How does hypnosis work?
Unlike the media-hyped displays that we often on television programs or movies, hypnosis is not a “mind-control” method where an unsuspecting volunteer begins to cluck like a chicken at the whim of the performing hypnotist. On the contrary, one of the most important factors in clinical hypnosis is the cooperation and trust that is formed between the client and the hypnotherapist.
Before answering the question of how hypnosis works, let’s first clarify what we mean by hypnosis vs hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is the practice of guiding someone into a “trance” state, which in the simplest of terms, works by engaging and guiding the subconscious mind under a state of deeply focused relaxation.
Hypnotherapy is what we refer to as the way that hypnosis is applied (think of it as the tool). While under a state of hypnosis, referred to as a “trance” state, your hypnotherapist can help your mind and body become connected in a way that is not normally accessible, through the use of suggestions that are meant to elicit the changes that you are looking to make.
Depending on your goals, hypnotherapy can be used on its own or in combination with other methods. Before attempting to engage in hypnosis, your therapist should provide you with enough education and knowledge to leave you feeling at ease with the process, or at the very minimum, with a clear understanding of what hypnosis is and answer any questions or concerns that you may have. When looking for a hypnotherapist, always make sure to ask about training or education that qualifies them to use this method.
Can hypnotherapy help me?
Not everyone will be a good candidate is for hypnotherapy, therefore, an initial session would involve education about what hypnosis is (and is not), as well as a hypnotherapy evaluation.
Issues treated with hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a variety of issues. When appropriate, I offer hypnotherapy to treat the following areas of specialization:
- Anxiety reduction
- Pain Management
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Elimination of unwanted habits (for example smoking cessation, procrastination, avoidance)
Gut-directed hypnotherapy group Treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
For more information on this group or how to enroll in the next group hypnotherapy for treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, please visit the hypnotherapy group page. Space is limited.
For more information on the scientific neurological studies on the affects of hypnosis, take a look at the following interesting reads:
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I am a psychotherapist in private practice based in New York and I see clients from all over the NYC and NYS area– Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester and statewide within the State of New York. I specialize in helping people who are dealing with anxiety, relationship issues, chronic illness, digestive conditions and adult trauma related to childhood family dynamics. We all deserve a chance to be well and have support, and I would love to be there for you during this difficult time.