Clinical Hypnosis is the use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Hypnosis involves concentration, the use of language, suggestion, and the imagination. Hypnosis may be combined with any type of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, and it may be integrated with various methods, such as Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR.
Hypnosis is a state, sometimes referred to as an altered state, which Ericksonian hypnotherapists believe we experience naturally to some degree, on an everyday basis. When we have a day dream, or we are concentrating on a good book or watching a show, we become involved in the world of the imagination and are not as aware of our physical surroundings. Hypnosis may be used formally or informally, referred to as “conversationally.”
Hypnosis utilizes the ability to concentrate in order to produce relaxation of the mind and the body. In this state we have access to inner strengths and resources not necessarily accessible in the normal waking state. With hypnosis, we are able to utilize the power of the unconscious mind or an “inner wisdom,” in order to alter emotions, thoughts, imagery, expectations, and behaviors. In this state, we are able to strategize, problem-solve, and expand possibilities. Using Clinical Hypnosis, health and mental health professionals can help people with anxiety, panic, phobias, medical issues, self-esteem and confidence, and peak performance in sports and academics, and trauma. It is important to see a licensed health or mental health professional with Clinical Hypnosis training when you seek Clinical Hypnosis.