According to the Society of Psychological Hypnosis, Division 30 of the American Psychological Association, hypnosis is defined as: “A state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterized by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion.”
Hypnosis is a naturalistic state – allowing a shift in consciousness. While imaging shows that different parts of the brain are firing during hypnosis, researchers have yet to agree on how hypnosis works. But research does demonstrate that hypnotic communication and suggestions effectively change aspects of a person’s physiology and neurology. The effectiveness of clinical hypnosis appears to lie in the way in which it uses the creative and intuitive parts of the mind and helps the body experience something new by tapping into inner resources and innate wisdom often sabotaged by the conscious mind. In a state of naturally induced relaxation, mind and body instinctively work as one to promote healing and new learning so that change can take place more quickly.
In my practice, after careful assessment, I find hypnotherapy may be helpful for the following conditions:
- Low self esteem
- Unhealthy habits
- Preparation for Surgical Procedures
I have been using methods of hypnosis in my own life for many years with great success. My training in clinical hypnosis is through The Milton H. Erickson Foundation.