Hypnotherapy is the clinical use of hypnosis in conjunction with cognitive behavior therapy to help clients achieve their goals. Recently hypnosis was featured on NBC nightly news as an effective method to help people with heartburn and related disorders. Hypnosis is used in dentistry for persons who prefer it over traditional anesthesia. Hypnosis is used in the following clinical settings: doctor’s offices, dentistry, and in psychotherapy settings.
Hypnosis is a natural state of trance. Everyone at some time or another experiences trance. It might be during an extended period of television watching, video game playing or emersion into an important project, where it seems that hours pass by as if they were minutes. Some people experience trance while they are driving, for instance, suddenly realizing you don’t remember driving the last few miles. Trance is simply an intensely focused state. In hypnosis clients use their personal talent to achieve this state facilitated by their therapist. The goal is to reduce the everyday stimuli and become more intensely aware of an in tune with your internal state of thought and emotion. This is always done with a goal in mind, that is, the client and therapist together create an environment that facilitates the client’s stated goal.
All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis.
Some people are initially more talented at achieving trance state than others.
Self-hypnosis is learnable.
You are in control while you are in trance state.
Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption and focused attention--we are able to use more of our inner potential.
Hypnotherapy is not a one time event. Like any skill it takes successive attempts to achieve and reinforce the effects you want. Though you may be personally talented at achieving hypnosis from the outset, like learning it takes multiple experiences to achieve the long term learning or the long term goal you desire.
Some people fear that they will have total amnesia for the hypnotic event. This is seldom true, unless you desire that effect. Recall that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
To quote the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: “A small percentage of subjects, who go into very deep levels of trance will fit this stereotype and have spontaneous amnesia. The majority of people remember everything that occurs in hypnosis. This is beneficial, because the most of what we want to accomplish in hypnosis may be done in a medium depth trance, where people tend to remember everything.”