Hypnosis -- or hypnotherapy -- uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person's attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention -- with the help of a trained therapist -- on specific thoughts or tasks.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
During Hypnosis the mind becomes more relaxed and open to suggestion. This state of relaxation/opennes allows the unconscious mind to receive messages more easily. Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to traditional counseling or therapy, because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. In addition, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.
Hypnosis is NOT a state of unconsciousness.
During Hypnosis a person is relaxed but not unconscious. Control is not taken away. During a hypnotic trance a person can respond and even choose to stop the trance if desired. The work is a collaberative process, one in which the client can choose to work with the therapsit for the best possible results.
What Are the Benefits of Hypnosis?
The hypnotic state allows the person to be more able to respond to suggestions. Therapists can use this relaxed state to find the root cause of a disorder or symptom, such as a traumatic past event that a person has hidden in his or her unconscious memory. Once the trauma is revealed, it can be addressed in psychotherapy.
Hypnotherapy can help some people change certain behaviors, such as stopping smoking or nail biting. It can also help people change perceptions and sensations.
Hypnosis can improve the success of treatments for many conditions, including:
- Phobias, fears, and anxiety
- Sleep disorders
- Grief and loss
I am happy to discuss how hypnosis can be benificial for you.