1. What’s the first thing you picture when someone says “hypnosis”?
If you are like most people, you see someone swinging a watch, back and forth, about to make someone else, get very sleepy. Then the person being hypnotized will do something he would never do otherwise—maybe cluck like a chicken.
Well, this activity is actually called stage hypnosis.
It’s theater, entertainment.
However, it has nothing to do with the powerful form of therapy that is: clinical hypnosis or hypnotherapy.
2. Then what is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a tool that helps children, teens, and adults harness their natural, everyday abilities to go into a state of “trance,” and then solve problems.
Wait, a minute, you might be saying, “I could not go into a trance.”
Well we all do, to some degree or another, we just don’t know it.
Think about when you are driving somewhere; maybe it’s a route you know very well. Before you know it, you’ve reached your destination, and you don’t even realize it.
You were driving in a state of trance; “Highway Hypnosis,” so to speak.
Part of your mind was perfectly alert and able to concentrate on the intricate task of driving. If not, you would have gotten into an accident. But another part of your mind was focused and absorbed on other thoughts.
When children are playing, absorbed in their imaginations (playing school or superheroes, the possibilities are endless), they too are in a state of trance.
When your mind is in a state of trance, you can do more than one thing at the same time. You can learn to deeply relax and use your imagination to find solutions to problems.
Decades of research have shown that hypnotherapy is a “bridge from stuck to solutions” and is a” vehicle that promotes mastery and self-control” for children, teens, and adults (Lyons, Using Hypnosis with Children, pp. 7 and 9).
3. How can hypnotherapy help me?
- Would you go to Cape Cod on vacation if only you could drive over the bridge?
- Would you apply for the new job if it didn’t mean more public speaking?
- Would you get that dental work done if only you weren’t terrified?
- Does your self-doubt get in the way of your life?
- Does your constant worry wear you down?
- Does stress make it hard to sleep at night?
- Have you quit smoking, over and over again?
- Do you bite your nails making your fingers sore?
- Is your hair thin from pulling?
- Hypnosis can help women deal with anxiety about labor and delivery.
CHILDREN AND TEENS:
- Could your child play at her best friend’s house if she wasn’t terrified of their dog?
- Could your teen feel better if tests didn’t make him so anxious?
- Does your child meltdown before doctor’s or dentist’s appointments?
- Does your child want to sleep with you every night?
- Does your teen worry about school all the time?
- Does your child need daily reassurance that you will be at the bus stop?
- Is your child/teen’s skin sore from picking?
- Is your child/teen’s hair thin from pulling?
- Will your child have problems staying dry at night?
4. What would happen if you came for hypnotherapy?
I will always get to know you and learn your history before starting any hypnotherapy. It may be important for me to talk to your other healthcare providers, depending on the problem for which you are seeking help.
We will discuss your goals and create your personalized hypnosis therapy.
I will record your hypnotherapy sessions and send them to you. Home practice facilitates progress.
You will always be “in control.” You are always in charge of your hypnotherapy session.
- Be integrated into ongoing psychotherapy with Dr. Kriesberg.
- Be helpful as additional therapy if you are already in psychotherapy, or as a stand-alone, short-term treatment
- Are you ready to learn how hypnosis could help you, your child, or teen?