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What is Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a state that involves focusing attention and concentration inward to promote healing.  In this state of focused attention people feel physically relaxed, like experiences you have while meditating or listening to music.  While attention is focused we will use imagery and imagination to focus on desired change.  During hypnosis you will remain awake and aware while retaining the ability to control your own behavior and actions.  Hypnosis is a tool that assists people to access their inner resources and reach their goals.  A Hypnotherapist serves as a guide to reach those goals in an effective manner.

Hypnotherapy has been found effective for treating: Phobias, Fears, Anxiety, Sexual Problems, Chronic Pain, Self-Esteem/Ego Strengthening, Memory/Concentration Improvement, Sexual Assault, Post Traumatic Stress, Trauma, Depression, Stress, Grief and Loss and much more.

When Will Hypnosis be Beneficial

We believe that hypnosis will be optimally effective when the patient is highly motivated to overcome a problem and when the hypnotherapist is well trained in both hypnosis and in general considerations relating to the treatment of the particular problem. Some individuals seem to have higher native hypnotic talent and capacity that may allow them to benefit more readily from hypnosis.

It is important to keep in mind that hypnosis is like any other therapeutic modality: it is of major benefit to some patients with some problems, and it is helpful with many other patients, but it can fail, just like any other clinical method. For this reason, we emphasize that we are not "hypnotists", but health care professionals who use hypnosis along with other tools of our professions.

Myths About Hypnosis

People often fear that being hypnotized will make them lose control, surrender their will, and result in their being dominated, but a hypnotic state is not the same thing as gullibility or weakness. Many people base their assumptions about hypnotism on stage acts but fail to take into account that stage hypnotists screen their volunteers to select those who are cooperative, with possible exhibitionist tendencies, as well as responsive to hypnosis. Stage acts help create a myth about hypnosis which discourages people from seeking legitimate hypnotherapy.

Another myth about hypnosis is that people lose consciousness and have amnesia. A small percentage of subjects, who go into very deep levels of trance will fit this stereotype and have spontaneous amnesia. The majority of people remember everything that occurs in hypnosis. This is beneficial, because the most of what we want to accomplish in hypnosis may be done in a medium depth trance, where people tend to remember everything.

In hypnosis, the patient is not under the control of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. A hypnotist simply serves as a facilitator to guide them.

For more information regarding Hypnosis go to American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

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