Clinical Hypnosis FAQs

What is clinical hypnosis?

Clinical hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used by properly trained individuals for treating a psychological or physical problem.  It is a highly relaxed state.  Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention.  When our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully.  Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis is the ultimate act of self-control.  

Is hypnosis a new technique?

Hypnosis has been used for as long as records have bee kept.  Modern clinical hypnosis is dated from the late 1700s, and the use of hypnosis has grown by leaps and bounds since 1958.

What is hypnosis used for?

In the mental health area, it is used for phobias, anxiety, sexual problems, alcoholism, smoking control, speech disorders, weight control, chronic pain, age regression therapy, self-esteem/ego strengthening, memory/concentration improvement and forensic work.  

What about the length of treatment?

The length of treatment will vary depending on the nature and severity of the problem.  Hypnosis is one tool and may be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment.

What are some misconceptions about hypnosis?

You will not become unconscious and will be aware at all times.  Your will is not weakened in any way.  You are in control and cannot be made to do anything against your will.  You will not begin to reveal information you wish to keep secret.  Hypnosis is not sleep.

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