What do you think of when you hear the word hypnosis? Do you envision a stranger dangling a watch front of your face, chanting, “You’re feeling sleepy?” Or do you think of a person in a deep trance onstage, following the commands to walk and cluck like a chicken?
There are myths and misconceptions about hypnotherapy, how it works and how it actually benefits people. At Partners in Health and Wellbeing, a therapy practice that offers psychotherapy, acupuncture and hypnotherapy, we’re going to clear up some of the confusion you may have about hypnosis.
So, What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis, when broken down, originates from the Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning sleep. But don’t let this confuse you! The practice doesn’t actually put a person to sleep. While a person being hypnotized may look like they’re sleeping, they are actually very much awake and aware. They’re in an altered state of consciousness, where their thinking mind begins to rest, and their subconscious mind becomes more alert. This allows the patient to become more receptive to positive suggestions.
Interestingly, many people have already experienced a state of hypnosis without even realizing it! Have you ever been deep into a book, and suddenly noticed that several hours have slipped by? Or have you ever driven while listening to your favorite music, the rest of the world seemed to have disappeared, and suddenly you are at your destination? That’s what being in an induced hypnotic trance is very much like.
How Can Hypnotherapy Benefit Me?
Hypnotherapy may sound simple and straight forward, but it’s a powerful tool when used in combination with traditional psychotherapy. Studies have shown that hypnosis can alter the way our brains process and receive information, which makes hypnotherapy an evidenced-based practice. Like many other relaxation practices, hypnosis is known to lower blood pressure and heart rate.
It can also treat and help you to manage a wide rage of issues including:
- Mood Disorders
- Medical Conditions
- Weight Loss
- Chronic Pain
- Smoking Cessation
- Labor and Delivery
- Surgery Preparation
What is a Hypnotherapy Session Like?
A typical session with Partners in Health and Wellbeing’s clinical social worker and certified professional hypnotist Danielle Boyer, lasts between 60-90 minutes. She will start with taking a detailed history of your background and medical history, and address your issues and concerns.
Danielle will then take you through a series of relaxation techniques, using deep breathing and guided imagery. By allowing you mental images, she will incorporate suggestions that aim to alleviate your specific symptoms or challenge your unwanted habits. Some patients respond better to suggestions than others, but most people are able to be hypnotized.
Can a Hypnotist Control Me?
Contrary to how hypnosis is portrayed in Hollywood movies, a hypnotist can’t control a person’s mind or actions. In fact, self-hypnosis is taught during the sessions to empower you to use the practice on your own, to further help you to alleviate your symptoms. It’s also important to remember that you always remain in control during hypnosis. When in session with Danielle, you can stop at any time if you feel uncomfortable.
How Many Sessions are Needed?
A common question about hypnotherapy is how many sessions does takes for a person to see results? Just like all other kinds of treatment, the number of sessions needed is dependent on you as an individual, and your specific needs. Together, you and Danielle will monitor your progress and concerns throughout your hypnotherapy treatment.
Hypnotherapy in Combination with Psychotherapy Treatment
Incorporating hypnotherapy into your psychotherapy treatment can benefit you by helping to alleviate your symptoms, as well as helping you to achieve good mental health and wellbeing. With the myths surrounding hypnosis, it’s important to understand that it’s not a magic ‘cure all’ treatment, but when used in combination with traditional medical or psychotherapy treatment, it can be very successful!
Where Can I Get Treatment?
Before seeking hypnotherapy treatment, it’s important to do your research and select a therapist who is a certified professional hypnotist.
At Partners in Health and Wellbeing, Danielle Boyer is a clinical social worker and certified professional hypnotist who uses a mindfulness-based approach to therapy. Providing psychotherapy and hypnotherapy treatment, Danielle treats the numerous symptoms noted above. She also specializes in treating women’s issues, including postpartum depression, pregnancy loss and prenatal anxiety.
To schedule a psychotherapy or hypnotherapy appointment at Partners in Health and Wellbeing, you can call us at (302) 655-2627, or click here.