Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you're under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions.
Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain. It's important to know that although you're more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don't lose control over your behavior.
What to expect
During a hypnosis session I will explain the process of hypnosis and review your treatment goals. Then I will typically talk in a gentle, soothing tone and describe images that create a sense of relaxation, security and well-being.
When you're in a receptive or trance state, I will suggest ways for you to achieve your goals, such as reducing anxiety or eliminating cravings to smoke. I may also help you visualize vivid, meaningful mental images of yourself accomplishing your goals.
When the session is over, either you are able to bring yourself out of hypnosis or I will help you end your state of relaxation.
Contrary to how hypnosis is sometimes portrayed in movies or on television, you don't lose control over your behavior while under hypnosis. Also, you generally remain aware of and remember what happens during hypnosis.
I utilize hypnosis with clients in therapy to:
· Reduce anxiety and fear or eliminate phobias
· Increase confidence or self-esteem
· Increase motivation
· Reduce symptoms of depression
· Reduce problem behaviors such as smoking or overeating
· Improve performance in work, school, or athletics
Hypnosis can be utilized as part of your therapeutic treatment plan, or as a stand alone service to accomplish a specific goal typically achieved in 1-3 sessions. See services page for pricing information.
(Adapted from Mayoclinic.com, 2021)