About Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a practical way of helping people manage physical and psychological problems.

When a properly-trained and credentialed healthcare professional uses hypnosis as a part of treatment, it is called hypnotherapy. The hypnotherapist will be using focused guided imagery, suggestions and metaphors to build self-control over physical and emotional problems. Contrary to how hypnosis may be portrayed in the movies and on television, the individual’s behavior is not being controlled by the hypnotherapist. Stage hypnotists take advantage of willing volunteers for the purpose of entertainment. This powerful and personal skill is a gift too valuable to be used for entertainment.

Rather than the hypnotherapist being in control, hypnosis is a state of intense self-control. The therapist may use helpful words to suggest ways to feel, understand or behave, but cannot control the person in hypnosis. Hypnosis makes it easier for people to experience therapeutic suggestions, but it does not force them to have these experiences. Hypnosis is not something that is done to you; it is something the patient allows to happen.

What is “Hypnotic Intervention Therapy?”

Hypnotic intervention involves a deeply-relaxed state and an intense focus of attention. The individual is absorbed in mental images and thoughts. While experiencing this relaxed state of consciousness, positive suggestions are given to increase the patient’s feelings of control. This hypnotic state makes it easier for people to experience therapeutic suggestions. The hypnotherapist can then use focused guided imagery to help the individual use his own imagination to tap into his inner strengths and resources. This increases one’s ability to control symptoms, strengthens confidence and mastery. Patients learn methods of self-hypnosis for home practice. Through practice, one learns the type of suggestions and images that are most effective for them.

Why Use Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy has been used successfully to treat pain, anxiety, fears, phobias, asthma, migraines, bedwetting, tics, irritable bowel syndrome, habit disorders such as smoking and many other problems. Students and athletes have used hypnosis to enhance performance. Increasing one’s ability to control symptoms through hypnosis strengthens confidence and mastery. Personal success in self-hypnosis increases self-esteem. Self-hypnosis is a skill which increases with practice. The techniques can be used to meet new challenges throughout life.

What are the Risks of Hypnotherapy?

When used correctly, there are no risks or adverse effects to hypnotherapy. It increases one’s ability to control symptoms. The brain is incredibly powerful and contains priceless resources which can be mobilized for personal growth and healing. Hypnosis helps individuals use their imagination to tap into their inner strength and resources.

Hypnosis can be used incorrectly. It should be used only by a trained health professional as part of the treatment plan for a specific problem and after a careful evaluation.

Can Hypnosis Help You?

Hypnosis can be combined with Cognitive Behavior Therapy to enhance behavior change. When a patient is highly motivated to overcome a problem or habit, hypnosis can be highly effective. Most people experience hypnosis as pleasant and enjoyable. In hypnosis, suggestions for relaxation and mental imagery are included that are directed toward the patient’s goals. This can include suggestions to better cope with pain, to reduce anxiety, to feel calmer and to increase feelings of self-esteem and well-being. Hypnotic relaxation can increase your comfort and enhance feelings of control over stress, anxiety, habits, chronic illness and pain. Hypnosis can be used with cancer patients to augment the beneficial effects of chemotherapy and decrease the unpleasant side effects.

Improve Surgical Outcomes.

Hypnosis can be used for optimal health and faster healing. Fifty years of research has shown that patients who are psychologically prepared for surgery have improved outcomes. Hypnotic intervention therapy can decrease anxiety and pain and hasten healing. Hypnotically prepared patients have shorter hospital stays, have less post-operative pain, use fewer narcotics, have less anxiety and less blood loss than patients who receive routine care.

How Does It Work for Surgical Patients?

Together, we will create an audio recording that you can listen to in the days before surgery, in the pre-operative area and as an adjunct to anesthesia in the operating room. When you are in this relaxed, confident, comfortable state, your surgery can go exactly as planned. You will be surprised to notice you have less pain and anxiety than you expected. You will be pleasantly pleased to notice that preparing for surgery using hypnosis will result in less pre-operative anxiety and less post-operative discomfort and faster healing.

Having a Baby?

Use hypnosis for a wonderful birthing experience. Research has shown that mothers who are psychologically prepared for childbirth do better during labor and delivery. They experience less anxiety, use fewer medications, have an easier labor and delivery, and have more alert, healthy babies.

How Can Hypnosis Benefit You and Your Baby?

Hypnosis involves a deeply relaxed state and an intense focus of attention. During hypnosis, suggestions for relaxation and mental imagery will be given that are directed toward your goals for labor and delivery. This can include suggestions to better cope with pain, to feel calmer and to increase feelings of well-being. Hypnotic relaxation can increase your comfort and enhance feelings of control. When you are relaxed, comfortable and working with your contractions, you will need less medication and that is always better for your baby.

How Does It Work for Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery?

Together, over four weeks, we will create four audio recordings that you can listen to in the weeks before your baby is due to arrive. As you prepare for childbirth, you will learn methods of self-hypnosis for home practice. Through practice, you will learn the type of suggestions and images that are most effective for you. When you are in this relaxed, confident, comfortable state, your labor and delivery can go smoothly. If any unusual situations should arise, this relaxed mindset will help you to better cope. You will be pleasantly pleased to notice that preparing for childbirth using hypnosis will result in less anxiety, a wonderful birthing experience and a healthy baby.

Hypnosis and Pediatrics

Hypnosis can be used effectively to help children and adolescents to manage a variety of physical, emotional and behavioral problems. With hypnosis, children focus on the solution rather than the problem. Children can learn hypnosis to help resolve habit disorders such as thumb sucking, bedwetting, tic disorders, and nail biting, to name a few. Anxiety is the most commonly occurring mental disorder in childhood. Using hypnosis, children can be taught self-regulatory strategies to help them manage their fears and phobias and regain a sense of self-efficacy and control. Self-mastery flourishes when children use hypnosis to manage their pain.Hypnosis is a powerful tool to help the child and adolescent experience success, comfort and health.

Biofeedback for Health and Wellbeing

Biofeedback measures some biological processes and feeds back the information so individuals can make positive changes. Biofeedback acts as a mirror of your emotional state allowing real-time feedback, enabling individuals to more effectively manage stress and regulate emotions. You will learn how your thoughts and emotions affect your heart and the autonomic nervous system.