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What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is nothing more than using hypnosis as a tool for therapy while the patient is in a state of heightened awareness. It’s not a ‘swinging watch’ parlor trick in which a patient has no control over themselves. Rather, it’s an induced sense of relaxed focus in which the patient ‘walks through’ a situation and consciously makes changes to their behavior.

 Our very own  James Giunta , award-winning hypnotist, is featured on  this Ted Talk. 

Our very own James Giunta, award-winning hypnotist, is featured on this Ted Talk. 

Hypnotherapy has been used successfully as a tool in the treatment of a wide variety of disorders. Some of these include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, sleep disturbances, pain management, sexual dysfunction, weight loss and more. 

How it works

A person makes choices all day, every day. Some of these choices are deliberate: chocolate, or vanilla? But other decisions are more automatic. These decisions are influenced by the subconscious, which is a culmination of all of our previous learning and experiences. The subconscious is the storage of our phobias and negative behavior patterns. By accessing the subconscious, a patient, guided by the hypnotherapist, can access the unconscious mind while in a relaxed state and ‘reprogram’ behavior patterns. 

Does it work?

After extensive research, Alfred Barrios, Ph.D., reported that hypnotherapy has a 93% success rate after six sessions. This is a much higher success rate than either psychoanalysis or behavior therapy. Not only did hypnotherapy work faster, but it had better long-term outcome results. 

Who can be hypnotized?

In spite of reports to the contrary, anyone can be hypnotized. Hypnosis is nothing more than a trancelike state. Many people report a trancelike state can occur while they’re on their daily commute, whereby they’re traveling, thinking of other things, and suddenly find themselves at their home or office. They don’t really remember the trip, even though they weren’t unconscious at the time.  Many professional athletes and performers use hypnotherapy to enhance their performance. 

Does hypnotherapy involve a loss of control?

Some people think that hypnotherapy involves loss of control. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the hypnotherapist works with the patient to decide the goals of hypnotherapy sessions.  Hypnotherapy merely operates as a tool to recalibrate a person’s mind so they don’t fall back on old behaviors and beliefs, but the person remains in control of their choices.

Why hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy results in positive outcomes without drugs. It can also be used in conjunction with medical treatments to provide the patient with tools to enhance those treatments. It allows a person to stop the same old record from spinning when they’re in certain situations and change it to something which is more in line with their health and wellness goals. 

Hypnotherapy has been used successfully in treating a wide array of medical and emotional problems. Anyone who wants a healthier and more productive life or better outcomes for medical treatments and personal goals like weight loss might be a good candidate for hypnotherapy.

If you need a wellness partner to achieve your health goals call New Life Wellness Clinic at (480) 510-5344.