What is Hypnotherapy?
The U.S. Department of Labor defines a hypnotherapist as someone who “Induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior pattern through hynosis. Consults with client to determine the nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subjects to determine degrees of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state in client using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client’s problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.
Hypnotist vs. Hypnotherapist
Hypnotherapist=Licensed Therapist trained in the practice of hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is not a type of therapy, but rather a “technique that can be used to facilitate therapy” (APA, Division of Psychological Hypnosis, 2008)
Hypnotherapy is often applied in order to modify a client’s behavior, emotional content, and attitudes, as well as a wide range of conditions including dysfunctional habits, anxiety, stress-related illness, pain management, and personal development. (Wikipedia, 2009)
Benefits of Hypnotherapy (British Psychological Society, 2001)
“Hypnosis and the practice of self-hypnosis may significantly reduce general anxiety, tension, and stress in a manner similar to other relaxation and self-regulation procedures.”
“Likewise, hypnotic treatment may assist in insomnia in the same way as other relaxation methods.”
“There is encouraging evidence demonstrating the beneficial effects of hypnotherapeutic procedures in alleviating the symptoms of a range of complaints that fall under the heading psychosomatic illness. These include tension headaches and migraine, asthma, gastro-intestinal complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome, warts; and possibly other skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis and urticaria (hives).”
“Will I loose control?” NO
“Will I be ‘unconscious?” NO
“Will I remember what happened?” YES
“The hypnotherapist does whatever they do to me, and I just receive.” No, hypnotherapy is interactive.
“I’m not hypnotizable.” Hypnosis is a conditioned response. With practice, you can be.
Hypnotherapy is NOT used to “find out stuff”. The process allows what’s already in the client to surface.
*Each session will typically last 90 minutes. The goals of hypnotherapy can normally be accomplished within six sessions. Some clients have reported gains as little as 1-3 sessions. Hypnotherapy is not covered by insurance, but the first half of the session (45-50 minutes) may be billed to insurance (the same as a typical individual session) and the remainder will be the client’s responsibility.