Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person's attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention -- with the help of a trained therapist -- on specific thoughts or tasks.
Hypnosis is not some sort of “mind control" but is a state of letting go and relaxing. Hypnosis is no more mind control than watching TV, listening to a political speech, or attending a worship service. Clinical hypnosis is about enabling the patient to gain greater control of the mind; that is, empowering, not taking control away.
Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy (counseling or therapy), because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. In addition, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.
Hypnosis can be used in two ways, as suggestion therapy or for patient analysis.
Suggestion therapy: The hypnotic state makes the person better able to respond to suggestions. Therefore, hypnotherapy can help some people change certain behaviors, such as stopping smoking or nail biting. It can also help people change perceptions and sensations, and is particularly useful in treating pain.
Analysis: This approach uses the relaxed state to explore a possible psychological root cause of a disorder or symptom, such as a traumatic past event that a person has hidden in his or her unconscious memory. Once the trauma is revealed, it can be addressed in psychotherapy.
For those with religious backgrounds, we have encountered people who were wary that hypnotherapy would be incompatible with their Christian faith, however, many Christian ministers recognize hypnotherapy as a tool beneficial to helping people.
The question to ask from a religious standpoint are, "Why does one of religious faith need hypnosis?" or "How can you use hypnosis? Isn't there a conflict between religious faith and hypnosis?"
These questions can be responded to by referring to the statement of Jesus in John 10:10, "I am come that they may have life and have it more abundantly." Hypnosis is one of the gifts of God which help people experience the "more abundant life."
Hypnosis is neither anti-religious nor pro-religious. It can be used for good or bad, depending on the hypnotist and the subject. Today, most religious groups accept the proper ethical use of hypnosis for helping people.
Hypnosis should not be condemned as anti-religious just because some people misuse it. Some oppose hypnosis because the say it is used by the occult, but do they condemn prayer because prayer is used for occultist purposes? Hypnosis can be a very helpful tool in counseling. Without apology and when appropriate, hypnosis can be used for growth, health and the benefit of people.
A busy schedule, limited mobility, agoraphobia or other mental health issues can make it a challenge to get to the office for a counseling appointment. To help reach out to those who may not be able to get the help they need, we are now offering teletherapy services. Available in 30,45 or 60 minute increments, to get started with teletherapy you will fill out the paperwork and go through the exact same process as a typical intake. You will just specify to the office that you will need to do teletherapy services instead of in-office visits.
Our teletherapy services are available through phone sessions, or several of the secure and HIPAA compliant video conferencing services - you can choose the method that would work best for you. Teletherapy is typically fee for service, but check with your insurance provider to see if teletherapy services may be covered under your health insurance plan.