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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I have received specialized training in trauma-focused hypnotherapy. When we experience trauma, the area of our brain that processes language shuts down. This is why it’s often hard to talk about trauma and why it can be difficult to work through trauma with talk therapy. Hypnosis is an effective way of processing trauma without talking because it doesn’t involve using language in the way we typically use it.

— Bekah Yates, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Orlando, FL

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

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 utilize Hypnotherapy to assist clients with developing and relaxed muscled body, which can greatly assist other therapeutic work.

— Luis Otero, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Miami Lake, FL

Hypnotherapy can provide rapid shifts in perspective and experience. You can go from being a Smoker to become someone "who used to smoke or vape." You can reduce reactions to fears and traumas, so you can get on with living your best life. This short term work can get you unstuck, releasing the past and ready to move forward. Sessions are tailored to how you uniquely experience the world and are specific to the changes you are ready to make. How will Hypnosis help You?

— Stacey Horn, Hypnotherapist

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 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, OH

I am a Fellow with the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. I offer professional training to mental health professionals, birth workers, nurses, and physicians.I offer hypnosis to clients for fear release, self esteem building, compulsive eating, love and sex addictions, fertility enhancement, and pain management for natural childbirth. I combine affirmations, mindfulness CBT and as needed include tapping, NLP, and EMDR.

— Cathy Armstrong, Counselor in Corpus Christi, TX

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 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

The Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique℠ pioneered by Dolores Cannon, represents over 45 years of groundbreaking investigation and has been transforming the health and well being of thousands of people all over the world by enabling certified practitioners to practice exactly the way she practiced and achieve similar phenomenal results. Any and all challenges can be addressed and possibly healed depending upon the belief system of the client.

— Lili McGovern, Clinical Trainee in ,

Hypnosis is a very useful tool to achive clarity and growth, permanent and fast change, and allows access to the subconscious (where the main issues reside). It is used when the patient is compleatly informed and accepts it's use. [La hipnosis es una herramienta muy útil para lograr claridad y crecimiento, cambio permanente y rápido, y permite el acceso al subconsciente (donde residen los principales asuntos a modificar). Se emplea cuando el paciente está completamente informado y acepta su uso.[

— Jose Balbas DB, Psychologist in México City (CDMX), TX

extensive training in Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy through Wellness Insitute

— Chase Harshbarger, Counselor in Cuyahoga Falls, OH

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

Hypnotherapy is a natural, safe and effective way to create desired change. You are in control and in a heightened state of awareness - the subconscious. The subconscious is where our core beliefs are formed- how you perceive yourself, the world, automatic thinking, behaving and believing lies within the subconscious. So, when there is a patterned way of operating that you would like to change hypnotherapy is effective in creating the change and your belief that the change will happen.

— Shatara Sheppard, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Charlotte, NC

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 rely on hypnotherapy to support client's to overcome past traumas and to imagine a life they want. I am experienced in providing hypnotherapy techniques for years successfully supporting many clients. This is not mind control. It is relaxation, identification of issues, and guided imagery to support resolution of traumas.

— Bethany Latimer, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

American Society for Clinical Hypnosis Intermediate Trained

— Cheri Yadon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poulsbo, WA

When we utilize self-hypnosis we are tapping into our unconscious mind. Every person develops their own unique wall between their conscious mind and their unconscious mind. Self-hypnosis helps remove the wall/barrier and builds a bridge that connects the two sides of the mind. As the wall is gradually removed, a person can begin to benefit from the inner resources of their unconscious mind. Now, they can benefit from memories and information that they do not recall from day to day.

— Lisa H. Lang, Therapist in Flower Mound, TX

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

Hypnotherapy is a dynamic and vital therapeutic modality embracing many disciplines with traditional and non-traditional practitioners. Hypnosis Therapy is client-centered with its focus on the discovery of the origin of a person’s symptoms and/or issues. And through the process of discovery, the unconscious mind goes to the original cause, which then gives the person and practitioner the opportunity to process the original thoughts and feelings surrounding the causal experience.

— Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, Hypnotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

Hypnosis is useful if you have been unsuccessful with other forms of treatment. It can help you break through old patterns and behaviors that have been holding you back and keeping you stuck. The Mayo Clinic reported in 2003, “The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you understand and gain more control over your emotions, behavior, or physical well-being.” Hypnosis is used to help: Overcome fears and anxiety Heal from emotional pain due to trauma or grief Manage pain Gain self-confidence Stop smoking Lose weight Eliminate unhealthy habits

— Catherine Hodge, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tampa, FL

The process and style of hypnosis that I offer is Kappasian, based on training at Hypnotherapy In our sessions we will be tapping into your naturally occurring process. I use the tools of Hypnosis, Imagery, Mindfulness, and other useful techniques that you can have in your arsenal to use for a lifetime. I tailor my methods and technique for each individual and we can work on a variety of areas in your life below is a list to give you an idea, contact me with questions.

— Geraldine Barnes, Hypnotherapist in Philadelphia, PA

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation, combined with heightened suggestibility and concentration. It is a direct way to reach the subconscious, which affects our habits and behavior. Hypnotherapy has two parts: counseling and hypnosis. We do video or phone counseling first and, after the call ends, I create your customized hypnosis recording. Hypnotherapy programs often range from 1-3 sessions. My motto is "Hypnosis is so easy, all you have to do is sit back, relax and listen."

— Amy Bernstein, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mooresville, NC

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