Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the practice of psychotherapy with a client who is in the hypnotic altered state of consciousness. Hypnotherapy is a powerful way to access the source of distress, like depression and anxiety, and for people to reconnect with dissociated emotions and disowned parts of themselves. Hypnotherapy helps the therapist and client get closer to the source of a client’s issues by opening the doorway to their subconscious mind.

Melissa Hill, LCSW, Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist

When therapists treat their patients with traditional methods, they spend much of their time simply trying to get past mental blockages to understand the subconscious reasons for their patients’ issues. However, hypnotherapy uses the hypnotic trance as a method for accessing the subconscious. Accessing the subconscious allows therapists to better understand the core reasons that someone’s issues may be manifesting.

Think of the hypnotherapist as an archaeologist. Using traditional talk therapy, therapists must slowly remove the crust with toothbrushes, finally reaching the skeletons below after much painstaking work. Hypnotherapy allows you to tunnel directly down to the subconscious.

What’s the Difference Between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is the process of placing you in a deep state of relaxation or trance. This trance-like state is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even one’s own thoughts. In this state, you turn you attention completely inward to find the natural resources deep within yourself that can help you make changes and regain control of your life. Unfortunately, media portrayal of hypnosis has does it a disservice because it created an aura of power between the hypnotist and person being hypnotized. NONE of our clients have clucked like a chicken or barked like a dog!

Hypnotherapy is the process of conducting psychotherapy (or traditional talk therapy) while in this deep state of relaxation. There are no swinging pocket watches. In a hypnotherapy session, you are in control the whole time. You will hear the suggestions made to you and you will be able to remember them after the session. In fact, since we are working on the subconscious, you will receive a recording of your session to listen to afterwards. The way to change the brain is via repetition, repetition, repetition. The more you listen to the recording, the quicker you will build new neural networks.

The biggest benefit of hypnotherapy is finding the “anti-virus software” running in the background that you don’t even know is there! For example, many of our clients old core beliefs include, “I’m a disappointment.”, “Nothing I do is ever good enough.”, or “The world is unsafe and I am powerless over it.” We help you find those old beliefs from an early age and replace them with new beliefs that are accurate and more powerful than the ones formed in childhood.

What is Hypnotherapy Used For?

Hypnotherapy is used to treat a wide range of conditions, issues, and unwanted/unhealthy behaviors*, such as:

  • Addiction
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Insomnia
  • Phobias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship/Family/Work Conflicts
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Loss

*Note: Those who have psychotic symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations, should speak to a qualified hypnotherapist or psychiatrist to determine if this therapy is right for them.

How Much Does It Cost?

A hypnotherapy session generally lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. The fee for the first hour of hypnotherapy is $250, which is not covered by insurance. After that, each additional 15 minutes is $60.

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