Webster defines hypnosis as a trance-like state that resembles sleep but is induced by a person whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject. What many of us do know about hypnosis we have seen in hypnotism shows, on television, and/or in the movies. These displays of hypnotism are used primarily for entertainment purposes. It is amazing to watch a hypnotist turn ordinary people, into outrageous performers. While this very entertaining and almost always make for a good show, the benefits of more involved hypnotism can be used for long-term behavioral modification in clinical patients.
Hypnotherapy is a combination of hypnosis and therapeutic intervention. Therapist leads client to positive change while client is deeply relaxed. It is the conscious use of our natural ability to heal and create positive change through belief and expectations. It is safe, effective and wonderfully relaxing. To amplify the effectiveness of hypnotherapy, along with it, we use also Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). These two combinations is powerful, quick and safe treatment protocol for helping with negative thought processes and behavior patterns.
Some conditions treated by Hypnotherapy and CBT:
- Anxiety/Panic Attacks/Phobias,
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss
- Performance improvement
- Eating Disorders (bulimia, anorexia, binge eating)
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Habit Control
A Few Examples of Hypnotic Behavioral Modification:
Weight Loss - Hypnosis cannot replace a diet/exercise regimen but can augment and reinforce it. Hypnotic affirmations have a cumulative therapeutic effect in the unconscious mind, capable of promoting a positive body image. The hypnotic mission centers on controlling urges, delaying gratification, appetite reduction, and increasing motivation geared for success.
Pain Control - Pain can be remarkably modulated by hypnosis. To illustrate its power, in a small percentage of patients, pain can be hypnotically voided to the point of allowing for major surgery. In other cases, from back problems to cancer, hypnosis can beneficially change the very perception of pain, making daily living a more tolerable experience.
Smoking - Smoking Lungs harbor all smoke, dust, exhaust fumes, and cigarettes. Hypnosis is capable of taking this idea far into the unconscious mind. Once this truth is accepted, behavior will be transformed. Full success comes when someone says and really means, “I’m now a non-smoker.”