What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is used to facilitate a trance state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. When the mind is concentrated and focused, we are able to use it more powerfully.

Trance is a naturally occurring state in which one's attention is narrowly focused and relatively free of distractions. Most people have, at some time in their lives, experienced an altered state of mind. An example of this would be a time when you were so engrossed in reading a book or watching TV that you were unaware of the telephone ringing or someone entering the room.

Uses of Hypnosis

Research has shown that hypnosis is effective in children and adults for a wide variety of issues, and can be used as a stand alone treatment or as part of a more comprehensive treatment plan.

Issues that can be improved with hypnosis include:

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Concentration
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Sleep
  • Depression
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sports and Athletic Performance
  • Phobias
  • Fear of flying and test anxiety

Hypnosis can also be helpful in treating physical or medical conditions such as:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Side effects of chemo and radiation therapies
  • Chronic Pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Medication side effects
Myths and Misconceptions about Hypnosis

During trance, you are not immobilized. You know exactly where you are the entire time. You can adjust your position, or open your eyes and bring yourself out of trance at any time you wish. During trance, you can still hear sounds around you, like a phone ringing. You can alert yourself and respond to any situation that needs your immediate attention. You can even hold a conversation in trance.

There is no "right" way to experience trance. One person may experience it as a deep, heavy, restful feeling, while another may experience it as a light, floating sensation. Every person's experience of hypnosis is unique.

Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. The hypnotherapist simply serves as a facilitator to guide them. Your will is not weakened or changed in any way. You are in control and you can, if you wish, terminate the hypnotic state.

Hypnosis is not a cure-all: you must still take action in your life in order to see results. Our trained hypnotherapists will help you to integrate hypnosis into your treatment plan and lifestyle.

Deborah Planting, L.P.A.
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