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 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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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 hypnosis (deep relaxation) to help your brain accept change. This is done upon request.

— Michelle Salzman, Counselor in Irving, TX

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 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

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

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

Hypnotherapy allows us to get past our filtered day-to-day thoughts and allows us to reach the subconscious. This is the part that has us reacting the same way over and over even though we really don't want to. We create the hypnotherapy script together so that I can target the exact issues you want to address.

— Kari Silverberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Monticello, MN

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

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

American Society for Clinical Hypnosis Intermediate Trained

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

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

Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy trained Ericksonian Institute for Hypnotherapy Trained

— David Patch, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portland, ME

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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