Hypnosis is a highly relaxed state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully to make changes in our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and behaviors.
The use of hypnosis is restricted to licensed psychologists and other health professionals such as physicians, dentists, nurses, social workers or marital/family therapists who are trained to use this technique.
In the mental health area, it is used to treat phobias, anxiety, self-esteem/ego strengthening, memory/concentration improvement, stress management, behavior change and many more.
The length of treatment will vary depending on the nature and severity of the problem. Hypnosis is one tool and may be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment. The cost will vary but hypnosis often helps quicken the pace of treatment.
You become unconscious or fall asleep during hypnosis: You will not become unconscious and you will be aware of everything at all times. Hypnosis, particularly the deeper forms, can appear to be like sleep because the person’s body is typically very still and quiet.
You lose your will during hypnosis: This unfortunate belief is reinforced by many stage hypnotists. You are in control of yourself, and cannot be made to do or say anything that is against your will.
Hypnosis is caused by the power of the clinician: Everyone has the ability to be hypnotic making all hypnosis self-hypnosis. The hypnotist guides the client by showing them how to achieve a trance state and by offering suggestions that support the client in making change.
You have to be in a deep trance to be hypnotized: The hypnotic state varies from person to person. A person does not need to go into a deep trance to achieve success in treatment. A light or medium trance state is highly effective for necessary change.
Hypnosis is a quick and easy cure-all: Hypnosis is one tool in treatment that can support client change. Results will vary among clients.
-Information adapted from American Society of Clinical Hypnosis website.