Why Hypnosis?

I often invite my clients to try hypnosis for a simple reason: it works. Hypnosis is one of many tools in my kit bag that can help people change. Hypnosis in itself is simply a technique, but used with clinical understanding it can – in many situations – save clients time, money, and effort.

Hypnosis is especially useful for depression, anxiety and pain management.

What is Hypnosis?

In many ways, hypnosis is just an advanced form of guided imagery that puts you in a somewhat altered state.

Hypnosis provides a different frame of reference within which you can make changes.

During hypnosis, I can suggest helpful alterations in your sensations, perceptions, thoughts, and behaviors.

Old-style hypnosis depended on techniques like concentrating on a pendulum or counting backward. Contemporary hypnosis works more like ordinary conversation and story-telling. It is more like hiking with a friend to a new area of the mind, where you can get a new vantage point.


Research Has Found That Hypnosis May Be Able To Do These Things For You:

  • Activate change
  • Vastly shorten the amount of time you spend in therapy
  • Make certain kinds of behavior change easier for you
  • Help alleviate depression, anxiety and other symptoms
  • Help alleviate physical pain. Under hypnosis, complex invasive surgeries have been done pain-free with no analgesic or anesthetic.
  • Bring enduring change
  • Draw on your inner strengths to promote well-being

Some Things Hypnosis Can Not Do For You:

  • Accurately recover lost memories
  • Recover memories of “past lives”
  • Get “the truth” out of a lying partner
  • Make you do things that you do not want to do
  • Change you into a mindless, dependent zombi
  • Run in circles like a drunken chicken at your next office party (unless you’ve been harboring secret urges to do this, in which case we should talk.)

Hypnosis Basics:

Anyone can advertise their skills as a hypnotist,  even if they have absolutely no training as a mental health professional.  Hypnosis is only as useful in therapy as the core clinical skills of the therapist using it. Hypnosis is neither good nor bad. It is a technique, but it is not in itself a school of therapy or a theory of personality.

Using the same clinical understanding about personality and behavior change as I do in ordinary therapy, hypnosis can be a powerful aid in helping you make the changes you want.

Two basics about hypnosis are:

  1. Hypnosis by itself is not therapeutic. Simply putting someone into a hypnotic trance won’t do anything useful, except perhaps give a wonderful feeling of relaxation.
  2. Hypnosis can make a useful suggestion by a skilled psychologist much more powerful, sometimes saving many hours of therapy.

There are thousands of research articles in respected academic journals demonstrating that the use of hypnotic trance in therapy can be very effective.

I am a member of:

The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

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