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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Hypnotherapy has brought about positive changes in the lives of millions of people. As a Certified Hypnotherapist, I believe as people become more accepting of themselves, they are more capable of finding happiness and contentment in their lives. Hypnotherapy is widely accepted for the treatment of anxiety, depression, habit disorders, irrational fears, as well as in the treatment of conditions such as insomnia and addiction.

— Alice Amos, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, FL

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

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 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

The hypnotherapy process takes place in a calm therapeutic environment, where I guide you into a relaxed state through things like deep breathing and body relaxing, and possibly a guided visualization. Then I have you think about experiences and situations in positive, healing ways that can help you change the way you think, feel and behave, as we work toward your therapeutic goals.

— Layla Ashley, Marriage & Family Therapist in Valley Village, CA

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

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

Hypnotherapy is an extremely effective tool. Recent research supports the view that hypnotic communication and suggestions can effectively change aspects of your physiological and neurological functions. In hypnosis, I bypass the thinking mind and connect to the subconscious mind while the body is completely relaxed. I am able to connect the memories to the emotions and detach the two so that the clients can see clearly where some of their behaviors are coming from.

— Jeanie Winstrom, Therapist in Troy, MT

Hypnosis is not what you see on TV. Imagine the mind as an iceberg. The 20 percent above water is your conscious mind. The 80 percent below water is your subconscious; the storehouse of all your memories and experiences from birth. When the conscious mind makes a decision or choice it will do so based on the experiences stored in the subconscious mind. Sometimes those experiences are unhealthy. Under hypnosis, the old outdated ways of thinking can be reprogrammed into healthy, happy methods.

— Rev Dr Sandy Range, Counselor in Stoughton, MA

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, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I practice Ericksonian Hypnosis developed by the late, Dr. Milton Erickson. This is in contrast to classical hypnosis that most people may associate with hypnosis. This is not “stage” hypnosis. You will be awake and aware of everything going on around you. You will not do anything you do not want to do. This form of hypnosis helps a person go into a deep trance-like state and experience a deep sense of relaxation—like sleeping without being asleep. Clients find this helpful.

— Alexandra Burg, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cleveland Heights, OH

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

Simply put, hypnosis is a heightened state of relaxation and awareness that allows us to bypass the "critical self"-- that inner-voice that provides skewed messages about ourselves and others, stemming from a collection of our lived experiences. My training is in clinical hypnotherapy - you will not be asked to cluck like a chicken!

— Michelle Nelson, Therapist in Decatur, GA

I have a true passion in helping my clients to acknowledge exactly how powerful their sub-conscious mind is once they get hold of it. I empower my clients to see how they can naturally increase their relaxation, achieve desired goals and become the version of themselves they’ve always wanted.

— Michelle Iankowitz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Newport Beach, CA

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

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

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 uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person's attention is so focused while in this state that goals can become "knowns" to the subconscious mind and this become far easier to achieve and make forward progress or positive and permanent change.

— Michal T. Margolese, Hypnotherapist in Beverly Hills, 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 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

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