern of feeling or being rejected by others, it is useful to explore all the ways we have rejected ourselves. Similarly, if we ignore our own feelings, are harshly critical or judgmental of ourselves, continually sabotage our health, it’s a sure bet that these patterns will continually play out in our lives.

Working on Difficult Relationships with IFT®

Understanding this, we can see how engaging in a process of self exploration and healing is critical when working to heal relationships between two people. Using Inner Freedom Technique®, we can help a client release all the patterns a person has of treating themselves poorly, the predominant feelings they experience (e.g. shame, guilt, regret), fears and beliefs, and more. We can then help them resolve all the negative experiences, feelings, and blame and punishment of themselves and others from past and present relationships such as physical and/or emotional hurt, specific incidents such as fights or arguments, patterns of behavior, other painful experiences, blame, and anything else causing strain in the current relationship of interest. We often exhibit the same patterns in all of our relationships, not just romantic relationships, and all of these can be resolved as well. By starting with work on the primary relationship (the relationship with themselves), and then releasing from the subconscious all negativity around previous relationships, our clients notice dramatic shifts throughout their lives, including in the specific relationship for which they are seeking resolution.

Weight and Body Image

So many of us have tried numerous diets, fitness plans, programs, surgeries, mental strategies, and behavioral strategies in order to lose weight and have the body that we think is acceptable, will be loved, or looks good naked. Many people also lose weight, and then regain it fairly quickly, because the underpinnings of what has created the excess weight has not been addressed completely. All of our failed attempts to lose weight and keep it off create more and more feelings of discouragement, self hatred, shame, fear, and despair.

Weight and eating issues are usually complex issues that require a lot of resolution of difficult experiences, as people tend to accumulate extra weight on their bodies or starve themselves as protection, and often as a part of a pattern of sabotaging or punishing oneself for perceived misdeeds. Often when people have longstanding weight and eating issues, there are many experiences of eating too much or too little, shaming themselves in some way, talking negatively to themselves, thinking that they are bad or not good enough, and other experiences like this. Feelings of shame, guilt, anxiety, grief, and self-hatred are very helpful to release. Many people have a lot of beliefs about what does and doesn’t work when trying to lose weight based on what they have tried themselves, heard in the media or from friends as well as related fears about all of this. Eating too much is very suppressive and comforting in some way for many people, and the patterns of doing this can be released, as well as the experiences that caused the need for this habit and pattern. When all of this has been addressed, it becomes much easier for people to adopt healthier lifestyles that result in a healthy weight.

Addressing the Causes of Extra Weight in The Body With IFT®

The most helpful technique that we have found to address all of these contributing factors is Inner Freedom Technique®. We can do what is called a “Life Theme Session” on causes for holding excess weight on the body, for overeating, for underrating, for self-sabotage, and many others patterns.

When people are ready to do this kind of deep healing, many changes happen in their lives and their bodies, and people learn that transformation from the inside out is possible. If you are interested in discussing this with us and exploring if this may be helpful to you, please call us for a free consultation.

Compulsive Behaviors

helping resolve Patterns with Inner Freedom Technique®

Compulsive behaviors, such as smoking or drinking alcohol excessively, are always an attempt to fill a hole, fill the emptiness, and manage deeply painful feelings. Drugs and alcohol are very suppressive, and this suppression is a temporary relief from the pain. People with these compulsions have not learned other ways to manage anxiety, stress, grief, fear, or anger, and its critical to their self-esteem to learn how to meet their needs and feel their feelings without the use of the substance or behavior. Without resolving the causes of these patterns, people also often switch from one compulsion to another, relapse, or become compulsive in many ways at once.

Inner Freedom Technique® is a powerful technique for use in the resolution of these patterns because it can help the client to go to the causes of the pattern itself and release them from the subconscious mind. Typically, the causes of this are painful experiences, abuse, or neglect, and these experiences and all resultant feelings, beliefs, and blame and punishment of oneself and others can be resolved. Once all of the causes for the pattern have been released, the pattern itself and all need to use the substance or behavior to manage their feelings can be released as well.

While these things are being released, there will be an opportunity for the client to choose and learn new ways of dealing with their pain. At DPPS, we work with clients working with compulsive behaviors involving alcohol only if they are in a recovery process, are seeing a licensed mental health practitioner, and/or are using a 12- step program like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These programs provide incredible support for people who are serious about their recovery. It can be very comforting for people to hear the experiences and feelings of people who are also in recovery and learning how to live life in a new way without the drugs, alcohol, or compulsive behavior. Traditional therapy (outside of IFT) is necessary as well, so that the client learns how the compulsive behavior has been serving them, protecting them, and filling their needs, and begins to develop new ways of meeting those needs.

