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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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 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