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Why Identifying Subconscious Issues Matters: The Top 3 Ways

A Hypnotherapist's Guide to Effective Healing in Wellness



As wellness professionals, our commitment lies in guiding our clients toward better health and well-being. In our journey, we often encounter challenges that have their roots in both the conscious and subconscious mind. 




Distinguishing between these realms is vital for achieving successful outcomes. Drawing from over 12 years of experience as a seasoned hypnotherapist and hypnosis trainer, I have witnessed the profound impact of addressing subconscious issues in achieving lasting transformation. 




In this article, we will explore why certain issues can only be resolved in the subconscious mind and learn to identify signs of underlying subconscious problems.


The Conscious vs. Subconscious Mind


Before we delve into the intricacies of the subconscious mind, let us briefly differentiate between the conscious and subconscious aspects of the human mind. The conscious mind represents our awareness of the present moment, the thoughts we actively think, and the decisions we make based on rational thinking. It is akin to the tip of the iceberg, visible and accessible, but limited in its capacity to drive lasting change.


On the other hand, the subconscious mind constitutes the vast hidden part beneath the surface, encompassing memories, emotions, beliefs, and automatic behaviours that we might not be consciously aware of. It acts as the storehouse of our past experiences, conditioning, and the very foundation of our beliefs about ourselves and the world around us.


Resolving Subconscious Issues


As wellness professionals, we often encounter clients who struggle with chronic issues, unexplained emotional challenges, or persistent habits that resist change. These issues are often deeply rooted in the subconscious mind, making them resistant to traditional conscious-based interventions like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), talk therapy, mindfulness and meditation, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), supportive counselling, psychodynamic therapy, behaviour modification techniques, and coping mechanisms. However, by accessing the subconscious through hypnosis, trained professionals can unlock the key to profound transformation and lasting healing, empowering clients to overcome deep-seated challenges, complex issues, and trauma, resulting in the ability to easily adopt new habits, behaviours, and beliefs that support a healthier, happier life.


Tapping into the Subconscious: Hypnosis is a powerful tool that enables us to access the subconscious mind directly. By inducing a trance state, we quiet the conscious mind and gain access to the deeper layers where unresolved emotions, traumas, and limiting beliefs reside. In this perceiving space, clients become more receptive to their innate wisdom and inner guidance.


Shifting Of Limiting Beliefs: Subconscious beliefs, often formed in early childhood or through significant life events, heavily influence our behaviour and choices. Negative self-beliefs such as "I am unworthy" or "I am not capable" can sabotage personal growth. Hypnotherapy allows us to identify and release unsuccessful thinking while planting seeds that strengthen neural pathways for healthier thought patterns.


Healing Past Traumas: Unresolved traumas can continue to haunt individuals, causing emotional distress, involuntary triggers, and physical symptoms. While conscious efforts to cope with trauma might provide temporary relief, they rarely resolve the core issue. Through hypnosis, we can guide clients to revisit traumatic memories safely and process them to pave the way for true healing.



Identifying Subconscious Issues




One of the fundamental pillars in the curriculum I designed for participants in my Hypnosis Essentials Training is the ability to discern whether an issue originates from the subconscious. This recognition holds immense significance as it not only enables practitioners to work within their scope but also empowers them to identify whether the particular issue is amenable to resolution. Here are three signs that can help us determine the presence of underlying subconscious challenges:


  1. Persistent and Unexplained Patterns: Clients who repeatedly face the same challenges in various aspects of life despite conscious efforts might be dealing with deep-seated subconscious issues. These patterns could include self-sabotage, difficulty forming healthy relationships, complex issues, or chronic procrastination.


  2. Overwhelming Emotional Reactions: Unexplained emotional outbursts or extreme emotional reactions to seemingly minor triggers often indicate unresolved emotions residing in the subconscious. These emotions may have been buried to protect the individual from pain, but they continue to affect behaviour and well-being.


  3. Persistent Physical Symptoms: Chronic physical ailments with no apparent medical cause might be linked to emotional or psychological issues held in the subconscious. For example, recurring headaches, unexplained pain, or digestive disturbances can be manifestations of underlying emotional distress.

As wellness professionals, we hold the key to unlocking the fundamental power of the subconscious mind for genuine healing and lasting change in our clients' lives. By recognizing the distinction between addressing conscious and subconscious issues, we can tailor our therapeutic approaches effectively. 




Hypnotherapy emerges as a fundamental tool, granting access to the subconscious, enabling individuals to conquer deep-seated challenges, rewrite limiting beliefs, and forge a path to a healthier, happier life. Embrace the immense potential of the subconscious mind, and embark on a transformative journey that benefits all.


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Heather Keys

Heather Keys is an internationally recognized hypnotherapist, hypnosis trainer, and coach with over a decade of experience. As the founder of Hypno Heather & Co., Heather has conducted over 7000 sessions since 2011 and has trained over 200 hypnosis practitioners. Certified by both the National Guild of Hypnotists and the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists, Heather brings knowledge and professionalism to her hypnotherapy and coaching services. Heather's practice is founded on the belief that each individual has the innate ability to heal, change, and transform. Her compassionate and effective approach involves working collaboratively with her clients, empowering them to access their inner resources and utilize their unique strengths to achieve their desired outcomes. Through her work, Heather has coached many practitioners to grow their businesses and helped countless individuals thrive through a range of challenges, from anxiety, depression, weight loss, and addictions, to relationship issues and dark nights of the soul. hypnoheather.com

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