What is Hypnosis?

“Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention.” – American Society for Clinical Hypnosis

“a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration” – Mayo Clinic

a state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion.” – Wikipedia

Myth vs. Fact about Hypnosis:

Myth:
Hypnosis is an unconscious state similar to a deep sleep that you will not remember.

Fact:
Hypnosis is a heightened state of awareness in which one can “hyper focus” on a specific chosen topic. Because you are aware while in a trance you remember your experience unless you are specifically told not to remember. If you think of focus being a spotlight on an issue, hypnosis is like using a laser beam.

Myth:
Only weak or gullible people can be hypnotized.

Fact:
We are all suggestible ti varying degrees. People who can concentrate well and have a creative imagination often have the best results with hypnosis or make the best subjects.

Myth:
The hypnotist has special powers and can control of a person’s mind.

Fact:
No one can control your mind unless you let him or her. People will not do anything against their personal beliefs or values while under hypnosis. Clinical hypnotherapists are not psychics or occult practitioners- they are professionals in many areas of expertise with specific training in hypnotherapy. In reality, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You are in the driver’s seat and the hypnotherapist is your co-pilot, gently guiding the process. 

Myth:
“I can’t be hypnotized or put into a trance”.

Fact:
We all experience hypnosis and trance states as part of our daily lives. A great example is when driving to a familiar destination. Often we get there yet we can’t remember making the last turn or getting off the exit because we were so focused on our thoughts. It is as if our body knows exactly what to do to get us to this familiar place. That is a hypnotic trance.

Medical Support for Hypnosis: Clinical Applications

Pain Management:

  • Meta- analysis (Montgomery, et al 2000) -found that relief of different types of pain in 75% of the population.
  • Hypnoanalgesic techniques are superior to medication, psychological placebos and other treatments.
  • Hypnosis has the added benefit of also addressing anxiety relief with medical side effects.
  • Another review of data r/t headaches and migraine pain (Hammond, 2007) met Clinical Psychology criteria to be considered an efficacious and well-established treatment.

 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Hypnosis, as an adjunct to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), was demonstrated to be more effective than CBT alone.
  • The mechanism for improvement is unknown at this time.
  • Standardized treatment of 7 sessions (North Caroline protocol)- validity has been tested and shown to benefit > 80% of patients (Palsson 2006)

 

Obesity

  • Considered “possibly efficacious” and an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
  • Bolocofsky 1985- 9 week study – 2 groups of patients.
    • Weekly sessions – intervention of stimuli control, relaxation, weight diary, program reward- with or without hypnosis.
    • Both groups achieved average weight loss of 9 lbs
    • 8 month and 2 year follow-up- only the hypnosis group continued to reduce weight and follow the program rules.

 

Diabetes

  • Diabetic Neuropathy – pain management, increasing circulation/ blood flow.
  • Needle Phobia in Self Blood Glucose Monitoring and Injection Therapy.
  • Smoking Cessation and Eating Behavior Changes.
  • Hypnosis can help in feeling fullness with less food or without a the need to smoke, carving control , breaking emotional behavior reactions, increasing mindfulness.

The Session: What to Expect

  • Pre-session Discussion and Education: We will first discuss your goals for hypnosis, what has worked or not worked in your journey toward these goals.
  • The Hypnosis Session: We will spend from 20- 40 minutes in the hypnosis session. First you will be guided to a very deep state of relaxation. Then through guided imagery, you will experience a state of focused awareness in which you are given suggestions to change behavior. You will then be guided out of the session and back to your normal conscious state. After hypnosis most people feel relaxed and alert as if they have taken a power nap.
  • Post-session discussion: We will discuss your experiences and ways that you can continue to reinforce the positive suggestions though self-hypnosis between sessions.

The Details:

  • For best results, I recommend a minimum of three (3) sessions no more that two (2) weeks apart.
  • Sessions are typically sixty (60) minutes in length. Though the initial session may be longer based on the needs of the client.
  • Rate for a three (3) session series is $200.00. All three sessions are booked in advance and payment is expected at the first session.
  • Notice of the need to cancel is expected 24 hours or more before the scheduled appointment.  I do my best to accommodate your needs for schedule changes so I do not provide refunds for “no shows”.
  • Additional sessions are available for rate of $75.00 per hour.
  • Between sessions contact via email and phone is part of the service I provide. So, I encourage you to contact me with concerns, problems or questions as needed.