What is Hypnotherapy?

(Adapted from WebMD:)


Hypnosis -- or 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.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

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.

The hypnotic state allows a person to be more open to discussion and suggestion. It can improve the success of other treatments for many conditions, including:

Phobias, fears, and anxiety
Sleep disorders
Depression
Stress
Post-trauma anxiety
Grief and loss

 Is Hypnosis Dangerous?

Hypnosis is not a dangerous procedure. It is not

mind control or brainwashing. A therapist

cannot make a person do something

embarrassing or that the person doesn't want

to do.

Who Performs Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is performed by a licensed or certified mental health professional who is specially trained in this technique.

Taken from: http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-hypnotherapy?page=2


Check out the American Psychological Association's stance on hypnotherapy! 

"Even though stage hypnotists and TV shows have damaged the public image of hypnosis, a growing body of scientific research supports its benefits in treating a wide range of conditions, including..., depression, anxiety and phobias."


Our therapist Ann Hurst is currently American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) trained! 





 
 

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