The following comments are from clients about their
experiences with clinical hypnosis.
Pain Management: "I
get really light and relaxed, like I'm floating. I see colored
rainbows, which is relaxing. I just relax each muscle, one
at a time. The more relaxed I feel, the more floaty I feel.
I feel like I weigh nothing, and I'm floating in the air.
The pain goes away when I feel really, really light. The lighter
I feel, the more the pain goes away."
Fear of Flying: "During
the flight, [the hypnosis] was doing something for me, but
it wasn't really obvious. It just helped me mellow out. I
don't know exactly how to explain it any better. It is just
cool, that's all." His wife:
"Take my word for it, the last time we flew, I thought he
was gonna pass out! He was so stressed he couldn't even get
out of his seat. This time, he just quietly sat there, and
every once in a while he'd close his eyes. He even moved around.
No problem! Thank you, hypnosis!"
Fear of Medical Procedure:
"I told the MRI technician that I was claustrophobic.... and
I walked into the room, but I didn't even want to look at
the enclosure. I closed my eyes, lay down, and I immediately
started to think about the procedure that I used in your office
to relax. So I relaxed. I felt myself being moved in. She
told me it was going to be very noisy, which I heard. It sounded
like a jackhammer, clank, clank, clank. I started to follow
the technique, and sort of made myself melt into the table.
Then I started to feel myself moving away from there, and
not being there at all, thank God. That really helped a lot...
I went swimming in the Caribbean, in the middle of the ocean
with my sisters... I brought myself mentally back to that
day. I was there: blue, cool, wonderful water, laughing
and laughing. I heard the clank, clank, clank occasionally,
but in my mind I was having a lot of fun, enjoying myself."
"I went into [hypnosis] hoping that, after 50 years of biting
my fingernails, something would help. I had tried gloves,
bitter nailbiting solution, prayer -- and nothing worked for
more than a couple of months at best. After the first session,
I found myself having random memories from my childhood popping
up for days. I wasn't sure why, but trusted that it was part
of a process begun by the hypnosis. After the second session
something fell into place; it wasn't something I was thinking
about -- it wasn't mental, but I knew that "it"
was undone. Something had fallen into place, and whatever
it was is settled. Just as easy as that. Nailbiting is no
longer an issue and there is no energy tied up with it."
Disease: "Before this, I was sick all day with
stomachaches and pains in my back. I've only had three episodes
of the GERD in the five months since I've been hypnotized...
and they were my fault because I overate the wrong foods.
My doctor told me to eat six to eight meals a day, which I
was not controlling. But by you hypnotizing me, I was able
to control it. Now I'm only taking the medication two times
a week. I was sick so much, and I had lost so much weight,
that I just couldn't go on. But then once I was hypnotized
it made my outlook on life different, and I started controlling
it. I was out of control and had lost 43 pounds before I was
hypnotized. I'm feeling a lot better now. I'm feeling good
17-year-old Tennis Player:
"I played in a match against the number one seed, and he was
really good, and really big, too. I didn't feel intimidated
or anything. I was able to just block him out and not think
about anything except what I had to do. I didn't look at the
matches on the other courts the way I used to, either. I was
able to focus on what I was doing. I ended up losing the match,
but I played really well."
The following comments were written as evaluations
of training workshops conducted by Dr. Burbridge.
"Your dynamic speaking ability, coupled with your
broad knowledge of dissociation and trauma in children
and adolescents, enlightened our staff. The powerful
examples of childrens' artwork depicting their emotional
states gave our staff insight into problem behaviors
that are often expressed through the arts, but not recognized...
In addition, your sense of humor made this most difficult
topic easier to absorb. Perhaps one professional said
it best: 'The best staff development program that I
have attended in 20 years.'"
- Senior Agency
"This was a terrific training [on Dissociation and Trauma],
please bring Chuck back."
"An excellent presentation [on Dissociation and Trauma].
The use of slides and video was extremely helpful in relating
to the material."
"Excellent. Excellent. Excellent."
"I liked his presence in the room... he'd be great to work
with victims of domestic violence.."
"I would refer anyone to him. He'd be a great consultant
on any of our cases, he's so solid and well-grounded."
"He really understands the issues of trauma."
"A dynamic speaker: smart, very knowledgeable, approachable."