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 like meditation with a goal. Gentle breathing & relaxing slows one's brain wave state. The critical over active mind gives lets go so you gain access to the subconscious mind where 95% of what makes our choices are created. You can hear my positive suggestions & intentions that we co-created at the beginning of the session. You don't lose control. In fact, you gain control. It's the fast track to creating a life you love. My website evidences many of my clients successes.

— Michele Whittington, Hypnotherapist in Redmond, 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

While under a state of hypnosis, referred to as a “trance” state, your hypnotherapist can help your mind and body become connected in a way that is not normally accessible, through the use of suggestions that are meant to elicit the changes that you are looking to make. Not everyone is a good candidate for hypnotherapy. To learn more about our Small Group Hypnotherapy for IBS group, visit us here: https://cohesivetherapynyc.com/services/hypnotherapy-for-ibs-group-inquiry/

— Karen Conlon, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

Hypnosis is like meditation with a goal. Gentle breathing & relaxing slows one's brain wave state. The critical over active mind gives lets go so you gain access to the subconscious mind where 95% of what makes our choices are created. You can hear my positive suggestions & intentions that we co-created at the beginning of the session. You don't lose control. In fact, you gain control. It's the fast track to creating a life you love. My website evidences many of my clients successes.

— Michele Whittington, Hypnotherapist in Redmond, WA

Hypnosis is nothing more than a state of highly focused inner attention which is so natural we all experience it on a daily basis. Think arriving home and not remembering the drive or zoning out when someone is talking to you. The state of being in hypnosis is being in an altered state. Think being traumatized or in pain. Hypnosis is utilized in therapy to create a state of inner focus which gives the conscious mind a break and allows the unconscious mind to work on your best behalf. It's natural, easy, relaxing and appropriate for most but not all clients.

— Patricia Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

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

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 a Certified Hypnotherapist and first studied hypnotherapy 20 years ago in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Now I practice a client centered approach, tailoring each hypnosis session to the individual, letting them guide the session to reveal their own inner wisdom and support the healing process.

— Jodie Solberg, Hypnotherapist in Lynnwood, WA

Clinical hypnosis has been found to be effective for treating chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, IBS, IBD, and many other problems. Clinical hypnosis can help you alter your pain, so that you feel more comfortable. I am certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. I have two published papers on clinical hypnosis treating chronic pain.

— Tenley Fukui, Counselor in Houston, 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

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

The subconscious communicates through emotions, imagery, dreams, bodily sensations, symptoms and ailments. The body is our subconscious in action. It is a major communication tool between the conscious and subconscious mind. It’s as the minds check engine light came on. You’re not exactly sure what the problem is, just that there is one. Hypnotherapy mobilizes the subconscious to do the healing. Hypnotherapy doesn’t do the healing, it’s a tool that actives your own natural healing potential.

— Craig Meriwether, Hypnotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

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 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

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

American Society for Clinical Hypnosis Intermediate Trained

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

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

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 is one of the ways I help women overcome their fears. Together we will examine your fears, and the hopes and goals you have for your future. From there, I will teach you how to relax and use mindfulness techniques to move you into a hypnotic state (basically a really deep form of relaxation that enables you to be open to the suggestions you wish to better your life).

— Catherine Boyce, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Evanston, IL

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 ,

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

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 I am a big fan of Milton Erickson and was trained at the Milton Erickson foundation by some of the direct students of Dr. Erickson. In addition, I’ve received individualized Consultation from STEPHEN LANKTON, who studied with Erickson for a long time. I respect his faith in the healing resources of each individual and his tailoring approach to hypnosis; one size does not fit all.

— Lisa Larsen, Clinical Psychologist in Lancaster, CA

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

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

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA