Hypnotherapy, as the term suggests, is the practice of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Hypnosis uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. Hypnosis is useful in therapy, as the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. Hypnosis is often used to help with a variety of problems, such as breaking bad habits or coping with stress or trauma. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s qualified hypnotherapy experts today.

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Hypnosis is a wonderful tool to integrate into therapy at times! As your therapist, I am happy to have this skill to offer you as desired to help you with things like amplifying your intentions, reducing anxiety, changing habits, and breaking through stuck patterns. I also offer time-limited, structured hypnosis treatments for overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and overcoming nicotine addiction. See my website for more information! I am a National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I completed 150 hours of training at the Hypnotherapy Training Institute, a state-licensed school in the San Francisco Bay Area.

— Maysie Tift, LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Rafael, CA

Hypnotherapy is simply deep relaxation in which you are speaking to the therapist but you are able to connect your experiences more quickly.....similar to the state we are in just before fully waking. It is particularly useful for discovering where a deep-seated fear or behavior pattern started. Going back to the initial cause of the emotional pain allows the client to change the perceptions and the emotion from that incident...bringing the client both understanding and change.

— Rebecca Waterston, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Kirkland, WA

I am trained in sports hypnosis. I use this to help athletes learn how to be mentally tough. I teach athletes how to stop negative self talk, what to focus on for best performance, and how to relax themselves. I teach athletes how to do mental movies that turn into self hypnosis. I can also use this skill to help with other performance based skills like test taking. I’ve worked with almost every sport including golf, baseball, basketball, soccer, and gymnastics

— Kilee Armstrong, Counselor in Andover, KS

I became certified and hypnotherapy into 007 and have used this technique with many, many of my clients since then. Are usually use a light state, like a guided meditation, to help my clients get below with the hamster wheel of the mind and in touch with a deeper truth. Then we use techniques in that slightly-altered state of consciousness to create positive changes. I have found it to be exceptionally effective and it is one of my favorite therapy tools!

— Sarah Murphy, Counselor in Bryn Mawr, PA

Clinical hypnosis is a versatile and effective tool; whether you’re looking to change a long-standing habit, develop inner-resources, or relax, clinical hypnosis can promote long-term changes. Clinical hypnosis is best described as a state of internal absorption, which can assist individuals in changing their relationship to a thought, feeling, or perception.

— Madeline Stein, Counselor in Denver, CO

I have been using hypnotherapy techniques with clients for over 18 years. I'm currently in continuing education to brush up on my skills. My clients routinely meet their goals after working with me for 3-6 sessions. In my first years of private massage therapy practice, clients were telling me I had a soothing voice, which encouraged me to pursue the study of Hypnotherapy. My deepest satisfaction comes from seeing clients empowered through hypnosis to leave old disempowering habits behind.

— Anya Mayer, Hypnotherapist in Portland, OR

Hypnotherapy allows you to tune in to your subconscious mind providing you with a rapid and deeply effective way to get at the heart of an issue and to program desired changes .

— Terri Cooper, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA

Tapping into the subconscious provides insight and the ability to make changes in thought and behavior effortlessly, releasing addictions, trauma, and low-self-esteem . Using hypnotherapy to program for success and positive change is easy and highly effective.

— Terri Cooper, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA

I use Ericksonian hypnosis to help people overcome negative habits and self-thoughts, as well as anxiety, depression and cope with chronic pain. Hypnosis is a way to bypass the old, self-limiting ways of thinking and to reach your unconscious mind. Your conscious mind is smart, but it has only gotten you where you are now. The unconscious mind is more creative and powerful. For more information about how I use hypnosis, please see my blog: http://hypnosisuccess.com.

— Lisa Larsen, Counselor in Lancaster, CA

I have received extensive training and practice Hypnotherapy at the masters level. Clients report a greater ability to break out of ingrained thinking and behaviors. Usually hypnosis results in faster change and can be an extremely positive experience.

— Barbara Stanforth, Counselor in Encinitas, CA

Depth hypnosis allows you to access these resources through guided imagery and deep relaxation. When your mind is calm, your consciousness can fade into something similar to a dream state. At this level of awareness, you can uncover and release an incredible amount of creativity, healing, and growth. It’s a gentle way of relieving unresolved pain and suffering. By opening yourself to vulnerability in a safe space, you can begin to feel more comfortable and secure moving through the world in a more real way. I’m a Certified Hypnotist in the methodology of Depth Hypnosis. Depth Hypnosis is a methodology developed by Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

— Sarah Korda, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

The effectiveness of hypnosis appears to lie in the way in which it bypasses the critical observation and interference of the conscious mind, allowing the client’s intentions for change to take effect. More recent research using modern brain imaging techniques show that the connections in the brain are different during hypnosis. In particular, those specific structures in the brain involved in making decisions and monitoring the environment show strong connections. What this means is that under

— Shawn Hales, Psychologist in Towson, MD

I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist through the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy, and I also trained intensively in clinical hypnotherapy through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. I use hypnotherapy for a variety of different issues, including anxiety, childbirth preparation, confidence-building, and general stress management. I see hypnosis as a way to access a more relaxed, open state of consciousness where change can be seeded at a deeper level.

— Julia Aziz, Hypnotherapist in Austin, TX

Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a variety of issues. I use it primarily to help clients find deeper states of wisdom and healing with emotional struggles. Depth Hypnosis looks and feels more like a deep state of relaxation and inner reflection. It combines elements of transpersonal psychology, Buddhist psychology, and shamanism to allow a client to access and activate their own inherent healing capacities.

— Nick Venegoni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

As a certified clinical hypnotherapist I have extensive training and in depth experience in transpersonal hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful complement to psychotherapy as it allows for one to bypass the conscious mind and dive into the unconscious where change can occur. I have advanced training in past life regression therapy and spirit releasement therapy. While I offer a spiritual approach to hypnotherapy, all faiths and ideas are welcome and work well in hypnotherapy.

— Kathleen Day, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Through the process of hypnosis, a client is able to tap into unconscious beliefs that may have been holding them hostage for years. From trauma to negative childhood experiences, hypnosis can uncover and bring to light these events and their resulting beliefs. An individual is better able to move forward through this understanding, leading to forgiving, releasing, replacing, and healing. Hypnosis is a powerful tool in therapy and can dramatically shorten the process toward growth and healing.

— Sally Raiford, MA, LMFT, CH, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tampa, FL

Hypnosis is very different from talk therapy. We utilize the latest understandings in brain science to work with how our nervous systems encode information. Loosely speaking, it’s ‘applied neurology’. Think of it this way, we have the side of our nervous system that’s responsible for ‘fight or flight’, and the side that takes care of ‘resting and digesting’. In hypnotic states, it is easy to recognize old patterns and create new ones. I don’t diagnose, I help you find and make changes.

— James Harrison, Hypnotherapist in Portland, OR

I am trained in hypnosis and many of my clients, young and adult, have found hypnosis extremely helpful to reduce anxiety and practice mindfulness.

— Jax Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Appleton, WI

We are in a hypnotic state when we first wake up in the morning before we have become completely awake and conscious. Hypnosis can be used to increase the effectiveness and speed of traditional talk therapy. Hypnotherapy can be very effective with changing habits, such as quitting smoking, for which I have a specific protocol. The hypnotic state in and of itself is very healing to the nervous system and therefore to the entire body/mind/brain.

— Olivia Posner, Counselor in Asheville, NC