If a person is ready for these deep shifts to occur, and is willing to work within the 12-step process, healing from these self-harmful behaviors is incredibly transformative and the effects of this recovery also affect every single person in their lives immensely. IFT® is also extremely beneficial for the people who have been supporting the person with the compulsive behavior, as the caregivers have their own painful experiences and patterns of behavior, such as co-dependency, that can be resolved. And once both the person with the harmful, self destructive behavior and the loved ones around them start a process of healing, every single person begins to see that things can be healed, restoring hope to the entire family.

FAQ:

1. How many sessions does this process take?
This is highly dependent on each client and how much they would like to resolve, but in general most people know whether or not this type of work is helpful for them after 3 sessions.

2. How much do these sessions cost?
Each session is two hours long, and costs $280, payable via an invoice from Quickbooks if done via Zoom, or cash, check, or credit card if paid in person. There is a $20 discount if you pay in cash.

3. What if I can’t relax? What if I can’t be hypnotized?
All hypnosis is actually SELF-hypnosis. All healing is SELF healing. This form of therapy uses guided relaxation, in which the client is invited to relax as much as they are able. Most people are able to sink down into at least a semi-relaxed state, and a lot can be accomplished even if the conscious mind is still active.

4. How do I respond to the questions asked during the clearing?
The facilitator will establish “yes” and “no” fingers at the start of the session, and then ask a series of questions of the client. When using “yes” and “no” fingers, all the client has to focus on is whether or not the “yes” finger or the “no” finger is light and easy to lift. Whichever finger feels like lightest and easiest to lift can then be picked up easily and gently and put back down with each question that is asked of the subconscious mind.

5. What should I expect after a session?
This also varies by client. Some people feel an immediate lightness and ease, and feel more resolved about the event that they were doing work on. Other people need a few days for the work to integrate. Self-care after a session is very important. The therapist may give homework or suggestions for help integrating the work.

6. How does this differ from other forms of healing work?
This kind of work allows the person to go into a very deep and thorough healing process, and helps to resolve things that talk therapy, counseling, EMDR, body work, and other forms of trance work cannot access because they have been suppressed beyond the access of the conscious mind. These other forms of therapy are very useful to clients, and in some cases necessary, but in our experience, IFT® is also a very effective and thorough way to help a person resolve these less conscious issues.

7. Am I a good candidate for this work?
This therapy is best suited for people with unresolved negative experiences, relationships, painful memories, physical or emotional distress, and those who recognize that something is not working well for them in their lives. and would like to see that shift.

This therapy is not suited for those with diagnosed mental illness that have been hospitalized, people who have been suicidal, addicts who are not in recovery, or people who are looking for a quick fix.

8. How do I prepare for this appointment?

Once you have scheduled with our online system, choosing either the Inner Freedom Technique In-Office session or the Zoom session, you will need to complete an online form within the scheduler in preparation for your session. We will use that form to determine where to begin in order to meet your goals.

9. Are you licensed mental health care providers?

It is very important for potential clients to understand the limits of the scope of hypnosis and the practitioners at DPPS. We are not mental health care providers, and cannot diagnose or treat mental illness. We are not capable of helping people who are in urgent need of higher levels of care, such as those who are suicidal, in psychosis, or in fragile mental health. If you have any questions about our ability to support you, please reach out for clarification. In some cases, we can support you while working alongside a qualified, licensed mental health care provider.

We function as hypnotists, which simply means that we assist clients in the resolution of their own material by helping them access their inner resources. Hypnotism is used with clients to motivate them to eliminate negative or unwanted habits, facilitate the learning process, improve memory and concentration, develop self-confidence, eliminate stage fright, improve athletic abilities, and for other social, educational and cultural endeavors of a *non-medical* nature.

Jamie Francis and Victoria Welch perform this work as Unlicensed Psychotherapists. They are listed in the state’s database and authorized to perform psychotherapy in Colorado, but are not licensed by the state and are not required to satisfy any standardized educational or testing requirements to obtain registration from the state. Noah Drucker performs all care under the designation of alternative medicine practitioner (Protected by: 2016 Colorado Revised Statutes Title 12 – Professions and Occupations Health Care, Article 43 – Mental Health, Part 2 – General Provisions § 12-43-201. Definitions)  and as a priest, under the protection of the Religious Ministry Exemption (Section 3 CCR 721-1-1.17 – RELIGIOUS MINISTRY EXEMPTIONS (C.R.S. section 12-245-217(1)).  

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