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Hypnosis: A cooperative process between the subject and the hypnotherapist. The experience of the subject during hypnosis is called a "trance" and is an altered state of awareness or focused attention in which one is more susceptible than usual to suggestion.

States of trance occur naturally when your attention is focused either internally (on self-talk or imagery) or externally (on a book, movie, television, etc.) During trance one's attention is so focused that other stimuli in the environment are not a part of conscious awareness at that time. Habitual behaviors continue to take place without conscious awareness. Examples of trance states with which we are all familiar are: daydreaming, meditating, involvement in a good movie or book, or perhaps "highway hypnosis" as we drive down a familiar highway.

Hypnosis is a technique used by therapists to help clients achieve a relaxed, comfortable mental state in order to obtain specific therapeutic outcomes. The therapist can make suggestions or guide a client to deal with specific issues such as memories, internal self-talk, feelings or images in a manner that will result in the achievement of agreed upon goals.

Much of what is "known" about hypnosis is a result of "learning" from night club acts or the media. Many myths and misconceptions exist. We will explore those.


Stress management, treatment of anxiety or phobias, building confidence and overcoming fears, sleep disturbances, interpersonal problems, depression, sexual difficulties, and psychosomatic complaints. Other applications include treatment of post traumatic stress disorders, pain management, habit control, improving performance in academics and athletics, preparation for medical procedures, and removing blocks to motivation and creativity.



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