Taylor Kennington admits he was in a bad place a year ago just prior to his son’s birth. He wasn’t entirely sure he wanted to continue living, not sure he could be the type of father he needed to be for his son. He struggled with depression, low self esteem, irrational fears. He hit rock bottom.
Then he discovered hypnotherapy.
He credits hypnotherapy for making an absolute total transformation in his life. He commented this week in a radio interview with SVI’s Duke Dance. He told Dance, “ It’s incredible what it has been able to do for me. It made a very dramatic change in a short time frame.” Now he is starting his own business and talking on the radio openly about the personal issues he has confronted.
So Kennington decided to become a certified clinical therapist and help others reap the benefits he has enjoyed from his experience. He is certified through the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners and is open for business at Elevate Hypnotherapy located in Afton in the mini-mall behind SVI media.
In addition to his certification, Kennington is a member of the Positive Mind Management Hypnotherapist Guild and is deeply excited about hypnotherapy and what it can help people do. It helps with a smorgasbord of conditions: behaviors––all across the board, like self esteem, fear and depression.
The Mayo Clinic affirms hypnotherapy as a legitimate method for dealing with a variety of ailments like anxiety and stress, but it can also help pain control, behavior change, even cancer treatment side effects, and mental health conditions like anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress. The Mayo Clinic considers hypnotherapy conducted by a trained therapist a “safe, complementary and alternative medical treatment.” (See Mayoclinic.org, Hypnosis)
Kennington knows from first-hand experience about dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts, but maintains that hypnotherapy can help with other mental health issues. It can help with relationships, financial struggles, physical, and emotional issues and dealing with pornography addiction. He says, “I have personal experience about what hypnotherapy can accomplish. It is the re-decision process. At a belief level we all have underlying beliefs that compel us to act from them. That’s why it’s helpful to do this subconscious work.”
Kennington explains that he is focusing on helping people with these specific issues in treatment: self esteem, pornography use, weight management, and anxiety, although hypnotherapy can treat a much wider range of issues if needed.
Kennington’s whole goal of his new business Elevate Hypnotherapy is to help people find their own truths to the point where they can thrive in life and achieve their goals, whether it be relationship goals, financial goals, physical and emotional goals––it’s all really closely connected. He explained the process, “If we can get the ‘upstairs,’ in a good place, if you will, the goals are easier to obtain. You can get to a much better place.”
Hypnosis is very natural. There are six states of mind that range from being totally awake to being completely asleep. There are very observable characteristics in each of the stages. It’s my job as a hypnotherapist to know what therapies work best at each level. Hypnotherapy allows subconscious access. We actually do it all throughout the day, even daydreaming, meditation, pondering––each is a form of hypnosis.
People have asked what a session looks like, if the treatment is a one-time visit or a series of sessions, and how quickly they might see results.
Kennington typically recommends people come in for 6-8 sessions. He clarified, “The reason for that is people have 6-8 really strong core beliefs. We essentially do therapy at the speed of thought. It’s not anything I do to and for people, it’s more about what they allow themselves to do, and then they re-decide what their behavior is going to be from here on out.”
All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. Kennington can’t really hypnotize anybody. There is a thought process that it’s mind control That’s really just an illusion.
Kennington believes that hypnosis is really giving people an opportunity to ponder their past experiences and change those perceptions of the memory, and then go from acting out of a newly-formed belief system, so “we deal with emotions, with imagination and we deal with memories to help people decide what they want to do to change their own behavior.”
Kennington is ready to accept clients. His offices are located behind SVI media in unit 14 next to the Allure salon in the mini mall. Interested persons can find Kennington on Facebook under Elevate Hypnotherapy.
Elevate Hypnotherapy’s phone number is 307-248-2550. Kennington offers virtual sessions, at no extra cost. He wants to help those who want to be helped. Potential clients can mention SVI and get 50% reduction of the cost of the first visit.
Kennington has been very successful in treating stress-related illnesses like migraines, asthma, along with issues of procrastination, fears, loss of sleep, nail biting, smoking, bed-wetting. Anything the client wants to change, Kennington is willing to help. The client really decides what their truth is and how to go about changing those perceptions that have led to difficulty in the past.